Tom Wright examines accounts of the events from Palm Sunday to Easter as they appear in the gospels of Matthew and of John, looking at these familiar passages from many unfamiliar angles to help us see them afresh.
Both Matthew and John understand the events of Jesus’ last week as the climax of the entire biblical narrative, and as the great moment when God’s power—made known, paradoxically in the human weakness of Jesus himself—was unveiled for the rescue and remaking of the world.
The Scriptures, the Cross, and the Power of God is accessible for anyone who wants to make Bible study and meditation part of their Lent. There are nine sessions covering the Passion narratives from Palm Sunday to Easter, all contained in this pocket-sized Lent book.
“At the end of the sixth day in Genesis, God finished all his work (synetelesen, Genesis 2:2 lxx). At the end of the sixth day in John, Jesus declared, ‘It is finished’ (tetelestai). It is accomplished. Creation is healed.” (Page 64)
“The message is that new creation has begun, and you are called to belong to it and to make it happen in the world” (Page 81)
“Jesus goes to the cross as the climax of the long story of confrontation between the creator God and the principalities and powers of the world.” (Page 60)
“Far and away the most frequent commandment in the Bible is what the angel says to the women, and what Jesus then repeats: ‘Don’t be afraid.’” (Page 69)
“Easter is not about the fact that ‘Heaven’s bright gates are open held’, though they are; it’s about the fact that the powerful new life of heaven has come to birth on the earth, and that we are to be its agents as well as its beneficiaries.” (Page 81)