From the church that brought “Journey to Bethlehem” at Christmas, Cumberland Presbyterian Church will feature “Journey Through the Resurrection” during Easter weekend.
The free community drive through event will take place April 18-19 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the church at the corner of Castle Heights Avenue and Leeville Pike in Lebanon.
“If you have lived in Lebanon for any length of time and love the celebration of Christmas you are probably familiar with the event named Journey to Bethlehem,” said Beth Petty, an organizer. “Journey to Bethlehem is a ministry of the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church that had its beginnings more than 40 years ago. It is a drive through live nativity in which you are invited to take time from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Each year the congregation comes together to tell the story of Christmas by displaying 10 scenes that depict the events surrounding the birth of Jesus.
“If you have enjoyed the Journey to Bethlehem, we as a family of believers have great news to share. We are about to tell the rest of the story. While the birth of Christ is definitely a significant part of the Christian faith, that is not all there is to it. In fact, the rest of the story is what sets Christianity apart from every other religion.”
Petty said much like the Christmas version, Journey Through the Resurrection will be a drive-through event that will portray 10 scenes filled with people in character, along with scenery, that illustrates the events surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
“The rest of the story is the story of Easter,” Petty said. “Easter is about the resurrection of Christ. Jesus Christ, the Son of God demonstrated God’s love for us by willingly giving His life to die for our sins, but the good news is he did not stay dead. Easter is the story about how the Christ of Christmas had the power to lay down his life, but also the power to take it up again.”
Petty said the journey would begin with Jesus sharing in “the Last Supper” with his disciples and end with “the ascension.”
“Before Jesus ascended back to Heaven, he gave his disciples the Great Commission to proclaim His good news to all creation,” Petty said. “It is this same commission that we as a church are trying to fulfill by telling the rest of story. Please join us as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.”