Have you heard of the kids story “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt“?
What if the Bear Hunt happened to be mixed with the Nativity?
It turns out its called “The Greatest Journey”…
Obviously nothing to do with Bear Hunts…
Notice when the blanket is dropped.
Accidental, or on purpose?
“It used to be summer when Christmas came round…”
Tim Hawkins on Christmas…
A Christmas scene, just around the corner?
Well this is the season of the Nativity Play. And the Church Sofa is no different. Well… there are some differences from a standard Nativity Plan.
For starters (like the original Easter play) this is a play hosted by The Rebel Alliance, and the Empire from the Lego Star Wars Universe. (There may be some other guest appearances as well), and sadly this play is also told through a number of photographs, no video is available.
Just like your local nativity play – you may have seen this before.
Also, this may not be the most Biblically accurate Nativity Play ever. BUT I can confirm there are no lobsters.
Oh… and its also a bit silly.
So with out further waffle, please let me introduce a re-edited repeat of:
A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy far Far Away…
26 During Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary. 28 The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord has blessed you and is with you.”
Luke Chapter 1
Joseph didn’t exactly feel blessed when he heard the news… so planned to quietly call the whole marriage thing off.
At that time, Augustus Caesar sent an order that all people in the countries under Roman rule must list their names in a register. 2 This was the first registration;[a] it was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to their own towns to be registered.
4 So Joseph left Nazareth, a town in Galilee, and went to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, known as the town of David. Joseph went there because he was from the family of David. 5 Joseph registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged[b] and who was now pregnant.
Joseph tried checking into the one hostel in town…
As the hostel seemed a little over full… they ended up finding a shed around the back…
…Mary gave birth in a shed around the back of the hostel.*
8-12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
13-14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15-18 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
Luke Chapter 2
*Kinda roughly based on Luke Chapter 2 – ish.
1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”
3-4 When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified—and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well. Herod lost no time. He gathered all the high priests and religion scholars in the city together and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
5-6 They told him, “Bethlehem, Judah territory. The prophet Micah wrote it plainly:
It’s you, Bethlehem, in Judah’s land,
no longer bringing up the rear.
From you will come the leader
who will shepherd-rule my people, my Israel.”
7-8 Herod then arranged a secret meeting with the scholars from the East. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star appeared. Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, “Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I’ll join you at once in your worship.”
Matthew Chapter 2
9-10 Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!
11 They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.
Matthew Chapter 2
12 In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country.
Matthew Chapter 2
13 …God’s angel showed up again in Joseph’s dream and commanded, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him.”
(kinda based on Matthew Chapter 2)
They all went their own ways, and everyone lived happily ever after.
(And if you made it this far. Well Done. I might make a
more coherent better one, one year… )
May I present, some quotes from Donald Trump about Christmas:
“They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct, We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
“Our religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights. The American founders invoked our creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin reminded his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention to begin by bowing their heads in prayer. I remind you that we’re going to start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
“So when I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here someday and we are going to say ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” he said. “Merry Christmas. So, merry Christmas, everyone. Happy New Year, but merry Christmas.”
and finishing on…
“You go to stores, you don’t see the word Christmas,” Trump said last year. “It says ‘happy holidays’ all over. I say, ‘Where’s Christmas?’ I tell my wife, ‘Don’t go to those stores.’ .?.?. I want to see Christmas.”
With the above comments in mind, here’s some Christmas news from Nazareth. Where Jesus grew up. According to Mashable:
The mayor of Nazareth is canceling Christmas, and he’s blaming Donald Trump.
Ali Salam, who is Muslim in the Muslim-majority city, shut down all Christmas festivities in the city in protest of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
“Our identity and faith aren’t up for debate,” Salam said, according to the Times of Israel. “The decision (by Trump) has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year.”
The city council was the bearer of the bad news Thursday after the mayor made the economically risky decision. Religious tourists flock to the city where Jesus grew up, especially for the Christmas holiday.
Read more, including some Twitter reactions, over at Mashable.
While I wouldn’t suggest there is a definite direct line of cause and effect between Donald Trumps foreign policy, and the above news from Nazareth (with no other factors involved); I do find it interesting that the man who has seemed to concentrate so much on Christmas, has been quoted as a reason for Christmas being cancelled.
I guess Trump isn’t that great making sure that Christmas is all around.