Symbolic Gospels Essay

703 words - 3 pages

Religion 101
Paper 2
April, 23, 2015
Symbolic Gospels
The purpose of this essay will be to focus on what Matthews Gospel is about and then evaluating the biblical and theological significance of the birth narrative of Matthews Gospel and what it says about the agenda of that particular Gospel.
The infancy narrative of Matthew begins with a long genealogy of Jesus, which basically shows how Jesus is son of Abraham who is the father of the nation of Israel, and David the King of the Jews. This may not seem important but this genealogy shows how Jesus is connected to the David line. Then we have Mary, who just found out she was pregnant and Joseph decides it is best to divorce her because he wanted to break his union with someone who is pregnant, by someone else. But behold the angel comes down and reassures Joseph that Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit and that he should take her back ...view middle of the document...

A major event in the book of Mark was Jesus being baptized by John. He was sent down to the desert for 40 days and nights to fast before his ministry. The details of the last supper is also described by Mark within this book. Jesus and the disciples were the major personalities in this book. The birth narrative of Luke begins with the announcement of the birth of John, whose mother was Elizabeth. An angel came to Zechariah, Elizabeth's husband and the angel said that his son John would be in great sight of the Lord that he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even in his mother womb and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. In the sixth month the angel Gabriel who already came to Zechariah came to the Virgin Mary that she will bear a son and he will be great and will be called the son of the Most High. Mary then visited Elizabeth and she finds out that Elizabeth is pregnant. Then Elizabeth has her child John and then Jesus is born. The shepherds visit Jesus in the manger and they soon believed that this child was the son of God. Eight days later he was named Jesus. (Matt 1:1-21, Luke 1:57-58, Luke 3:23-38, Matt 10:1, Mark 3:3-19).

  The similarities in Matthew, Mark and Luke can be explained by oral tradition meaning what they saw and heard for themselves; as well as stories and events told by communities during Jesus life and after his death. Both Matthew and Luke narratives are similar for the fact that the angel came to them and give them the good news of the Messiah.

The Synoptic Gospels all tell the story of Jesus, and proclaim him the Son of God. Essentially what we believe in as Christians will not change whichever way the synoptic problem is solved. Whether we know him as the King, the Servant, the Son of Man or Son of God , we know he is one in the same; Jesus. As is shown by the writings of the Synoptic Gospels are a true testimony of the accounts of Jesus ministry. Although each author may place emphasis on different facets of Jesus birth, life, death and resurrection the subject remains the same. Jesus died to save us from our sins.

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