As Christmas draws near, Mount Zion Baptist Church will be the scene this weekend for A Word of Life Gospel production of The Magi, a wise man’s search for answers.
The Magi tells the story of a Babylonian “Wiseman” who returned to Bethlehem 30 years after the birth of the Christ-Child. He came the first time bearing gifts and seeking a king. This time, still seeking a King, he finds a Savior.
With a unique blend of music, drama and multi-media, the Christmas musical is produced by the Gospel Productions arm of Word of Life Fellowship. The entire cast is made up of students and staff from the Word of Life Bible Institute in Hudson, Florida and was written by a graduate of the Institute. Three staff members wrote original songs for the presentation, which will be a combination of live and recorded music.
Anticipation for the production is building with people from all over the southeast calling for tickets.
Rev. Ben Mock of Mt. Zion said people from as far away as Virginia have contacted the church for tickets. The musical is free but tickets must be reserved by contacting the church office.
“This is going to bring some business to Jasper,” he said. “Motels and restaurants will be filling up.”
Church organizers are planning a video feed in the assembly area for overflow.
The Magi is the story of Melchior, one of the wise men who followed the star to Bethlehem at the time of the birth of the Christ-Child. As a young man, he traveled to Bethlehem to see the prophecy of a newborn king fulfilled. More than 30 years have passed since then, and Melchior is shocked and changed by the truth he learns upon his return to the land of Israel.
It is a profound and powerful story, producers say, professionally done, with a blend of music, drama and multi-media.
Word of Life Fellowship is an international ministry designed to work with youth. They currently minister in 88 locations in 67 countries.
“We are not a church we are an organization,” said Claudiu Nazarie, a missionary and coach to ministry leaders for the northwest Georgia ministries. “We come alongside churches and help them.”
The gospel productions ministry began in 1975 and the organization’s performing arts center in Florida has had over two million people attend Christmas and Easter productions.
“What Word of Life is doing right now is instead of channeling people through the performing arts center in Florida they are taking it to the road,” he said. “Everything is really connected to the gospel message. This message is highly evangelistic.”
Nazarie said Word of Life is currently working with eight churches in northwest Georgia but their capacity is 30.
“We want to provide this to more churches. Our focus is more weekly programs.”
Childcare for preschoolers and children will be provided for this weekend’s productions.
“Everything I’ve seen Word of Life Fellowship do is very good quality,” Rev. Mock said. “It’s Fox quality entertainment without the cost or the drive.”
The show will be presented this Saturday and Sunday at 6 pm.