What was Tony Jordans: “The Nativity” about?

Well. Its been and gone, but what was Tony Jordans: “The Nativity” all about?

Easy Answer. The Birth of Jesus

Was it really?

You have the Magi, Herod, Elizabeth and the whole cast but the script seemed to really draw out two characters; Thomas and Joseph. Two guys struggling with faith. Thomas  has a simple job as a shepherd. He believes in God, but struggles with money, work, health, and finding his place in the world.

While Joseph, in my opinion has the biggest story of them all. A little shy and perhaps a little unsure of himself we see him fall in love with the girl he’s been dreaming for, we see how much he misses her when she was gone, and we see his heart break. We see him question, we see him run, and we see him return.

A few days ago I commented to @iccleanne, that the Church almost seems less human around Christmas time. Worship becomes about predictable carols, sermons almost become guessable, the whole Church thing at Christmas… I cant help but sometimes feel its scripted…

The Nativity reminds us of the humanity at the centre of Gods heart.

Even if Mary is wrapped in Blue by the end…

Watch on iPlayer.

One Reply to “What was Tony Jordans: “The Nativity” about?”

  1. A wonderful ‘human’ depiction – no heavenly music or dazzling white in sight (apart from the star).

    Interesting to hear words from the Gospel of John in the Magi’s mouth – but not inappropriate.

    Touching, too, that even hard-bitten scriptwriter Jordan could not bear to leave Mary unaided at the end and kindly provided a midwife.

    In Greek Orthodox iconic tradition tears are a sign of the Holy Spirit’s presence. If that is so – then the Spirit came as I sat and watched in i-player just now.

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