We put on the first official Above All performance last night and it was an amazing and powerful experience. Two thousand people poured into the Pentecostals of Alexandria to witness the Last Days of Jesus Christ's life. They expected to be entertained, moved and even blessed. For a number of them, though, something greater than they could have ever expected occurred. Let's get to it with the recap.
Reaching For Christ
Once again, the crowd was electric tonight. They were invested in every scene, regularly cheering after every scene and song. How invested they were revealed itself to me in one segment I rarely think about. It is the transition between To Whom Shall We Go and The Last Supper. Jesus and the Apostles travel through the crowd. In year's past, Jesus reaches out and touches hands with a few people along the way. Last night, though, the people reached for him.
Along the way hands extended out hoping to reach for Christ. It overwhelmed me in the moment to see so many individuals reaching for Troy. They didn't see him as an actor at that moment. They saw him as the real Jesus Christ, the one who could redeem and save them. The crowd took a moment that is often thought of as filler and made it powerful.
Procession Pulls Them In
I haven't talked about the Procession scene before in the recaps, mainly because I'm not in it. During isolated practices I never had to be present when they ran through it and during FDR I usually left to go home by the time we went through that scene. Last night, I watched it on a screen in Pastor's reception. It is a powerful and gripping thing to see Jesus battered and bloody, struggling to carry the cross down the aisle. The cast around Christ either weep as though they are witnessing the death of a loved one right in front of them or cheer as though a murderer is being lead to the gallows. They do a powerful job of transporting those watching the scene to that powerful moment of sacrifice and redemption.
However, even in this most impacting scene, it wasn't the cast that stuck out to me. It was the audience. I saw people with tears in their eyes. I saw them lift up out of their seat as Christ passed by to get a better look. Some even reached for him just as they had done on our way to the Last Supper. They were fully invested in what we were presenting. It was no longer a performance to them. It was a witness.
One lady I prayed for walked up with her sleeping son resting in her arms. She needed Jesus enough that it didn't matter she had to hold a child in one arm while raising another to heaven. She was going to get her blessing.
Another lady I prayed for was so overwhelmed by the power and anointing of the Holy Ghost, she collapsed into my arms and I had to lay her on the floor. She wasn't the only one as multiple people were slain in the Spirit. It's not something that is foreign to me in a regular service, but watching it happen after an Easter Production is powerful.
Finally, I prayed with a lady named Sandy. She needed healing in her body. The doctors can't explain the pain she's feeling in her side, but Jesus is the great physician. He can do what no man can accomplish. And he promised and commanded that we will "lay hands on the sick and they shall recover." I prayed for her and prayed and we both believe that night she was healed.
Just the Beginning
Above All is just getting started but already people are getting healed, finding deliverance and being brought to salvation. It's amazing and I can't wait to see what else God has in store. Join us if you can by purchasing a ticket to Above All here. God bless and see you with another full recap tomorrow
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.