This is the time of year for Christmas Pageants – for children – a time of waiting and anticipation. A number of years ago I wrote a play for my drama kids about the birth of Jesus, the Messiah from the perspective of the shepherds. The play was serious at times and funny too, but the things that went on during rehearsal created the fondest memories.
This is a rewrite of a post originally written 11/12/14 on atimetoshare.me One of my favorite teachable moments.
A few years ago, I was rehearsing a short Christmas play with my after school drama class. The boys would be shepherds and sheep and the two lone girls, angels . While writing it, I realized that these children already knew about their Savior, but it was still a great opportunity to share some things with them.
The shepherds and sheep were antsy after a day of school. Their only thought was to let off steam. I reminded them that shepherds would not have been so boisterous and rowdy if they were trying to keep their sheep quiet. The angels sat quietly and waited for their time on stage and one worried if she would be able to say the word – Alleluia – without getting her tongue tied.
I wondered what those first shepherds did as they watched their sheep that night. They most likely were bored and tired of working all day. Some of them probably fell asleep, but most of them were ready to cut loose.
The script led to discussion on what the shepherds thought about the Messiah’s birth. In order to connect this to an exciting upcoming event, we talked about a super hero coming to wipe out their enemies. Suddenly those little boys settled down and ears perked up. I knew I had them.
We talked about how long the shepherds had been waiting for a Messiah. With a class of ten boys and two sweet girls the conversation quickly turned to John the Baptist. One boy said, “He’s the one who got his head cut off,” which completely turned everything 180 degrees. I was able to wrap it up by saying that Jesus came to take away the sins of the world – even the guy that chopped off John’s head. You had to be there. It was a great teachable moment.
We shared thoughts on why Jesus came to save us from our greatest enemy – the devil. He could’ve come like a muscle-bound super hero, but He chose to be born in deepest humility. He came to take our place – to carry our sin to the cross and rise again in pure glory – just like we will do someday.