Second Tuesday of Lent

Psalm 89, Matthew 1:6–25, Matthew 2:19–23, Luke 2:41–52

David: the man (somehow) after God’s own t. Imagine passing that down as your . Even more, how about others passing it down for you. We “love” famous people. We “love” famous stories. Fame is fabulous. When we pass on stories, which (we ) are full of the of our faith, we have this desire for immortality. It is this seed in us that seeks to break past the barriers of this life. Even those whose full is in Christ have a bit of this in them. Children are one part of our (whether biological or adopted or nurtured). Our story is another. However, are you willing to die to yourself?

Today is the traditional day for Joseph, the earthly father of . Yes, that . That person who lived a life of mercy and , who died on a cross to bridge the divide between man and God, and rose a to show that there is life after this one for those who in him. Joseph is the father of that . The church talks about Joseph briefly during and Christmas. The churches in America might talk about Joseph on Father’s Day. Maybe. That’s about it. Joseph pretty much is a side charer to us. Which makes sense, to a point. The Bible is God’s story for and to us. With being the Messiah and God, it makes sense that Joseph doesn’t quite get the limelight. Rightfully, Mary gets a whole lot of focus (some do take that overboard). Despite the message of our society, it really does take two.

Sadly, we really don’t know much about Joseph. Some church traditions (not all) teach that Joseph was an older man who died early in ’ life. That is not a rock solid f. There are plenty of reasons why even a young man, barely older than Mary, would die before started his ministry. Does it matter when Joseph died? Not really. We can be pretty sure that he died before ’ ministry began, but that’s it. So, why talk about Joseph, other than just it being “his” day on the church calendar?

Joseph’s is the Savior of the World. Every time we say ’ name in praise, thanks, and worship, we are also declaring Joseph’s . We don’t think of Joseph that way, but Joseph’s is eternal, even now here on Earth. In f, we think very little of the quiet legacies. If you have the chance, read Buck Jacobs’ short story, “The Janitor and the CEO.” Basically, the CEO was all sorts of flashy, and the janitor wasn’t. The janitor, however, had a welcoming committee in Heaven. So, perhaps instead of having a Paul kind of (or Peter, Timothy, Jude, John, Mark, Luke), you could have a Joseph kind of .

1) Think of the you are passing on. Is it all about you? Is it about God? Really, what is it about?

2) We often compare ourselves to others. Do you find yourself comparing your to those of others?

3) Often we look at the we passed on to others, but neglect those who are now in our circle. Are there people in your relational circle that you haven’t been looking at as bearers of your ?

FD) Have you ever wanted to be, or still want to be, famous? Why?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.