Bible: Matt. 1:18-25
The Birth of Jesus Christ
1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened this way. While his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they came together, 1 she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 1:19 Because Joseph, her husband to be, 2 was a righteous man, and because he did not want to disgrace her, he intended to divorce her 3 privately. 1:20 When he had contemplated this, an 4 angel of the Lord 5 appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 1:21 She will give birth to a son and you will name him 6 Jesus, 7 because he will save his people from their sins.” 1:22 This all happened so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet would be fulfilled: 1:23 “Look! The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call him 8 Emmanuel,” 9 which means 10 “God with us.” 11 1:24 When Joseph awoke from sleep he did what the angel of the Lord 12 told him. He took his wife, 1:25 but did not have marital relations 13 with her until she gave birth to a son, whom he named 14 Jesus.