And Joseph took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus!
Joseph was literally willing to tank his reputation. And he did. He traded it for a pregnant fiancée and an illegitimate son and made the big decision of discipleship. He placed God’s plan ahead of his own. Rather than make a name for himself, he made a home for Christ. And because he did, a great reward came his way.
“He called His name Jesus!” Of all the saints, sinners, prodigals, and preachers who’ve spoken the name, Joseph—a blue-collar, small-town construction worker said it first. Joseph cradled the wrinkle-faced prince of heaven, and with an audience of angels and pigs, he whispered, Jesus—you will be called Jesus!
From Grace for the Moment