How is Jesus related to Joseph and Mary?
There are some who account that Jesus is related to both parents in the Bible and they use the genealogy in Matthew and Luke as evidence. They say that Matthew points to Joseph and that Luke’s points toward Mary. This may be true but sometimes it seems that this is an easy way to shut some folks up. The question is: Does the Bible really link Jesus to both Joseph and Mary physically?
This is not to call to question Who Jesus is or if He is Who He claimed to be. I KNOW Jesus is the Son of God. I know He is God in the flesh.
I only ask this question because I was asked the same and I gave this canned answer.
“Well I know it is in the Bible somewhere!” because I had heard the same and believed it, so I would say the same thing to those who asked me that question.
My goal here is to ask a simple answer and actually find out if it is true because after reading, and reading some more, I would have to say that when asked the question:
“Does the Bible link Jesus to both Joseph and Mary physically?”
I would have to say “No” but then that leads me to ask another question,
“Does the Bible have to link Jesus to both Joseph and Mary physically?”
and again I would have to say “No”
Well I am glad you asked
Jesus Christ is God.
That is a confusing subject to the world, and as a matter of fact, it is confusing to Christians. Jewish folks see us as pluralistic believers, many different cults and the like also see Jesus as some lesser god under God. But what do we truly believe?
Is Jesus another god?
Is He a lesser god?
Or is He God?
He is called the Son of God and God in the flesh, meaning that there is something more going on here, but what is it?
Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is fully God
John 1:2 the same was in the beginning with God.
The book of John gives us the clearest example of the deity of Jesus Christ in all of the Gospels. Here in verse two of the book of John we get a reminder of what John has been trying to express. We can almost see this verse as a review for those who didn’t get it? Before.
John 1:1 in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Here John is telling us just Who and What this book is about. John seemed to be counteracting the Gnosticism of the times in each one of the books that he wrote through the leading of the Spirit of God. In each he seems to take us back to the beginning.
In the beginning was the Word
Right off the bat; John shows us that Jesus is God. “In the beginning” takes us all the way back to Genesis 1:1. From this one gets the argument that if you don’t believe that Jesus is God then you are calling Moses a liar.
Genesis 1:1 in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
In the beginning of time as we know it we see God creating. But He was not alone
and the Word was with God
In this part of the verse we find that “The Word” was there, but just who is the Word?
John tells us in Revelation and 1John
Rev 19:13 and he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
1John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
We now have the challenge that if we do not believe that Jesus is God, we are not only calling Moses a liar but also we are calling John a liar as well.
And the Word was God
Now John takes us to a new aspect in this passage and we see the relationship between God and the Word. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but He is also One with God
1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We find that Jesus was not only with God but that He was actively working with God in creation
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Now if we don’t believe that Jesus is God we are not only calling Moses and John a liar, but also we would be calling Paul a liar as well.
John 1:2 the same was in the beginning with God.
Here John gives us another indication as to the point he is trying to get across to the readers of his day. Sadly this idea has fallen on deaf ears even in our times. The fact that Jesus is the Son of God and the same as God has confused men since even during this time period in which John writes. The Christian faith is seen as a pluralistic faith in the many see us as having more than one God to whom we give worship. Now while I will admit, I cannot simplify it for you any better than any other pastor or preacher but I am far from either. The outside world denotes the love of Jesus but wonders at the wrath of God. Rabbis claim we have 3 separate Gods in our theology. Cults either bring Jesus down to either fallen man or bodiless spirit. The equation of 1 + 1 + 1 = 1 is the hardest thing for our shallow and finite minds to wrap around and this is where faith comes into play. I might not completely understand it but I must have faith that the Lord is true to His Word. This brings me to the fact that if I don’t believe this passage as true? Then I am not only calling Moses, John, and Paul a liar but that I am also calling Jesus a liar as well
John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Jesus had to be God in order to forgive our sins.
He is fully God
Jesus Christ is also fully man
He also had to be flesh and blood.
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
He had to be human in order to redeem us from sin.
The laws of redemption required that a next of kin redeem that which is lost
24 And in all the land of your possession you shall grant redemption of the land.
25 ‘If one of your brethren becomes poor, and has sold some of his possession, and if his redeeming relative comes to redeem it, then he may redeem what his brother sold.
The kinsman redeemer had to be qualified
He had to be able
He is THE Door. He is the only Way to God. There is no other way to salvation.
He is THE Bread. He is the LIFE. He is the way to eternal life. He is the ONE who can satisfy and fill mankind with the Spirit of God for eternal life.
He is the Light. He is the Truth of God. He is the only One who can set us free from sin.
He had to be willing
Jesus Christ was not killed on the cross. He gave His life for us. He willingly gave it for mankind. He could have stopped what was happening at any time, yet He loves us that much that He would endure the shame and the agony for us
Jesus Christ is all these things!!!!
