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

19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (KJV)

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