Christmas thoughts: Jesus of Nazareth (movie); Jesus and the animals; vaccination passports viz. Matthew 25:40)

There are numerous movies about Jesus’ life. This one devotes time to the Nativity story, which is the proper focus of Christmas:

Jesus and animals: a photo essay

Confraternity of Penitents' Blog: December 23 over Two ...
On the road to Bethelem, with the help of a donkey
Manger scene
Jesus in the manger, Luke 2:7, 16
Jesus is called the Lamb of God (Agnus Dei). John 1:29, 36
Palm Sunday, riding a donkey down from the Mount of Olives, to Jerusalem
“In His hand is the life of every creature” – Job 12:10

John 2:14-15. Jesus frees the animals: “In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen.”
“God is Love” 1 John 4:8
The Peaceable Kingdom: Isiah 11:6-7
“And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
         And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
         And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
         And a little boy will lead them.”
Book of Revelation 6:2 – “… there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow,
and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.”

Finally, below: Babylon Bee satire of Joseph, Mary and Jesus being turned away from the inn due to being unvaccinated.

This is actually consistent with the verse Matthew 25:40: “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

I provide a sermon on the connection here, and in this graphic:

Scholars Now Believe Mary And Joseph Were Denied Room In The Inn Due To Being Unvaxxed

BETHLEHEM—Biblical scholars have uncovered a dusty old scroll that turned out to be a record of Jesus’s birth. According to the ancient writing, Mary and Joseph were actually denied room in the inn because they were unvaxxed.

“The record reveals the reason why they were denied a room in the inn, clear as a shining star in the East,” said scriptural historian Bart Madson. “The Holy Family’s vaccination status banned them from going indoors, according to the mandate at the time.”

The ancient writ describes Joseph and Mary approaching the inn’s entrance, exhausted from their long journey to Bethlehem, and Mary being great with child. The warm comfort of the inn’s door was quickly blocked by Karenekiah, a mask-wearing pharisee who smelled like hand sanitizer, demanding proof of vaccination.

When Joseph explained the family’s natural immunity due to the virus already passing through their family, he was mocked and ridiculed by the pharisee as being “anti-science” and a “Samaritan.”

The Pharisee then sent them away, according to the record. As they turned to leave, the innkeeper came out and apologized for the inconvenience, but that “Karen” was there to enforce the vaccine mandate, and that he had no choice.

“You always have a choice,” said Mary.

The innkeeper gave a long, tired sigh, according to the dusty scrolls, then motioned for the young family to follow him to the nearby stable, where they were made as comfortable as possible.

The rest of the story can be found in another book, available to everyone.

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