C3 Church, Auckland New Zealand welcomes J.John as guest speaker for their Sunday evening Easter service.
Easter is not just the most important season of the year for the Christian, it’s also the busiest – ask any church leader. So, in the space of a single week, a church can have a Palm Sunday service, a communion or Lord’s supper on the Thursday, a Good Friday service and then, with [...]
The church’s calendar is marked by short festivals that are celebrated with joy, yet Lent is a period – a ‘season’ – of the forty days before Easter which is very much in a minor key. Lent is never celebrated but only ‘kept’ and is not so much marked by what we do but [...]
Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46) We read in Luke’s Gospel that on the cross Jesus ‘called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.’ After the physical, psychological and spiritual agony that is shown by [...]
It is finished (John 19:30) There’s something extraordinarily satisfying about completing something. Whether it’s wallpapering the bedroom, writing a report for the office, working out at the gym or just doing the shopping, it’s a good moment when we come to the end, breathe a sigh of relief and can say, ‘It’s finished!’ There [...]
I am thirsty (John 19:28) The fifth saying is brief: ‘I am thirsty.’ At one level, this is no more than a desperate, agonised cry of suffering. We hear a man on a cross, close to death, suffering from injuries and loss of blood, expressing his need for something to drink. It is a [...]