Throughout the world, Christians celebrate the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ. The familiar events of this glorious story, found in the New Testament, center around the baby Jesus, surrounded by Joseph and Mary, several farm animals, shepherds with their lambs, and later, the wise men with their camels—all under the brilliance of a new star set in the heavens to mark Christ’s birth.
The nativity scene has been recreated thousands of times in wood, clay, and other media by artists and craftsmen from nearly every culture in the world. Its presence in homes during the holiday season serves as a reminder of His birth.
As we view such scenes, we are filled with gratitude not only for the Lord but also for his sacrifices and atonement in our behalf.
The following crèches—nativity scenes—currently on display at the Museum of Church History and Art give us a fresh perspective and an appreciation for how artists of various cultures portray the wonderful story of the Savior’s birth.