8th Oct 2012, by Adeline Lum, CM –
On October 6, 2012 I attended Sidney Mohede’s concert at Glad Tidings Petaling Jaya starting at 8:30 pm. The crowd size exceeded expectation, as it became bigger than Maranatha Auditorium seats can accommodate. Fifteen minutes into the concert, people were still coming in, finding space to stand at the upper gallery’s staircase.
Lights dimmed. Drum tapped. Electric guitar struck. I joined a few people to move affront for a closer view. At 39 years old, Mohede appeared younger than his age.
“I have been walking with Jesus for 22 years and started when I was two years old,” Mohede quipped, “Thank you for believing me. I know, I know I look like 23, God bless you.”
I looked around, expecting to see younger folks standing at the front rows. However, I was pleasantly wrong. On my right, a middle-aged man held his phone steadily above the crowd. Stood beside him, an older lady worshipped with her hands up and eyes closed. Still, a mother few seats away swayed with her five-year-old daughter to the music.
What an interesting sight! I realize whether we are five or 80 years old, each of us is a precious child in the eyes of our Father in Heaven. This scene reminded me of God’s picture of how the young and old would rejoice together from the fulfillment of God’s promise. Jeremiah 31:13 said “Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”
Lifting their hands in worship, the crowd worshipped like a great choir led by Mohede and his team before our one and only audience, our Father in Heaven.
“Tonight, at this place, it is not about us, it is not about our show. Me and my friends flew in from Jakarta not so you can watch us perform but to introduce you to a person named Jesus Christ. He is the most awesome, the kindest, the gentlest and the most incredible person you could possibly meet in your lifetime,” Mohede shared.
The concert lasted for an hour and a half. As the concert drew to an end, Mohede explained comically how he did not want the crowd to focus on him and the team but Jesus Christ alone.
“Maybe your friends asked you to come, saying come, there’s this short Indonesian guy who can sing a little bit, play guitar with the key G and has written a few songs. He’s not that handsome, you know, he’s not Maroon 5. But if you want to come tonight, then come and just experience this. I promise you that the person on stage doesn’t matter anymore because the person you will see is just Jesus,” Mohede exclaimed.
And the crowd said “Amen” to Mohede. Indeed, an unforgettable performance happens only with knowing and experiencing our Lord Jesus. Praise the Lord for Sidney Mohede and his team’s heartfelt performance for the evening!
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