April 9, 2017

Bible Readings for Holy Week

Palm Sunday – Mark 11.1-11

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

(Matthew 21.1-11; Luke 19.28-40; John 12.12-19)

1Jesus and his disciples reached Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives. When they were getting close to Jerusalem, Jesus sent two of them on ahead.2He told them, “Go into the next village. As soon as you enter it, you will find a young donkey that has never been ridden. Untie the donkey and bring it here.3If anyone asks why you are doing this, say, ‘The Lord needs it and will soon bring it back.’ ”

4The disciples left and found the donkey tied near a door that faced the street. While they were untying it,5some of the people standing there asked, “Why are you untying the donkey?”6They told them what Jesus had said, and the people let them take it.

7The disciples led the donkey to Jesus. They put some of their clothes on its back, and Jesus got on.8Many people spread clothes on the road, while others spread branches they had cut from the fields.

9 In front of Jesus and behind him, people went along shouting,


God bless the one who comes

in the name of the Lord!

10God bless the coming kingdom

of our ancestor David.

Hooray for God

in heaven above!”

11After Jesus had gone to Jerusalem, he went into the temple and looked around at everything. But since it was already late in the day, he went back to Bethany with the twelve disciples.

Getting the most from God's Word

As you embark on this Journey, here are four steps to invite God's Word to challenge and encourage you.

  1. Pray

    Pray with focus and openness to see what God has for you. God, connect with me here, as I seek You in your Word.

  2. Read

    Read the selected section of scripture slowly. Take note of intriguing words and phrases. Read them a second time.

  3. Reflect

    Reflect on what strikes you as you read. What does this passage of Scripture teach you about God's values?

  4. Respond

    Respond to the passage. Speak to God directly about what's on your mind and hear. Look for ways to live out what you've uncovered.