Born To Die Narrative

Order of “Born To Die” Cantata


Every person entering will get a bulletin describing the Cantata, as well as upcoming events, etc.

Lights dim in auditorium

Baby is placed into the manger

The Narrator moves to the front

Background music lightly playing as the Narrator speaks



Good morning!

Today we want to go back in time, to a well known event. To that first Christmas, to the very first Christmas. And we are going to ask some questions as we view the manger scene; some questions that will go beyond the animals, the barn, the gifts, the trees, and the family.

We will simply ask Why? Was there more to Christmas than this manger setting? Could this baby be more than just an icon for the Christmas season?

Let’s let the events of Christmas unfold and show us the answer. Let’s take a good look at this beautiful, gentle, sweet baby that was born so humbly, and let’s discover one of the greatest contradictions of all time!

Let's learn that Christmas is all about a little baby, who was miraculously born... to die.


Platform Lights come on, on the platform stage

Music fades

Choir moves into view

Conductor faces the congregation and leads everyone to sing:


SONG: Joy To The World (Congregation)


Platform lights go dark, only one light on the Narrator



Jesus’ birth was a long expected event that was to change the whole world!

In those days, there was expectancy in the air for such a birth – just like it is still today

Everybody knows about the baby in the manger.

But the story of the birth of Jesus doesn’t begin in a manger, or even in Bethlehem.

It starts much, much earlier. Way back before Israel was in their Promised Land.

Back to a time when a prophet saw the coming of a special baby, 750 years before the first Christmas... 

This baby who would be born was going to be different than any other baby who would ever be born …

This special baby, precious and sweet, so miraculously born ... was Born to Die!


Several Choir members will read out prophecies and their fulfillment. The scriptures and words will fade onto the projector screen as they read.


READER #1: For unto us a child is born,  unto us a son is given:

READER #2: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful. Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

READER #1: Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, ... The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6,7)

READER #2: He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

READER #1: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (Luke 1:32,33)

READER #2: But, he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
READER #1: He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
READER #2: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
READER #1: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
READER #2: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:2-6)



SONG: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (Choir)




The story you are hearing is about the First Christmas... the very first Christmas Ever!

There were no Christmas trees then, or lights. There were no decorations, no turkey or ham, no Santa, no stockings, no elves, and no shopping malls!

And yet, with none of what we have come to expect at Christmas, (EMPHATICALLY) this was the very best Christmas ever.


And what do we call it?


The entire choir responds with emphasis, "The First Noel!"


SONG: The First Noel (Kids + Guitar, or maybe Piano)


Choir Members do the following Narration:


READER #3: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; … to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them,

READER #4: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
READER #3: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
ALL THE CHOIR: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
READER #3: And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another,
READER #4: “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”
READER #3: And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.


SONG: Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming (Choir)


During interlude of the song, the following prophecies will be read out


READER #1: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
READER #2: I shall see him, ... I shall behold him, ... there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel... (Numbers 24:17)

READER #1: And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
READER #2: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; (Isaiah 11:1,2)



SONG: How Should a King Come (Choir)


Children move to the front


SONG: What Child Is This? (Kids + Guitar, or maybe Piano)



But all this brings us back to the question... Why?

Why did He have to come? Why was He born in such a humiliating manger?

Why was He so rejected and misunderstood even then?

If He truly was the Son of God, why wasn't He more powerful and assertive?

Why wasn't He raised in a palace, and followed by an army?

Why did He end up allowing sinful men to bind His hands and His feet, spit upon Him, beat Him, and whip Him beyond recognition?

WHY did He let them crucify Him on a rugged cross? 

Why didn't He fight back?

WHY was that baby born to die? 

Well, to the surprise of this whole world, and especially to Hollywood, Jesus came not to please us, or to entertain us, or even impress us.

He came to save us!

You see, it was our sins and our trespasses against Almighty God that brought such a perfect and sinless Lamb to die in our place.

There is none righteous, no not one. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

So... It was not Roman soldiers who crucified Jesus. It was not a Jewish crowd who cried out, "Crucify Him!"

It was the awful sins of every man, woman, and child on this earth that drove those nails into His loving hands!

It was the lusts and hatred and bitterness and cruelties of every human heart that cried out "Crucify Him!"

Thankfully, Jesus didn't fight it!

Jesus knew WHY He had come, ...

and though it would cost Him everything, He came gladly!

On that first Christmas morn, God had became just like us, so that He could fully forgive us, by dying for us.

The cute baby in the manger had come as the greatest of all contradictions...

He had come, to die, so that we, could LIVE!


SONG: Born To Die (Choir)


The children move to the front to sing the next song


SONG: Tiny Little Hands  (Kids and Guitar)


Lights go dark on the platform

The Choir move into the audience.


Preaching – Pastor Ledbetter


Conductor rises, to lead the congregation in the following songs


SONG: Good Christian Men, Rejoice (Congregation)


Final Words by Pastor


Final prayer by __________________


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