For thousands of years, the prophets spoke of His birth. In the little town of Bethlehem, the world would receive her much-anticipated King — Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.
On Sunday, 21 December 2014, our Christmas celebrations themed The Coming King opened with the classic hymn Tell Me The Story Of Jesus and ballerinas dancing gracefully against a backdrop of falling snow flakes. The congregation was then brought back in time to old Jerusalem where the wise men of the East, on a search for baby Jesus, encountered King Herod, who ordered a massacre of all baby boys under the age of two. Heart-wrenching scenes of mothers crying over their lost children brought the tragedy home, while a duet of a desolate mother and a young maiden happy and safe in our Lord Jesus pointed poignantly to God's loss of His only Son to bring us — His beloveds — faith hope and love.
So just as Jesus' birth was in a time of great oppression under King Herod's tyranny, we know that amid the world's chaos, we can lift up our heads and anticipate Jesus' return as The Coming King.
The musical ended on a uplifting note with the song Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, our King, the One who will bring us victory through the perilous times in the world today, through the end-time Bible prophecies unfolding before our very eyes.
Inspired and moved, worshippers jumped to their feet and broke into exuberant song, praising Jesus and celebrating Christmas with well-loved carols. This was followed by a time of Holy Communion and a special item by a group of singers and cute young kids ringing bells.
When Senior Pastor Joseph Prince came on stage, he continued worshipping Jesus. The sweet presence of the Lord was strong and many were raised their hands to testify that they were healed or touched where they stood.
Through his message, Pastor Prince reminded the congregation to hold dear to the truth of John 3:16. He also reminded them of God’s immeasurable love, such that He willingly gave up His Son, Jesus Christ — God’s best gift to mankind, and the only gift that keeps on giving.
“I have been following the church’s Facebook page and have seen glimpses of the rehearsal. I am so blessed to see the complete performance today and to hear the word shared by Pastor Prince. God’s love is truly beautiful and nothing can separate me from Him!” shared 41-year-old church member June Boey.
This celebrative mood could also be felt outside our theatre and meeting halls. The church's leaders, ushers and ambassadors welcomed congregation members to church with Christmas greetings, warm handshakes and candy cane treats. And over at Marina Bay Sands ballrooms, choir members decked out in bright red checked shirts spread festive cheer to our congregation with lively Christmas carols before and after the services. Our Chinese Ministry and Rock Kidz (children’s ministry) also had their share of fun — singing and dancing in the house of God. What a joyous way to celebrate the birth of Jesus!