This week’s Gospel reading (Sunday December 22, 2019) is from Matthew 1 verses 18-25. In this classic Christmas passage, an angel appears to Joseph explaining the miraculous pregnancy of his soon to be wife, Mary. These Sunday School Lessons and learning activities will help you explain the meaning of this scripture.
Sunday School Lessons (Matthew 1:18-25) Joseph Accepts Jesus
This Matthew 1:18-25 lesson plan originally appeared on Ministry-To-Children. We’ve included several bonus coloring pages to help you prepare for your class.
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Activities for Sunday School based on Matthew 1:18-25
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Liturgical Reference for December 22, 2019
Revised Common Lectionary for FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT. Year A. December 22, 2019
Matthew 1:18-25 NIV
Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Matthew 1:18-25 NIV on Bible Gateway
Further Bible Study on Matthew 1
See Matthew 1 and Saint Joseph (father of Jesus) on Wikipedia for background information. See Matthew 1 on Bible Hub for parallel chapter for your Bible studies.
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