April 14, 2019
The Lord will clear the name of his people and have compassion on his servants when he sees that their strength is gone and that no one is left, neither slaves nor free people.
Then he will ask, “Where are their gods? Where is the rock they took refuge in? Where are the gods who ate the fat from their sacrifices and drank the wine from their wine offerings? Let them come to help you! Let them be your refuge!”
See, I alone, I am the only God. There are no others. I kill, and I make alive. I wound, and I heal, and no one can rescue you from my power.
Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Although he was in the form of God and equal with God, he did not take advantage of this equality. Instead, he emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant, being born like a man. He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
This is why God has given him an exceptional honor, the name honored above all other names, so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will kneel and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
Six days before Passover, Jesus arrived in Bethany. Lazarus whom Jesus had brought back to life lived there. Dinner was prepared for Him there. Martha served the dinner and Lazarus was one of the people eating with Jesus.
Mary took a pint sized bottle of very expensive perfume made from pure nard and poured it on Jesus’ feet. Then she dried his feet with her hair. The fragrance of the perfume filled the house.
One of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was going to betray him, asked, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for a high price (it was worth about a year’s wages) and the money given to the poor?” (Judas didn’t say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of the moneybag, and he would help himself to what was put in it.)
Jesus said to Judas, “Leave her alone, that she may keep it for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor with you but you will not always have me with you.”
A large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was in Bethany. They went there not only to see Jesus but also to see Lazarus whom Jesus had brought back to life. The chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, because Lazarus was the reason why many people were leaving the Jews and believing in Jesus.
On the next day the large crowd that had come for the Passover festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went to meet him. They were shouting,
“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel!”
“Do not be afraid, people of Zion! Your king is coming. He is riding on a donkey’s colt.”
At first Jesus’ disciples didn’t know what these prophecies meant. However, when Jesus was glorified, the disciples remembered that these prophecies had been written about him. The disciples remembered that they had taken part in fulfilling the prophecies.
The people who had been with Jesus when he called Lazarus from the tomb and brought him back to life reported what they had seen. Because the crowd heard that Jesus had performed this miracle they came to meet him. The Pharisees said to each other,
“This is getting us nowhere. Look! The whole world is following him!”