Sermons from April 2019
The book of Acts sees the disciples of Jesus transition to being apostles, those who are ‘sent’ as messengers of the gospel. It also shows the fledgling Christian community changing from being a group of fearful people to those who preached the word of God boldly. Their hope was in the resurrection of Jesus, and although there was pressure to downplay or even deny that it happened, the resurrection is at the very centre of our faith.
As we celebrate Jesus’ rising again on Easter Day, we reflect on the different responses of the disciples.
Palm Sunday is the high point of the arc of Holy Week, a path which takes the disciples from jubilation to despair. We view all this from the safe distance of history, but we need somehow to immerse ourselves in what went on at that most crucial point in time.
Jesus’ teaching and actions often brought him into conflict with those who thought God was on their side, and their side alone. There are many examples of this ‘on our side’ thinking throughout the Bible, and yet Jesus comes to break down barriers.
Dr Muthuraj Swamy reflects on Jesus’ conversations during the Holy Week ‘And from that day no-one dared to ask him any more questions’ Dr Swamy is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, and Project Manager for Theological Education for Mission in the Anglican Communion. He was a theological educator in India, and the author of ‘Reconciliation’, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book 2019.