The Glory of the Cross – Resurrection

gloryofthecross-easterblogsIn the spirit of the Easter holiday, we have been sharing quotes from our new release The Glory of the Cross by James Philip that reflect on the major stages of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Visit our previous posts—The Last Supper & Gethsemane, Reflections for Good Friday, and In the Tomb—for sneak peeks into this intellectual and moving book. Enjoy this last blog post and also don’t forget to visit our website to get more information about Philip’s beautiful and brief meditations on Christ’s life-changing sacrifice.

“In 2 Corinthians 5 we see the love of Christ in the death that he died; the reconciliation achieved in that death; and how we become new creations when we hear and receive the great invitation. Then comes our wonderful commission by God himself to preach the reconciling word.

The word ‘reconciliation’ is used five times in 2 Corinthians 5: twice of God’s reconciling work in Christ, twice of the ministry he has committed to us, and once in the exhortation made in the gospel, ‘Be reconciled to God.’ Reconciliation is central to our message.

If we are gripped by the truth of the gospel, we find ourselves compelled to tell others. What a privilege beyond imagination that we should be Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us (2 Corinthians 5:20).”


9781619707580The Glory of the Cross takes us through a series of meditations on the last hours of Jesus’ life, from the Last Supper to Calvary. James Philip, Scottish theologian and pastor, brings unusually perceptive insight into Christ’s “fierce, costly love.” This book is intended to be read in both personal devotion and together with others.

A blend of doctrinal instruction and pastoral application, poetically and intelligently written. A foreword by Sinclair Ferguson emphasizes Philip’s depth of feeling and clarity of expression. A study guide in the back of the book makes this book useful for Bible studies, Sunday schools, and church small group settings.

For more information or to purchase, visit this link.

The Glory of the Cross – In the Tomb

gloryofthecross-easterblogsIn the spirit of the Easter holiday, we’ll be sharing quotes from our new release The Glory of the Cross by James Philip that reflect on the major stages of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Visit our previous posts—The Last Supper & Gethsemane and Reflections for Good Friday—for sneak peeks into this intellectual and moving book, as well as thoughtful passages to prepare our hearts for Christ’s resurrection. Our final blog post, on the glorious rising of Christ from the dead, will be posted tomorrow so don’t forget to check it out!

“In the early chapters of Romans, Paul is comparing two scenarios. The first is a somber and dark depiction of human beings; the image in which we were created has been marred; we are now a travesty, a caricature of what God had planned. But Jesus Christ as ‘the second Adam’ is all that we are not.

Let’s not miss the sheer drama of the comparison. On the one hand we have ‘the many’—humankind as a whole, in the first Adam—guilty before God; on the other hand we have ‘the One’ who is perfect.

Christ came to substitute his humanity, in all its excellence and perfection, for our sinfulness. Nothing about us is acceptable to God. From our conception, we have all been sinners (see Psalms 51 and 139).

Christ identifies with us from that very point: he was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born for us; he was baptized for us; he was tempted for us; he lived for us; he stood trial for us, taking on himself the charges that were against us; he suffered and died for us, going into the outer darkness for our sakes; and he rose again for us.”


9781619707580The Glory of the Cross takes us through a series of meditations on the last hours of Jesus’ life, from the Last Supper to Calvary. James Philip, Scottish theologian and pastor, brings unusually perceptive insight into Christ’s “fierce, costly love.” This book is intended to be read in both personal devotion and together with others.

A blend of doctrinal instruction and pastoral application, poetically and intelligently written. A foreword by Sinclair Ferguson emphasizes Philip’s depth of feeling and clarity of expression. A study guide in the back of the book makes this book useful for Bible studies, Sunday schools, and church small group settings.

For more information or to purchase, visit this link.

The Glory of the Cross – Reflections for Good Friday

gloryofthecross-easterblogsIn the spirit of the Easter holiday, we’ll be sharing quotes from our new release The Glory of the Cross by James Philip that reflect on the major stages of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Visit Hendrickson’s blog tomorrow and Sunday for more sneak peeks into this intellectual and moving book, as well as thoughtful passages to prepare our hearts for Christ’s resurrection! For a passage on the Last Supper and the Garden of Gethsemane, check out our post from yesterday.

“If we reflect on Christ’s suffering only in a devotional manner, we miss the point. We must probe the deep questions: ‘Why did he suffer? What is the meaning of the agony?’ As soon as we begin to explore the why question, we find new vistas. We see our own conversion to Christ in a new perspective—for we see it in the context of his plan for the whole world. As we do this, we find our love for him being given a firmer basis, a doctrinal foundation—building such a foundation for our faith is the best and truest was of keeping our love for him alive.”

“In Christ’s cry from the cross, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ we see the biblical idea of substitution. There was no answer to that terrible cry; God was silent. Christ had been silent in his trial, having no defence to offer, with the weight of our sin on his shoulders. Now there is silence from heaven. There could be no answer from God; for that is what hell means. And in the terrible agony of that silence, atonement was made and our forgiveness was sealed in blood.”


9781619707580The Glory of the Cross takes us through a series of meditations on the last hours of Jesus’ life, from the Last Supper to Calvary. James Philip, Scottish theologian and pastor, brings unusually perceptive insight into Christ’s “fierce, costly love.” This book is intended to be read in both personal devotion and together with others.

A blend of doctrinal instruction and pastoral application, poetically and intelligently written. A foreword by Sinclair Ferguson emphasizes Philip’s depth of feeling and clarity of expression. A study guide in the back of the book makes this book useful for Bible studies, Sunday schools, and church small group settings.

For more information or to purchase, visit this link.

The Glory of the Cross – The Last Supper & Gethsemane

gloryofthecross-easterblogsIn the spirit of the Easter holiday, we’ll be sharing quotes from our new release The Glory of the Cross by James Philip that reflect on the major stages of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Visit Hendrickson’s blog every day this weekend for more sneak peeks into this intellectual and moving book, as well as thoughtful passages to prepare our hearts for Christ’s resurrection!

“Judas had had his feet washed in the upper room by the eternal Son of God. Imagine Christ’s eyes looking up at him, as he looked down in shame. John tells us that Jesus handed Judas a piece of bread, dipped in wine, before he left. This was a sign of honour, of love. How Christ yearned for this man. A love of money have overtaken him, and for all Jesus’s teaching on money and possessions, his heart had remained hard, and now his avarice had gone to an unimaginable extreme. John tells us that as soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered him (John 13:27). And then we read the fateful words: ‘he went out. And it was night.’”

“As we know from Genesis 3, Adam sinned when he was tempted in the Garden of Eden. Christ is the ‘second Adam,’ and he triumphed in the Garden of Gethsemane. He did not draw back from the suffering which awaited him, but like a King serving on the front line, he advanced to face the enemy.”


9781619707580The Glory of the Cross takes us through a series of meditations on the last hours of Jesus’ life, from the Last Supper to Calvary. James Philip, Scottish theologian and pastor, brings unusually perceptive insight into Christ’s “fierce, costly love.” This book is intended to be read in both personal devotion and together with others.

A blend of doctrinal instruction and pastoral application, poetically and intelligently written. A foreword by Sinclair Ferguson emphasizes Philip’s depth of feeling and clarity of expression. A study guide in the back of the book makes this book useful for Bible studies, Sunday schools, and church small group settings.

For more information or to purchase, visit this link.