John 3:31–35—The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.
John 3:25–30—An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” To this John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.”
Mark 1:14b–15—Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Matthew 5:9—Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:8—Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Matthew 5:7—Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Matthew 5:6—Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Matthew 5:5—Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:4—Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:3—Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.