Crucified and Risen

Sermons on the Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ

Weight .9 lbs
Dimensions 8.8 × 5.75 × .8 in
ISBN 9781848719651
Binding

Cloth-bound, eBook (ePub & Kindle), Cloth-bound & eBook (ePub & Kindle)

Topic

Jesus Christ

Original Pub Date

1558

Banner Pub Date

Feb 24, 2020

Page Count

209

Scripture

Matthew

Format

Book

Tags

resurrection, the necessity of Christ's death

Book Description

To call the arrest, trial, scourging and crucifixion of Jesus Christ a miscarriage of justice is true as far as it goes, but it does not go far enough. Christ’s death on the cross was not an accident but, as his resurrection attests, was accomplished according to the sovereign, loving will of God, by which sinners can be reconciled to the One who made them, and can pass by grace from death to life.

In this memorable set of sermons which date from 1557 to 1558, Calvin, chief pastor of the Genevan church, offers a sensitive reading of Matthew’s account of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. The preacher’s focus, however, is not so much on the events themselves as on their significance, on what he calls the fruit and efficacy of Christ’s redemptive work. What, in practical terms, is the import of the Easter message for the life of faith? Calvin’s answer has vital implications not only for what we believe but for the way we live, serve, worship and pray.

Newly translated from the French of 1558 by Robert White.

‘If we seek for salvation, the name of Jesus alone teaches us that it is in him. … If we desire the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we will find them in his anointing. If we are looking for strength, we have it in his lordship…If we ask for redemption, his passion provides it. In his condemnation we have our absolution. If we want pardon for sin’s curse, that gift lies in his cross. Atonement we have in his sacrifice and cleansing in his blood. Our reconciliation was effected by his descent into hell; the mortification of our flesh lies in his burial, and newness of life in his resurrection, through which we also have the hope of immortality.’ — JOHN CALVIN

Reviews

Book review by Aaron Lee

Table of Contents Expand ↓

Introduction ix
1 Sermon One: No Sorrow Like His Sorrow (Matt. 26:36-40) 1
2 Sermon Two: Tested and Betrayed (Matt. 26:40-50) 19
3 Sermon Three: Arrest and Prosecution (Matt. 26:51-66) 37
4 Sermon Four: Repentance and Remorse (Matt. 26:67-27:14) 55
5 Sermon Five: This Man of Barabbas? (Matt. 27:14-26) 73
6 Sermon Six: Numbered with the Transgressors (Matt 27:27-44) 91
7 Sermon Seven: It Is Finished (Matt. 27:45-54) 107
8 Sermon Eight: Death's First Fruits (Matt. 27:55-60) 125
9 Sermon Nine: Risen, as He Said (Matt. 28:1-10) 143
10 Annexe: A Sermon on the Ascension (Acts 1:9-11) 157
Prayers Before and After the Sermon 169
Index of Scripture References 173
General Index 179

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  1. Mark

    I am only on the fourth sermon, but there has been so much to think about. There are not a lot of preachers willing to preach like this.

  2. Michael Farmer

    Calvin’s sermons have a timelessness about them that some of the other old writers do not have. The English translation is lucid and does not obscure Calvin’s meaning. I found the emphasis on how the work of Christ demonstrates God’s love for His people especially appropriate during this time of uncertainty. I came away convinced that even though the world seems to be in total chaos there is a loving God who is accomplishing His purposes through all of this.

  3. sunnyolsen

    I read this some time ago but have never forgotten Calvin’s description of the terror and suffering Christ endured in the garden and how and why he answered those questioning him such as Pilate. This has the best reverential teachings on what Christ did for us I’ve ever heard or read. You will never think of Easter the same way again! Everyone should read these marvelous sermons.

  4. marcdanielrivera

    Crucified and Risen is a collection of John Calvin’s sermons on the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. Published by Banner of Truth in a beautiful cloth-bound format, these sermons are based on Matthew 26-28 and translated from a 1558 French text by Robert White, who also made a new translation of Calvin’s Institutes.

    Aside from his magnum opus, The Institutes of The Christian Religion, Calvin has written many volumes of commentary on most of the books of the Bible. While his commentaries reflect his expository genius, his sermons delivered to his congregation are the finest distillation of his theological brilliance. Containing a total of 10 sermons, this 180-page volume on Christ’s suffering and redemptive work captures Calvin’s biblical wisdom, warm pastoral heart, and love for the Savior. This volume also includes four pages of prayers before and after the sermon, and indexes of Scripture references.

    Just as he did in translating Calvin’s Institutes, Robert White did an excellent job in translating these sermons for the benefit of the modern church. The text reads smoothly and is really easy to understand. It certainly reads like a sermon, and as if you’re sitting among Calvin’s congregation as his voice thunders and proclaims the suffering and ultimate victory of Christ.

    These sermons are experiential, applicatory, and homiletical. Calvin highlights God’s sovereign grace, Christ’s meekness, humility, and Lordship. I admire his strong grasp and mastery of Scripture—how he interconnects Matthew’s gospel account with the other accounts and related Scriptures. His explanations are thorough yet delivered plainly so people can understand.

    But more than his ability to communicate these truths, I love his emphasis on the importance of not just acknowledging the historical events surrounding Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection, but also tracing their profound significance—the fruitful aftermath and the transformative power inherent in Christ’s finished work. It transcends through the lives of believers and influences not only what we believe but also shapes our actions, guides our worship, and enriches our prayer life.

    Among these sermons, the sixth one based on Matthew 27:27-44, titled “Numbered With The Transgressors” spoke to me the most and confronted me to the core. I was crushed and humbled by the truth of Jesus’ sacrifice. These words reminded me of the Gospel anew: “The King put our salvation before his own life and suffered all that was necessary for our redemption. He was swallowed up in death for our deliverance. Thus, if God now stretches out his mighty hand to help us in time of need, it is because Jesus Christ bore all things with patient suffering.” (p. 95)

    Final thoughts:
    John Calvin’s sermons in Crucified and Risen are definitely among the best that I have read on the subject. His ability to translate theological truths into practical application is unparalleled, and I am so thankful that we have access to these sermons today, even centuries after they were delivered.

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    Thanks to Banner of Truth for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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