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Christ carries his cross (John 19:16-17)

Christ carries his cross (John 19:16-17)

After being sentenced to death, Christ was ordered to carry his cross to the hill outside Jerusalem where he was to be crucified. At the time, this was standard practice for criminals. Christ probably only carried the heavy cross-beam, rather than the entire cross. The beam would then have been fixed onto an upright stake … Continue reading Christ carries his cross (John 19:16-17)

Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

This episode in the life of Abram reveals him to be a military man, but it also tells us about his contact with a priestly king, Melchizedek, who came to symbolise Christ. The background to their meeting involved a regional war among the kings of various city-states. Abram’s nephew, Lot, got caught up in the … Continue reading Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

The Burial of Christ (John 19:38-42)

The Burial of Christ (John 19:38-42)

The story of the burial of Christ in a garden tomb is told most vividly in the Gospel of John, although it’s covered in the other gospels too (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56). Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathaea - who were secret disciples of Christ - came to help remove, anoint and bury his … Continue reading The Burial of Christ (John 19:38-42)