I recently found a Facebook page called: “Festival of Nativities”. The four-day event is held annually by the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints. Deseret News put together a collection of paintings depicted by LDS Christians. The artwork inspired and fascinated me. Enjoy.
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
The Story of Christmas is more than merely retelling the advent of a babe in Bethlehem. It is one of the seminal events in human history.
That babe in Bethlehem, born in a lowly manger, was Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world and the Son of God—our Redeemer.
Jesus Christ suffered and was crucified for the sins of the world, giving each of God’s children the gift of repentance and forgiveness. Only through His mercy and grace can we be saved. His subsequent resurrection prepared the way for every person to overcome physical death as well. These events are called the Atonement. In short, Jesus Christ saves us from sin and death. For that, he is very literally our Savior and Redeemer.
Image by Isabel Matos from Mercy Hospital Chapel, Miami, FL
This season, we invite you to read the Christmas story anew with your family and friends. Look for the hope and meaning it can bring to your life. We join with the angels of old as they announced the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, to the shepherds:
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 ~ Mormon.org
Although I am Roman Catholic, we are all Christians and celebrate in unisson the day of the birth of Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, Light of the World. So many of us get caught up in the commercial aspect of it that we forget it’s about The Gift God gave us, and BEING like God’s Gift to others.
Christmas is a festival of the heart above all for me. God’s Heart was so Pure and Unconditionally Loving, that He manifested Himself through His son, Jesus, for us, to save and bring us Hope. That is why I love this day so much. This year in particular I will cherish the moments with my loved ones.
Happy Birthday to Our Lord, JESUS, and Merry Christmas to my readers, editor and fellow writers at “The Speech A Time for Choosing”. It was a great year. Best wishes for a Happy 2014.
All nativity scenes are depicted by Latter Day Saint Artists. You may find the entire article here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865569137/Nativity-scenes-depicted-by-LDS-artists.html.
The Festival of Nativities takes place in Washington state. Their page: https://www.facebook.com/FestivalofNativities