Rediscovering Christmas – Joseph & His Crazy Dream

by | Dec 15, 2016 | Rediscovering Christmas

Can you imagine being in Joseph’s shoes that first Christmas?

It might be easy for us to read through the account of Joseph and his dream and pass right through the significance of it all. Let’s pause here today and consider this simple carpenter as we continue Rediscovering Christmas.

As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21 NLT

We don’t know much about Joseph. He was a carpenter and a descendant from King David. But, from what I read, Joseph was a kind and gentle soul.

He planned to divorce Mary quietly once he found out she was pregnant. He knew the child wasn’t his, however he didn’t want to cause her disgrace by being unwed and pregnant… and soon divorced. Back then, engaged couples could only break their engagement by divorce.

Scripture doesn’t fill in the blanks of Joseph’s thoughts and possible struggles.

I almost wish I could peer into Joseph’s mind. We can imagine he thought Mary was unfaithful to him. Not only were his future plans broken, but it’s possible so was his heart.

We could guess he was embarrassed to marry a young woman who was pregnant. That just didn’t happen back then. Pregnancy out of wedlock was subject to harsh ramifications, even stoning.

And, we probably can’t blame him if he wanted a divorce to spare himself of ridicule and shame. Can you imagine the talk of others, the looks, the sneers?

Scripture doesn’t share those details, nor does it answer the questions we may ponder.

But, what it does say is profound. Click here to read the full eight verses.

The angel stopped Joseph in his tracks.

His crazy dream caused him to change his direction. With this we also see Joseph was obedient to God. Even when what God asks him to do seemed crazy.

Can you imagine his thoughts? Can you imagine the amount of faith and trust Joseph had in his God, and how utterly dependent he was on his Lord? To experience this angel of the Lord’s encounter would alone be quite amazing. But, then walking the journey of pregnancy with Mary, and taking her as his wife. All along Joseph trusted what the angel said to be true. Despite what the world around him and the people in it did or said, he followed through on the angel’s words.


Because of Joseph’s obedience, he and his dream impacted the entire world.

Did he ever wonder how significant his obedience would be?

Friend, what about you? Is God asking you to do something crazy today? Is there a tugging on your heart toward something that consciously makes no sense? Are you facing a decision as your head tells you one thing and your heart tells you another?

I pray we do what Joseph did. I pray we’re not afraid to do the crazy if that’s what God is asking us to do. May we be like Joseph and be obedient. This Christmas season especially, may we be completely dependent on our God.

There’s much we can gain from Joseph and his part in the Christmas story. May God speak to each of us specifically and meet us right where we’re at through it today.

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the birth of our Savior, and share moment of rejoicing together. I invite you back to be a part of the discussion. Until then, Merry Christmas, my friend. Thank you for spending a few minutes with me today.





Linking this post with friends Suzie and Crystal. The previous Rediscovering Christmas posts can be found here.

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  1. Michele Morin

    Michael Card wrote a song about Joseph with this line: “How can a man be father to the Son of God?”
    How, indeed!
    I often wonder how much pondering must have gone into that carpenter’s life as he lived his way into a really tough assignment. Thanks for giving us a chance to join him in the wondering and the joy.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Hi Michele! Yes, that’s a great song, and it makes me stand in awe. Joseph certainly had an important part in the life of our Savior. I can’t even begin to comprehend it. Thanks for being here!

  2. Crystal Twaddell

    Julie, I am always intrigued by what Joseph’s point of view and experiences would have been. Every year it seems someone adds another layer to think about, I really can’t imagine the faith and obedience it would have required in such a time. Thank you for the challenge toward greater faith and obedience in our own walk. Merry Christmas friend!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Hi Crystal! I’m with you here. I can’t imagine it all either. Thanks for stopping in and for sharing. Merry Christmas to you!

  3. Lisa notes...

    I can’t imagine being in Joseph’s shoes either, at any juncture of the story! He deserves our thanks, too, more often than we give it. Thanks for reminding us of his contribution to the bringing in of our Savior!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Joseph’s shoes would have been too big for me to fill. I can’t even imagine, but it’s challenging to think of some of what he might have experienced. Thanks for stopping over and for sharing, Lisa. Blessings to you!

  4. Tara L Ulrich

    So spot on. I’m preaching this week. Joseph’s faithfulness says a lot. He had to trust the angels words and take Jesus as his child which he does when he names him.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Amen, Tara. I’d love to hear your sermon/talk. Thanks for coming over and sharing! Bless you.



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