Thursday, 5 January 2017

Christmas Crib' 2016

 



I have created this crib on the theme: "I am the Resurrection and the Life."


I have shown the birth of our Lord Jesus in the tomb, signifying HIS dual nature- "I am the resurrection and the life." A further attempt is made in showing HIS second coming- "Christ has died; Christ is risen, Christ will come again." 
 
Life is resurrected- life is born.
 
Each element of the crib has a deeper meaning. Therefore, I request you to read the description of the crib as you admire its spiritual beauty.

Christmas Theme: I am the Resurrection and the Life.

  1. The tomb: The tomb is shown in white, signifying HIS divinity; His resurrection and HIS humble birth- here, the victorious Christ is resurrected to new life. Furthermore, I have shown HIS birth in the tomb signifying HIS second coming at the end of time. ("Christ has died; Christ is risen, Christ will come again.")
  2. Heart and the Star:  Christ( the love of God) is born to give new life to the world. Star- the symbol of HIS birth. The green color is symbolic of new life; peace; something that is alive; something that is growing. Furthermore, the green color alludes to green wood- symbolic of Christ' innocence- ("For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?") [ Luke23:31 ]
  3. Tombstone: The tombstone is symbolic of the world-  putting an end to the 'love of Christ'- but, Love conquers all; defeats death and sin- breaks open every barrier.
  4. Palm leaves: 2000 years ago, people welcomed Christ as a Prophet- in present age, people are gradually coming to believe in HIM and accept HIM as the 'Messiah'. Palm leaf symbolizes welcome; rejoicing. ("Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!") [ Luke 19:38] [Mat 23:39]
  5. Vine offshoot: The vine sprig sprouting from the tomb is symbolic of Christ- the source of life- giving new life to the world. ("I am the vine; you are the branches.) [ John 15:5 ]. Christ is the vine in whom our life should be deeply rooted. 

Our Faith ( in resurrected Christ)  begins here (in the tomb)-  "And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith." [ 1Corinthians 15:14 ]