This pic taken earlier today is my Jess (the one on the left) with Billie, the six-month-old camel. He’s starred in his first Passion Play just a few moments after this shot – and he did rather well, I must say.
We saw this presentation last year but decided to check it out again. It’s funny, we knew what was coming – like Jesus rising from the dead and all (Sorry, I forgot to announce “spoiler alert”) – but the moment he pops out of the fake cave is awesome. There’s a pause of a couple of seconds after it becomes clear that the tomb has been opened. A light shone through the narrow gap and a thick mist obscured what was inside, and I found myself anticipating – almost unsure – of what I knew would happen. Jesus didn’t just come out of the grave, he emerged with vigor and a huge smile, shaking hands with people in the audience. A very Jesus thing to do.
It was great to see my kids respond to Jesus’ being beaten and crucified. It looked to me like they were really drinking it all in; even Zach, our eight-year-old. Maybe they grasped a little more this year than last? I think I did.
The show is free and they’ll be performing tonight, Saturday and Easter evening at 7 each night. Here’s a link to their website for more info: http://www.highwayfamily.com/