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Simon Birch is characterized by his small statute. Other children his age tower above him. Even at 12-years-old, Simon is still small enough to play the infant Jesus in the community's annual Christmas pageant. The baby Jesus symbolizes Simon's sad fate. Simon believes he has a destiny to fulfill because he is short in height. Jesus represents that destiny. Jesus sacrificed his life to save mankind. Simon sacrifices his life to save children in the school bus crash. Because Simon is small, he is able to help rescue children trapped in the bus. Simon symbolically fulfills the role of Jesus in the movie.
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