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Explain The Significance Of Jesus's Birth

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Explain the significance of Jesus' birth. Christmas time is a chance for Christians to celebrate, the birth of Jesus. They recognise it as the time when god came to earth, the incarnation, Jesus is referred to as god incarnate. The stories of Jesus' birth are found in the New Testament, in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. These gospels narrate the story from different perspectives, Matthew from Joseph's and Luke from that of Mary's. They have differences and reflect the conflicting factors which would have been difficult for the individual's concerned, whilst Matthew describes the plight Joseph faces when his virgin fianc´┐Ż discovers she is with child, Luke concentrates on the difficulties young Mary had proving her fidelity and innocence. They differ in other aspects too, the accounts of people present as His birth and what than angel Gabriel said to name the child. These however are minor discrepancies and do not deduct in any way from the true meaning of the story. The annunciation is a key point in the story; it is one of the first indications of how special, how unique this child and the circumstances surrounding His truly are. ...read more.

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Joseph and Mary travelled to Bethlehem to take part in the census; this is significant because it shows Joseph and thus Jesus' ancestral link with King David. Upon arrival in Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph are unable to find an inn with vacancies. This is highly symbolic, showing us of Jesus' humble beginnings. It is also possibly metaphorical of those who will never make room for the saviour in their hearts. According to the bible Jesus was born on 25th December, we know this to be untrue, however Christians still celebrate on this date. This is because they believe that Jesus' birth is far too significant an event to not recognise over such a small technicality. According to both gospels the holy infant was born in a stable and swaddled in cloth then placed in a manger to sleep. This point is again re-emphasising the point that Jesus' humility is a key factor, at a time when the meek and humble were badly downtrodden Jesus vulnerability coupled with his great power, showed a true saviour for the people. There are two accounts of the visitors to the holy family, the first can be found in Luke. ...read more.

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Joseph and Mary followed this practice and presented Jesus at the temple. Two God fearing prophets Anna and Simeon comment on how important Jesus' existence will be to mankind. This is highly significant; the prophets notice how extraordinary and special Jesus is even at this young age. Herod soon discovered that he had been lied to by the magi and that they were not about to return and give up Jesus. This angered him greatly and he decided to kill all the boy of ages two and under to ensure he had secured Jesus' death. This slaughter has become know as the massacre of the innocents, and fulfils a prophesy in the bible. This is significant to Christians as one of the reasons they believe he is a messiah is because his birth fulfils many prophesies. Joseph is again visited in a dream, this time he is warned of the threat to Jesus' life, the family go into exile in Egypt. Conclusion: Therefore to conclude, we can see the great significance of Jesus' birth even from a neutral position, more so for a Christian. The event surrounding His birth are dictated via both gospels form different viewpoints, this is necessary o communicate the story, as the events are so different but equally relevant. Jesus' birth has great symbolism and shows the way he starts to continue onto greatness. ...read more.

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