Surviving Christmas

Posted on 15 Dec 2021, Pastor: Dr. Paul Sapp

Conception and Birth of Jesus

18 Now the birth of Jesus the a]Messiah was as follows: when His mother Mary had been b]betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, since he was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her, planned to c]send her away secretly. 20 But when he had thought this over, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for d]the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a Son; and you shall name Him Jesus, for e]He will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this f]took place so that what was spoken by the Lord through g]the prophet would be fulfilled: 23 Behold, the virgin will h]conceive and give birth to a Son, and they shall name Him i]Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 j]but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he named Him Jesus.

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  1. Matthew 1:18 See note v 16
  2. Matthew 1:18 Unlike engagement, a betrothed couple was considered married, but did not yet live together
  3. Matthew 1:19 Or divorce her
  4. Matthew 1:20 Lit that which
  5. Matthew 1:21 Lit He Himself
  6. Matthew 1:22 Lit has happened
  7. Matthew 1:22 I.e., Isaiah
  8. Matthew 1:23 Or be pregnant
  9. Matthew 1:23 Gr Emmanuel
  10. Matthew 1:25 Lit and did not know her intimately

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