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Jesus, the son of Joseph

Scriptures Expounded - Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015
by Temi Peter
Jesus, the son of Joseph

And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,
Luke 3:23
Our Lord Jesus Christ was referred to as the son of Joseph on two occasions in the Bible – Luke 3:23 and John 1:45. Luke (said to be a physician) went ahead to prove that Jesus was both the son of Joseph and the son of God. I read somewhere that the four gospels wrote about our Lord from four different perspectives. Matthew wrote about Jesus as the Messiah, Mark wrote about Jesus as the Servant of God, Luke wrote about Jesus as the Son of man and John wrote about Jesus as the Son of God.
Luke was able to prove, one way or the other, that Jesus was the both the son of Joseph and the Son of God. How? Luke’s chronology of the generations of Jesus Christ began with referring to Jesus as the son of Joseph in Luke 3:23 and ended with referring to Adam as the son of God in Luke 3:28. Hence, one can draw an easy conclusion that our Lord Jesus son is both the Son of man and Son of God. The Lord referred to Himself severally as the Son of man in Matthew 8:20, Matthew 8:31, Matthew 8:38, Matthew 9:6, Matthew 10:23, Matthew 11:19, Matthew 13:37, Matthew 13:41, Matthew 16:13, Matthew 16:27, Matthew 16:28, Matthew 17:9, Matthew 17:12, Matthew 17:22, Matthew 18:11, Matthew 19:28, Matthew 20:18, Matthew 20:28, Matthew 24:27, Matthew 24:30, Matthew 24:36, Matthew 24:44, Matthew 25:13, Matthew 25:31, Mark 2:10, Mark 2:28, Mark 3:28, Mark 9:9, Mark 9:12, Mark 9:31, Mark 10:45, Mark 13:26, Mark 13:34, Mark 14:41, Mark 14:62, Luke 6:5, Luke 7:34, Luke 9:22, Luke 9:44, Luke 9:56, Luke 9:58, Luke 11:30, Luke 12:8, Luke 12:10, Luke 12:40, Luke 17:22, Luke 17:24, Luke 17:26, Luke 17:30, Luke 18:8, Luke 18:31, Luke 19:10, Luke 21:27, Luke 21:36, Luke 22:22, Luke 22:48, Luke 22:69, John 5:27, John 12:23, John 13:31. The ‘man’ Jesus was referring to all the while is his earthly heritage via Joseph and Mary. Why the Lord chose to refer to Himself as the Son of man is found in Philippians 2:5-8. In effect, Jesus had to be the Son of man so that He could suffer, be rejected, slain and raised the third day according to Luke 9:22. Jesus had to be the Son of man in order to successfully accomplish his mission on earth. And He was rewarded for it in Philippians 2:9-10. Being a Son of man didn’t take anything from Him. It didn’t stop Him from being the Son of God and even God at the same time. However, the Lord showed Himself meek and lowly in heart indeed (Matthew 11:29) to refer to Himself as a Son of His own creature – man. Taking a look at Joseph; if you study the chronology of the generations of Jesus Christ as written in Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38, you’ll observe a sharp difference in their records immediately after David is mentioned. There is no confusion or mistake there. In one instance, Joseph’s lineage is recorded while in the other instance, Mary’s lineage is recorded and ascribed as Joseph’s. Nevertheless, both Joseph and Mary’s lineage came from David. Hence, our Lord Jesus was rightly called the son of David by the general populace of his time. But the Lord questioned being referred to as the son of David and asked for the rationale behind it in Matthew 22:41-45 and Mark 12:35-37. It is noteworthy that Jesus never referred to Himself as the son of David. It’s obvious He never fancied being referred to as such. Hence, at a point, the Jews became confused about who He was. The Jews were rightly confused on knowing who exactly Jesus was and His mission. Yes, they had been expecting the Messiah but all the preconditions for the arrival of the Messiah didn’t seem to have taken place. One of such was the expected return of Elijah. Elijah had returned in the form of John the Baptist as stated by Jesus in Matthew 11:12-15 and Matthew 17:10-12 but the people did not know. John-the-Baptist himself did not know that he was Elijah returning to the earth. All he knew was that he was “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” according to Matthew 3:3. Hence, when the Jews asked him during his ministration who he was especially as regards being the Elijah to come or not, he gave them a negative answer – no - according to John 1:19-22. Please note ‘Elijah’ was referred to ‘Elias’ in the new testament. All this happened shortly before Jesus began His own ministry. Therefore, the Jews kept wondering if Jesus could be the Messiah or not. Also, we must bear in mind that the immaculate conception of Jesus i.e. Mary conceiving of the Holy Spirit, may not have been known to all and sundry at the time. It was never publicly discussed and I don’t think our Lord Jesus ever made mention of it anywhere in the scriptures. I don’t think his earthly parents – Joseph and Mary ever discussed it with Him. Also, the Lord humbled Himself to accept Joseph as his earthly father and never disowned him despite knowing for sure that Joseph really had nothing to do with his birth. Most people referred to Jesus as the son of Joseph, the carpenter. Remember Joseph had decided to put away his wife-to-be, Mary, silently without making her a public example when he discovered she was pregnant. But the angel of the Lord stopped him from doing so. This ensured the general public had no idea that Joseph wasn’t the one responsible for Mary’s pregnancy. It was not difficult to assume Joseph was responsible for Mary’s pregnancy since she was already espoused to him. That was why referring to Jesus as the son of Joseph, the carpenter seemed accurate at the time. Even the Bible referred to Him as such in Luke 3:23 and John 1:45. It is also important for us to note that when Prophet Isaiah was prophesying about the coming Messiah in Isaiah 9: 6-7, he did not give details as regards how He was going to be born. I have to believe that the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus were revealed to only a select few present at the time and to us who will later find out in the scriptures. Hallelujah!

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