Current Theme | April 2024

One Passion, Four Gospels

A Theological Exploration of Genesis 1–11

He is risen! He is risen indeed! Every spring we at Christ Over All set our gaze to Calvary. We look to the pinnacle of human history–the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord. But this year we set our gaze from four unique vantage points: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. By paying close attention to each author’s particular view of Christ’s passion, our awe rises as our faith deepens. So this April, behold the man–the God-man–who lived, died, and rose again to bring us to God.

Table of Contents

3.17 Trent Hunter • Sermon • “The Servant’s Resurrection”

By Trent Hunter • Podcast Sermon • April 1
Listen in as Trent Hunter preaches from Isaiah 53:10–12.

A Scripture Guide to the Events of Holy Week

By Andreas J. Köstenberger, Justin Taylor • Concise Article • April 2
The last week of Jesus's life was the most important week of his life. What all took place during this eventful week?

The Sayings of Jesus Christ’s Cross: Introducing George Smeaton and His Two Volumes on the Doctrine of the Atonement

By David Schrock • Concise Article • April 4
Perhaps you've never heard of George Smeaton before. We invite you to acquaint yourself with his rich theology of the cross here.

“‘The Exodus He Accomplished at Jerusalem’: The Gospels’ Theology of Exile & Return in the Cross & Resurrection”

By Nicholas Piowtrowski • Longform Essay • April 8
What does the crucifixion and resurrection have to do with Israel's exile and the exodus?

3.18 Nicholas Piotrowski • Reading • “‘The Exodus He Accomplished at Jerusalem'” The Gospels’ Theology of Exile & Return in the Cross & Resurrection”

By Nicholas Piotrowski • Podcast Reading • April 8
What does the crucifixion and resurrection have to do with Israel's exile and the exodus?

The Love of Christ in the Agony of Gethsemane: The Struggle Before the Cross in Matthew’s Gospel

By Drew Hunter • Concise Article • April 10
In the Garden of Gethsemane, we behold the determination and devotion of our beloved savior.

Witnessing The Triumph of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel

By Brian Vickers • Concise Article • April 12
In Mark's gospel, we see the long-awaited Messiah appear. But when he does, he does not come as many thought he would.

A Substitutionary Sacrifice for Sinners: The Passion Narrative in Luke’s Gospel

By John Kimbell • Concise Article • April 15
If we want to fully grasp Jesus's substitutionary work on the Cross, we must understand his work in light of the Old Testament. Luke helps us to do just that.

3.19 Nicholas Piotrowski, David Schrock, Stephen Wellum • Interview • “‘The Exodus He Accomplished at Jerusalem'” The Gospels’ Theology of Exile & Return in the Cross & Resurrection”

By Nicholas Piotrowski, David Schrock, Stephen Wellum • Podcast Reading • April 15
What does the crucifixion and resurrection have to do with Israel's exile and the exodus?

Unbroken Bones Signal Unbroken Faithfulness: The Paschal Pointers of the Passion Narrative in John’s Gospel

By David Christensen • Concise Article • April 17
In the passion narrative of John's gospel, we behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Forsakenness: A Brief Theology of the Cup

By Godwin Sathianathan • Concise Article • April 19
Because of Christ's work on the cross, we sing, "That bitter cup, love drank it up. Now blessing's draught for me." Hallelujah!

Entering Pilate’s Unholy of Holies: How Jesus’s Cross in John’s Gospel Fulfills the Day of Atonement

By David Schrock • Longform Essay • April 22
The temple is a major theme in John's gospel. Yet, the most significant event in temple life—the Day of Atonement—is strikingly absent. That is, until we look more closely.

3.20 David Schrock • Reading • “Entering Pilate’s Unholy of Holies: How Jesus’s Cross in John’s Gospel Fulfills the Day of Atonement”

By David Schrock • Podcast Reading • April 22
The temple is a major theme in John's gospel. Yet, the most significant event in temple life—the Day of Atonement—is strikingly absent. That is, until we look more closely.

The Light Shines in the Darkness and is Not Apprehended (Part One)

By Ardel Caneday • Concise Article • April 24
Just as the first light shone into the darkness at the dawn of creation, so did the true light which ushered in the new creation.

The Light Shines in the Darkness and is Not Apprehended (Part Two)

By Ardel Caneday • Concise Article • April 26
In typical Johannine fashion, the motif of light and darkness carries an important double meaning. Jesus is neither overcome by the darkness, nor is he understood by it. Yet, as the true light, he illuminates the darkness and gives sight to those with eyes of faith.

3.21 David Schrock, Trent Hunter, Ardel Caneday • Interview • “Entering Pilate’s Unholy of Holies: How Jesus’s Cross in John’s Gospel Fulfills the Day of Atonement”

By David Schrock, Trent Hunter, Ardel Caneday • Interview • April 29
Listen in as David Schrock discusses his essay "Entering Pilate's Unholy of Holies: How Jesus's Cross in John's Gospel Fulfills the Day of Atonement" with Trent Hunter and Ardel Caneday.

April Intermission: From the Realities of the Cross to the Virtual Realities of AI

By David Schrock • Concise Article • May 1
We will need the timeless truths of our Savior's cross discussed in our April theme to provide unshakeable confidence as we move into the rapidly changing landscape of Artificial Intelligence.

Upcoming

Intermission: From Civil Rights to the Creation of the Cosmos

By David Schrock • Concise Article

Using Artificial Intelligence for Translating Christian Resources

By David Attebury • Concise Article

ENCORE: A Time for Convictional Cooperation

By Mike Law • Concise Article