The Angel Visits
Bible Study Lesson from
Matthew 1:18-25 | Christmas Story
Christmas time it's always a good idea to go back
and read the story of how
Jesus was born.
Even if you've heard it
hundreds of times before there is always something
missed. I know that I get something different
almost every time I read the Bible - and I'm sure
you will too.
Let's rediscover the birth of
Christ and how the angel visits Joseph in this
chapter from Scripture.
Christ Revealed to Joseph
Now the birth of
Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother
Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they
came together she was found to be with child by
the Holy Spirit.
And Joseph her husband,
being a righteous man and not wanting to
disgrace her, planned to send her away
But when he had considered
this, 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 the Child who has been conceived in
her is of the Holy Spirit.
She will bear a Son; and
you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save
His people from their sins.
Now all this took place to
fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the
Behold, the virgin
shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and
they shall call His name Immanuel, which
translated means, God with us.
And Joseph awoke from his
sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded
him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a
virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he
called His name Jesus. -
Visited by an Angel
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.
Listened to God's Will
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
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 feelings and emotions.
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 - as
told in the Easter
story from Matthew.
Am I Good
Enough to Receive Mercy?
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
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
Not a bad trade, is
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover
the life-changing experience of Jesus Christ,
please take a moment to read
John 3:16 for more
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Verses about Joseph and the angel in
the Christmas story are from New American Standard
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