In lukes gospel this is clearly exemplified through

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Jesus even before his birth. In Luke’s gospel this is clearly exemplified through the shepherds. They comfort those afraid and abandoned, by bringing the good news of the great joy that is to come. Simeon wanted to see the Messiah before he died and associates Jesus with the salvation of the world. He states, “For my eyes have seen your salvation, which have been prepared in the presence
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Bordeaux 5 of all peoples, a light for revelation to the gentiles and for the glory to your people Israel” (Lk: 2:10-11). Anna is a widow who is seen honoring Jesus lavishly. Zechariah and Elizabeth are two that are unable to conceive a child, which in those days would suggest that they did something wrong in the eyes of God. Though instead he blesses them with a child who grows up to be the significant John the Baptist. They are marginalized, and yet are granted with more then they could have even hoped for. All of them, along with Mary and Joseph have marginalized statuses, and yet are showing more attentiveness and preparation for Jesus than the upper class. They are making an attempt in accordance with the will of God as it relates to relationships with others. Loving your neighbor, shows your love for God. Before Jesus was born, they all would have been seen as subordinate and as the marginalized. Yet, right from Jesus’ birth, they are the ones that make a better impression on Jesus, rather than all those in the higher class. Luke points out that Jesus, “has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty” (Lk:1:52-53). The lower class became the priority, for they are the true and loyal followers of Jesus. Overall, Jesus is acknowledged right from birth as someone with great significance and power. He is characterized as being the salvation for the marginalized and brings benefits to people and allows anyone the ability to receive contentment within the Kingdom of God, regardless of their status. Matthew and Luke portray the loyal outside class bringing the gift of Gods Kingdom to those in need, through their Infancy Narratives. Both stories have different plots, however convey the same underlying message. Jesus was born into the lower class and yet was still seen as the King. He came as a Savior to illuminate the pathway for the marginalized into the Kingdom of God.
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