Last week we read about how God created everything in the six days of creation. We also read how Jesus (God's Son) was there in the beginning with God, the Father, and about Jesus' involvement in the creation.
This week our daily readings focus on Jesus and His purpose for coming down from heaven to be born of a virgin here on this earth.
Today's Bible Reading is Matthew 1:18-25:
18The mother of Jesus Christ* was Mary. And this is how the birth of Jesus happened. Mary was engaged to marry Joseph. But before they married, Mary learned that she was pregnant with a child. Mary was pregnant by [the power of] the Holy Spirit.*19Mary's husband, Joseph, was a good man. He did not want to bring shame to Mary before the people. So he planned to divorce her secretly. 20But after Joseph thought about this, an angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream. The angel said, "Joseph, son of David,*don't be afraid to accept Mary to be your wife. The baby that is in her is from the Holy Spirit.*21She will give birth to a son. You will name the son Jesus.*Give him that name because he will save his people from their sins."
22All this happened to make clear the full meaning of the things the Lord said through the prophet*: 23"The virgin*will be pregnant and will give birth to a son. They will name him Immanuel."*(Immanuel means, "God with us.")24When Joseph woke up, he did the thing that the Lord's angel told him to do. Joseph married Mary. 25But Joseph had no sexual union with Mary until she gave birth to the son. And Joseph named the son Jesus.
Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God.Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world.son of David Person from the family of David, second king of Israel, about 1000 years before Christ. JesusThe name Jesus means "salvation." prophet A person that spoke for God. Sometimes a prophet told things that would happen in the future. virgin A girl that is not married and has never had sexual relations."The virgin ... Immanuel" Quote from Isa. 7:14.
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