The idea of someone being physically raised to life after they have died seems pretty far-fetched, especially in this day and age when we have the ability to medically determine whether a body is actually dead or merely has the appearance of death - we’re not so easily fooled as people may have been thousands of years ago. Some have argued that this might have been the case with Jesus’ resurrection: “Perhaps he fell into an unconscious state, with a shallow pulse and barely breathing, so that his disciples thought that he was dead, but after a few day’s rest he recovered?” Others have theorised: “Maybe the Bible is speaking metaphorically when talking about his resurrection?”
...An actual physical resurrection just sounds too incredible to believe - it’s the stuff of myth or movies. But the scientifically inexplicable wonder of Jesus’ resurrection is what vindicated his otherwise outrageous claims. If there is no resurrection then Jesus must be rejected outright, but if there is a resurrection, it means his claims are true. Come join us as we explore the Resurrection, the defining truth of the Christian faith.
Read this week’s Bible passage: 1 Corinthians 15:3-6, 12-26 [NIV]
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On this 6th Sunday of Lent, also known as Palm Sunday, we are joined by guest preacher, Geoff Quinlan.
Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week, leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and culminating in his resurrection over Easter weekend. On this day we look back at Jesus’ “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem, when masses of people welcomed him as their promised Messiah - they sang songs of rejoicing and honoured him by laying down their cloaks or cutting off palm branches to lay in the path before him at the entrance to the city - thinking that he had come to deliver them from Roman oppression. But Jesus came to bring a very different kind of deliverance: a deliverance from sin’s oppressive rule over our hearts and its consequence of the eternal death of our souls and separation from God at the end of our mortal lives. And so in their ignorance, the same people who sang his praise at the start of the week, would be among those calling out for his death just a few days later.
Geoff will take us through Palm Sunday and Holy Week with an aim to interpret these events from the standpoint of Jesus, rather than our own, and show us how looking at things from Christ’s perspective points us to a different way of living.
Read this week’s Bible passage: Isaiah 50:4-9 & Philippians 2:5-11 [NIV]