Advent Days 9, 10, and 11 – Matthew 1:18-25

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.


Thank you for joining our family Advent study! Advent is an arrival or coming, and it’s a time for us as Christians to prepare for the coming of Jesus on Christmas. Our reading plan during Advent will explore the Christmas story and is based on the family-friendly Advent study “Truth in the Tinsel” by Amanda White. We will be using the daily scriptures in our personal time at the feet of Jesus while we SOAP (Not sure what SOAP is? Go here for the tutorial.) and then sharing these scriptures with our families so we can all prepare together and learn what Christmas is really about. For ideas to keep the young ones engaged and daily ornament crafts, get your copy of “Truth in the Tinsel” here.

Below is a SOAP journal entry from our team to help dive into God’s Word. We encourage you to join in this study by sharing in the Comments section on our website. You can share what God’s teaching you or your family, prayer requests, family Christmas traditions, funny responses from your kids, etc.

The Discover One Thing main website continues to follow the Life Journal Reading Plan which covers the whole Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.


Baby Jesus the Savior of Our World | Rebecca Hoyt

Matthew 1:21


This right here–“he will save his people from their sins”–makes me so happy; right there is all the hope I need. Reading Jesus’ birth story with my children, about the Savior of our world coming down as a little baby being fully human yet fully God, is amazing. My first baby came into the world on Dec.21. December is my favorite month of the year; there are so many ways to talk about and celebrate Jesus’ birthday, and I became a mom for the first time. I was nervous. I can’t imagine how Mary was feeling knowing she was going to be the mom of our Savior! Moms worry about our kids today, how much more would you worry thinking about raising God’s son. (And getting real here) Mary was chosen for being humble and other traits God favored, but she was human. I can’t imagine being so young and so pregnant and riding on a donkey to a new place. Wow! (I had enough trouble rolling over in bed at 8 months pregnant) But all that is worth it when you see that beautiful baby that God has given you. How happy Mary and Joseph and all the singing angels were that Jesus was born.


I love doing the Christmas study with my family. It has been on my heart to not just do a study in December but keep it up all year.


Dear God, thank You for Jesus coming down from heaven and being our Savior. Thank You for ways of telling our little ones about You. My prayer for my family is that we would have grateful hearts.


Posted on December 9, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Prayer answered! Without us talking about a study for the rest of the year, my husband last night told me he ordered the book Jesus calling for kids! Awesome!


  2. We think December is stressful getting everything ready for Christmas, but I never thought about the stress of this situation for Mary and Joseph. I read a post about this stress probably being the reason Mary went to visit Elizabeth for several months. Joseph’s stress was causing him to find a way out of his commitment to Mary. But both of them had very strong faith in God, to the point for Joseph that he obeyed an angel in his dreams three times, and for Mary that she trusted God would help her be the best mom to His son, all the way to the cross where she stood right beside him while he died. I love Amy Carroll’s hilarious post about this for Proverbs 31 Ministry; check it out here:

    A wonderful reminder in the midst of stress to stay connected to the One who provides peace this Christmas.

    How are you staying connected to Him?


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