Christmas is the story of Jesus's birth. Important things are mentioned, for example, that Jesus is the Son of God. Also, that he is both human and divine, that he is the Messiah the chosen one who the Jews believe will liberate them and that he is that he is the decendant of the great king David. One thing for certain that both accounts have the same is that both Mary and Joseph were betrothed. As I mentioned before, Luke tells us more about the actual birth of Jesus, while Matthew's version concerns more on the visit of the wisemen, which the church connects with the feast of Epiphany on the twelth day of Christmas.
Joseph is engaged to Mary, she is pregnant and he plans a divorce. The angel announces to Joseph the birth of a son by the Holy Spirit. Wise men from the east ask Herod about the birth of a 'King of the Jews'. Jesus is born and visited by the wise men who were led by a star. Joseph is warned to take the child to safety in Egypt.
In the book of Isaiah, there are numerous prophecies, in which foretell of a Messiah whom shall save the Jewish people. According to Isaiah, a virgin woman will give birth to a son, who will be a descendent of David. This man will suffer, die, and will voluntarily accept the punishment for our sins and save those who believe in him (New American Bible Version, Isaiah 7:14, 11:1, 53:4, 53:7-8, 53:12). Jesus fulfills all of the requirements of a Jewish Messiah in the prophecies of Isaiah. In the town of Nazareth, a young woman named Mary, who was betrothed to Joseph, was visited by an angel.
While writing this summary paper, I intend to discuss my understanding of the historical Jesus, Jesus as the Messiah, and Jesus as the Personal Savior. About two thousand years ago God arranged the most humiliating circumstances possible for his incarnation into humanity. Jesus was born to a teenage virgin named Mary and her husband Joseph. The Annunciation is the revelation to Mary by the angel, Gabriel that she would conceive a child to be born the Son of God (Wikipedia, 2006). Although Mary was a virgin, Gabriel told her that God's power would make the conception possible.
God uses his relationship with Israel as a comparison for the meaning of biblical marriage as He designed it. As we know from Genesis 2, the first marriage here on earth was between Adam and Eve. God did not think it was good for man (Adam) to be alone and created woman (Eve) to help him. But Adam and Eve disobeyed God and were not only unable to display God’s intent of perfect marriage, but they have also made way for sin and death to enter the world. God decides to create a new picture of marriage between Him and His chose people Israel.
They are an outline on how to threat God and other people in everyday life. Jesus told the rich young man that to inherit eternal life he must keep the commandments. Christians believe that a foetus is a new life from the moment of conception. The beginning of life is mentioned in Jeremiah 1V5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, Before you were born I set you apart; I Appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God has set us apart for a mission and has considered an unborn child to be a living being. This would lead us to believe that God has plans for people even before they are born because Jeremiah claims to have been made a prophet before birth.
Matthew The book of Matthew is of the gospel genre. The key themes and events include the book of Matthew tracing the lineage of Jesus to Abraham. It also describes Jesus’ birth, baptism and the miracles that Jesus performed. Mary and Joseph were visited by three wise men, bearing gifts to the King of the Jews. King Herod heard of this news, and ordered that all young children be killed.
He instructed him to lead the people out of Egypt to Mt. Sinai where they were to worship Him. "Israel was about to be redeemed, rescued, and reconstituted as a covenant nation, and Yahweh meant all of this" (Merrill, 1991, p. 111). A name they recognized but did not know it's full power would be revealed to them. God gave Moses ten plagues to convince Pharaoh and his gods to let God's people go but not until the tenth plague Pharaoh would agree after losing his own firstborn son to the plague.
He prophesied that Jesus Christ would be born of a "Virgin." The word says "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and call his name Immanuel. The prophet Isaiah prophesied that this male child WOULD BE INCARNATE. (Isaiah 9:6) "For unto us a child is born unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, the prince of peace. THE GOSPEL INTRODUCTION OF JESUS I read about Jesus in the four gospels of the New Testament.
Because Jesus was known as a great teacher, the author of Acts believed that Jesus was the prophet who Moses was foretelling would arrive. Also, according to Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The... ... middle of paper ... ... captive permanently in these confined areas. While Jonah was cast from the fish, Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead and left the tomb. In conclusion, fulfillment is the New Testament writers connecting verbal predictions from the Hebrew Bible to events in the Christian New Testament, performed by the Messiah. The key is that the New Testament writers believed that Jesus was the Messiah, and so these predictions of the Hebrew Bible, according to the New Testament writers, correspond to Jesus’ life.