My church choir has been preparing an Easter Pageant, which we will perform this weekend. This week has been very hectic and sometimes frustrating. I've grumbled more than I should, but in reality, I've enjoyed working on it despite the long hours. We may not be the best actors or singers (me anyway), but we've given it all we have to tell the beautiful story of Jesus' life.
Music has always moved me. Many songs make me cry both secular and religious. But, I think most religious songs affect me because they speak about God and Jesus.
On Monday night we met Marty for the first time. Marty is Jesus and he has a beautiful voice. It's a shame Jesus only has one song because Marty's very talented. Marty, as Jesus, sings a song from 1979 written by Dallas Holm entitled Do You Believe In Me. I've always loved this song because it's beautiful and the words are so powerful.
Jesus is asking His disciples if they believe in Him, but I hear Him asking me the same question.
"I've tried so many ways to show you My love, and show you who I am. Sometimes I've wondered if you've ever learned, or if you understand."
I can hear the exasperation in Jesus' voice at how clueless I've been about His love for me.
In another verse, Jesus says, "This is My body that is broken for you; never forget what I've done. This is My blood that is shed for you. This is what makes us one."
And so I ask myself - do I forget what He's done? And my answer is - I must because shouldn't the one who gave His life for me be the most important thing to me?
As I listened to Marty sing that first time I began to cry. One of my fellow choir members was quite concerned about me and kept asking if I was okay. I tried to reassure her I was fine, even though I cried through the whole song. I cried because I know what He did for me and how little room I make for Him in my life.
Do you believe in Me? Yes.
And in the words I say? Yes.
And in Him who sent Me from above? Yes.
Do you believe in My love? Yes.
Do you believe in Jesus and what He did for you almost 2,000 years ago? He wants you to believe in His love. Afterall, He gave His life for you too.