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The Happening of the Cross

Happening of the Cross (The)INTRODUCTION

Jesus said more about his death and Resurrection than is often realized. There are many direct references, and many other passages have a fuller meaning in the light of the Cross. The proportion of the Gospels given to the Cross also indicates the central importance of the atonement.

This little booklet is intended as a help for those who are wanting to examine the happening of the Cross as the Scriptures record it. Included is a brief overview of the event, a reference table for comparing the Gospel accounts, and some questions for further reflection.

Some ambiguity exists in the Gospel record concerning the timing of the various events. I have tried to follow the simplest path, realizing that others place the events differently. The diversity between the writers tells of the greatness of the happening of the Cross and of their own integrity in recording the details. Also, they did not have digital watches and portable video recorders!

It may be useful to cut up a couple of tattered New Testaments and paste the Gospel account, alongside each other using the reference table.

Finally, let me encourage a focus not merely on the historical details, but on the people involved—their hopes, emotions and faith—and especially on the humanity of the Divine Son who ‘loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God’. As he said, ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father’.

Don Priest

Point Pass, March 1985

Happening of the Cross (The)

Don Priest

Don Priest

Subject: Narrative Exposition

Book Code: 074

Audio Code: CS 37.7

Pages: 10 pp, Booklet

Pub. Date: 1984

ISBN: 0 86408 015 8

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