The Birth of Jesus the Messiah | Gospel of Matthew 1: 18 – 25

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be pregnant from the Holy Spirit. 

19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to divorce her quietly. 

20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 

21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 

22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

23 “Look, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a son,
    and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” 

24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife 

25 but had no marital relations with her until she had given birth to a son, and he named him Jesus.

Summary – The Birth of Jesus

In the gospel of Matthew 1:18-25, the passage recounts the events leading to the birth of Jesus Christ.

It begins with Mary being found to be pregnant before she and Joseph were married.

Joseph, initially troubled by this, was considering ending their engagement quietly to avoid public shame.

However, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, reassuring him that Mary’s pregnancy was through the Holy Spirit and that the child would save people from their sins.

Joseph obeyed the angel’s instruction to take Mary as his wife, and he named the child Jesus, as instructed.

This passage highlights the miraculous nature of Jesus’ birth and Joseph’s obedience to divine guidance.

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