Adam was a human (flesh and blood) whose Father was God (Luke 3:23-28) He had no physical father or mother. Adam lost dominion over the earth and plunged all those born under him into sin. So then we are all born under sin, in sin, full of sin, born to sin. We don’t become sinners because of sin, we sin because we are all sinners.
And so the sin nature is passed from Adam to even the babies that are being born as you read this article. This is called the doctrine of imputation of sin (Romans 3:23,5:12-19, and 8:3 to name a few passages)
Only Adam’s next of kin could redeem what he lost. Only another Son of God could qualify and this is why Jesus is called the Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45)
And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Death in Adam, Life in Christ
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus Christ is King of Kings
God promised David that someone from his family would reign over Israel FOREVER through his descendants.
1 Chronicles 17
God’s Covenant with David
1 Now it came to pass, when David was dwelling in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under tent curtains.”
2 Then Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”
3 But it happened that night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, 4 “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: “You shall not build Me a house to dwell in. 5 For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought up Israel, even to this day, but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. 6 Wherever I have moved about with all Israel, have I ever spoken a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’”’ 7 Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel. 8 And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a name like the name of the great men who are on the earth. 9 Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, 10 since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. Also I will subdue all your enemies. Furthermore I tell you that the LORD will build you a house. 11 And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. 14 And I will establish him in My house and in My kingdom forever; and his throne shall be established forever.”’”
From that time forward, a descendant of David through Solomon’s branch would sit on the throne as King of Israel – but 400 or so years later, around the time of the Babylonian captivity this line of kings had become so evil and wicked that God had endured enough and He cursed the royal line declaring that no son of the present king would ever reign over Israel again
24 “As I live,” says the LORD, “though Coniah[b] the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet on My right hand, yet I would pluck you off; 25 and I will give you into the hand of those who seek your life, and into the hand of those whose face you fear—the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the hand of the Chaldeans. 26 So I will cast you out, and your mother who bore you, into another country where you were not born; and there you shall die. 27 But to the land to which they desire to return, there they shall not return.
28 “ Is this man Coniah a despised, broken idol—
A vessel in which is no pleasure?
Why are they cast out, he and his descendants,
And cast into a land which they do not know?
29 O earth, earth, earth,
Hear the word of the LORD!
30 Thus says the LORD:
‘ Write this man down as childless,
A man who shall not prosper in his days;
For none of his descendants shall prosper,
Sitting on the throne of David,
And ruling anymore in Judah.’”
Joseph was in this line of dethroned kings that come out of Judah which places Jesus physically in the line of Judah even if it is from marriage
And it proves that God has always had a different idea
25 ‘Now to you, O profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come, whose iniquity shall end, 26 thus says the Lord GOD:
“ Remove the turban, and take off the crown;
Nothing shall remain the same.
Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted.
27 Overthrown, overthrown,
I will make it overthrown!
It shall be no longer,
Until He comes whose right it is,
And I will give it to Him.”’
This declaration comes to pass from the appearance of Gabriel to Mary before our Saviors birth
30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
And this will come to pass in the future physically with the return of Jesus Christ
Matthew 25:31 (New King James Version)
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[a] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
Which faces Jerusalem on the east.
And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,
From east to west,
Makinga very large valley;
Half of the mountain shall move toward the north
And half of it toward the south.
5 Then you shall flee through My mountain valley,
For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal.
Yes, you shall flee
As you fled from the earthquake
In the days of Uzziah king of Judah.
Thus the LORD my God will come,
And all the saints with You.
6 It shall come to pass in that day
That there will be no light;
The lights will diminish.
7 It shall be one day
Which is known to the LORD—
Neither day nor night.
But at evening time it shall happen
That it will be light.
8 And in that day it shall be
That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem,
Half of them toward the eastern sea
And half of them toward the western sea;
In both summer and winter it shall occur.
9 And the LORD shall be King over all the earth.
In that day it shall be—
“ The LORD is one,”
And His name one.
But how do we tie Jesus Christ physically to Joseph and Mary?
He is fully God – He is deity
He is fully man – He is the God-Man, He is flesh and blood
He is the King of Kings
Although Jesus grew just like any other baby, He is the only exception that ever existed
He was different. He was not genetically related to either Mary or Joseph.
How do we know?
Jesus Christ is sinless and both of his parents were under sin
Jesus Christ was a special creation, just like Adam, born with no physical mother or father
So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:
“ You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.”[a]
6 As He also says in another place:
“ You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”;[b]
7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. 5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; 6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. 8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
Need for a New Priesthood
11 Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. 13 For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest 16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. 17 For He testifies:
“ You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, 19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is thebringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
Greatness of the New Priest
20 And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath 21 (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:
“ The LORD has sworn
And will not relent,
‘ You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek’”),
and Just like the first Adam, Jesus had no physical mother or father, only God, thus no sin nature, no inherited sin, no sinful flesh.
He was absolutely pure and without sin
Without blemish or spot
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Jesus Christ is God
He is fully God
He is the Son of God
He is the Image of God
He is the Form of God
He is equal with God
He is God in the flesh