On Specific Events in the Life of Christ

“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.”

John 21:25

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Subsections

Christ’s Conception & Nativity
Temptation of Christ
Sermon on the Mount
Lord’s Prayer
Miracles of Christ
Parables of Christ
Descent into ‘Sheol’

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Order of Contents

Incarnation  3
Inner Life of Christ  1
Jesus as a Pastor  2
Baptism of Christ  2
Beatitudes  7
Transfiguration  2
Passion, Death, Resurrection & Ascension of Christ  4+
Passion & Death of Christ  8+
Resurrection of Christ  10+
40 Days  2
Ascension  1
Session at God’s Right Hand  1


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The Incarnation

“We make far too little of the incarnation; the Fathers knew much more of the incarnate God.  Some of them were oftener at Bethlehem than at Calvary…  We are not too often at the cross, but we are too seldom at the cradle.”

John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan

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1000’s

Anselm – Cur Deo Homo [Why the God-Man?]  (Griffith Farran, 189?)  133 pp.  ToC

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1600’s

Hacket, John – Fifteen Sermons upon the Incarnation  in A Century of Sermons upon Several Remarkable Subjects  (1675)  Westminster divine

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“Jesus Christ…  is the perfection of humanity, its ideal made real.”

“On earth He came, He that is from above, to meet with her that is from beneath, to purchase and to betroth her.”

John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan


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The Inner-Life of Christ

1800’s

Blaikie, William Garden – Glimpses of the Inner-life of our Lord  (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1876)  300 pp.  ToC

Blaikie was a minister in the Free Church of Scotland.


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Jesus as a Pastor

1800’s

Blaikie, William Garden – The Public Ministry & Pastoral Methods of our Lord  Buy  (NY: Robert Carter, 1883)  360 pp.  ToC  This was reprinted by Klock & Klock

Baikie was a minister of the Free Church of Scotland.

Bruce, A.B. – The Training of the Twelve, or Passages out of the Gospels Exhibiting the Twelve Disciples of Jesus under Discipline for the Apostleship  (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1877)  560 pp.  ToC  Scripture Index

Though Bruce was a liberal, this work is a classic.


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The Baptism of Christ

1600’s

Cowper, William – Of Christ’s Baptism  (1612)  60 pp.

Cowper was a Scottish Bishop.

Hacket, John – Six Sermons upon the Baptism of our Savior  in A Century of Sermons upon Several Remarkable Subjects  (1675)  Westminster divine

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The Beatitudes  see also the Sermon on the Mount below

1100’s

Dionysius Syrus – Exposition of the Ten Beatitudes  in A Clear & Learned Explication of the History of our Blessed Savior Jesus Christ, Taken out of Above Thirty Greek, Syriac, and Other Oriental Authors, by Way of Catena  (Dublin [1695])

Dionysius Syrus, or Jacob Bar-Salibi, was an Assyrian metropolitan bishop and the best-known and most prolific writer in the Syriac Orthodox Church of the twelfth century.

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1500’s

Calvin, John – Sermons on the Beatitudes  trans. Robert White  Buy  (Banner of Truth, 2006)

This includes five sermons (different from his Commentary) translated from the original French.  These sermons are from a series on a harmony of the gospels and are on:

Mark 3:13–19 / Luke 6:12–19;
Matthew 5:1–4 / Luke 6:20–21;
Matthew 5:5–7 / Luke 6:20–21a;
Matthew 5:8–10 / Luke 6:22–23;
Matthew 5:11–12 / Luke 6:22–26.

Babington, Gervase – A Brief Conference Betwixt Man’s Frailty & Faith, wherein is declared the True Use & Comfort of Those Blessings Pronounced by Christ in the Fifth of Matthew, that every Christian Man & Woman ought to make & take hold of in their Several Tentations & Conflicts: Laid Down in this Plain Order of Dialogue  (London, 1584)  147 pp.

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1600’s

Harris, Robert – The Way to True Happiness, delivered in 24 Sermons on Mt. 5:1-12  (1654)  in Works  Westminster divine

Burroughs, Jeremiah – The Saints’ Happiness. Together with the Several Steps Leading Thereunto, delivered in Diverse Lectures on the Beatitudes; being Part of Christ’s Sermon in the Mount; contained in the Fifth of Mathew  Buy  (1660)

Watson, Thomas – The Beatitudes: Or, a Discourse Upon Part of Christ’s Famous Sermon on the Mount  (London, 1671)  473 pp.  no ToC  Index

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1800’s

MacLaren, Alexander – A Garland of Gladness: Devotional Studies in the Beatitudes  Buy  mid-late 1800’s

MacLaren was a popular Scottish preacher.

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The Transfiguration, Mt. 17

1600’s

Hacket, John – Seven Sermons upon the Transfiguration  in A Century of Sermons upon Several Remarkable Subjects  (1675)  Westminster divine

Manton, Thomas – The Transfiguration of Christ in 7 sermons  77 pp.  in Works, vol. 1, p. 337-411

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The Passion, Death, Resurrection & Ascension of Christ

“‘He became obedient unto death’ (Phil. 2:).  It was… a passing from a lower state and course of obedience into a higher task of obedience.”

