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If you want a devotional to read in preparation for Easter, I know of nothing better than Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter, a collection of classic and contemporary essays,

You can read online for free Guthrie’s preface, as well as Martin Luther’s “True Contemplation of the Cross” and John Piper’s “He Set His Face to Go to Jerusalem.”

Here are the rest of the 25 selections:

3. An Innocent Man Crushed by God, by Alistair Begg

4. The Cup, by C. J. Mahaney

5. Gethsemane, by R. Kent Hughes

6. Betrayed, Denied, Deserted, by J. Ligon Duncan III

7. Then Did They Spit in His Face, by Charles Spurgeon

8. The Silence of the Lamb, by Adrian Rogers

9. The Sufferings of Christ, by J. C. Ryle

10. Father, Forgive Them, by John MacArthur

11. With Loud Cries and Tears, by John Owen

12. That He Might Destroy the Works of the Devil, Martyn Lloyd-Jones

13. I Am Thirsty, by Joseph "Skip" Ryan

14. God-Forsaken, by Philip Graham Ryken

15. Cursed, by R. C. Sproul

16. Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit, by James Montgomery Boice

17. Blood and Water, by John Calvin

18. He Descended into Hell and Ascended into Heaven, by J. I. Packer

19. A Sweet-Smelling Savor to God, by Jonathan Edwards

20. The Most Important Word in the Universe, by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

21. Resurrection Preview, by Francis Schaeffer

22. Peace Be unto You, by Saint Augustine

23. Knowing the Power of His Resurrection, by Tim Keller

24. Sharing His Sufferings, by Joni Eareckson Tada

25. Crucified with Christ, by Stephen F. Olford

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4 thoughts on “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter”

  1. Matt Stokes says:

    Curious about why there has been no mention of Ash Wednesday around here.

  2. Barry Passmore says:

    Justin thank you for this! I am overwhelmed after re-reading The Cup.

  3. I read this last year around Easter, and it was so helpful in focusing on Christ’s passion and resurrection. Each entry gives unique insight into how we should view Christ’s work for us.

    Thanks JT.

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