William Shakespeare penned these words in his play, As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances…”

     Most of us have seen a wide variety of Christmas plays and pageants in our lifetimes and perhaps have even been in one or more of them ourselves.  For His cast,  God the Father signed on and coordinated the innocent and the majestic, the humble and the proud, the unlearned and the scholarly, the good and the evil in widely diverse characters for roles in that first great Christmas drama. God’s choice of players includes.

     Jesus Christ: The Key Person of the Christmas story. He was born to die.  “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning… The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 1-2, 14).  Jesus willingly gave up the majesty and acclaim of heaven. He humbled Himself so far as to be born a baby in a stable. As He grew, He was tempted in all ways, just as we are, yet was without even one sin. He gave up His life on the Cross. As a Man, he got hungry, cold, and tired.

Then, in the fullness of His time, at the exact moment prophesied, He gave up His life on the Roman cross. The Jews of His day intentionally and wrongfully condemned Him to death; the Romans carried out their dreadful crucifixion; but it was our sins—theirs, yours and mine—that fashioned the nails. The final curtain fell.  Jesus was dead. But, the great “Play” doesn’t end there.

For three days all heaven held its breath.  Then the Father cried, “ARISE, MY SON!” Jesus is not dead! He rose again to life everlasting and lives today in heaven in the place of honor at the right hand of God the Father!  And you too can you live forever with Him because Jesus says in His Word, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…”

As the “Drama” now continues, what role will you play? At the end of it all, where will you be found?  Scripture says, “Today is the day of salvation.” Don’t delay.  I urge you to receive Christ into your heart! Live for Christ every day of the year! Anticipate spending an eternity with Christ! He desires you to be with Him.  After all, He died so that you could serve and live for Him.  He has Spiritual Gifts for you so you can sacrificially serve others as He served and loved others.