Were you there

Gerard ChrispinSKU: WYT6820 ISBN: 9781846256820



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What are the two most significant events in history? The Christian will say, ‘The death of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection from the dead.’ Gerard Chrispin’s book is like a witnesses’ waiting room at a trial.

Those appearing are eyewitnesses of either the horror of what happened on and around the cross, or of the staggering encounters with the risen Lord Jesus Christ three days later! Around the cross, we will meet: a politically motivated Roman governor, an illegally released murderer, a murderous mob, an African traveller forced to carry Jesus’ cross, women weeping there, two condemned prisoners dying with Jesus, godless religious rabblerousers, soldiers slandering Jesus, a Centurion supervising the crucifixion, a crowd whose mood changes dramatically as Jesus dies, the faithful women who dared to be there with the one male disciple, and the rich donor of his new tomb who buries Jesus in it.

After crossing a ‘Bridge’ highlighting four points about the cross and resurrection, then observe how the risen Christ appears to: the women who see Him first, Peter in his brokenness, two travellers on a road to Emmaus, the disciples (more than once), one of Jesus’ physical brothers, more than five hundred people at one time, the arch-doubter called Thomas, and the persecutor of Christians called Saul (later Paul). There were probably many more witnesses who could have been called, but the above room of witnesses would please any Lawyer at court who needed well-corroborated, first-hand evidence from credible witnesses.

This gripping book urges us to face the challenge of the question, ‘On whose side are you?’ 

Gerard Chrispin loves to proclaim, by mouth and by writing, the teaching of the Bible and its central message of Christ crucified and risen from the dead. He works with his wife in prisons. As Free Church prison chaplains, they love to relate to many men and women who can feel forgotten. He is a member of a Baptist church, and also serves inter-denominationally with United Beach Missions, Missions Vacances, Christian Answer and Christian Prison Resourcing (CPR). He and Phillippa have three married children and eight grandchildren.

‘I’ve known and benefited greatly from Gerard Chrispin’s ministry for over thirty years. The heart of what he has to say is the very heart of the Christian message—the cross of Christ. You will hear this coming through again and again in everything he says and writes. There’s nothing more important anyone could say.’
Dr Peter Williams, M.A. (Cantab) M.Phil (Cantab) Ph.D,
Principal of Tyndale House, Cambridge

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Customer Reviews

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Gladys Nash, Northampton
Were You There? See Jesus’ cross and resurrection through the eyes of those who were there

An old slave song was the inspiration for this book which aims to dispel any doubts about the death & resurrection of Jesus. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’ Clearly none of us were, & many sceptics would deny that it really happened. How do we answer them? Here, in 15 short chapters, we encounter some of those who witnessed the Lord’s death: Pilate trying to please everyone, the chief priests & rulers with their own agenda, & the murderous crowd; but also Joseph of Arimathea, the disciple John, Jesus’s mother Mary, the dying thief & many more. We see jealousy, politics, murder, & legalism, a crowd manipulated & passions roused, but also penitence, love, & weeping. By reading the accounts of their words & actions, readers will be increasingly convinced that they are true, & gain an understanding of how they changed history. ‘Were you there when he rose up from the grave?’ In this 2nd part we read of many who saw the resurrected Lord. They spoke & ate with him, were comforted & taught by him, worshipped him and declared their love for him. Meeting the risen Jesus changed the fearful to fearless, the sad to excited, the tearful to rejoicing, the doubting to trusting, and – in the case of Saul – the murderous to the penitent. The way of salvation is explained clearly and faithfully in each chapter. This excellent book is easy to read. It will encourage
the believer to engage more readily with the sceptic, and help dispel the doubts of those who are still unconvinced.

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