Scripture Passages

The following scripture passages are from the new Common English Bible and will be used in reflections on the Lenten Blog Tour. Find out how you can get a copy of the Common English Bible on the CEB website.

Matt 4:1-11

Then the Spirit led Jesus up into the wilderness so that the devil might tempt him. 2 After Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights, he was starving. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “ Since you are God’s Son, command these stones to become bread. ”

4 Jesus replied, “ It’s written, People won’t live only by bread, but by every word spoken by God . ”

5 After that the devil brought him into the holy city and stood him at the highest point of the temple. He said to him, 6 “ Since you are God’s Son, throw yourself down; for it is written, I will command my angels concerning you, and they will take you up in their hands so that you won’t hit your foot on a stone. ”

7 Jesus replied, “ Again it’s written, Don’t test the Lord your God . ” h

8 Then the devil brought him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 He said, “ I’ll give you all these if you bow down and worship me. ”

10 Jesus responded, “ Go away, Satan, because it’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him . ” 11 The devil left him, and angels came and took care of him.


Mark 1:9-15

9 About that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. 11 And there was a voice from heaven: “ You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness. ”

12 At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among the wild animals, and the angels took care of him.

14 After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, 15 saying, “ Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news! ”


Romans 5:6-11

6 While we were still weak, at the right moment, Christ died for ungodly people. 7 It isn’t often that someone will die for a righteous person, though maybe someone might dare to die for a good person. 8 But God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us. 9 So, now that we have been made righteous by his blood, we can be even more certain that we will be saved from God’s wrath through him. 10 If we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son while we were still enemies, now that we have been reconciled, how much more certain is it that we will be saved by his life? 11 And not only that: we even take pride in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, the one through whom we now have a restored relationship with God.


I Corinthians 1:21-25

21 In God’s wisdom, he determined that the world wouldn’t come to know him through its wisdom. Instead, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of preaching. 22 Jews ask for signs, and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, which is a scandal to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. 24 But to those who are called—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom. 25 This is because the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.


John 11:17-27

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Bethany was a little less than two miles from Jerusalem. 19 Many Jews had come to comfort Martha and Mary after their brother’s death. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him, while Mary remained in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “ Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. 22 Even now I know that whatever you ask God, God will give you. ”

23 Jesus told her, “ Your brother will rise again. ”

24 Martha replied, “ I know that he will rise in the resurrection on the last day. ”

25 Jesus said to her, “ I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die. 26 Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? ”

27 She replied, “ Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, God’s Son, the one who is coming into the world. ”

Matthew 9:9-13

9 As Jesus continued on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at a kiosk for collecting taxes. He said to him, “ Follow me, ” and he got up and followed him. 10 As Jesus sat down to eat in Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners joined Jesus and his disciples at the table.

11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “ Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? ”

12 When Jesus heard it, he said, “ Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. 13 Go and learn what this means: I want mercy and not sacrifice . I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners. ”


Ephesians 2:4-10

45 However, God is rich in mercy. He brought us to life with Christ while we were dead as a result of those things that we did wrong. He did this because of the great love that he has for us. You are saved by God’s grace! 6 And God raised us up and seated us in the heavens with Christ Jesus. 7 God did this to show future generations the greatness of his grace by the goodness that God has shown us in Christ Jesus.

8 You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. 9 It’s not something you did that you can be proud of. 10 Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.


John 10:11-16

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 When the hired hand sees the wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away. That’s because he isn’t the shepherd; the sheep aren’t really his. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. 13 He’s only a hired hand and the sheep don’t matter to him.

14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my own sheep and they know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. I give up my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that don’t belong to this sheep pen. I must lead them too. They will listen to my voice and there will be one flock, with one shepherd.


Psalm 103:6-12

6 The Lord works righteousness;
does justice for all who are oppressed.
7 God made his ways known to Moses;
made his deeds known
to the Israelites.
8 The Lord is compassionate
and merciful,
very patient, and full of faithful love.
9 God won’t always play the judge;
he won’t be angry forever.
10 He doesn’t deal with us
according to our sin
or repay us
according to our wrongdoing,
11 because as high as heaven
is above the earth,
that’s how large God’s faithful love
is for those who honor him.
12 As far as east is from west—
that’s how far God has removed
our sin from us.


Colossians 1:15-20

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God,
the one who is first over all creation,
Because all things were created by him:
both in the heavens and on the earth,
the things that are visible and the things that are invisible.
Whether they are thrones or powers,
or rulers or authorities,
all things were created through him and for him.
He existed before all things,
and all things are held together in him.

