by Jeff Strite

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Right God, Wrong Place (2 of 4)
Series: In Search of the King
Jeff Strite
Matthew 2:1-12

My home church met in a huge building. The main sanctuary had four sections of pews that ran back 12 rows or so and the back section had another 2 sets of pews. Then there were two balconies that ran along the sides of the main area. They said they could seat over 600 people in that building.
Because it was such a big church, Christmas was a BIG production. They had an entire closet dedicated to robes and crowns and shepherds' staffs and so on, for the Christmas Pageant. And they put it all to good use on the Sunday of the Pageant.

It started out with Mary and Joseph making their way solemnly down the center aisle. Mary was beautifully adorned with a blue satin dress and a lace head covering and Joseph walked protectively beside her in the traditional garb of a Jewish man of the day. They took their place on stage in front of the manger, with Mary seated in front of the manger and Joseph standing by her side.

Then the shepherds (who had taken their place off to the right of the stage looked up to the balcony to see an angel brightly lit by a spot light who proclaimed the birth of the Christ child. And suddenly with that angel there was a heavenly host of children - dressed in white gowns and wearing wings and halos - singing alleluia to the new born King. As the lights dimmed on the angels, the shepherds made their way onto the stage and kneeled before the manger.

Then - last of all - came the Wisemen from the East. I got to be one of them. I was dressed in an elegant robe and bearing a crown on my head, I brought one of the gifts to Jesus. And the 3 of us marched reverently down the center aisle to the song ''We 3 Kings''.

''We three kings of Orient are,
bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
following yonder star.
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
gu ...

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