Why Are You Crying?

We know the Easter story. The stone was rolled away, and the tomb was found empty. Jesus is no longer dead, but He is Risen, resurrected! And that’s it, done, right? Not yet. What’s fascinating to me is the gradual process of understanding. No one on this first Easter dawn has any real notion of... Continue Reading →

A Weirdo Who Collected Corpses?

In the Gospel of Mark, chapter 15, we read that ‘Joseph of Arimathea ... went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.’ The Gospels also tell us that, ‘Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.’ Joseph wasn’t some weirdo who collected corpses! He wanted to honour Jesus,... Continue Reading →

Which Will You Choose?

Ever heard anyone say, “It’s my cross to bear.”? The phrase has come to mean a continuous struggle. A relationship not working out, a job that feels like a thankless task, or a troubling physical illness. In the Gospels, Jesus is recorded as saying to His disciples, “Take up your cross and follow me.” If... Continue Reading →

3-2-1

In the ’80s, a TV show hooked the nation: “Three, Two, One.” The name reflected its format, a quiz, a variety and a game show. It’s host, Ted Rodgers, had this lightning-fast, complicated 3-2-1 hand gesture. It was a move that led to some not-so-wholesome accidental gestures in the school playground as we tried to... Continue Reading →

Dusty And Filthy Feet

There’s a moment described to us in the Gospels, John chapter 13, verse 5, where: [Jesus] poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. Why did Jesus do this? Let me suggest two reasons. Number one: The roads around Israel weren’t... Continue Reading →

It Started With A Betrayal

At the start of the Easter story, there’s talk of betrayal. Jesus Himself brings it up at the famous Last Supper. Imagine the scene: Jesus and His disciples are all together reclining on floor cushions around a low table, eating and celebrating Passover when suddenly, Jesus declares that one of His friends will betray Him.... Continue Reading →

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