Friday, many Christians observed Good Friday. One church's re-enactment of the death of Jesus Christ got the attention of a lot of people.
That reanactment, at Roanoke Valley Cathedral of Peace, has taken place for the last three years. It brings churchgoers and the community together. For those who attended on Friday, the day is more than just the start of the Easter weekend, it's the day their savior died for their sins.
"Easter is not about the Easter Bunny and candy. It's about our risen Savior."
Marvin Wilson worships at Roanoke Valley Cathedral of Praise. Friday, he took on a role he takes seriously. He dressed as one of the guards who took Jesus Christ to his death on Good Friday. He says the significance of this dramatic reenactment goes beyond religious barriers.
"It doesn't matter if you're Catholic if you're a Jew it doesn't matter what denomination that you belong to, he died for us, he died for us all."
And that's the message this church wants to spread this Easter weekend.
"This is the third year that we've done this and we've done it for the purpose of just a symbolic reminder of the season of the year and of the sacrifice," Pastor Harry Miller told Your Hometown News Leader.
The hauntingly beautiful music along with the stoic actors helped participants feel that sacrifice and realize they're not alone.
Churchgoer Dolores Caylor told WDBJ7, "everyone needs to know that there is someone greater than they are. They need a source of strength."
A source of strength these believers say can only come from a higher place.