by Patti Schultz
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, May 7, 2014 - Over 900 people came to witness the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ over Easter weekend, April 18–20, by experiencing the musical, The Borrowed Tomb, offered free and presented by the Coeur d’Alene Church.
The Borrowed Tomb tells the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the perspective of two members of the Jewish Sanhedrin; Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. Those who came witnessed their struggle of faith and belief as they saw them interact with each other, members of the Sanhedrin, Mary Magdalene and Jesus. They were drawn into the incredible events surrounding those personal encounters with Jesus the Messiah.
A cast and crew of 75 church members committed to rehearse for over three months, colorful costumes were sewn, and staging pieces set in place. Eric Brown, Coeur d’Alene Church pastor, directed and inspired this outreach event to which about 70 percent attending were guests from the community.
Many commented as they left that they had been moved to tears through this powerful musical. Following up on comment cards left after the program have resulted in Bible studies. Guests have already been invited to our next community event.
The benefits to presenting this drama are at least twofold. The living message of God’s love and grace extended to us through His Son was shared with so many people and the cast was deeply touched by living the story for so many weeks. The members involved established a bond of friendship with each other that will continue. This Easter weekend was one we will not soon forget.