CAVE NATIVITY SCENE
Cave Nativity Scene
| It cannot
be said for sure whether the stall in which Jesus was born was man-made
or a cave. A cave in which shepherds could find shelter for themselves
and their animals during bad weather or through the night.
In this nativity scene the cave is made of limestone - tuff. A very
new, soft, porous stone, whose wonderful structure develops when chalky
water drips onto leaves and branches.
This thought is worthy of reflection: Here we have creation holding
its hand over the creator:
The rocks, stones, trees and plants.
The message of the nativity points to the creator:
beginning the Word already was. The Word was in God's presence, and
what God was, the Word was.
He was with God at the beginning, and through him all things came
without him no created thing came into being.
John. 1, 1 - 3
from all Christmassy feelings: In the background the cross is waiting
by a stony pathway. It is here that the creator will finally fall
unprotected into the hands of mankind. Displayed as a sinner he will
die for the sinners.
What joy that beside the crib and the cross there is also the resurrection.
Another grotto, a cave with a sealed door totally unable to withhold
the sovereign, risen Lord.
Nuremberg June 1999