On Easter weekend, volunteers at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church portrayed a drive-thru Easter event, re-enacting nine scenes depicting the story of Holy Week.
The scenes told the story from Palm Sunday through the resurrection. Participants were able to tune in via FM radio to listen to the stories.
The Rev. Chris Westmoreland, lead pastor at Long’s Chapel, said of all the various Jesus depictions available, he was designated to portray the angry Jesus who was driving the money-changers out of the temple.
“I was the only Jesus with glasses,” he said during his Easter sermon, noting he purposefully wore them to see the kind of reaction passersby had to the scene. “People, especially the kids, didn’t know what to do with a Jesus who would fight for those who didn’t have a voice and place at the temple.”
Westmoreland said Jesus’ anger was directed at those who wanted to make a profit, and in doing so, prevented people from offering their prayers and sacrifices.
“As a church, we don’t always do a great job telling that part of the story. There’s the part of Jesus that gives us peace and the part of Jesus that disturbs the peace. We are to live into both.”