Friday, December 08, 2006

The Birth of Jesus in the New Testament

I wrote a short introduction to the birth narratives of Jesus in the Gospels of the New Testament for this week. The following is the conclusion of the article and a call for a rediscovery, appreciation and application of these powerful narratives:
The four Gospels in the New Testament present four unique and yet complimentary pictures of Jesus -- and this is evident in the way they record the birth of Jesus: Matthew presents Jesus as the King of the Jews worthy of obedience and worship; Luke shows a humane Savior that brings good tidings and liberation to the poor, neglected and marginalized; Mark present Jesus as Lord that serves in secret and thus shows a new way, free from the fight for supremacy and status; and finally, John presents Jesus as God, who comes as the Word become flesh and this shines in the darkness to bring a new beginning in this world. May we use this advent season and time of celebration to rediscover the powerful birth narratives in the Gospels of the New Testament.

Here is a link to the full article: