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.
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!
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.
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.