Performing Arts Ministries

WHY PROCESSIONS ARE VITAL IN OUR DAY?

 

•  Why has God called for processions, banners and crowns in this hour?

 

•  Why has He historically called His people into this expression of worship?

 

•  What does this very ancient and visible demonstration of God’s prevailing presence and power have to do with our
   kingdom lives today?

 

INTRODUCTION

By nature, the procession is designed to draw attention to the character and attributes of our God, bringing Him the glory due His name.  God created us with a strong reaction to visible stimuli as we see bold articles of worship and people processing to magnify His Name.  Visible words like GLORIOUS, MAJESTIC and WORTHY flood our senses.  As the message of the processional invades our hearts, faith begins to rise up inside of us, and in unity we , the congregation, focuses on His Power and Love for us.  Our natural reaction is to praise and worship Him - ushering in His presence. Honor and Majesty are before Him, strength and beauty are in His sanctuary (Psalm 96:6). Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. (Psalm 100:4)

 

PROCESSIONS ARE:

I.     Harbingers preparing the way for the return of King Jesus in the beauty of His Holiness.

 

II.    Designed thematically to glorify, magnify and exalt the supremacy of His Name.

 

III.   Meant to establish an atmosphere of strength, splendor, honor and majesty to surround King Jesus.

 

IV.   Visible “messengers in motion” to unify the beholders.

 

 V.   Motivated by the Spirit of God to exhibit the Truth, compelling us to worship and serve Him.

 

VI.   A dedicated troop of processionalists with appropriately choreographed, chosen objects of worship such as
       banners, crowns, scepters, crosses, trumpets, palm branches and other visible items that magnify His message.

 

VII.  Supporting in worship and message the spoken and sung Word of God.

 

VIII. Faith-stimulating memorials of exuberant praise, flaunting His past and present thoroughly devastating victories
       over sin, sickness, death, principalities, powers, thrones and dominions.

 

IX.   A catalyst for encouraging participation of the corporate community.

 

TRIUMPHAL PROCESSIONS

Scripture records many types of processions. For brevity's sake, we will focus on the triumphal procession. The apostle Paul speaks of the triumphal procession in 2 Corinthians 2:14;  But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.

How is the triumphal procession different from other processionals? When the Apostle Paul made reference to the triumphal procession, the listener, no doubt, recalled the common practice of celebrating the massive victories in battle. In ancient times thousands upon thousands of people would gather along their grand dedicated city streets. Their military leader and his army would process before them with their captives in tow. This was a glorious visual demonstration and bold celebration of an overwhelming and catastrophic victory over their archenemy which led to their enemy’s total destruction. The apostle’s reference to a triumphal procession clearly references our God’s method by which He vanquishes His enemies and the enemies of His people.

Understanding scripture to affirm that our Lord God does not change (Malachi 3:6, Psalm 102:23-27, James 1:17, Hebrew 13:8), we can look back in biblical history to see the very reason God has performed the triumphal processions. His motive remains clear: to glorify Himself as Sovereign over all the powers of the world and His people, leading them into redemption so that the principalities and inhabitants of this earth could behold His triumph!

Here are four examples of a triumphal procession God planned for transitional stages in His Kingdom:

 

1. The Exodus

God called His people to rise up and become a nation in their own land with a magnificent demonstration of His glory. The great I AM conquers Pharaoh and his troops, gaining deliverance for the Israelites to worship and serve their faithful and sovereign LORD.   Moses was given the rod of God (Exodus 4:2, 14:15-16) as a symbol of God’s authority and power to lead the Hebrews in a triumphal procession out of Egypt. Following this triumphal procession, Moses proclaimed and declared in his song in Exodus 15:1, I will sing unto the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously, the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

 

God demonstrated His glory to Pharaoh through the use of Moses’ rod to release His people from bondage so that they would serve and worship Him (Exodus 9:13, 16; 17:8-16; Romans 9:17). Moses used this visible symbol on many occasions to rally the people and scatter the enemy. Upon winning this victory, Moses built an altar and named it Jehovah Nissi, The Lord is my Banner. (Exodus 17:15) Affirming these victories and triumph among His people, God, established the Tabernacle,  dwelling among them as a visible reminder of His constant faith-filled loving presence and power among them and to place Himself at the center focus of their lives, activities and existence.

 

2.  The Holy Week  Procession

God calls His nation to include the peoples of the world. This was a passion march of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to the cross, the grave and resurrection where He conquered death, hell, sin and sickness. The apostle Paul recounts the victorious, outward display of the cross: having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15). This was the most significant triumphal procession in history to date!  The next and greater processional will be His soon coming! (Psalm 68:24-35, Isaiah 62).

 

3.  The Prophetic Procession of Today

God calls His church to share the good news throughout the Earth. In this procession, King Jesus is leading us in His footsteps of suffering to bring Him glory, Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). We are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). His Spirit will lead us to take our destined places, following Him, to fulfill His plan for this age.

 

4.  The Messianic triumphal procession

God calls His church to prepare for His earthly return. We follow Jesus to His next great triumph, when we have attentively prepared to greet our Messiah, King Jesus, with the proper celebration of joyous hearts of praise and thanksgiving. We MUST anticipate this moment in time with banners flying high, His Name lifted as a rallying point, majestic as an army with banners  (Song of Songs 6:4) as we give ourselves completely to His task.

 

ARTICLES OF WORSHIP

Banners are a beacon to draw all to worship and serve Him. Jesus said, If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Myself (John 12:32). Moses lifted up the rod of God as a sign of God’s victorious presence, and the enemy was overwhelmed! The signs and symbols of the beautiful character and attributes of our God on our banners will proclaim Him to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

Glittering and bejeweled crowns will be cast before Him and He will wear many crowns upon His head signifying His omnipotent position in heaven and on the earth. King Jesus will extend His scepter towards His beloved people signifying His acceptance, approval, and sovereignty over them and over the earth. (see Esther 4:11). The Kingdom of this world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (Revelation 11:15).

 

Be inspired to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit to contribute worship in your own personal call by pouring over the words of saints who have seen, heard and followed Him by reading the following scriptures:  Revelation 19; Zechariah 14:1,4, & 9; Acts 1:6-11; Jude v.14; and Job 19:25.

 

SUMMARY

Today processions, banners and crowns are harbingers marking the present message of the coming conquering King.  The Almighty calls us, His people, to this outward display and celebration of His preeminence and triumph over His archenemies.  Will we fix our eyes upon His return and, like King David, give our all to make His habitation with us exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands (1 Chronicles 22:5) ?

 

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