Here's a project I've had in mind for a while - a miniland-scale nativity scene.
Silent night, holy night -
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child,
Holy Infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born,
Christ, the Saviour is born.
Silent night, holy night -
Son of God, love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth "
This project took shape over about 10 hours of work. As my first foray into miniland scale, I am fairly pleased with the results. My next nativity, however, I want to be something I can actually display - nothing so fragile. Giovanni gets the credit for that great idea.
So what year was Jesus born? Although at first glance it might seem he was born in the year 1 (or 0? -is there such a year?), he must have been born sometime between 4 and 6 B.C., while Quirinias was governor of Syria, as Luke reports, and Herod was king of Judea. The mistake that Jesus was born in year 1 was made by a Roman abbott in 533 as he was designing a new Christian calendar.
Was Jesus born in a wooden structure? Probably not. During the census, many temporary shelters would have been set up around Bethlehem to house the taxpayers. Lacking room there, Mary and Joseph may have used one of the many shepherd's caves around Bethlemen. (Manners & Customs of Bible Times, Gower 1987.)
All this historical information is fun to think about, but it pales in comparison to the big issue: Was Jesus a real person? The historical evidence is there, but at some point it becomes a personal question. Can you accept that God would love you so much that he'd separate himself from his son, a part of his being that had been with him for all eternity, and send him to earth. To a place that would ridicule, misunderstand, and eventually crucify him. God did this, know that it was the only was to fully and eternally put sin to death. With sin fully paid for forever, you are now able to know God, though his son Jesus.
This is the most important reason for celebration this season. So have fun, be merry, and remember God's gift to you!
Very nice. I know I'm not the first to say it, but I like how you did the hay! I also noticed the reference, In my highschool classes we need to have citations in our essays. Good of you to use Lego to bring glory to God!
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
Will the wife do another photo shoot?
She offered, but I think the Christmas busyness and traveling will not leave any more time. She also says there's something wrong with her camera, something that inhibits taking pictures in low light - some problem with the shutter that I don't understand. So, probably not.
Amazing the build! Brilliant idea with the hands. The background must have taken more effort. Will the wife do another photo shoot? The missus raised the bar on the photography. It would be a shame to not see the MOC in its full glory... XD (I can't really talk. My photography skills are mediocre at best...)
I like it
December 20, 2009
Nice, Are you a Christan AFOL? I would have thought it funny if Baby Jesus were a minifigure. (Without a face)
Theres more evidence to what year Jesus was born, As (supposdly) Christians took that day (25 of December) as it was already a pagan holiday (At least I think it was pagan)And it was the easiest day for the christians. Anyway awesome!
Yeap... now we know why your wife takes most of your pics for ya. Not that I have room to talk. The entire moc is wonderful! But what really stood out to me was the use of hands for straw. Great parts usage there. Of course the handless figs made it that much funnier! Merry Christmas! ~ Chris.
This is wonderfully done Wes, I especially like the parts usage for Joseph's beard. Obviously more work went in to this then is immediately apparent; a lot going on in the background that adds all that depth! Merry Christmas and MOCy Festivus!~H