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Ten Angles for Preaching on Christ's Death

Ten ideas to keep your Good Friday sermons fresh and engaging.

Ten Angles for Preaching on Christ's Death

The Gospels are Passion narratives with a long introduction. Someone somewhere wrote that. One-third of the synoptics and one-half of John are devoted to the last week of Jesus' recorded ministry. Consider how odd that proportion would be if a biography of Theodore Roosevelt or Florence Nightingale were devoted to the final week of their lives. There is an embarrassment of riches when preaching about the Passion.

There is the Old Testament witness. Evangelicals consider the death of Christ to be the Rosetta Stone to symbols and types, promises and institutions, and much more in the Old Testament. The late Edward R. Dalglish presented a striking metaphor for all Old Testament foreshadowing of his death. Standing on a sea shore you may see starkly silhouetted against the horizon the mast of a ship. You cannot see the ship but you do see the mast. Seeing the mast assures you there is a ship just below your sightline. So also Abraham's ram in the bush, the Passover lamb, the scapegoat, ...

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