The Nativity Story Reviews
Joseph thinks about divorcing Mary but, that same night, the same angel that visited Mary visits Joseph and asks him to trust Mary. He then believes Mary and decides to stay by her side. On the other hand, King Herod hers about the prediction of a new king who would soon become the Messiah for his people. He orders everyone to move to their birthplace for the census. Since Joseph is a direct descendant of King David, he travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem covering a distance of 110 kilometers. Mary reaches goes into labor while reaching Bethlehem. Joseph searches for a room for both of them to stay, but cannot find anything. He is offered a stable by an innkeeper.
The nativity story tells us about the birth of Jesus, and how he was sent from God to virgin Mary and her husband Joseph. This is the beginning of the great story of Jesus the son of God who was sent to save humanity from all their sins and to live the rightful way following his examples as he lived. From his birth until his death, Jesus had a magnificent and unique life, the movie focuses on his birth, and also on the doubt and obstacles he was facing from before he was born. The Nativity Story relates to Christianity in World Religions.
The Nativity Story relates to World Religion because the story of Mary and Joseph is the beginning of Christianity and its' sects. Christians believe that Jesus is the son of God and was born as a "sacrifice" for human sin. Without the story of how Jesus being born, a different sect of religion wouldn't have been created. Jesus was raised Jewish and his followers were Jewish as well. In Judaism, its' followers believe that Jesus is the son of God, but not the messiah. After the death of Jesus, Christians believed that Jesus did die for our sins.
The movie starts in a small Jewish village where a young girl named Mary lives. An angel comes to her and tells her she will birth the son of God, Jesus. This is a problem because she has a husband and has never been intimate with a man. She goes to visit her cousin, who is much older, to find that what the angel told her is true and she is also pregnant. A bit of time passes and she decides to go home, but she is very pregnant. The people of the village treat her poorly and her husband decides not to accuse her of adultery after hearing her story. Joseph, the husband, has a dream and is visited by the same angel and is told not to be afraid as it is all Gods will. Caesar orders that all men return to their native land with their families to be counted. Mary and Joseph have to make the long journey to Bethlehem. Three wise men are on a journey as well, looking for the child who will be the son of God to worship him. The king, Herod, is also looking for the boy so that he can kill him because he thinks he will lead a rebellion against him. After the long trip, Mary and Joseph reach Bethlehem and she goes into labor. Because there is no room elsewhere, they have to stay in the stable with the animals, where Mary will give birth to their baby, Jesus. The wise men follow the star to the new family and give the baby gifts to honor him. King Herod sends the army out to kill all of the Jewish boys under the age of two in the village. Mary and Joseph flee just in time to save the baby.
This movie relates to world religions in many ways. Jesus is known to many different religions as either the savior or a prophet. The traditional Jewish see him as a prophet while Christians consider him to be the savior of mankind. This was the beginning of what is to become one of the largest religions in the world. Without these events coming to pass, a lot of religions would be different and many world events would be altered or not have happened.
The journey to Bethlehem is difficult, especially for a pregnant mother Mary. They sit around a fire with others or alone. They went down to the Jordan River, cross, then through Jericho and back up to Jerusalem. The road is rugged and dangerous. Food isn't always available. Jerusalem is an exciting place for the couple who might never have been through it before the birth of Jesus. When Joseph passes the Temple and sees the money changers and sellers, he comments on what should be a place of worship. We should not be surprised that others saw what Jesus saw as well.
When they arrive in Bethlehem, it was night time. Mary is ready to deliver and Joseph desperately was seeking to find a place to stay though there was no inn, finally settling in a cave with animals in it, the traditional idea of the manger was born. After Jesus was born, a star shines brightly over the manger and the shepherds from the field and the Magi all appear to see and worship. .
This movie relates to world religions I thought it captured the cultural aspects very well. Such might surprise some. Biblically, where it quoted scripture, it was accurate. Like when everyone came to the manger is traditional but not Biblical yet this scene doesn't take away from the power of the movie. They compress the events after the birth of Jesus into a few scenes. So to reiterate scenes with precision and accuracy through scripture I feel tis movies was a good movie for Christian beliefs
What differs is the human struggle Mary and Joseph face as they get ready for the arrival of the Messiah. Joseph feels betrayed by Mary after she returns from a long visit with her family Elizabeth and Zechariah and he sees the she is definitely pregnant. The town begins to shun her and makes her feel like an outcast. Even Joseph has a dream of stoning her to death for her betrayal. Joseph is approached by the Angel and informed that it was all ordained by God.
An decree is issued from Caesar that all heads of households are to return to their country of origin for a census. King Herod finds out about the coming King from a group of traveling wise men from the East, informing the King about the prophecy, he plots to have the child killed.
Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem helps the viewer to see inside the thoughts of a young couple who are ordained by God to help deliver the Savior of the world. Neither feels qualified to take on such a task and even Joseph, in a moment of connection with Mary, wonders "If I will be able to teach him anything."
The arrival of Jesus comes and the wonder and amazement of the new birth brings hope from the lonely, outcast shepherd to the wise men. A beautiful picture of the arrival of the Savior is the climactic centerpiece of everyone's journey. A very emotional, stirring hope is born and the realization that something special has occurred is realized by all.
While the acting is not all that special, the story and humanity side of it put the emotions and thoughts of those who lived during that time on display to make the viewer realize a whole new perspective on what went down leading up to, and including, the birth of Jesus.
In relation to World Religions, the movie shows where Jesus was born in Bethlehem but didn't go as far as to mention him living in Nazareth throughout most of his life. In text, there is also mention of Mary conceiving the child while being a virgin. The four gospels attested to the Spirit of God/Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus at his birth. Our textbook doesn't go into much detail on the birth of Jesus as it is portrayed in the movie. Although, all the religions we have reviewed have a belief in a higher power whether named Jesus or some other deity.
Brodd, Jeffrey. "Christianity." Invitation to World Religions. Instructor's ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2013. Print.