The final night of Above All was another exciting and powerful night of expressing Christ's Passion. It was a bittersweet moment throughout as we were excited to get to the end, but also sad knowing that this is the final chapter of Above All. Join me as I look back at the last performance, and stick around for some more announcements about what is still to come.
A Modern Man's Story
One of the major differences between Messiah and Above All is the use of modern people in the scenes. In just about every scene, there is a modern person mixed in. The purpose of this to create a representative for the audience in the production. Jason Waring plays one of the primary modern people in our production. In the production, he struggles with his belief in Christ and the sadness and doubt that surrounds him. He witnesses people abuse drugs, live with terminal health conditions and endure abuse and neglect by loved ones. Amid all of the darkness and sorrow that surrounds him in the modern world, he finds himself drawn back to the story of Christ to both comfort and encourage him. It's a beautiful testimony to us all and one that Jason performs admirably. No matter what we face in this life, we can always look to Jesus to direct and carry us through the storm.
A Hater Deserving of a Punch in the Face
Randy Fox is another person who really makes Above All real. He plays both a modern and Jewish person. It is his role as a Jew at Procession that has caught my eye. He hates Jesus with a passion as Christ carries the cross. He even gets in the faces of Mary and John the Beloved and belittles them as they follow after their bleeding and battered son and Master, respectively. Randy is so good at hating on Jesus and his followers, I want to run out in the scene and punch him in the face. It's a difficult thing to do what Randy does and he does it so well. What makes it all the more difficult is that Randy helps lead new converts through our orientation process at POA. He literally is a gatekeeper to understanding Christ. The great thing is, he performs the role of bringing people to understanding of Christ just as amiably as he does the role of hating Christ at his final moments.
A Final Note on the Apostles
At the end of our last scene, the Apostles stood around laughing and reminiscing about the entire Above All experience. It was like a bunch of brothers just cutting up and enjoying the final moments of a family reunion. We were relieved that it was over, but also glad to know that what was accomplished was so powerful. Being an Apostle has been one of the great privileges of my life, and a large part of that is the group that we had playing the 12. Each guy brought something unique to the table and helped to make our group a tight knit unit. I'll never forget the experiences I've had with these guys, from start-stop practices, to riding 4 hours in a van to bring Above All to Pearland, to all day practices and finally these performances. These men and Jesus have been another family to me throughout this process. I'm forever blessed to have shared their company.
More Above All and Future TWTL Stuff
Our coverage of Above All isn't quite over. We will still have a final review this week on our Podcast on YouTube. We'll also provide a written review to supplement it for those who like to read as well as listen. As for the future of TWTL Ministries, we've got a post on what we will be offering in the future. You can read about it here. What will our focus be on exactly, though? Come back next week and find out! As always, like us on Facebook to get the latest announcements. God Bless and Keep Searching!
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.