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Based on Luke 1:26-38, this scene is the first in a small series of my Advent MOCs leading up to Christmas.
About this creation

God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”



Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”



“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.



I love this story because we see God doing the impossible. Mary's reaction of fear is completely human, but the sense of peace that she conveys in the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) is almost inhuman. Although still an imperfect woman, with the Holy Spirit, she illustrates the Apostle Paul's description of a New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Gabriel was extremely fun to build, as were the rafters and house details. I realized after photographing this that Gabe's head looked quite a bit like Legolaus's. I know that Mary probably didn't have blue eyes. Please excuse this inaccuracy.

There are a few things I need to clarify. Although I have Catholic roots, I think that the hight at which the Catholic church sometimes upholds Mary is unfounded. While I think Mary is a positive biblical character, and worthy of some admiration, I don't think that looking to her should be a priority over any aspect of God.

Soli Deo Gloria & Merry Christmas




Comments

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  January 20, 2013
this is fascinating, I love how the lego medium can be used for stories, this is beautiful! I m born christian, but, in the name of peace accomplishement, and love of all who inhabits this world, I m not limited to a single religion, the crusades has thaught me better, I was horrified on learning the truth about blind beleifs, any peace and deep spirited texts inspire me, thank you for spreading love man!
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  December 15, 2012
Wow, the Gabriel design is so breathtaking! You presented this powerful angel very well!
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  December 12, 2012
Thats a sick looking angle!
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  December 11, 2012
Beautiful! ~Ryan
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  December 11, 2012
Amazing angel! Great job. :D
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  December 11, 2012
Truly a great creation. Gabriel is so well-designed, and I love the biblical architecture and atmosphere. Mary, while perhaps a tiny bit inaccurate, is nevertheless wonderfully made and posed. I really love the dress technique in particular. Fine work and great message.
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  December 11, 2012
Gabriel just looks so epic in the main pic, well done!
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  December 11, 2012
It's always great to see a Biblical creation pop up on my "favorite builders" list. :) Nice work!
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  December 11, 2012
Awesome! Love the angel, truly a frightening sight. (If I was a minifigure) What did you use for Mary headdressing?
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  December 11, 2012
Very well done! I'm loving the cut-away rafters.
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  December 11, 2012
Great seasonal build. I love the angel, the scale difference to the mini fig creates a real feel of majesty.
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  December 11, 2012
Wow, great editing for that first picture! Mary's skirt is a very simple, but clever design! can't wait for more!
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  December 11, 2012
Wonderful little vig Max! Love the angel! Mary's skirt is awesome, and I love the little details in the build. The rafters are great as well! Can't wait for the next one!
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  December 11, 2012
Okay, as others have stated... it's the rafters, the angel and the skirt! Nice! :)
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  December 11, 2012
Great work Max! Like Ian, I also love the first photo. I'm looking forward to the next Advent creation. -LB Senior
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  December 11, 2012
Splendid build Max! The angel design is beautiful. I particularly like the arms/wings; absolute best use of the stormtrooper torso I've seen to-date. The overall color-scheme also works excellently and I agree with Paul about the rafters. Brilliant! My only little critique would be: more pictures please! Having seen this in "real life" I know we're missing out on several incredible elements (a bonus pic of just the angle and the exterior of the house, to name a few). Anyhow, Soli Deo Gloria and Merry Christmas indeed! P.S. That first picture is rather striking! Stunning stuff.
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  December 11, 2012
Awesome! i like the rubber band skirt, and that angel is fantastic!
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  December 11, 2012
Nice work, Max! I love the cutaway rafters!
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  December 11, 2012
Amazing Max! Love that angel design!
 
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