The shadow of the Cross crystallises whose agenda I am following

Sandwiched between Mark’s account of Jesus being anointed in Bethany (Mark 14:3-9) and his retelling of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-31) we hear about Judas deciding to betray Jesus (Mark 14:10-11). He goes to the Chief Priests and offers his services. They are delighted to welcome him on board and offer to pay him. Continue reading

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The danger with character studies

What was it like for Barabbas as he walked out of that prison cell, not to his execution but to freedom? What motivated the women to stick close to the cross and be the first at the empty tomb after the men fled? What happened to the centurion who called Jesus  ” Son of God.” Did he become a believer? And what about Simon of Cyrene? What was it like to carry the cross for Jesus? Have you ever wanted to step into the shoes or get into the heads of those at the Cross.  Continue reading

The New Covenant (Hebrews 8-9)

When we talk about “The New Covenant” then we might have a couple of images or concepts in our head. First of all, there’s a sort of Aladdin “new lamps for old” sort of image – “Let me replace your old covenant with a new one” and from there we’re into “Deal or No Deal territory.” Is the New covenant some kind of better deal? Continue reading

#TheDifference that the Cross makes

Have you ever had one of those dreams where you’re in a very public place, all your friends, family, neighbours are there. Then you realise something is wrong. You are naked. Now I’m no psychologist but I guess that those types of dreams express one of our greatest fears. We fear being exposed, embarressed and publically shamed. Continue reading