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The Nativity Story: The Courage of Joseph

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Sermon shared by C. Raymond Van Pletsen

December 2006
Summary: Because of his allegiance to God, Joseph displayed moral courage and manly courage. He showed courage in his personal life, by being a morally and spiritually strong man in a corrupt world.
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
THE COURAGE OF JOSEPH
Matthew 1:18-25

The Main Idea

Because of his allegiance to God, Joseph displayed moral courage and manly courage.

Moral. He showed courage in his personal life, by being a morally and spiritually strong man in a corrupt world.

Manly. He demonstrated his courage when, despite personal embarrassment and in the face of social ostracism, he believed God and married the pregnant girl who was not carrying his baby.

He revealed his sustaining courage in protecting the mother and child during the life-threatening years of Jesusí childhood.

Applied To Today

∑ The world needs morally strong men, men who have cultivated such a deep relationship with God that they have begun to share His character.

∑ Wives need husbands strong enough to defend them, even at great personal cost.

∑ Children need fathers who are morally strong enough to protect them against the hostile world.

Outline

MORAL COURAGE

∑ Joseph Was An Ordinary Man
∑ Joseph Lived A Morally Upright Life

MANLY COURAGE

∑ Joseph Restrained His Anger And Chose To Treat Mary With Love
∑ Joseph Resisted Societal Pressure
∑ Joseph Obeyed God And Took Mary Home To Be his Wife
∑ Joseph Protected The Child Whenever His Life Was In Danger


INTRODUCTION

It was not until I saw the movie World Trade Center that I realized how courageous the rescuers were in the days following 9-11. The movie told the story of one team of rescuers and two policemen whom they dug out in time to save their lives. These rescuers had to be extremely courageous men to climb down into the chasms formed by broken concrete and steel to rescue trapped people.

Film Clip Form ďWorld Trade CenterĒ Movie
Show the scene of the rescuers reaching the first policeman.

At any moment the massive wreckage above and around them could shift, trapping or killing them as well. They also were aware of the danger posed by the dust and smoke they were inhaling.

And yet they did their duty. They did what they had been trained to do and what the trapped people needed them to do. The nation was right to honor them for their courage even though many of their stories may never be told.

There is a story of courage that is told every Christmas season. But it is a story we often miss because the hero of the story is usually in the background. In nativity scenes he stands silently next to the manger in which the baby Jesus is laid. His name is Joseph and he seems to play a secondary role in the nativity story. He is not even given a single line to speak! Then he disappears completely from history after the teenage years of Jesus.

And yet the courage of Joseph was what made it possible for the child to be born in Bethlehem and to survive the life-threatening early years of his life. Joseph was the man to whom God entrusted the task of protecting the mother and her child from the time she conceived Jesus. He was the rugged and brave man who led Mary safely along the dangerous roads to Bethlehem, to Egypt and eventually back home to northern Israel.

God selected this man to protect the infant Jesus in the dangerous first years of his life. As we look over the span of his life we see that Joseph had the courage to:

∑ Live a morally upright life in an immoral world
∑ marry a pregnant girl who was not carrying his child
∑ protect his wife and son in their flight
Comments and Shared Ideas
Ron Arnold of Kaimuki Christian Church
December 11, 2007
Good insights. It will encourage men to be men of God.
Evaristo Caba
December 15, 2006
Excelent... Muy bueno...
Marci Cook of Manifested Faith Ministries
December 9, 2006
Wonderful sermon, thanks for the link for the movie clips, very helpful. want to suggest the song by mercy me called, "Joseph's lullaby" The words and music are beautiful. below are the lyrics Go to sleep, my son This manger for your bed You have a long road before you Rest your little head Can you feel the weight of your glory Do you understand the price Or does the Father guard your heart for now So you can sleep tonight Go to sleep, my son Go and chase your dreams This world can wait for one more moment Go and sleep in peace I believe the glory of Heaven Is lying in my arms tonight Lord, I ask that He for just this moment Simply be my child Go to sleep, my son Baby, close your eyes Soon enough you'll save the day But for now, dear child of mine Oh my Jesus, sleep tight
Go to http://www.nativityresources.com/video.html to find the video clips from "The Nativity Story".
Great sermon.I used this to launch my Chrismas series and it was well received. It would make a grat father's day sermon also. I was able to address the men of my church,very forcefully with this one. Thanks!
Ron Hammer of Cornerstone
December 2, 2006
Excellent sermon. Just be aware that the movie World Trade Center won't be released on DVD until 12/12/06.
Randolph Burwell
December 2, 2006
For the First time in my life, I saw the human side of Joseph. What a relief.
Marciano Luwala
November 30, 2006
Praise the Lord for the Pastor who wrote this homily. I'm so blessed reading it. Bro. M.Luwala Calgary Ab
Kevin Murdoch
November 28, 2006
A simple, yet timely reminder to Christian men to step up to the plate during this most precious season of the year...
William Mcclung
November 28, 2006
This sermon is very moving and a good motivator to men. I was under the impression there will be video clips available from the movie to go with the sermon. Am I incorrect?
Michael Kelly
November 28, 2006
Very good message. there are many who don't realize Joseph's role in raising The Messiah. I shall pass it on.
This series of Christmas sermons are presented very well. They establish a part in each persons heart to WANT to know more about Jesus.
Mack Pullen of Community Christian Church
November 24, 2006
It is an excellent sermon that every man should hear.
Maurizio Cianci of Thewave
November 21, 2006
The courageous and gentle strength of godly manhood. Thanks Joseph. Thanks C. Raymond van Pletsen.
Bruce Crane
November 21, 2006
This is an awesomw message! If used for nothing else it is a great outline for topics relating to men's issues, not only with their respective roles in society, but also with their own self esteem and purpose in life. I found this sermon to be very helpful.
Alvin Chandra
November 15, 2006
The charactor of Joseph touched my heart several time. His courage, simplicity, moral purity and strongness to protect his family attracted me. Above all he obeyed all God's commands although it came to him through dreams. A hero for the earthly fathers.
Michael Siemens
November 14, 2006
Strong message for men -about the earthly father of our Saviour
Tom Hill
October 28, 2006
I think this sermon will inspire men to become the kind of men God wants them to be. It spoke to me as a pastor as well.

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