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We’d like to welcome you back to our study of the book of Matthew! Over the next several weeks, we will be diving into each chapter of this powerful gospel, examining the teachings and stories of Jesus as recorded by the apostle Matthew. As we explore the rich depths of Matthew’s account, we will encounter Jesus’ call to follow Him as His disciples, His teachings on the kingdom of heaven, and His miraculous works of power. Along the way, we will be challenged to apply Jesus’ words to our own lives and to follow Him more closely as His followers. So grab your Bible, a pen, highlighter and some paper, and let’s get started on this journey of discovery!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity about Your birth and how miraculous it was. Guide us in the direction that You want us to go so to gain a closer understanding of who You, while gaining a unbreakable relationship like never before. Give us understand to see, understand, and grasp the message that You have for us. In Jesus Name Amen
As we continue our study of Matthew we will cover 1:18-25! We will be exploring the supernatural birth of Jesus Christ, as recorded by the apostle Matthew. We will review the events leading up to Jesus’ birth, the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, and the reactions of those who were present. We will also contemplate the significance of Jesus’ birth and what it does for our lives as believers. As we study this passage, we will be challenged to think about why we should know Jesus and follow Him more closely as His disciples. You’ll want grab your Bible, highlighter, a pen and some paper, to record what you learn on this journey of discovery!
Matthew 1:18-25 is a passage in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible that focuses on the birth of Jesus Christ. We are told, Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary, who was engaged to be married to Joseph, a carpenter. The birth of Jesus was miraculous because it was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah and completed the prophecy that a virgin would conceive a son, who would be called “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.”
The passage begins by explaining what happened before Jesus was born, Mary being engaged to Joseph was a righteous man not wanting to disgrace her publicly. So, when Mary became pregnant, Joseph became aware that the child was not his own but was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph was concerned by this and thought about breaking off the engagement, so an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and told him not to be afraid and take Mary as his wife. The angel explained to Joseph that the child was conceived by the Holy Spirit and would be called the Son of God. So Joseph took Mary as his wife, and did not consummate the marriage until Jesus was born.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)
Finally, this passage from Matthew 1:18-25 is a powerful and significant way to start not only the Gospel of Matthew but the Gospels, New Testament and the life of Jesus Christ. It tells how Jesus’ was born to the Virgin Mary, while she was engaged to be married to Joseph, a carpenter. The birth of Jesus fulfillment of a prophecy foretold by the prophet Isaiah completing the prophecy that a virgin would conceive and bear a son, who would be called “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.” The passage also emphasizes how important Joseph and Mary were as the earthly parents of Jesus and what they did to give Him life.
We see Jesus’ birth and the importance of Him coming to the world as the Son of God. It is a reminder of the love and grace of God, who sent his Son to provide salvation for humanity from sin and death. When studying this passage we are instructed to follow Jesus, being His disciples, sharing the good news of His birth. Focusing the hope and salvation He gives to the world. Be inspired by the example of Joseph and Mary and copy their faithfulness to the call of God. Always seek to follow Jesus more closely as one of His followers.
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