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Those attending DaySpring Assembly of God's production of "Come See the Lamb" will see chickens, possibly some sheep and the Lamb, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. in the church. Additional performances will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday and again Sunday at 6 p.m.
The production is a new twist on the Christmas story.
"It's unlike any other Christmas story we've ever done," Rev. Kevin Grimes said. "We're trying to make sense of why Jesus came. We have Christmas so we can have Easter."
The story follows Jesus from his birth in the manger, to His crucifixion and subsequent rising, as told through the eyes of a shepherd and his son, who follow Jesus through his entire life's journey.
"They are present at his birth and present at the resurrection," Grimes explained, noting the production is broken into two parts.
"The stage is set with the Roman oppression of Israel, then the birth of Christ comes early in the show. We have the continued oppression, then jump ahead 30 years when Jesus comes and saves Israel," Grimes said.
He added, "Come rejoice with the angels and shepherds at the Babe in the manger. Come agonize in heartbreak as Jesus is crucified for the sins of humanity. Come marvel at the miracle of His resurrection. Come see the Lamb."
Special lighting and live music bring the story to life. The cast includes 50 members of the church with a choir of 20. Thirty members of the church participate as members of the show's staging crew.
"The show is a little over an hour," Grimes said. "It's a little shorter than some of our others. They're usually about 90 minutes."