Weekly Lectionary Reading

Monday Of Holy Week

March 29, 2010
Isaiah 42:1-9 * Psalm 36:5-11 * Hebrews 9:11-15 * John 12:1-11

1 “Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.
He is my chosen one, who pleases me.
I have put my Spirit upon him.
He will bring justice to the nations.
2 He will not shout
or raise his voice in public.
3 He will not crush the weakest reed
or put out a flickering candle.
He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.
4 He will not falter or lose heart
until justice prevails throughout the earth.
Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.

5 God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out.
He created the earth and everything in it.
He gives breath to everyone,
life to everyone who walks the earth.
And it is he who says,
6 “I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness.
I will take you by the hand and guard you,
and I will give you to my people, Israel,
as a symbol of my covenant with them.
And you will be a light to guide the nations.
7 You will open the eyes of the blind.
You will free the captives from prison,
releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.

8 “I am the Lord; that is my name!
I will not give my glory to anyone else,
nor share my praise with carved idols.
9 Everything I prophesied has come true,
and now I will prophesy again.
I will tell you the future before it happens.”

We are in a special part of the church year called Holy Week.  This week we take a look at the journey to the cross.  Yesterday, in many churches around the world, we celebrated Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem.  As I wrote on Friday, it was the beginning of the journey to the cross.  Written here before us today are the words of Isaiah, describing the God who saves.  Jesus came to bring justice, to open the eyes of the blind, to free the captives from prison.  I love verse 8 and it is a sobering thought when we put things in front of God.  “I am the Lord; that is my name!  I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise with carved idols.”

This scripture talks about the God who saves, and I would like to share a video with you this morning.  A song that is familiar to most, “Mighty to Save.”

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