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Describe the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

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Describe the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem; include the Shepherds. The first mention of a Messiah to be born was prophesised in the old testament as a suffering servant of God; which was later prophesised again in the new testament in Luke's gospel: "The angel answered: 'The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God's power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God.'" (Verse 1 line 35 of Luke's Gospel) It was then announced again by the birth of John who was born to prepare the people for the Messiah's/Jesus' birth and arrival: "You, my child will be called a prophet of the Most High God. You will prepare the his road for him, to tell his people that they will be saved." (Verse 1 line 76-77 of Luke's Gospel) The birth of Jesus happened in Bethlehem in Judea. At this time Emperor Augustus order there to be a census so that he could count how many people lived under his rule; therefore the people had to return to be registered to their hometown. ...read more.

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All of the stories within all the Gospels show that people can make mistakes and the most important thing is to believe in God and trust in him; these thoughts of many Christians are shown in Zechariah's song in Luke's gospel. This passage shows that God is with us at all times. Explains why celebrating Christmas is important to Christians. Christmas is a very important time for Christians because it is a celebration of the birth of their saviour, the Son of God. His birth was a start of a new covenant and the fulfilment of the old one. Christmas is to celebrate the birth; a new life this time is a chance for Christians to re-new their faith. "This very day in David's town your Saviour was born - Christ the Lord!" (Verse 2 line 11 of Luke's gospel) Christmas is also a time for giving and receiving gifts from the people around who you care for and care for you. This tradition was picked up from the very beginning when the Shepherds brought gifts for baby Jesus. ...read more.

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Many people feel that Christmas is too commercialised and people have lost the true meaning of Christmas and therefore should be limited to one day a year: "This very day in David's town your Saviour was born - Christ the Lord!" (Verse 2, line 11 of Luke's gospel) Personal I feel that I am not one of these people I feel that a true Christian should celebrate the birth of Jesus everyday and should not wait for a certain day to do so: "I'm of the opinion that Christmas should be celebrated seven days a week, 24 hours a day all year round," he said. "That's what I'm waiting for. People should have the same attitude they have at Christmas all year round." Taken from Rev. James Wallbridge. The Christmas holiday really begins on the first day of Advent, which represent the four disciples: Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. It is also a count down to the four weeks until Christmas; when each week passes a candle is lit. There are Christians who refuse to celebrate Christmas, because they believe it is unbiblical. Other Christians cannot imagine not celebrating Christmas. Still others feel that Christmas is for Christians only and non-believers should not be allowed to celebrate the holiday because they don't know Christ. ...read more.

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