He is the head of the body, the church,
who is the beginning,
the one who is firstborn from among the dead
so that he might occupy the first place in everything.

Because all the fullness of God was pleased to live in him,
and he reconciled all things to himself through him—
whether things on earth or in the heavens.
He brought peace through the blood of his cross.


Romans 6:1-11

So what are we going to say? Should we continue sinning so grace will multiply? 2 Absolutely not! All of us died to sin. How can we still live in it? 3 Or don’t you know that all who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we were buried together with him through baptism into his death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too can walk in newness of life. 5 If we were united together in a death like his, we will also be united together in a resurrection like his. 6 This is what we know: the person that we used to be was crucified with him in order to get rid of the corpse that had been controlled by sin. That way we wouldn’t be slaves to sin anymore, 7 because a person who has died has been freed from sin’s power. 8 But if we died with Christ, we have faith that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and he will never die again. Death no longer has power over him. 10 He died to sin once and for all with his death, but he lives for God with his life. 11 In the same way, you also should consider yourselves dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.


Jeremiah 31:31-34

31The time is coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant with the
people of Israel and Judah. 32It won’t be like
the covenant I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand to lead them
out of the land of Egypt. They broke that
covenant with me even though I was their
husband, declares the Lord. 33No, this is the
covenant that I will make with the people of
Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will
put my Instructions within them and engrave
them on their hearts. I will be their God, and
they will be my people. 34They will no longer
need to teach each other to say, “Know the
Lord!” because they will all know me, from
the least of them to the greatest, declares the
Lord; for I will forgive their wrongdoing and
never again remember their sins.


I Corinthians 1:26-31

26 Look at your situation when you were called, brothers and sisters! By ordinary human standards not many were wise, not many were powerful, not many were from the upper class. 27 But God chose what the world considers foolish to shame the wise. God chose what the world considers weak to shame the strong. 28 And God chose what the world considers low-class and low-life—what is considered to be nothing—to reduce what is considered to be something to nothing. 29 So no human being can brag in God’s presence. 30 It is because of God that you are in Christ Jesus. He became wisdom from God for us. This means that he made us righteous and holy, and he delivered us. 31 This is consistent with what was written: The one who brags should brag in the Lord!


Galatians 2:20-21, 3:26-29

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith in God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I don’t ignore the grace of God, because if we become righteous through the Law, then Christ died for no purpose.

26 For you are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 Now if you are Christ’s, then indeed you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.


Acts 10:34-43

34 Peter said, “ I really am learning that God doesn’t show partiality to one group of people over another. 35 Rather, in every nation, whoever worships him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 This is the message of peace he sent to the Israelites by proclaiming the good news through Jesus Christ: He is Lord of all! 37 You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism John preached. 38 You know about Jesus of Nazareth, whom God anointed with the Holy Spirit and endowed with power. Jesus traveled around doing good and healing everyone oppressed by the devil because God was with him. 39 We are witnesses of everything he did, both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him up on the third day and allowed him to be seen, 41 not by everyone but by us. We are witnesses whom God chose beforehand, who ate and drank with him after God raised him from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. ”


Isaiah 53:2-5


John 15:9-17

9 “As the Father loved me, I too have loved you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy will be in you and your joy will be complete. 12 This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I don’t call you servants any longer, because servants don’t know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because everything I heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you could go and produce fruit and so that your fruit could last. As a result, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. 17 I give you these commandments so that you can love each other.


Ephesians 5:8-14

8 You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, so live your life as children of light. 9 Light produces fruit that consists of every sort of goodness, justice, and truth. 10 Therefore test everything to see what’s pleasing to the Lord, 11 and don’t participate in the unfruitful actions of darkness. Instead you should reveal the truth about them. 12 It’s embarrassing to even talk about what certain persons do in secret. 13 But everything exposed to the light is revealed by the light. 14 Everything that is revealed by the light is light. Therefore it says, Wake up, sleeper! Get up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.


Joel 2:1-2, 12-13

1Blow the horn in Zion;
give a shout on my holy mountain!
Let all the people of the land tremble,
for the day of the Lord is coming.
It is near—
2 a day of darkness and no light,
a day of clouds and thick darkness!
Like blackness spread out
upon the mountains,
a great and powerful army comes,
unlike any that has ever come
before them,
or will come after them
in centuries ahead.
12 Yet even now, says the Lord,
return to me with all your hearts,
with fasting, with weeping,
and with sorrow;
13 tear your hearts
and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is merciful and compassionate,
very patient, full of faithful love,
and ready to forgive.


