Palm Sunday Crowd

What do you think of when you consider the crowd that waved palm branches and shouted, “Hosanna” as Jesus entered Jerusalem?

Maybe you think of children waving palm branches.  They were unaware of the significance of that parade.  But they knew fun when they saw it.  Perhaps they noticed Jesus as one who actually cared about them.  Maybe they hardly noticed him as they played with their friends.   It is interesting to me that in the middle of such a critical moment of the Gospel, children are in the center of the action.  They are not put off to the side or told to be quiet.  It is a day for them. It still is.

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Jesus is more than a Buddy

Jesus is more than a buddy. That may seem obvious to you. However, last night in class there was one powerful aha moment. We are all about relationships. We focus as a culture and a church on having quality relationships. Our faith may be described as those who have a relationship with Jesus.

But that is not what the creed of the early church. Apostle Paul did not write his relationship with Jesus. The early creeds like the Apostles Creed did not invite us to have a relationship with Jesus. Their message was simple and direct. Jesus is Lord.

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Jesus renewed his Capacity to Love

July 20, 1955.  March 25, 1956. May 12, 1979. June 5, 1982. November 14, 1981. May 19, 1984

On each of these dates, I entered into covenants of love.  These dates reflect the days of my birth, baptism, marriage, ordination, and birth of children. I entered into loving relationships of family and faith on those days.  Here is one thing they have in common.  I have needed to renew my capacity for love in all those relationships.

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