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.


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 Jesus’ 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.



· Joseph Was An Ordinary Man

· Joseph Lived A Morally Upright Life


· 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


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 “World Trade Center” 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 to Egypt and then again upon their return to Nazareth

God the Spirit has included the story of Joseph to encourage each one of us to live courageously, even if it means living dangerously, in doing God’s will. Before we study his courage, we must remember that Joseph was not some kind of super being. He was an ordinary, flesh and blood man.





In the midst of this story of the miraculous birth of Jesus, one that features visitations from angels, we find this ordinary man by the name of Joseph. One of the themes of the Bible is that God uses ordinary people to do His work – people like you and me (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).

Joseph was the kind of man God could trust to be strong in the midst of a crisis. He was strong and resilient enough to protect his family during hazardous journeys to Bethlehem and Egypt, before they were finally able to return home to Nazareth years later.

The reason Joseph had such courage was because of his relationship with God:


Matthew 1:18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

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Tom Hill

commented on Oct 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.

Michael Siemens

commented on Nov 14, 2006

Strong message for men -about the earthly father of our Saviour

Alvin Chandra

commented on Nov 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.

Bruce Crane

commented on Nov 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.

Maurizio Cianci

commented on Nov 21, 2006

The courageous and gentle strength of godly manhood. Thanks Joseph. Thanks C. Raymond van Pletsen.

Mack Pullen

commented on Nov 24, 2006

It is an excellent sermon that every man should hear.

Josiah Drawhorn, Thd. Mce

commented on Nov 26, 2006

This series of Christmas sermons are presented very well. They establish a part in each persons heart to WANT to know more about Jesus.

Michael Kelly

commented on Nov 28, 2006

Very good message. there are many who don't realize Joseph's role in raising The Messiah. I shall pass it on.

William Mcclung

commented on Nov 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?

Kevin Murdoch

commented on Nov 28, 2006

A simple, yet timely reminder to Christian men to step up to the plate during this most precious season of the year...

Marciano Luwala

commented on Nov 30, 2006

Praise the Lord for the Pastor who wrote this homily. I'm so blessed reading it. Bro. M.Luwala Calgary Ab

Randolph Burwell

commented on Dec 2, 2006

For the First time in my life, I saw the human side of Joseph. What a relief.

Ron Hammer

commented on Dec 2, 2006

Excellent sermon. Just be aware that the movie World Trade Center won't be released on DVD until 12/12/06.

Dave Rajoon

commented on Dec 4, 2006

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!

Don Jaques

commented on Dec 6, 2006

Go to to find the video clips from "The Nativity Story".

Marci Cook

commented on Dec 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

Evaristo Caba

commented on Dec 15, 2006

Excelent... Muy bueno...

Ron Arnold

commented on Dec 11, 2007

Good insights. It will encourage men to be men of God.

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