Today is Tuesday.
You know what that means.
We're gonna have a Special Guest!!
In just 2 more days, Chatty Kelly and I are going to see the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.
I am SO excited!!
We saw it MANY years ago (How long has it been, CK?)
It was then and still is my #1 Favorite Musical of all time! I've called many others (Fiddler on the Roof, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sound of Music) ONE of my favorites, but Jesus Christ Superstar is my #1 Favorite!! (I must make a comment that every time I type the word "Musical", I think of Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee and her deep and genuine LOVE for musicals.... ok.... NOT.... actually she isn't a huge fan of musicals but she does an incredible Maria from The Sound of Music!).
Before I play my clip for today, I need to take a few moments and talk about the controversy about Jesus Christ Superstar. I know that some Christians regard it as blasphemous, but I disagree 100%. Very seldom will you find me debating religious topics. I believe in God. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe He is the Son of God. I believe He died on the cross and rose again in 3 days to save every one of us. But if someone wants to debate.....I refer them to someone else that can back up what we know is true with facts from the Bible....someone a bit more knowledgeble.
I did some research on Jesus Christ Superstar...and Yes, as with most topics, everyone has an opinion. Many critics of this musical argue that because it ends with Christ's death and not the resurrection, that it is Anti-Christian. OK, Spoiler alert*** We all know what happened 3 days after his death. When the play ends..... I don't think there is any acting or singing that could come close to the feelings I get....the sadness...the anticipation.... the reverance ..... the joy....The AWE. Its ending makes you Think and Feel.
After a bit of research, I have a few quotes about Jesus Christ Superstar. Some are For and some are Against.
Paster E L Bynum, Tabernacle Baptist Church, made these remarks regarding Jesus Christ Superstar, "Rotten to the core. Contains some of the most blasphemous statements we have ever heard. Even the most talented and dedicated musicians cannot make Rock Music honor the Lord. Rock Music should not be mixed with The Christian religion. It doesn't fit in church, nor can it be used to gloify Christ anywhere else!".
Ted Neely, who played the part of Jesus in one of the tours said, "Fans by the dozen come backstage to meet me and share personal stories about how my performance brought them to Christianity...especially teens and preteens."
A review about the movie, by D.R. Devence, (movie Rated G) "Jesus Christ Superstar drove folks to religion like no other movie ever has or likely ever will. This movie made it "cool" to be Christian. Reguardless of their reasons, some of those people stayed with the church long after the effects from the movie wore off. How can any Christian complain about that?"
There will always be people that are able to find fault with anything.
There are people that condemn or denounce The Left Behind Series, Christian pop/rock music, Veggie Tales, The Passion of The Christ, because they find them to be sacrilegious or blasphemous in one way or another.
One review I found interesting stated that many Christians found fault with Jesus Christ Superstar because of the scene where Jesus is praying at the Garden of Gethsemane. People found fault because it made Jesus look confused and, at times, unwilling to accept his fate.
Have you read Mark 14:35-36?..... " Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. "Abba, Father", he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.""
This clip is from the movie. It is Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is long but I hope you watch the entire thing. It is sad and it is disturbing AND many of its lyrics are straight from the Bible. We cannot imagine what Jesus felt at this time, but I think this scene strongly portrays my interpretation.