John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan

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1500’s

Coverdale, Miles – Fruitful Lessons upon the Passion, Burial, Resurrection, Ascension, and of the Sending of the Holy Ghost, Gathered out of the Four Evangelists, with a Plain Exposition of the Same  (d. 1568; London, 1593)  308 pp.

Rollock, Robert

25 Sermons upon the Last Sermon and Conference of our Lord Jesus Christ with his disciples immediately before his Passion, contained in the 14th, 15th & 16th Chapters of the Gospel of St. John, as also upon that Most Excellent Prayer contained in the 17th Chapter  (d. 1599)

Lectures on the Passion, Resurrection & Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ from John 18-21, containing a Perfect Harmony of all the Four Evangelists for the better understanding of all the circumstances of the Lord’s Death & Resurrection  (d. 1599)

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1600’s

Goodwin, Thomas – Christ set forth, in his Death, Resurrection, Ascension, Sitting at God’s Right Hand & Intercession

On Christ as the object and support of the faith of his people.

Eliot, John – The Harmony of the Gospels in the Holy History of the Humiliation & Sufferings of Jesus Christ from his Incarnation to his Death & Burial  (Boston, 1678)  131 pp.

Eliot (1604-1690) was a puritan missionary to the American Indians.

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1800’s

Drummond, D.T.K. – The Last Scenes in the Life of our Lord & Savior, or a Series of Practical Expositions on the Last Nine Chapters of John  (R.B. Seeley, 1841)  380 pp.

**  “Good, but not very striking.” – Spurgeon

Philpot, J.C. – Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of the Blessed Redeemer  Buy  (d. 1869)  137 pp.

“Of all J.C. Philpot’s published works, we feel these precious meditations on the Redeemer’s sacred humanity are the sweetest.  Very beautifully is the doctrine of Christ’s Person opened up and His work and offices displayed…  The constant emphasis is the blessed suitability of the Man Christ Jesus to a needy soul…  Here is doctrine, deep and blessed doctrine–more so than in Philpot’s sermons…  The receiving into the soul by faith of the doctrine of the Redeemer’s Person and finished work will enable us to understand what Luther meant when he said, ‘Doctrine is heaven.'” – The Editor’s Preface


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On Christ’s Passion & Death

“Among all deaths there is no death like one death; there are the deaths of sinners; this one death is the death of the Lord of glory.”

“The body of Christ was not separated from the Godhead.  The soul of Christ was not separated from the Godhead.”

John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan

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Subsection

Christ was Crucified on Friday, the 15th of Nisan

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The Best

Krummacher, Frederick W. – The Suffering Savior: Meditations on the Last Days of Christ  (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1947)  440 pp.  ToC

Martin, Hugh – The Shadow of Calvary: The Arrest & Trial of Jesus in Light of the Fulfillment of the Scriptures  Buy

Martin (1821-1885) was a minister in the Free Church of Scotland.

Schilder, Klass – Christ in his Suffering, Christ on Trial & Christ Crucified, 3 vols.  Buy  (1938)

“When Dr. Klass Schilder’s ‘Lenten trilogy’ first made its appearance in English [translated from the Dutch], it was immediately welcomed by evangelicals… as a work of outstanding merit.  In fact, it was found to be without equal in modern literature.” – Cyril J. Barber

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1600’s

Herle, Charles – Contemplations & Devotions on the Several Passages of our Blessed Savior’s Death & Passion  (1631)

Hacket, John – Five Sermons upon the Passion  in A Century of Sermons upon Several Remarkable Subjects  (1675)  Westminster divine

Flavel, John

‘The Excellency of the Subject [of Christ & Him Crucified]’  in The Fountain of Life  in Works 1.32-42

‘The Signal Providence which Directed & Ordered the Title Affixed to the Cross of Christ’  in The Fountain of Life  in Works 1.333-43

[Untitled Meditation on Admiration due to Christ]  in Sacramental Meditations upon Diverse Select Places of Scripture  in Works 6.410-17

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1800’s

Innes, A. Taylor – The Trial of Jesus Christ: a Legal Monograph  Buy  (1899)  144 pp.  Reprinted by Klock & Klock

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1900’s

Stalker, James – The Trial & Death of Jesus Christ: a Devotional History of our Lord’s Passion  (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1910)  325 pp.  ToC

Hoeksema, Herman – “And Jesus in the Midst…” A Series of Sermons on the Passion of our Lord  Buy  (1948)  118 pp.

Schwertley, Brian – The Heart of the Gospel: Gethsemane to the Burial of Christ  (2007)  553 pp.

