We are commanded to carry the Gospel into all the world
An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up. Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.” Matthew 2:13
In Africa the children rehearsed for the annual Christmas play. I asked them to bring the props they would need from home on the day of the program. They brought clay jars, colorful robes, goats and sheep.
There was no donkey to carry Mary to Bethlehem, but the children didn’t look around and ask each other, “How will we get Mary to the stable?”
Without any prompting an older boy stepped forward and dropped to his hands and knees. Mary climbed onto his back, and he carried her across the courtyard, down into Bethlehem and to the manger.
At the end of the play the shepherds, angels and wise men departed. Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus in her arms, were left alone in the manger. An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up. Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.” Matthew 2:13
Again the boy stepped forward, dropped to his hands and knees, and took the role of donkey. Mary tied baby Jesus to her back African-style. She climbed onto the boy’s back and they went down into Egypt.
The momentum of the drama never stopped. The children did what needed to be done to transport Mary and Baby Jesus.
The boy who acted the part of the donkey, symbolically carried the Gospel, baby Jesus throughout the country.
Jesus Christ the Lord, our Savior is born. Let’s be the ones who take the message of Christ into the world.