Most of us don’t spend much time, if any, in the Scriptures. We take other peoples’ word for it and don’t seek the Truth for ourselves. Jesus’ birth story and the nativity scene stands alone as the greatest event of all time – together with His life, death and resurrection. He is our salvation and deliverer which is the very meaning of His God-given name, Jesus. The whole counsel of His word is life’s manual for His disciples.
Related Post: Find the Merry in Your Messy
Christmas, for many of us, is the time to remember and celebrate Jesus’ birth. A practical way that many of us do this is by displaying a nativity scene in our homes. Many people, Christian and non-Christian, have the nativity scene on display during the holiday season. It’s become more of a tradition than anything else. Let’s look at the definition.
What is the nativity scene about?
The nativity scene is a set of figures displayed at Christmas as an artistic representation of the birth of Jesus Christ. Traditionally the nativity scene displays figures of the infant Jesus, his mother, Mary, and her husband, Joseph. Other characters from the nativity story, such as shepherds, sheep, and angels may be displayed near the manger in a barn intended to accommodate farm animals, as described in the Gospel of Luke.
But, is that accurate? No. Without a doubt Christmas, and the nativity scene, has dubious origins.
It’s important to note that we are not saying you shouldn’t have or display a nativity scene. We love it! But it’s important to know that it’s not 100% accurate. Knowing and understanding the Bible for ourselves is a very important part of the Christian faith.
One of our authors, Judy, put together this ten question quiz about the nativity scene and it’s accuracy which is made to be both fun and informative for our readers.