Who is Jesus’ Father?

Willow Creek | December 11, 2022

Who is Jesus’ father? There are actually two answers: God is Jesus’ Heavenly Father and Joseph was Jesus’ earthly father. We’ll break this down below:

Who is Jesus’ Heavenly father? God. God is Jesus’ Heavenly, almighty father. Throughout the Bible, Jesus is commonly known as the “Son of God” (Matthew 14:33, Mark 1:11, and Luke 1:35 are a couple of references). Christians refer to God as the Trinity, meaning God is made up of three parts: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus, being God the Son, is the part of God that lived among creation and ultimately died for the sins of the world (Romans 5:10). Jesus is also the most relatable part of God to us since Jesus was both God and human at the same time. 

Who is the Virgin Mary?

Who is Jesus’ earthly father? Joseph. Joseph was Jesus’ earthly, human, dad. In Matthew 1:18b, we’re told, “His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.” Joseph was not Jesus’ biological father (God was), but he would raise Jesus as his own son (you can read Matthew 1:18-25 to learn more). After Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary would have several biological children together. 

Jesus’ earthly father was Joseph and His Heavenly Father is God. Joseph raised Jesus as his son, even though they had no biological connection. Jesus is also the Son of God; after Jesus’ baptism, God spoke and said, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11b).

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