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Introduction to Scripture Readings

Sat 24 Mar 2018

  • Palm Sunday

     25th March


Mark 1:1-11  

Isaiah 50:4-9

The book of the prophet Isaiah is really three books in one.  First-Isaiah is generally represented in Chapters 1-39.  He lived about 742-701 BC.  Second-Isaiah is generally represented in chapters 40-55.  He lived about 540BC and may have witnessed the destruction of Judea earlier in 587BC and consequent deportation into exile in Babylon. Third-Isaiah is generally represented in chapters 56-66.  He lived about 500BC, after the Jews had returned from exile and begun re-building Jerusalem. But disillusionment had set in.  This passage begins with a prophecy of the suffering that the Lord’s servant will undergo and concludes with a hopefulness that God will help and exonerate his servant.

Psalm 31:9-18  

Philippians 2:5-11

Paul outlines how we can show our lives are being conformed to the life of Jesus. We strive to share 'The same mind' with Jesus and with those around us by sharing love, compassion, sympathy and joy. He further outlines how Christ offered us a model for life - one of obedience and self-sacrifice. Although Christ was in the form of God, he humbled himself and became obedient. It is the same kind of humble and obedient lives that we are called to, so that God can highly exalt us also.

Mark 14:1-15:27  

The Passion Reading of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 Jesus prayed, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done."  Luke 22:42  

Next week.....

Easter  Sunday