Friday, December 11, 2015

The Prison Inmates' Christmas Play

Several years ago, the inmates in a maximum security prison decided to act out the Christmas story for the other prisoners. Because none of the props could be brought in, all the costumes had to be made from what they could find inside the prison.

A mop was used for Mary’s hair. A ski mask with cotton balls glued on a sock was used as sheep. A cardboard box became the manger. Everything was falling into place, except for one problem. They needed a baby Jesus. They couldn’t use a baby doll because nothing could be brought in. Someone suggested that Mary could just hold a blanket with nothing inside. Everyone said that wouldn’t do. They were running out of ideas.

On the day of the performance, the prison chaplain came running to the group of actors and said, “I think I found something that you can use for baby Jesus.” Now the play could go on. 
The Christmas story was portrayed beautifully and the inmates were enjoying the performance.

They came to the scene where the prisoner with the mop on his head playing Mary was about to reveal her baby—the Christ child. Mary picked up a blanket from the manger (the cardboard box) and carefully unwrapped it. Inside the blanket was not a doll, but a cross that had been hanging in the chaplain’s office. A cross in the manger—what a perfect example of why Jesus came to earth!

Jesus born—to die. That’s an incredible thought. He left heaven and took on a human body was so that He would die on a cross for your sins. He was physically born 2,000 years ago, but He wants to be spiritually born in your heart today. And that’s the complete Christmas story.  @Kent Crockett

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