What Child Is This? The Voice of Joseph

Series: What Child Is This

Sunday, December 24, 2017 | By Gary Holmes

What Child Is This? The Voice of Joseph

The song poses such an important question worth
pondering: who this baby in the Bethlehem manger is while working one’s way through the various stanzas of the hymn. It is interesting to note the characters mentioned overtly such as the Christ child, His mother named Mary, shepherds, angels and even two forms of feeding livestock. While not specifically named, the recognizable actions of the wise men are referenced as the ones who brought their well-known gifts of incense, gold, and myrrh. All the characters normally present in a Nativity display are accounted for and in place except one. Do you realize who is missing from the stable scene roll call by name or by referenced action?

There is no mention of the man who would help raise the “Son of Mary.”

Although the other gospel writers of Matthew, Luke and John all mention Joseph by name, none of them record him as ever having a speaking part. While a few of Joseph’s actions are recorded during the early years of his relationship with Mary and into Jesus ‘early life, none of Joseph’s words remain in print within the pages of the Bible. Only Joseph’s actions of obedience, care, and presence are mentioned.

What child is this? He is a child adopted by a father who loved Him.

Gary Holmes


Associated Scripture Passage(s):

Matthew 1:19-25

Matthew 1:19-25

19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us). 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. (ESV)

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