Missy Robertson shares the heart and stories behind the new release The Crimson Gospel. Be sure and check it out on our website here.
Being born to a dad who is a Gospel preacher and to a mom who is a Master’s-educated choral director, I can safely say that I have been encouraged my entire life to share the Gospel of Jesus through music. So it’s a good thing that I have a passion for doing just that. Throw in the notoriety of the family I married into, and well, you’ve got a recipe to take that Gospel to the masses in ways no one could have ever predicted.
The Crimson Gospel is not just the story of Jesus, but it’s the story of how God uses regular, ordinary people to carry the blood of Jesus throughout mankind’s history. We all know that Jesus’ life did not start at that lowly stable in Bethlehem.
Genesis 1:26 states “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’”
John 1:1-2 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the Beginning.” Verse 14 states, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Jesus’ story started before time ever began. He was there when the heavens and earth were created, when animals took on fur and scales, when trees grew their first leaves, and when even the tiniest of eyelashes were placed on Adam and Eve’s firstborn son. He was there. Throughout history, He, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit, watched the Israelite people stumble, fail, and even cry out in anger against God. Yet still, the Father never turned His back on His people. In fact, He challenged them to put their entire lives into His hands.
Asking Abraham to kill his only son, sending Jonah into the bowels of a big fish, asking Esther to put her life on the line for an entire nation are not small decisions in the eyes of ordinary humans like ourselves. But to God, these are just tiny glimpses into how the power of the Almighty is used to glorify His kingdom. Does He need us? No. Does He want us? Yes. To know that the Creator of the entire Universe, the Master of life and death, the Alpha and Omega wants a relationship with us is completely overwhelming. To realize that He will do whatever it takes to make that relationship happen, even killing His one and only son in a most horrific way is more than humbling.
The Crimson Gospel tells this story in a very unique way. It takes a family of ordinary people from the swamps of Louisiana and lets us tell you about just a few of these folks in the Bible. We found very quickly how much we relate to so many of them. A few examples:
- Si tells of Jonah. You’ve got to realize that Jonah had to have ended up a little crazy after spending three days in the belly of a fish, right?
- Miss Kay tells of Rahab. She states that, even though she didn’t live a life like Rahab, she ministers to many women who have. Oh, and Phil wasn’t exactly a saint when they were first married either.
- Mia talks about relating to Moses, even though she is a girl. Being born with a cleft lip/palate, she also has trouble speaking correctly, yet God has used her to tell His story.
- Korie tells of taking in Rebecca from another country, and Rebecca shares how difficult it was assimilating into a new culture but wanting nothing more than to be a part of Korie’s family, just like Naomi and Ruth.
It’s not just video clips of our family that are encouraging and moving to the audience. The Crimson Gospel includes some of the most beautifully written and arranged music. When you combine this with the dramatic pieces your church can incorporate using your own members, it brings a very personal aspect that makes this production second to none.
I have been privileged to be a part of an incredible church family loaded with so much talent that we have actually written, arranged choreographed, produced, and executed our own dramas for years. To actually be able to use these same multi-talented people to partner with such a professional team as Brentwood Benson and Capitol Christian Music Group has been an incredible experience. To use my own church choir was just an added bonus.
I’ve worked with my cowriter, LinDee Loveland, for years on these dramas along with large community and school productions, yet nothing has been more meaningful or powerful than how God has used us both in forwarding His message of salvation through The Crimson Gospel. This project has God’s hands all over it and His arms all around it. It’s with His breath that we are able to tell His story. It is with His Son that we are able to live eternally.
How can you help us share His message in this very unique way? There are many avenues. You can have a special Easter or even Christmas presentation. You may choose to have your very own Duck Commander Sunday where your members are encouraged to break out their camo and invite their hunting buddies to see more of the cast of Duck Dynasty. You may even decide to break it up into sections over a six-week period to give special time and attention to certain aspects leading up to Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
Ask your congregation to join with you in prayer and ask God to lead you to the best way possible to reach your own communities and to bring them to the foot of the cross of Jesus. He’s waiting for each and every person. He wants them. He wants you. He wants me.
The Crimson Gospel is for everyone.