The death and resurrection of Jesus is a miracle that we at the Boise Vineyard celebrate all year long. Easter, however, is a special occasion to be reminded of what He’s done and share it with others on an even greater level. God has blessed us with some amazing ways to share the story of Jesus’ sacrifice to others, and this year is no exception. This year was in the form of a play titled simply, “The Decision”. Written by Brandon Freeman, the play takes a little different look at the impact Jesus had on the two criminals that were crucified with Him, on Barabbas, and on the Roman soldiers that dealt with Him.
I found the script very compelling. I don’t think the point of view of Barabbas is one that is explored very often. Since hearing about him in Sunday school, I pictured an angry muscular killer, barely held by the chains, the worst of villains. They say though that every villain is the hero of his own story, and what did come of Barabbas after being released?
The play as a whole was fairly simple and straight to the point, just like the title. The point is that every person must decide if Jesus is who He said He is, and if He is, what does that mean to me. The final words were impacting and cut to the issue with some real power.
I’d also like to say that the talent God has placed in our church is incredible. From crew to cast, everyone involved was perfect in the role they played. The actors you saw on stage, believe it or not, aren’t professional actors. They’re just men with hearts that belong to God. They sacrificed much time and energy in developing their roles, memorizing, practicing, and performing, all to show Jesus to us. The passion for Jesus displayed on and off of the stage by these men is an inspiration and delight to see.
Along with this play, I’m finding Pastor Mike’s direction toward really looking at who Jesus was on earth, really eye opening. It’s freeing to break out of your Sunday school view of who Jesus was and is, and realize that He was a man, but so much more. I’m slowly getting farther away from my view of a “flannel-graph” Jesus, who do you say that He is?