Jesus, Ben Milligan, bows to Pontius Pilate, Jerry McGuire, during the dress rehearsal for “Bow The Knee,” an Easter drama presented by Belton Nazarene Church. The show is scheduled for  March 30-31.

Herald/Jennifer Watson

BELTON — Belton Nazarene Church presents “Bow the Knee,” a dramatic recreation of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, on Easter weekend.

A dramatic musical based on Matthew 8:5-13 about a centurion soldier’s faith in Jesus, “Bow the Knee” was written by Richard Kingsmore and Christopher Machen. The story takes a unique spin into the life of the centurion soldier after he asks for healing.

About 50 members of the church are part of the production, including co-director Nelda Milligan and Ben Milligan, who plays Jesus. Co-director Tommy Shaw of Belton plays the soldier “Anthony” who chooses to believe in Jesus while still serving Caesar.

Shaw said the goal of the production is to demonstrate the power of God’s forgiveness.

“It doesn’t matter what you have done in your life, if you ask Jesus to forgive you, he will do that,” he said.

This is the first time the church has produced “Bow the Knee.”

“This has been a wonderful experience,” pastor Jerry McGuire said. “It is incredible to see how this church has grown and to see our people take this on with thunder and lightning.”

Showtimes for the musical are 6 p.m. March 30 and 10 a.m. March 31. Admission is free but canned goods will be accepted for Helping Hands Ministry. Belton Nazarene Church is at 1701 University Drive, on the corner of Sparta Road and Loop 121 in Belton.

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