Why did the Gospel writers of Luke and Matthew add birth narratives?

December 26, 2015

This year we are reading the birth narrative (all of it, including Chapter 1) from the Gospel of Luke to help realize why God sent Jesus to earth to live among us: "Why Incarnation?"


Today we'll get to the part in Chapter 2 where the angel choir proclaims the good news of the birth to the "shepherds abiding in the fields by night." (Luke 2: 8 - 20)


Specifically, I want my folks to consider why (although we will never really know) the author of the Gospel of Luke added a birth narrative to the previously written Gospel of Mark. I will suggest that, as well as the previous readings, Luke : 1 - 2:7), the birth narrative added good news.


So today, we are looking at what happened after the birth of Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem.

There was a sign.

Who gave it? What was it? Who received it? What did they do?


What does it suggest we should do?

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