Readings: Apr 1, 2012 Palm Sunday

 Mark 11: 1-10   Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11     The Message


­­­  Mark 11:1-10   (Distribution of Palms)

          Entering Jerusalem on a Colt

^1-3 When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on

Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to

the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt

tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If

anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Master needs him, and will

return him right away.'”


^4-7 They went and found a colt tied to a door at the street corner and

untied it. Some of those standing there said, “What are you doing

untying that colt?” The disciples replied exactly as Jesus had

instructed them, and the people let them alone. They brought the colt to

Jesus, spread their coats on it, and he mounted.


^8-10 The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their

coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the

fields. Running ahead and following after, they were calling out,



Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!

Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David!

Hosanna in highest heaven!

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


      Isaiah 50:4-7

The Master, God, has given me

a well-taught tongue,

So I know how to encourage tired people.

He wakes me up in the morning,

Wakes me up, opens my ears

to listen as one ready to take orders.

The Master, God, opened my ears,

and I didn’t go back to sleep,

didn’t pull the covers back over my head.

I followed orders,

stood there and took it while they beat me,

held steady while they pulled out my beard,

Didn’t dodge their insults,

faced them as they spit in my face.

And the Master, God, stays right there and helps me,

so I’m not disgraced.

Therefore I set my face like flint,

confident that I’ll never regret this.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


Philippians 2:6-11

Christ Jesus thought of himself as having equal status with God but didn’t

think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that

status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the

privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!


Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process.

He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient

life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death

at that—a crucifixion.


Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond

anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth

–even those long ago dead and buried—-will bow in worship before this

Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the

glorious honor of God the Father.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


The Passion of Jesus Christ   Mark 14:1 – 15:47


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