Yesterday we began our celebration of Christmas, the Advent of our Savior and Lord. Jason and Kristin were unable to join us due to a planned visit from some of Jason’s relatives from the state of Michoacan. So, we had a time of worship as a family and followed that by pulling out many boxes of decorations, the tree, etc. and setting it all up.
Grandma decided she didn’t want to set up her little Christmas tree and wooden nativity so she offered it to Dayton to set up as “his” tree and nativity. It appears the manger still had some animal feed in it…the critters are really moving in there.
This morning Beth noticed that the pewter nativity scene had undergone a change from last night. Dayton loves to play with these things and as you can see, he decided it would be better for the angel to keep the shepherd away from the baby while the magi have their turn (probably a couple years early to the story). Nonetheless, it appears that baby Jesus is well protected.
As you probably know, the magi were not there at the nativity scene…animals were probably not there either…at least not exactly in close proximity. The manger was probably not a wooden box with hay. We don’t really know exactly, do we?
Nonetheless, these little scenes are generally much more accurate than the ones we see here in public plazas. These scenes usually contain witnesses to the nativity that include Catholic priests and monks and nuns gazing upon the baby, and devils peering through windows.
Actually, Scripture tells us the angels looked on in wonder at what this all meant, and I do suspect the Devil and his minions were not far away either, looking on with twisted wonder as well. Through the annals of time, it would be just a few short years before the heel of the Messiah would be bruised and the head of the serpent, Satan, and the curse of sin and death would be crushed.
Praise God for Immanuel, God with us, who came and conquered and who will come again and visibly reign.