Growing up, like many of you, I loved the Christmas specials—even though I was (and am) Jewish. With only 3 channels to choose from, the animated Holiday shows were a real treat. But my favorite of them all was “The Little Drummer Boy”. However, it never dawned on me that it was a Jewish story about a Jewish boy.
Aaron, a kippa-wearing Jewish boy allows hate to fill his heart, after his parents are murdered. He only has connection with a lamb, a camel and donkey. Toward the end, Baba the lamb, is struck down by a Roman chariot and is dying. Aaron takes her to one of the Wise Men. But he says he can do nothing; he is merely a human king.
Instead little Aaron approaches the “baby wrapped in cloth and lying in a manger” because “in the town of David a Savior has been born to” him. Having no gift to present the King Messiah, he plays the drum his parents gave him. His lamb is healed in the presence of the Savior and hatred is removed from Aaron’s heart.
Yes, the story is about a Jewish boy coming face to face with Jesus, the Jewish Messiah. Who says Jewish people can’t believe in Yeshua?