Hebrews 10:19-25

19 Brothers and sisters, we have confidence that we can enter the holy of holies by means of Jesus’ blood, 20 through a new and living way that he opened up for us through the curtain, which is his body, 21 and we have a great high priest over God’s house.

22 Therefore, let’s draw near with a genuine heart with the certainty that our faith gives us, since our hearts are sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies are washed with pure water.

23 Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable.

24 Let’s also think about how to motivate each other to show love and to do good works. 25 Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.


Luke 15:1-7

All the tax collectors and sinners were gathering around Jesus to listen to him. 2 The Pharisees and legal experts were grumbling, saying, “ This man welcomes sinners and eats with them. ”

3 Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose someone among you had a hundred sheep and lost one of them. Wouldn’t he leave the other ninety-nine in the pasture and search for the lost one until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he is thrilled and places it on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost sheep.’ 7 In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who changes both heart and life than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to change their hearts and lives.


John 13:1-8, 12-15

Before the Festival of Passover, Jesus knew that his time had come to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them fully.

2 Jesus and his disciples were sharing the evening meal. The devil had already provoked Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew the Father had given everything into his hands and that he had come from God and was returning to God. 4 So he got up from the table and took off his robes. Picking up a linen towel, he tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing. 6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “ Lord, are you going to wash my feet? ”

7 Jesus replied, “ You don’t understand what I’m doing now, but you will understand later. ”

8 “ No! ” Peter said. “ You will never wash my feet! ”

Jesus replied, “ Unless I wash you, you won’t have a place with me. ”

12 After he washed the disciples’ feet, he put on his robes and returned to his place at the table. He said to them, “Do you know what I’ve done for you? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you speak correctly, because I am. 14 If I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example: just as I have done, you also must do.


Isaiah 55:1-9

All of you who are thirsty,
come to the water!
Whoever has no money,
come, buy food and eat!
Without money, at no cost,
buy wine and milk!
2 Why spend money for what isn’t food,
and your earnings
for what doesn’t satisfy?
Listen carefully to me
and eat what is good;
enjoy the richest of feasts.
3 Listen and come to me;
listen, and you will live.
I will make
an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful loyalty to David.
4 Look, I made him a witness
to the peoples,
a prince and commander of peoples.
5 Look, you will call a nation
you don’t know,
a nation you don’t know
will run to you
because of the Lord your God,
the holy one of Israel,
who has glorified you.
6 Seek the Lord
when he can still be found;
call him while he is yet near.
7 Let the wicked abandon their ways
and the sinful their schemes.
Let them return to the Lord
so that he may have mercy on them,
to our God, because he is generous
with forgiveness.
8 My plans aren’t your plans,
nor are your ways my ways,
says the Lord.
9 Just as the heavens
are higher than the earth,
so are my ways
higher than your ways,
and my plans than your plans.


Mark 11:15-18

They came into Jerusalem. After entering the temple, he threw out those who were selling and buying there. He pushed over the tables used for currency exchange and the chairs of those who sold doves. 16 He didn’t allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 He taught them, “ Hasn’t it been written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? z But you’ve turned it into a hideout for crooks . a18 The chief priests and legal experts heard this and tried to find a way to destroy him. They regarded him as dangerous because the whole crowd was enthralled at his teaching. 1


Romans 8:12-17

12 So then, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation, but it isn’t an obligation to ourselves to live our lives on the basis of selfishness. 13 If you live on the basis of selfishness, you are going to die. But if you put to death the actions of the body with the Spirit, you will live. 14 All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “ Abba, Father. ” 16 The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. 17 But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.


Mark 3:1-6

Jesus returned to the synagogue. A man with a withered hand was there. 2 Wanting to bring charges against Jesus, they were watching Jesus closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 3 He said to the man with the withered hand, “ Step up where people can see you. ” 4 Then he said to them, “ Is it legal on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill? ” But they said nothing. 5 Looking around at them with anger, deeply grieved at their unyielding hearts, he said to the man, “ Stretch out your hand. ” So he did, and his hand was made healthy. 6 At that, the Pharisees got together with the supporters of Herod to plan how to destroy Jesus.


