The Summit Christmas Pageant
The evening of December 18 marked the first-ever Summit Christmas pageant. Of course we all know that a certain inevitability of any Christmas Pageant is being overwhelmed by the utter adorableness (is it a word?) of the angels—Mia, Camille, Kylie and Abigail among the many—and the Summit Pageant was no exception. One of the things I loved about this pageant was the faithfulness of the production to the Biblical record of Christ’s birth (thank you once again Claire Katzenberger). The Summit Pageant was, among other things, a time to thank and praise our good God for the incarnation of His Son, Jesus the Christ.
The birth of Jesus is remarkable in history because, some 2,000 years ago, God’s Son would be born of a young virgin named Mary, who was espoused to a man named Joseph (Zach and Kylie were charming in their roles). The Bible says that, after living a sinless life, Jesus accomplished the mission for which God sent Him; dying on the cross as a payment for our sin, buried for three days proving He was dead, coming out of the grave in resurrection to give us new life, and being seen by many as proof that He is alive (cf. 1 Cor. 15:1-4). Oh, but that’s the rub with any Christmas pageant: Who plays baby Jesus? The great contradiction of most pageants, Summit’s included, is that the baby held by Mary is an inanimate, plastic doll (attempts to use young human examples usually end in LOUD production failures). In truth there has never been a time, nor will there ever be a time, when God the Son is inanimate. On the contrary, Jesus is not just the Maker/Giver of all life (cf. John 1:1-3; 5:21), but He is the very personification of life (cf. John 14:6). Life, New Life, God’s life, is what Christmas is all about!
To pull a Christmas pageant off you usually need a plastic baby Jesus. However, in real life we all need the living Jesus—the God who is there—and any pageant worth its salt will shout that truth. For me one of the highpoints of the Summit pageant was when, in closing, the children all bowed their heads to thank and praise the living God for His great gift!
It is my sincere prayer that each and every one of you will find your peace and rest in the finished work of Jesus, that work He began on that first Christmas morn. Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year!
God bless you all,
Dr. Timothy Orton
Summit Classical Christian School