The Angel Visits
Bible Study Lesson from
Matthew 1:18-25 | Christmas
1:18 This is
how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His
mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph,
but before they came together, she was found to be
with child through the Holy Spirit.
19 Because Joseph her
husband was a righteous man and did not want to
expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to
divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had
considered 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 home as your wife,
because what is conceived in her is from the Holy
21 She will give birth to
a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins."
22 All this took place to
fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 "The virgin will be
with child and will give birth to a son, and they
will call him Immanuel"which means, "God with
24 When Joseph woke up, he
did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took Mary home as his wife.
25 But he had no union
with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave
him the name Jesus.
is the Word of the Lord ... It is meant to change
the way we think, and the way we live.
by Bob Pardue
Visited by an Angel
- Engagement or
Remember that marriage steps
were a little different in the Jewish tradition as
couples were engaged first but this engagement was
close to the same as being married.
- Joseph and Mary were
engaged in this way when she became pregnant.
There are many ways to explore this story and it
would be beyond the scope of this lesson to
address them all.
- Joseph Listened to
A key point is that Joseph
did decide to take Mary as his wife after the visit
from the angel. This one step most likely saved her
life. Stoning for sin was very popular during this
time in history so Mary would most certainly have
been put to death for her "condition" if not for
Joseph stepping in.
- Human and
Another point is the
influence of the virgin birth for Christian faith.
Christ was born to a human woman which meant that
he had human blood running through his veins. But,
as the Son of God, he was also born without sin
which would later allow him to die on the cross to
forgive all nations (including us) when he rose on
the third day.
- Am I Good
The answer - no. I am not
good enough - there is only one way. We are all
sinners in the eyes of God and we cannot do
enough or be "good enough" to be
accepted into heaven when we die.
The only hope we have is
Jesus Christ as our
savior and redeemer. He can forgive our failures in
life and bring us through the doors of eternal
life. Not a bad trade, is it?
Love in Christ
If you have never made the
commitment to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
John 3:16 for more
More Bible Study Lessons -
The Christmas Story
The Genealogy of Jesus
1:18-25 - Angel Comes to Joseph
2:1-12 - 3 Wise Men
2:13-18 - Joseph and Mary Escape to
2:19-28 - Jesus the Nazarine
Verses about Joseph and the angel in the
Christmas story are from Life Application Study
Bible: New International Version