Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas - #2504 - God With Us - Family Research Council (2) Nativity Scenes: A Valuable Witness to Society - Baptist Press

As we retreat into the peace of this Christmas season, it's a relief to feel the distractions of this world fall away. For a few quiet days, Christians everywhere can humbly reflect on the greatest miracle in the history of mankind. In no other religion does the Creator of the universe come down to earth and live among us, His own creatures. Yet Jesus came -- not as a king or conqueror -- but as a babe. What greater way could God express His approachability than by coming to earth, His earth, in the form of the most vulnerable creature on the planet?  He who would be the King of Kings was sent to us -- not in a royal palace or great Temple -- but in a lowly stable, surrounded by animals. He may not have been a child of wealth or privilege, but Jesus possessed something much more important: a family. He grew up -- not in brokenness of this world, but in the loving care of his mother and her husband. Read more........

Nativity Scenes: A Valuable Witness to Society - Baptist Press - Mayfield, Ky. (BP)--Nativity scenes, such as this one in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, constitute a means for the Christian community to witness about the incarnation of the Lord to an increasingly diverse American population. Nativity scenes, whether live performances or using figures of biblical personalities, can be found in virtually every American community where Christians reside. They have existed since Colonial times in America and, before that, in Europe for many centuries. Tradition credits St. Francis of Assisi with creating the first nativity scene in the early 13th century.  Read more.......

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