Advent

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

KNOWN BY HIS DEEDS

24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.  Matthew 1:24-25

Do you realize that we never hear Joseph speak? Not once do we hear a word from his lips in the whole Gospel story. But that doesn’t stop us from feeling like we know him very, very well. We know Joseph by the actions he takes.

Look at his response to the angel’s message! He doesn’t hem and haw or hang around agonizing about whether the dream was real or not. No, as soon as he wakes, he goes to do what the angel said; he brings Mary home to be his wife. He respects her situation all through her pregnancy. And he names the baby Jesus, just as he was told to do.

Joseph was a faithful man. God entrusted His own Son into Joseph’s care, and that trust was repaid with simple, straightforward obedience. Joseph was reliable, trustworthy, and loving. His deeds speak for him. God’s deeds speak for him too, don’t they? Look at the daring of a God who would give His very Son into the hands of human beings, frail and fallible as we are! Look at the love that drove Jesus to come to us, laid to sleep in a manger that was already overshadowed with the coming cross.

Our God is faithful—and He is loving. We can rely on Him to the uttermost. He will never fail us.

Lord, help us to remember Your deeds, and to see what they say about Your heart. Amen

Reflect & Discuss

1. Think of someone you know and love. What kind of deeds do they do?

2. What do those deeds say about them?

3. Which of your own deeds show that the Holy Spirit is making you more and more like Jesus?

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Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) is a Christian outreach ministry supporting churches worldwide in its mission of Bringing Christ to the Nations—and the Nations to the Church. Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Capitalization of pronouns referring to the Deity has been added and is not part of the original English Standard Version text.