sermonette: The Unsung Hero
Ted E. Bowling
Given 26-Jul-14; Sermon #1224s; 15 minutes
Parents serve as better role models than do entertainers and professional athletes. Joseph, the stepfather of Jesus and the husband of Mary, had characteristics of a hero, exemplifying the qualities of fairness, kindness, and humility, giving Jesus a solid moral and ethical foundation, coupled with an exemplary work ethic. Joseph endured the stigma, humiliation, and scorn of the Jews who believed the gossip that Jesus was conceived out of wedlock. Joseph was a provider, skilled craftsman, and a competent teacher of his trade, providing Jesus with the many construction and building metaphors He used later in His ministry. Joseph's willingness to work hard, sacrificing everything for the family while demonstrating godly kindness and love, makes him a matchless hero.
Ability to forgive Betrothal David Berry Building and construction metaphors Fornication John 8:41 Joseph unsung heroes Matthew 1:18-25 Obedience Parents as role models Pregnant in engagement period Proper foundation Put away privately Reputation at risk Sacrifice Shame Son of David Stigma Waiting a year