John 12:1-8

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, home of Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Lazarus and his sisters hosted a dinner for him. Martha served and Lazarus was among those who joined him at the table. 3 Then Mary took an extraordinary amount, almost three-quarters of a pound,h of very expensive perfume made of pure nard. She anointed Jesus’ feet with it, then wiped his feet dry with her hair. The house was filled with the aroma of the perfume. 4 Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), complained, 5 “ This perfume was worth a year’s wages!i Why wasn’t it sold and the money given to the poor? ” 6 (He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. He carried the money bag and would take what was in it.)

7 Then Jesus said, “ Leave her alone. This perfume was to be used in preparation for my burial, and this is how she has used it. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you won’t always have me. ”


Psalm 46:1-7

1 God is our refuge and strength,
a help always near
in times of great trouble.
2 That’s why we won’t be afraid
when the world falls apart,
when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea,
3 when its waters roar and rage,
when the mountains shake
because of its surging waves.  Selah
4 There is a river whose streams
gladden God’s city,
the holiest dwelling of the Most High.
5 God is in that city. It will never crumble.
God will help it when morning dawns.
6 Nations roar; kingdoms crumble.
God utters his voice; the earth melts.
7 The Lord of heavenly forces is with us!
The God of Jacob is our place of safety.  Selah


Romans 8:31-39

31 So what are we going to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He didn’t spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. Won’t he also freely give us all things with him?

33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect people? It is God who acquits them. 34 Who is going to convict them? It is Christ Jesus who died, even more, who was raised, and who also is at God’s right hand. It is Christ Jesus who also pleads our case for us.

35 Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

We are being put to death all day long for your sake.
We are treated like sheep for slaughter.

37 But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. 38 I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers 39 or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.


John 14:1-6

“ Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. 2 My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? 3 When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am you will be too. 4 You know the way to the place I’m going. ”

5 Thomas asked, “ Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

6 Jesus answered, “ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you have really known me, you will also know the Father. From now on you know him and have seen him. ”


Mark 9:33-37

33 They entered Capernaum. When they had come into a house, he asked them, “ What were you arguing about during the journey? ” 34 They didn’t respond, since on the way they had been debating with each other about who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “ Whoever wants to be first must be least of all and the servant of all. ” 36 Jesus reached for a little child, placed him among the Twelve, and embraced him. Then he said, 37 “ Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me isn’t actually welcoming me but rather the one who sent me. ”


Isaiah 53:6-11


Luke 19:29-40

29 As Jesus came to Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he gave two disciples a task. 30 He said, “ Go into the village over there. When you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If someone asks, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘Its master needs it.’ ” 32 Those who had been sent found it exactly as he had said.

33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “ Why are you untying the colt?”

34 They replied, “ Its master needs it. ” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their clothes on the colt, and lifted Jesus onto it. 36 As Jesus rode along, they spread their clothes on the road.

37 As Jesus approached the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole throng of his disciples began rejoicing. They praised God with a loud voice because of all the mighty things they had seen. 38 They said,

“ Blessings on the king who comes in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens. ”

39 Some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Jesus, “ Teacher, scold your disciples! Tell them to stop! ”

40 He answered, “ I tell you, if they were silent, the stones would shout. ”


Psalm 36:5-9

5 But your loyal love, Lord,
extends to the skies;
your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is
like the strongest mountains;
your justice is like the deepest sea.
Lord, you save both humans
and animals.
7 Your faithful love is priceless, God!
Humanity finds refuge
in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the bounty
of your house;
you let them drink
from your river of pure joy.
9 Within you is the spring of life.
In your light, we see light.


Matthew 26:47-56

47 While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, came. With him was a large crowd carrying swords and clubs. They had been sent by the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 His betrayer had given them a sign: “ Arrest the man I kiss. ” 49 Just then he came to Jesus and said, “ Hello, Rabbi. ” Then he kissed him.

50 But Jesus said to him, “ Friend, do what you came to do. ” Then they came and grabbed Jesus and arrested him.

51 One of those with Jesus reached for his sword. Striking the high priest’s slave, he cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, “ Put the sword back into its place. All those who use the sword will die by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I’m not able to ask my Father and he will send to me more than twelve battle groups l of angels right away? 54 But if I did that, how would the scriptures be fulfilled that say this must happen? ” 55 Then Jesus said to the crowds, “ Have you come with swords and clubs to arrest me, like a thief? Day after day, I sat in the temple teaching, but you didn’t arrest me. 56 But all this has happened so that what the prophets said in the scriptures might be fulfilled. ” Then all the disciples left Jesus and ran away.


