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Encounters with Jesus on the Way to the Cross: Martha and Mary of Bethany

Jesus, Mary, Martha and YOU!

Kirk H. Neely

Sermon:  Encounters with Jesus on the Way to the Cross:  Martha and Mary of Bethany
Text:  John 12:1-10; Luke 10: 38-42; John 11


A different cross appears on the cover of the worship bulletin each Sunday during the season of Lent.  The cross this week is a Trinitarian cross.  You can clearly see the three-in-one theme in the depiction of the cross of Christ.  If you draw a cross in each quadrant of the Trinitarian cross, you create a Jerusalem Cross.  Those of you who have been to the Holy Land are familiar with this depiction of the cross, but perhaps you do not remember the meaning behind this five-cross configuration.  The large cross in the center stands for the city of Jerusalem.  Each of the smaller crosses represents a city, village, or town.  One cross represents Bethlehem, the place where Jesus was born.  A second represents…

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