Mary and Joseph Journey to Bethlehem
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem… with Mary, his betrothed wife.
There’s much we don’t know about Joseph and Mary. We assume Mary was quite young. Somehow we think Joseph was a bit older, for he was a carpenter. In a land of few trees and unlimited rocks, where houses were built of stone, that may indicate he was more of a stonemason than a woodcrafter. But still, there’s so much we don’t know. For example, how did the couple feel when they left Nazareth for Bethlehem? Did they cast a parting glance at their little hometown on the hillside?
Here’s what we do know. Joseph and Mary were devoted to caring for their baby. Jesus came first. They searched for the best spot for His birth, dedicated Him to God in infancy, and undertook a rigorous trip to Egypt when He was endangered. The most important thing about Joseph and Mary was their devotion to Christ.
The same should be true for us. People don’t need to know everything about us. In a day of social media when everyone is revealing everything to everyone, it’s wise to be discreet. But one thing should be clear to all—our absolute devotion to Jesus Christ. He comes first. He alone has the preeminence.
Dr. David Jeremiah