Merry Christmas

Mathew 1 (New Living Translation)

[18] This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.

[19] Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagementhquietly.

[20] As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

[21] And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,i for he will save his people from their sins.”

[22] All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

[23] “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.”

[24] When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.

[25] But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

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