Saturday, 3 December 2011

The Herdmans

I went to a play last night put on by Act Theater, many of the children from Arnold Church were involved in it. It was the first Christmas event I attended this year, well aside from the 1st Advent last sunday. The MC told us that the children had all done such a good job of learning their parts, in fact, they were so good we would all be fully taken in by it.

We were.

It was the best Christmas pageant ever! The play was based on a book by Barbara Robinson written in 1972, at that time the reviews said this book was bound to be a is.

The play was called "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" and as I said, it was, it was funny and so true. It tells the story of a family of kids, the Herdmans and how they were about to ruin the Church play, to make it the worst Christmas play ever! The Narrator, one of the main characters, said "The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world!"

The Herdmans, they were the lowest of the low, the poorest of the poor, dirty ruffians, who ended up learning about Jesus. They didn't ruin the church play, somehow they made the Christmas play better.

The Herdmans...kind of reminds me of the shepherds.

The shepherds, the lowest of the low, the poorest of the poor, that's what the people in those days thought. Dirty ruffians, who went looking for Jesus. They too make the Christmas story better.

John the Baptist was a ruffian, at least he was described as one, he dressed in clothes made of camel hair, he wandered in the desert, he ate locusts and wild honey, yet he prepared the way for Jesus, he said there is one coming after me who is better.

The Herdmans, the shepherds and John the Baptist, ruffians who learned about Jesus, who went looking for Him and who prepared the way for Him.

This sunday is the 2nd Advent a reminder for us to learn more about Jesus, to look for Him... to prepare for Him...

"And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6