Nativity Scenes, Advent Activity 20

Don’t you just love the Nativity? I love walking through the stores and seeing the different variations but the message is always the same; the day when true and pure love came in the form of a tiny baby!

What does the word Nativity mean? Noun the occasion of a person’s birth “ the place of my nativity”, the birth of Jesus Christ, or a picture, carving, or model representing Jesus Christ’s birth.

God had wrote this story long before the very first Christmas. When Eve convinced Adam to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, after being told specifically not to ( isn’t that just like a child? ) we were separated from God and it broke his heart. So he began to set into motion for his Son, the Messiah, to restore our relationship with our heavenly Father. He used prophets to leave hints and signs of when our savior would come. Things like he would be born of a virgin (Mary), he would be born in Bethlehem, and he would be born into the line of King David. God made his children wait and wait for this special gift he was giving us. To look forward to his coming. To build excitement. Isn’t that what we as parents do for our children at Christmas when presents are wrapped under the tree but they must wait till Christmas to open them?

Each piece of the Nativity fulfills prophecy of the virgin birth (Mary) and humble beginning in a stable in Bethlehem with Joseph ( a direct decedent of King David ) The Star that led the wise men (Magi) to the babe to offer gifts and worship him and the baby Jesus.

Day 20 of the count down to Christmas Scripture, Luke 2:15-17 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven the shepherds said to one another, “Lets go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him they spread the word concerning what had been told to them about this child

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