“I know that you seek Jesus”

On Easter Sunday, I wrote about the very first words uttered after the resurrection “Do not be afraid.”  Today I want to draw you to the next thing that the angel said at the time (Matthew 28:5): “I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified” Well, certainly they were looking for the body ofContinue reading ““I know that you seek Jesus””

Authentic Accounts

One of the apologetic challenges that some of us have had to engage with from time to time is that the four different accounts of the resurrection contradict each other.  One helpful way of responding is to put together a harmonised account, on the one hand that isn’t too easy because, despite the claims, theContinue reading “Authentic Accounts”

Why did Jesus Rise (Colossians 2:12 and 3:1-11)

A couple of days ago we raised two important questions: Why did Jesus die? Why did Jesus rise? When we looked at the first question, we saw that it was important for Christians because we want to follow Jesus and there are two challenges along the way The temptation to sin The threat of falseContinue reading “Why did Jesus Rise (Colossians 2:12 and 3:1-11)”

Dead people don’t come back to life

A little while back, I discussed a tweet from Professor Alice Roberts who is the professor of Public Engagement with Science at the University of Birmingham  Here’s the professor’s offering for Easter 2021 which she shared on Good Friday. Some people took offence to the tweet. The professor is entitled to her views, they arguedContinue reading “Dead people don’t come back to life”

Don’t be afraid – the first message of Easter

It’s Sunday morning. On the Friday, the Mary’s had watched to see where Jesus was buried. They then couldn’t do anything further on the Sabbath but on the Sunday, they make their way early to the tomb. We know that the aim of the women was to take spices to anoint the body. But somethingContinue reading “Don’t be afraid – the first message of Easter”

Is Penal Substitution about redemptive violence?

Penal substitution is an aspect of the doctrine of atonement.  It is the belief that Jesus died in our place ad a substitute bearing the penalty for our sin.  One of the objections to it is that it perpetrates “redemptive violence” so that the violence enacted against Jesus is itself seen as redemptive.  Recently inContinue reading “Is Penal Substitution about redemptive violence?”

Friday is here

There’s a famous sermon that has the rhetorical line that says “It’s Friday … but Sunday’s coming”  You can listen here. It’s powerful stuff and helpfully points us forward to the good news of the resurrection. I’m sure the words have sustained many people in the dark hours of trouble. Indeed, I owe my emphasisContinue reading “Friday is here”

Why Did Jesus Die? (Colossians 2:6-16)

We are coming into Easter week and  so I want to ask a couple of questions. Why did Jesus die on the Cross? Why did Jesus rise again? They are important questions. Often, we ask them when we are talking about why you should believe in Jesus. They are good questions for people completely newContinue reading “Why Did Jesus Die? (Colossians 2:6-16)”