As a child, attending the Episcopal Church in Kellogg Idaho, I looked forward to attending Palm Sunday. One reason for my excitement was receiving a palm leaf at the start of service. Although this may seem to be an insignificant detail today, at the time, receiving a palm leaf in this way was quite remarkable. For me personally, the texture and feel of that leaf was quite intriguing. It represented something foreign and mysterious. Charles Fillmore said that, palms, metaphysically speaking, are realizations in the physical of an unlimited resource of strength. Palm Sunday is named after the palm branches that were placed by the people of Jerusalem along the path that Jesus used as he entered the city. They honored him in this way to celebrate the miracle that he had performed in raising Lazarus from the dead after 4 days in the tomb. They believed that he had fulfilled a prophecy from the book of Zechariah which said, “Rejoice, greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout O daughter of Jerusalem: behold thy King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass.” The crowds of people, who followed Jesus, were energized by witnessing or hearing about the miraculous deed he had performed.
By entering the city, Jesus was consciously declaring his destiny. He was going public, despite knowing the political reality that by doing so he would put himself in great peril. In a sense, he was thumbing his nose at both the religious leaders of Judaism and the political leaders in Rome. He must have known that he could have played it safe by continuing to wander around the countryside teaching and healing. Yet, he chose to directly challenge the societal authorities; knowing that there could be significant repercussions including the potential destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans. This threat, of destroying the temple, was one of many used by the Romans to keep the Jewish people in line. This represented a significant threat to the Sadducees and Pharisees whose lives and Jewish faith centered around the temple. Therefore, for Jesus, choosing confrontation was an act of “Making the Big Commitment” to his teaching and to what it meant to live a spiritual life.
“And the multitudes going before Him, and those who followed after were crying out, saying, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!’”
~ John 2:12
We have a very special ensemble of vocalists and musicians this week. The vocalists are Julie Croteau, Davis Hill, Mark Soss, Mark Wilson, Laura Wineteer, and Reini Yarrow. They will be accompanied by LeeAnn Aerlyn Moore, George Conrad, Steve Croteau, Gary Edwards and Jim Turner.
Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Palm Sunday with a musical extravaganza that tells the story of Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the ensuing events that led to his crucifixion. With music from
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
, you will be transported back to the events of this timeless story. It is an uplifting experience for the whole family that you won’t want to miss. If you can’t spend Sunday with us in person, watch the service through our
at 11 am or catch up on any of our services through our
. Thank you for your interest in Unity and may your spiritual path be one of joy and fulfillment.