ImageThe Psalmist encourages his contemporaries to sing a new song unto the Lord.  The Old Testament is filled with the songs of God's people as they celebrate the presence of God among them.  Miriam writes a song to celebrate the crossing of the Red Sea, Deborah writes a song to celebrate the victory of the Israelites over the Midianites.  David sings a new song as the ark is being brought into Jerusalem.  The psalms are prayers and songs that were heard in the Temple, and then became popular among God's people.

In the New Testament Paul exhorts the Christian church to sing psalms and to create new melodies for the glory of God.  Some Bible scholars believe that the passage from Philipians about the humiliation of Jesus Christ was a well-known Christian song that Paul was quoting to the Philipian Church (Phil. 2:5-11).  It is also interesting that in the last book of the Bible there are many new songs, among them a double composition by Moses and Jesus (Rev. 15:3).

This coming Saturday evening at 7:00 PM at Central Baptist Church, we are going to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the musical written by Bob Talmage known as "Who Is This Man?"  This musical is made up of songs celebrating Jesus' birth, such as "Born This Day", songs celebrating Jesus life, such as "Master of Miracles", and songs lamenting his passion and death such as "Along the Way of Tears", all of which answer the question, "Who Is This Man?".  The show has been performed throughout New Jersey in all denominations of Christian churches, as well as in New York City.

Probably I have attended more performances of this musical than any of the non-performing people.  This had to do with the fact that all four of my children have been in it, that it was written and directed by members from Central Baptist Church, and  that many of the performers are from Central Baptist Church.  While all of these things are true, I attend these performances primarily for two reasons – one is the freshness and the beauty of the musical whenever it is being performed, and the second is to see God's movement in saving people.  I have seen the movement of God as people gave their lives to Christ, this man who is no other than the Lord Jesus Christ – fully God and fully man.

If you have already seen this musical, come this Saturday evening and celebrate the fact that God has used this music for the glory of His Holy Name.  If God has ministered through it when you have attended, come and give thanks for the changes that God has brought into your life.  If you have not seen it, come and see it for the first time.  You will leave with gladness in your heart because God will surely bless you.

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Rev. Dr. George Hancock-Stefan

George Hancock-Stefan

Pastor George Hancock-Stefan completed 30 years as the pastor of the great congregation at Central Baptist Church in Atlantic Highlands in 2020. Those 30 years have been a blessed time for him, his wife...