THE INFANCY NARRATIVES: Understanding the Christmas Stories in Scripture

Answer the following two questions:

1)  As you read the four Gospels you find that each one begins in a different way.  Which one is most appealing to you?  Why?  (Read Mt 1-2; Mark 1: Luke 1-2; John 1).

2)  a)  As you recall the Christmas story, which part of the story is most memorable to you?  Why?

     b)  Did it come from Matthew or Luke?  





Sandy  |  Voorhees  |  December 2, 2014  |  8:24 PM

After readingchapters 1 and 2 of the four Gospels, my favorite was the Gospel of Luke.  His writing is so descriptive, I saw how very difficult the journey of Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem was.  My favorite part of the Gospel was Luke's very detailed narrative of the angel of God telling the poor shepherds not to be afraid, your Savior has been born and that they should share this good news with the whole people.

Kathy Emrich  |  United States  |  November 30, 2014  |  10:15 PM

As I read the first chapters of each of the four Gospels, I particularly enjoyed Luke, who writes so beautifully and takes his time in presenting the definitive story of “Who Jesus is” in his humanity and his divinity.  Luke weaves such exquisite detail into each story that he enables us to visualize the people, the encounters, the setting and the dialogue…and it is this exquisite detail which allows us to enter into the story. 

There are so many stories in the first two chapters of Luke that are significant (Jesus’ birth, of course!) but the story that is most intriguing to me, is Lk2:8-14 – where the angel announces to the poor and lowly shepherds in the field that today a Savior has been born into the world.  Through Luke’s telling of the story, I can visualize the shepherds tending their sheep as the dark, cold, stillness of the night gives way and the heavens open up to the multitude of heavenly host praising God.  What a sight that would be!


Sherry  |  Voorhees  |  November 30, 2014  |  11:43 AM

I like the Gospel of Luke best. I like the way he presents the story of Mary with the angel appearing to her and announcing that she is carrying God 's son. It helps me relate  to Mary in a closer way. She appears so humble and trusting. I also love the birth narrative. After having been to Israel, I marvel at how they must have made that long arduous journey down to Bethlehem. It truly shows how much they trusted in God. In this narrative I think I hear those angels singing "Glory to God in the highest."

Angela Magenta  |  Infancy Narratives  |  November 25, 2014  |  11:09 AM

As I read the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, I realized that the most appealing to read was Matthew. I love the way Matthew wrote about the Jesus' Genealogy. It lays out the fourteen generations which I think are important because it shows God's plan in motion for the world's future. Matthew is more organized in telling the story, in a more understandable time line. I love the way he includes Joseph's dilemma, and how righteous he was. Being visited by the angel of the Lord, trusting God and making the right decision to be Jesus' adopted father. After all, Joseph has a huge part in this story even though he is not the biological father of Jesus he is from the line of David so that Scripture's are fulfilled.  

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