WHY THE NATIVITY? is a documentary with re-enacted scenes of the Nativity Story. Narrated by Dr. David Jeremiah of Turning Point Ministries. The movie opens with background information on Mary and Joseph and their betrothal. It depicts the angel Gabriel visiting the Virgin Mary and telling her about the baby she will be carrying. An angel comes to Joseph in a dream, telling him about the holy conception, adding that Jesus “will save people from their sins.” The rest of the movie shows Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, and the visits from shepherds and the wise men to Baby Jesus.
Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in WHY THE NATIVITY? is somewhat slow. Otherwise, it’s a captivating documentary with excellent production values. WHY THE NATIVITY? has a strong Christian, biblical worldview. It discusses the meaning of the incarnation of the only begotten Son of God. It presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Streaming for free on Dr. Jeremiah’s website, and later on TV, WHY THE NATIVITY? is a great Christmas gift for the whole family.
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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian, biblical worldview about the incarnation of Jesus Christ and presenting the Gospel of Jesus
No foul language
Angry residents reject Mary, and two of them spit in front of her
No alcohol us
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
WHY THE NATIVITY? is a Christian documentary with re-enacted scenes of the angel Gabriel visiting Mary, of Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem, of Jesus being born, and of the shepherds and the wise men visiting Baby Jesus, narrated by Dr. David Jeremiah, the founder of Turning Point Ministries. Now streaming on Dr. Jeremiah’s website for free and on various TV outlets in December, WHY THE NATIVITY? is a captivating, spiritually uplifting look at the meaning of the Nativity and the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.
Using the Word of God, Dr. Jeremiah narrates the re-enactments of the Nativity Story. It begins with the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary and telling her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her, and she will conceive a son, whom she will call Jesus. Jesus “will be called the Son of the Most High” and “The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever.”
When Joseph, Mary’s betrothed husband, heard about Mary’s pregnancy, he was all set to divorce her quietly. However, an angel came to him in a dream, telling him about the holy conception, adding that Jesus “will save His people from their sins.” At this point, Dr. Jeremiah reminds viewers of the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14, which says, “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel,” which means “God with us.”
The rest of the movie details how Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem, Joseph’s hometown, to be part of a Roman census. It also shows how difficult it was for Mary and Joseph to find a room where Mary could give birth. Finally, the documentary depicts the birth of Jesus, followed by the visits from the shepherds and the wise men, with Dr/ Jeremiah summing up what the Nativity Story meant for the mankind and what it still means for us today. The ending includes a presentation of the Gospel by Dr. Jeremiah.
The only slow part in the WHY THE NATIVITY? movie is the Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Otherwise, it’s a captivating, informative documentary with excellent production values. In fact, the production team created a large set of Bethlehem to film the dramatic re-enactments there.
WHY THE NATIVITY? has a strong Christian, biblical worldview. It discusses the meaning of the incarnation of the only begotten Son of God. It also presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ. WHY THE NATIVITY? is a great Christmas gift for the whole family.
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