I was able to catch some of the speakers at the most recent The Gospel Coalition conference via webcast. My favorite message was one from Luke’s Gospel (Luke 22:39 – 23:49) delivered by Gary Millar. This is the very best message I’ve ever heard on the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. Luke’s account of the events drawing near to the execution slow down making us pause, think, linger, and gasp as he painstakingly explains the significance of the unthinkable tragedy unfolding before our eyes. The richness of Luke’s account contains constant echoes of the Old Testament, but is carried along by Jesus’ final encounters with people – friends, enemies and strangers – as the Messiah dies in our place, that we might taste life with him. I especially love the magnificent way it portrays Jesus as totally in command while everything else was going amiss. And Gary Millar captures and describes Jesus’ actions and the events surrounding Him in a way that thrills me and leads me to an even greater appreciation of Jesus’ glory.
Gary Millar is principal of Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, where he teaches Old Testament, biblical theology, and preaching. Prior to his move to Brisbane he pastored a pair of Presbyterian churches and taught at the Irish Bible Institute in Northern Ireland. He is deeply passionate about equipping people to preach Christ from the whole Bible. RMF