A couple of nights ago my Dad and I decided to get out of the house, so we went to see the Nativity story. He had been talking about it since I arrived, and I assumed that it was a play. It didn’t even occur to me that it might be a movie because I hadn’t heard anything about it. I hadn’t seen any trailers for it, or read any reviews.
Turns out, this is a terrific film. Its exactly what the name implies, the series of events that leads up to Christ’s birth and includes several facets of the story. It starts with Zechariah being told by God himself that his wife Elizabeth will bear a son that will prepare the way for Jesus, and that the child should be called John. It also chronicles the three kings desire to worship who they believe will be the next king, and their journey to find Jesus. And finally, it shows king Herod’s ruthless treatment of anything that he perceives as a threat to his authority.
I was impressed by the breadth of scope in showing the birth of Jesus. I also enjoyed the movie’s pace and simplicity. Those who have accepted Christ as savior will, of course, already know each character and the gist of the story. Character development is compelling, and the plot moves along quickly enough to hold your attention, yet not so fast that you miss the significance of what’s happening. The film itself is unpretentious in its presentation of the material, and while I’m no expert I felt that it was true to scripture.
My Dad and I both enjoyed the Nativity story. As we left the theater I was again struck by the beauty and magnitude of Jesus’ birth. I give it two thumbs up.