“The last hours of the Savior’s life form late Thursday evening to around 3:00 pm on Friday afternoon contain the most significant events in all human history.” – The back-flap

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“Jesus is the Living One.  He hath life in Himself underived.  He is the well-spring of all derived life.  Life is natural, essentially natural to Him.  Even in death He lived.”

John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan


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The Resurrection of Christ

“As sure as Christ is risen, we are not in our sins.”

“He must die, for He could not purchase otherwise.  He must rise, for He could not otherwise exercise his Lordship over his purchase.”

John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan

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Articles

1600’s

Hacket, John – 9 Sermons upon the Resurrection  in A Century of Sermons upon Several Remarkable Subjects  (1675)  Westminster divine

Flavel, John – ‘The Resurrection of Christ, with its Influences upon the Saints’ Resurrection, being the First Step of His Exaltation’  in The Fountain of Life  in Works 1.486-501

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1700’s

Newton, John – Messiah: Fifty Expository Discourses…  in Works, vol. 4

‘Messiah Rising from the Dead’, pp. 280-91

‘The Lord is Risen Indeed’, pp. 448-57

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1800’s

Griffin, Edward – ‘Christ the Resurrection & Life’  in The Life & Sermons of Edward D. Griffin, 2.97-109

Cunningham, William – ‘A Risen Christ, Not Another Christ’  in Sermons, pp. 187-202

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1900’s

Warfield, B.B. – Selected Shorter Writings, vol. 1

‘The Resurrection of Christ a Historical Fact’, pp. 178-92

‘The Resurrection of Christ a Fundamental Doctrine’, pp. 193-202

Murray, John – ‘Who Raised up Jesus’  in Collected Writings 4.82-91

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Books

1800’s

West, Gilbert – Observations on the Resurrection of Christ  (Boston: James Loring, 1834)  260 pp.  ToC

“Gilbert West and his friend Lord Lyttleton, both men of acknowledged talents, had imbibed the principles of infidelity from a superficial view of the Scriptures.  Fully persuaded that the Bible was an imposture, they were determined to expose the cheat.  Mr. West chose the Resurrection of Christ, and Lord Lyttleton the Conversion of St. Paul, for the subject of hostile criticism.  Both sat down to their respective tasks, full of prejudice, and a contempt for Christianity.  The result of their separate attempts was that they were both converted by their endeavors to overthrow the truth of Christianity!  The came together, not as they expected, to exult over an imposture exposed to ridicule, but to lament their folly, and to congratulate each other on their joint conviction, that the Bible was the Word of God.  Their able inquiries have furnished two most valuable treatises in favor of revelation; one, entitled ‘Observations on the Conversion of St. Paul,’ and the other ‘Observations on the Resurrection of Christ.'” – Spurgeon

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1900’s

Orr, James – The Resurrection of Jesus  Buy  in The Expositor’s Library   (Hodder & Stoughton, 1912)  290 pp.  ToC  Reprinted by Klock & Klock

Milligan, William – The Resurrection of our Lord  (Macmillan, 1917)  360 pp.  ToC

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“He had power to lay down his life to procure, and He had power to take it again to bestow salvation.”

“I am inclined to draw the inference, since Jesus died and rose again, I may be in heaven yet.”

John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan


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The 40 Days between Christ’s Resurrection & Ascension

1800’s

Krummacher, Frederick W. – The Risen Redeemer: The Gospel Story from the Resurrection to the Day of Pentecost  (1863)  298 pp.

Moore, T.V. – The Last Days of Jesus: the Appearances of our Lord between the Forty Days between the Resurrection and Ascension  (1858)  212 pp.

Moore (1818-71) graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and served as a minister in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Tennessee.  In 1867 he was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Southern Presbyterian Church.

“…Moore’s book provides instruction and practical application married with unusual skill to a spirit of profound devotion.” – Banner of Truth


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The Ascension

Milligan, William – The Ascension & Heavenly Priesthood of our Lord  (1891)  370 pp.  6 Lectures  repr. by Klock & Klock

Milligan (1821-1893)

“He masterfully blends Biblical truth and theological perception, with the result that he has produced a work of rare merit.” – Cyril J. Barber

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On Christ’s Session at the Father’s Right Hand

1600’s

Goodwin, Thomas – Christ set forth, in his Death, Resurrection, Ascension, Sitting at God’s Right Hand & Intercession

On Christ as the object and support of the faith of his people.

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Related Pages

Christ

Christ in the Old Testament

Christologies

On the Person & Human & Divine Natures of Christ

Offices of Christ: Prophet, Priest & King

On Union with Christ & the Fruits of the Fellowship Ensuing Therefrom

Whether Christ Merited Glory for Himself

Christ’s Mediatorial Operations, Divine & Human, unto the Same Work

Christ has Two Harmonius Wills, Divine & Human

The Grounds of Christ the Mediator Receiving Divine Worship

New Testament Commentaries

Commentaries on the Four Gospels

New Testament Background, Survey, Authenticity & Introduction

New Testament Theology

Harmonies of the Gospels