Angels visit Joseph and Mary

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Angels announced Christ's birth to Mary, Zacharias, and Joseph.

Gabriel and Mary

The angel Gabriel visited Mary in Nazareth. She was engaged to Joseph. Gabriel told Mary she would give birth to the Son of God.

Mary was a virgin. Gabriel told her God's power would make the conception possible. Gabriel said "Nothing will be impossible with God." He then told Mary her elderly relative, Elizabeth, was six months pregnant.

John the Baptist's parents

Before visiting Mary, Gabriel appeared to a priest named Zacharias. He and his wife, Elizabeth, were very old. Gabriel told Zacharias they would have a son named John. And that John would prepare the way of the Lord.

Mary visited Elizabeth in her 6th month. When Mary arrived, Elizabeth's baby leaped in her womb for joy. This confirmed Gabriel's prophecy that John would have the Holy Spirit while yet unborn.

Joseph's vision

Joseph considered calling off the marriage. He learned about the pregnancy after Mary had conceived. But, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, and told him to marry her. The miraculous conception was caused by the Holy Spirit.

Joseph took Mary as his wife. He kept her a virgin until Jesus was born.

Insights

  • With God, all things are possible.
  • The unborn have a spirit.

Read

Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:5-2:45.

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