2. Key Information Nurtured by his family and community, Jesus was raised in the rich traditions of the Jewish faith. John’s Gospel begins with a prologue in which we read that the Word, Jesus Christ, who was with God and is God, took on our human nature and lived among us as a human being. The coming of Jesus Christ fulfilled the promise made by God to remain with his people forever and to send the Messiah to lead and save them.
3. Key Information Jesus Christ is true God and true man The Temple in Jerusalem was a sacred place where Jewish people gathered to worship God. To consecrate is to made sacred for God. We can learn from Scripture that Jesus’ family were devout Jews.
4. Key Information The laws of Moses required that a firstborn son be consecrated to the Lord after his birth. The accounts of Jesus’ birth and childhood found in the first two chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke are called the infancy narratives. Jesus’ mother, Mary, and foster-father, Joseph, were devout Jews.
5. Key Information The words In the beginning were used by the Gospel John to signal that a great new creation begins in Jesus Christ. In Luke’s infancy narrative we read of the young Jesus, so interested in his faith that he stays behind in the Temple while his family journeys home after Passover. To consecrate someone to God is to make him or her sacred for God.
6. Key Information The Infancy Narratives are the accounts of Jesus’ birth and childhood in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. In one Gospel story about the young Jesus, we read about him as a young man so interested in his faith that he stays behind in the Temple of Jerusalem after the feast of Passover. In the words of Simeon and the response of Anna, who saw the baby Jesus being consecrated in the Temple of Jerusalem, we find the true expression of Israel’s hope for the promised Messiah.
7. Key Information The word, Jesus Christ, is without losing his divine nature, took on our human nature and lived among us as a human being. Jesus Christ was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the Temple in Jerusalem, Simeon, a man full of faith in the Lord, took the infant Jesus in his arms and praised God.
8. Key Information In the words of Anna, a holy woman with the gift of prophecy, we find the true expression of Israel’s hope for the promised Messiah. In Jesus Christ, “God is with us” and has become one of us. Consecrate is to make sacred for God. The infancy narratives emphasize that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is descended from the family line of David, who was of the line of Abraham.
9. Key Information The temple was the sacred place where Jewish people gathered to worship God. To be consecrated is to be made sacred for God. In the Infancy Narratives it is proclaimed that Jesus is the promised Savior, and he will carry out God’s plan of salvation. God’s promises to his people, which can be found in the Old Testament, were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
10. Key Information God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 22:18, fulfilled in the tracing of Jesus’ ancestry back to David and Abraham in Matthew 1:1–17; prophecy that “the virgin will be with child” in Isaiah 7:14; fulfilled in God’s call to the Virgin Mary to be the mother of his only Son. Matthew 1:22–23; the verses in Isaiah 9:5–6 that begin “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us . . .” and the announcement of the fulfillment of that prophecy in the angel’s words to Mary in Luke 1:32–33.