This past Friday and Saturday nights were flowing with excitement at the park in Maysel. The performance From the Manger to the Cross was being presented by local actors. I had the pleasure of attending the first night of the performance. There was so much to see as you went through the doors, and the artistic abilities of our community were breath taking.
Live animals were being lead around the floors and as the people in the audience were filing in, the anticipation in the air grew. The lights went out and the crowd got quiet. Prayer was given to begin the ceremony of life, led by our Lord and Savior.
From the struggles of Mary and Joseph finding a place to bed down when she was pregnant with our Lord to his birth to the heartbreaking death on the cross, the production seemed to touch the hearts of the audience. Songs were sung as scenes were being acted out, which put peace in their hearts.
A multitude of scenes from the Bible were reenacted leading to the crucifixion of our Savior. As the portrayer of Jesus hung on the cross, and he repeated the words “it is finished”, a sense of finality settled into the heart of his suffering. From the cross to the tomb he was taken, three days later he arose. We all have choices in our lives to make, not the least of which is to be forgiven. Jesus has left that choice to you.
There was a lot of hard work and time put in preparing for this production. Time well spent, in my opinion.