Matt 26:57-67

57 Those who arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest. The legal experts and the elders had gathered there. 58 Peter followed him from a distance until he came to the high priest’s courtyard. He entered that area and sat outside with the officers to see how it would turn out.

59 The chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 They didn’t find anything they could use from the many false witnesses who were willing to come forward. But finally they found two 61 who said, “ This man said, ‘I can destroy God’s temple and rebuild it in three days.’ ”

62 Then the high priest stood and said to Jesus, “ Aren’t you going to respond to the testimony these people have brought against you? ”

63 But Jesus was silent.

The high priest said, “ By the living God, I demand that you tell us whether you are the Christ, God’s Son. ”

64 “ You said it, ” Jesus replied. “ But I say to you that from now on you’ll see the Human One sitting on the right side of the Almighty and coming on the heavenly clouds . ”

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “ He’s insulting God! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, you’ve heard his insult against God. 66 What do you think? ”

And they answered, “ He deserves to die! ” 67 Then they spit in his face and beat him.


Matt 26:69-75

69 Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant woman came and said to him, “ You were also with Jesus the Galilean. ”

70 But he denied it in front of all of them, saying, “ I don’t know what you are talking about. ”

71 When he went over to the gate, another woman saw him and said to those who were there, “ This man was with Jesus, the man from Nazareth. ”

72 With an oath, he denied it again, saying, “ I don’t know the man. ”

73 A short time later those standing there came and said to Peter, “ You must be one of them. The way you talk gives you away. ”

74 Then he cursed and swore, “ I don’t know the man! ” At that very moment the rooster crowed. 75 Peter remembered Jesus’ words, “ Before the rooster crows you will deny me three times. ” And Peter went out and cried uncontrollably.


Luke 23:32-43

32 They also led two other criminals to be executed with Jesus. 33 When they arrived at the place called The Skull , they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “ Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing. ” They drew lots as a way of dividing up his clothing.

35 The people were standing around watching, but the leaders sneered at him, saying, “ He saved others. Let him save himself if he really is the Christ sent from God, the chosen one. ”

36 The soldiers also mocked him. They came up to him offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “ If you really are the king of the Jews, save yourself. ” 38 Above his head was a notice of the formal charge against him. It read “ This is the king of the Jews. ”

39 One of the criminals hanging next to Jesus insulted him, “ Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us! ”

40 Responding, the other criminal spoke harshly to him, “ Don’t you fear God, seeing that you’ve also been sentenced to die? 41 We are rightly condemned, for we are receiving the appropriate sentence for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong. ” 42 Then he said, “ Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ”

43 Jesus replied, “ I assure you that today you will be with me in paradise. ”


Mark 15:33-39

33 From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. 34 At three, Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “ Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani, ” which means, “ My God, my God, why have you left me? ”

35 After hearing him, some standing there said, “ Look! He’s calling Elijah! ” 36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, and put it on a pole. He offered it to Jesus to drink, saying, “ Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down. ” 37 But Jesus let out a loud cry and died.

38 The curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 When the centurion, who stood facing Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “ This man was certainly God’s Son. ”


Matt 28:1-10, 16-20

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the tomb. 2 Look, there was a great earthquake, for an angel from the Lord came down from heaven. Coming to the stone, he rolled it away and sat on it. 3 Now his face was like lightning and his clothes as white as snow. 4 The guards were so terrified of him that they shook with fear and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “ Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. ” 6 He isn’t here, because he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said. Come, see the place where they laid him. 7 Now hurry, go and tell his disciples, ‘He’s been raised from the dead. He’s going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ I’ve given the message to you. ”

8 With great fear and excitement, they hurried away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples. 9 But Jesus met them and greeted them. They came and grabbed his feet and worshipped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “ Don’t be afraid. Go and tell my brothers that I am going into Galilee. They will see me there. ”

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. 18 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “ I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age. ”

Matthew 5:3-12

3 “Happy are people who are downcast, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

4 “Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad.

5 “Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth.

6 “Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are full.

7 “Happy are people who show mercy, because they will receive mercy.

8 “Happy are people who have pure hearts, because they will see God.

9 “Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.

10 “Happy are people whose lives are harassed because they are righteous, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

11 “Happy are you when people insult you and harass you and speak all kinds of bad and false things about you, all because of me. 12 Be full of joy and be glad, because you have a great reward in heaven. For, in the same way, people harassed the prophets who came before you.


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