Friday, September 18, 2020
Feast of the Holy Cross
 And the valley of my mountains shall be stopped up, for the valley of the mountains shall touch the side of it; and you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzzi’ah king of Judah. Then the LORD your God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
 On that day there shall be neither cold nor frost.
 And there shall be continuous day (it is known to the LORD), not day and not night, for at evening time there shall be light.
 On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea; it shall continue in summer as in winter.
 And the LORD will become king over all the earth; on that day the LORD will be one and his name one.
 The whole land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But Jerusalem shall remain aloft upon its site from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Han’anel to the king’s wine presses.
 And it shall be inhabited, for there shall be no more curse; Jerusalem shall dwell in security.
 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
 Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.
 So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Gol’gotha.
 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.
 Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; it read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”
 Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.
 The chief priests of the Jews then said to Pilate, “Do not write, `The King of the Jews,’ but, `This man said, I am King of the Jews.’”
 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
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