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But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things." He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me"  (Mark 8:33-34, NRSV).
 

    References:

  • Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
  • Psalm 22:23-31 (UMH 752)
  • Romans 4:13-25
  • Mark 8:31-38

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    References:

  • Exodus 20:1-17
  • Psalm 19 (UMH 750)
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
  • John 2:13-22

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,  that whoever believes in him may have eternal life (John 3:14-15),

    References:

  • Numbers 21:4-9
  • Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (UMH 830)
  • Ephesians 2:1-10
  • John 3:14-21

Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life"  (John 12: 23-25).

    References:

  • Jeremiah 31:31-34
  • Psalm 51:1-12 (UMH 785)
  • Hebrews 5:5-10
  • John 12:20-33

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-- even death on a cross (Philippians 2:5-8, NRSV).

    References:

  • Liturgy of the Palms
  • Mark 11:1-11
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (UMH 839)
  • Liturgy of the Passion
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"You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."

    References:

  • Isaiah 42:1-9
  • Psalm 36:5-11 (UMH 771)
  • Hebrews 9:11-15
  • John 12:1-11