Friday, March 26, 2010

It's That Special Time of Year Again!

Where has the last year gone? Anyway, next Tuesday, March 30, 2010 will be the anniversary of Christ's death. As Christians we realize the importance/significance of that momentous event. Without Christ's sacrifice we would have no basis for the Kingdom that will bring peace to the entire planet. As we remember the past year's events it is readily evident that there is much suffering on a global scale. The human family clearly needs help. So, as a showing of our respect and appreciation for all that Jehovah and Jesus have done for us and yet will do, let's plan to be present at a Memorial service in your neighborhood.

Today starts the very special Bible reading that goes along with what Jesus did during the days leading up to his death.

Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 9)

John 12:12-19

12 The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival, on hearing that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took the branches of palm trees and went out to meet him. And they began to shout: “Save, we pray you! Blessed is he that comes in Jehovah’s name, even the king of Israel!” 14 But when Jesus had found a young ass, he sat on it, just as it is written: 15 “Have no fear, daughter of Zion. Look! Your king is coming, seated upon an ass’s colt.” 16 These things his disciples took no note of at first, but when Jesus became glorified, then they called to mind that these things were written respecting him and that they did these things to him.
17 Accordingly the crowd that was with him when he called Laz′a·rus out of the memorial tomb and raised him up from the dead kept bearing witness. 18 On this account the crowd, because they heard he had performed this sign, also met him. 19 Therefore the Pharisees said among themselves: “YOU observe YOU are getting absolutely nowhere. See! The world has gone after him.”

Mark 11:1-11

11 Now when they were getting near to Jerusalem, to Beth′pha·ge and Beth′a·ny at the Mount of Olives, he dispatched two of his disciples 2 and told them: “Go into the village that is within sight of YOU, and as soon as YOU pass into it YOU will find a colt tied, on which none of mankind has yet sat; loose it and bring it. 3 And if anyone says to YOU, ‘Why are YOU doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it, and will at once send it off back here.’” 4 So they went away and found the colt tied at the door, outside on the side street, and they loosed it. 5 But some of those standing there began to say to them: “What are YOU doing loosing the colt?” 6 They said to these just as Jesus had said; and they let them go.
7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and they put their outer garments upon it, and he sat on it. 8 Also, many spread their outer garments on the road, but others cut down foliage from the fields. 9 And those going in front and those coming behind kept crying out: “Save, we pray! Blessed is he that comes in Jehovah’s name! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Save, we pray, in the heights above!” 11 And he entered into Jerusalem, into the temple; and he looked around upon all things, and, as the hour was already late, he went out to Beth′a·ny with the twelve.

As always, feel free to read it in your copy of the Bible.