The Once & Future Gardener

The Once & Future Gardener


Chris Breslin

John 20:1-18


“Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.” –N.T. Wright


“The Word through whom all things were made is now the Word through whom all things are remade…Jesus’ resurrection is to be seen as the beginning of the new world, the first day of the new week, the unveiling of the prototype of what God is now going to accomplish in the rest of the world.” –N.T. Wright


Easter Dawn by Malcolm Guite (a surprise 15th Station)

He blesses every love which weeps and grieves

And now he blesses hers who stood and wept

And would not be consoled, or leave her love’s

Last touching place, but watched as low light crept

Up from the east. A sound behind her stirs

A scatter of bright birdsong through the air.

She turns, but cannot focus through her tears,

Or recognise the Gardener standing there.

She hardly hears his gentle question ‘Why,

Why are you weeping?’, or sees the play of light

That brightens as she chokes out her reply

‘They took my love away, my day is night’

And then she hears her name, she hears Love say

The Word that turns her night, and ours, to Day.


1 Corinthians 15:20-21

John 2:1-11, 4:46-54, 5:1-18, 6:5-14, 9:1-7, 11:1-45

Galatians 5:1

Galatians 2:20

Matthew 18:3-5


Reading Backwards by Richard B Hays

Can These Bones Live?: A Theology in Outline by Robert Jenson

Miracles by C.S. Lewis

The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach by Michael Licona

Prototype by Jonathan Martin

Resurrection & Moral Order by Oliver O’Donovan

Living the Resurrection by Eugene Peterson

Practice Resurrection by Eugene Peterson

Resurrection and the Son of God by N.T. Wright (academic)

Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright (accessible)


Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *