- the simple, primitive, dirty stall in Juda in comparison to the
monumental, imperial architecture of Rome?
It was the Roman emperor Augustus, who through his census, forced
Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem. By so doing he helped fullfil
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are
small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who
will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient
Micah 5, 1
The child, together with his parents, appears
to be lost amidst the decaying remains of the Roman Empire. Yet it
is he who grants new life amidst the ruins. True eternal life that
comes from God. That is the Good News - the joyful message of this
child, the Son of God, the redeemer, the saviour!
This nativity scene also serves as a reminder of the mighty temple
in Jerusalem, where the baby Jesus and old Simeon met. It is out of
Simeon's mouth that we hear the words for this nativity scene:
... for my eyes have seen your salvation ...
Luke 2, 30
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