Monday, September 25, 2017

I've Witnessed The Witness




photo courtesy of Cathedral Of Praise

(A Review And A Reflection 
of The Witness Musicale Play)


The Witness is a youth musicale play that was performed in Cathedral of Praise Manila here in the Philippines or better known as COP (COP is also the local church where God has put me in to grow more in my relationship with the Lord). The play was just finished this September 24 but was played from September 22-24 at the auditorium of every COP campus here in Manila.


It was a great musicale play. It was a story of Jesus being narrated by Peter who himself was a witness of Jesus' life.


This musical play was portrayed by the very talented young people of Cathedral of Praise.

I was moved to write this review and reflection to share the lessons to others who were not able to watch it and also share my take aways to those who were able to watch it. My review and reflection will all be positive not because it was from my local church but because it was really a great musical play.


The script: 

It was done very creatively. I love the part when Mary was singing a lullaby to Jesus when he was still a baby. Wow! Very creative. How many of us would have imagined that Mary also experienced singing a lullaby to Jesus when he was still a baby? I think a few or no one. But in this play, the writer has a vast imagination with the Holy Spirit's inspiration. It made me realize when i watched that part that it was very possible because Jesus was 100% man and 100% God when he was here on earth and He himself experienced crying as a baby and needs a lullaby to put Him to sleep. That was so amazing!



Mary singing lullaby to Jesus when he was still a baby
photo courtesy of Sis Bev (Cathedral Of Praise)


Overall, the script was very well done. Very creative. Very powerful. Very biblical. Awesome!


Peter (The Witness)


Peter was the narrator in this play, telling the story of Jesus from His birth up to the resurrection and until they were baptized by the Holy Spirit. The narration was greatly combined with beautiful songs sang by the characters themselves and also with graceful dances or choreography in every scene, very organized narration and very well performed. Peter, as the witness is a great encouragement to us Christians to be a witness as what mentioned in Acts 1:8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” -NLT). What a privilege to be a witness telling people about Jesus anywhere you go, telling that Jesus can do miracles, that Jesus loves us, that Jesus cares for us, that Jesus can raise up the dead, even the dead dreams and visions in our hearts and also to tell others that Jesus is alive that He is coming back again. 




The portrayal of Peter as the Witness
Photo courtesy of Sis Bev (Cathedral of Praise)



James, John and Their Mother


I also love these three characters. The portrayal of the mother of John and James was well performed. She was the mother who came to Jesus and asked favor from Jesus to let her two sons sit in places of honor next to Him,  one on His right and the other on His left but Jesus didn't grant their request but instead, Jesus called them together and said that whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.



The song composed for this particular scene was awesome. And of course, the portrayals of James and John were also great. The scene when they listened to Jesus about servant-hood made me teary eyed. I like the lyrics of the song when Jesus taught the disciples about servant-hood. It says: "If you want to be the top, you must serve like slaves." Wow. that's the kind of leadership Jesus himself exemplified, leadership is not lording it over but leadership is servant-hood. In addition to James and John's roles, their repentance saying "Lord, make me like you, please make me more like you," was also very touching. If we will have that same prayer to be more like Him, God is pleased. We are not perfect. We have a lot of flaws, wrong attitudes that need to be changed and the Bible says that we are being changed from glory to glory...to be like Him. What an encouraging scene that Jesus doesn't condemn us for the wrong requests or actions we have done but he is teaching us straight to the point but gently that will make us realize that we are wrong, He is always right.



The portrayal of the mother of James and John
Photo courtesy of Sis Bev (Cathedral of Praise)

Jesus


Of course, my favorite character there is Jesus. In this play, Jesus' character was very well portrayed as we can read from the Bible. Jesus in that play is a joyful Jesus (which is true because the Bible says Jesus is a joyful Jesus not the kind of Jesus we can see in the movies that He doesn't smile and looks sad. Jesus is not a sad God but he is a joyful God. In Hebrews 1:8-9 NLT says,


           But to the Son he says,
 “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.

    You rule with a scepter of justice.


  You love justice and hate evil.

    Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you,


    pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.


Jesus was anointed with the oil of joy. He is full of joy. In His presence is fullness of joy. Psalm 16:11English Standard Version (ESV) says:


           You make known to me the path of life;

           in your presence there is fullness of joy;


         at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.




Portrayal Of Jesus Dancing With Joy
Photo courtesy of Sis Bev (Cathedral of Praise)



And since He is a joyful God and not intimidating, even children wanted to be with Him. Wow! He is so amazing!



portrayal of Jesus. He is not intimidating
Even kids come to Him
photo courtesy of Sis Bev (Cathedral of Praise)


Not only Jesus is a joyful God but He is also a prayerful and powerful one.He didn't only teach about prayer but he exemplified being prayerful. He is also powerful, more powerful than death. He rose Lazarus from the dead, how much more can He resurrect the dead dreams we have and the visions we had in the past.


portrayal of Jesus
He is prayerful
Photo courtesy of Sis Bev (Cathedral of Praise)



Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead
Photo courtesy of Sis BEv (Cathedral of Praise)



The Background View


What i also love in this play are the background views in every scene. The use of the large monitor in the auditorium with the pictures from Israel are awesome and of course the highlight of it all was, the portrayal of Jesus going up to Heaven surrounded by clouds with the promise that He is coming back again. It was very realistic and it gave tears of joy in the eyes of the audience. Having that promise that Jesus will come back again is our hope. Yes, Jesus will come again. It's an anticipation rather than having the fear of being left behind. Jesus is coming again for us but as we wait for Jesus' second coming, let's also be a witness and tell the world that Jesus saves, Jesus heals, Jesus loves us and He is coming back for us. 



The portrayal of Jesus going up to Heaven
Photo credit to Sis Bev (Cathedral of PRaise)



Conclusion


Overall, The Witness is GREAT! It was world-class. And it's not only life-changing but it is also an encouragement to every christian to be a witness for Jesus. I hope it will be played again soon.



Prayer of Salvation

If you haven't given your life to Jesus yet and never accepted Him as your personal Lord and Savior, pray this prayer with all your heart:


Lord Jesus, I come to you right now. I ask for your forgiveness.
Cleanse my heart. From now on, i accept you as my Lord and Savior.
Lead me to your presence. Write my name in the book of life.
From this day forward, help me to turn away from my sin and follow you and make me a witness, telling others about you.
This i pray in your name, Amen!


Learn to know more of God personally by reading His word everyday and come to him in prayer. You can talk to him like a friend. You can tell him everything that's going on in your life. Also look for a church where you will grow in your relationship with the Lord that teaches the Bible.



Recommended Websites:

DZBR 531 Am Bible Radio

Cathedral Of Praise




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