By Lin Fan, Czech Republic
The musical Every Nation Worships the Practical God is enacted using clear music, liberal modern dance, beautiful waltz, and graceful jive as well as natural and humorous performance brimming with confidence and pride. It presents the journey of a group of Christians who long for the appearance of God feeling surprised and excited, and then beginning to look for God’s new words with curiosity and questions when they hear the good news that God has returned. They finally find the answer in the Word Appears in the Flesh,of the Age of Kingdom. This exciting news brings light to those who desperately long for the return of the .
The starry, tranquil, and peaceful night sky background and the colorful costumes set each other off nicely, which especially touches my heart. But what is most touching is the beautiful hymn with mystery. One part of the lyrics goes, “Did you not desire greatly to see the God in heaven? Did you not desire greatly to understand the God in heaven? Did you not desire greatly to see the destination of mankind? He will tell you all these secrets that no man has been able to tell you. He will even tell you of the truths that you do not understand. He is your gate into the kingdom. He is your guide into the new age.” These lyrics give voice to the thoughts of countless Christians. Guided by the lyrics and plots, the audience, like the group of people in the play, also earnestly want to know: Where is the destination of mankind? What are the secrets that no one has been able to tell us? What are the truths that we do not understand? The fresh words “the gate of the kingdom” and “the guide of the new age” that are full of hope take hold of people’s heart.
“God has returned!” “God has expressed new words!” While hearing the good news that the Christians pine for day and night, some people doubt it, some are curious about it, some wait and see, while some propose looking for the answer in the Bible. They search hard but fail. Right when they are disheartened and disappointed, the witnesses come on the stage and show them the Word Appears in the Flesh, the Bible of the Age of Kingdom. The words that are fresh and full of hope make this group of people very excited. Finally, they find God’s utterance, seeing the mysteries that Jehovah God and the Lord Jesus has never revealed. God has been incarnated again on earth in, bringing new words and doing the work to save mankind on the foundation of the work of the Lord Jesus.
The course of looking for God’s new words is enacted in a humorous, funny, and dramatic way, which allows the audience to receive watering of the truth while enjoying the happy atmosphere, and understand: The One who can tell us all of this is God. That is to say, only God can tell us the secrets that no man has been able to tell us. When the Christians who seek with a pure heart find God’s words, they are exhilarated as if they find a treasure. They vie with one another to read and sing, and their excitement is beyond words. They understand God’s will and know that God is by their side and leading them all along.
In the next scene, there’s an old Bible in the dim light. In the face of the Bible, three religious people who refuse to accept God’s new words sigh helplessly: It’s old, outdated, and yellowed. Finally, with the patient help of the witness, they gradually understand a bit. After reading God’s new words, they understand God’s work and return to God’s presence. Remorse and self-blame well up in their heart. While we feel happy for them, we also taste the love of the Creator. God will never forget anyone. It’s really that “A prodigal son who returns is the most precious.” They sigh from the bottom of their heart: God has been caring for us all the time. This makes us feeland care toward mankind and also feel that God saves man to the utmost. Besides, it also tells us: God has come to do new work. The previous work has grown old and we shouldn’t hold fast to it any longer. The pay attention to listening to the voice of the “bridegroom,” and this is quite important.
The musical play has many climaxes and gives the audience surprises from time to time. In the chorus at the end of the play, the actors and the audience interact with each other closely and excitedly. When all people shout aloud, “The kingdom has descended, the new age has started, and God has returned,” the musical play is pushed to the climax. All people are exhilarated: Some weep for joy, and some cheer and leap. Here, they announce to the whole mankind: “God has returned! The kingdom has descended! The new age has started!” It is the call of the Christians, and it is also the call of God toward mankind. God is looking for those little sheep who get lost, using His words to knock at the door of the heart of those who long for God’s appearance. Just as the Lord Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
The musical play makes me feel excited and shocked, and I’m quite sorry when it finished. The whole play is suffused with God’s love and care for mankind. Meanwhile, it also conveys a very important message to us: When someone yells “the bridegroom has returned,” the wise virgins should go out to meet Him. And only by having a thirsting and seeking heart can we welcome the return of the bridegroom and feast with God. We believe that God’s sheep can recognize God’s voice, for the Lord Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
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