5 Stars Out Of 5
June 9, 2014
After I read Sproul's book, What is the Church? (#17 in the series), I decided I should read the rest of the series.
It seems he chose a very appropriate question to address for the first book in the series. Jesus has always been the defining factor that separates the many religions from one another. Sproul states the following to help us reflect on this: "There are a vast number of portraits of Jesus in the art galleries of this world. These images are often so conflicting that they offer little help in achieving an accurate picture of what Christ looked like during the period of his incarnation. This multiplicity of images parallels the widespread confusion about Jesus' identity that exists in the world today."
There are essentially three aspects he considers to help answer the question, "who is Jesus?": distinguishing the real Jesus from false christs, Jesus' titles as seen in Scripture, and the stages of Jesus' life.
In the first section, Sproul discusses the issue of how our perceptions of Jesus are framed. He touches on historical references as well as biblical circumstances that reveal our propensity to make Jesus who we think he should be based on our experiences. Thus we miss the real Jesus revealed through the Word of God.
The second section addresses some of the titles of Jesus that are imperative to his characterization. Sproul does a fabulous job of utilizing the original Greek and Hebrew to provide a clear understanding of the following titles: Christ (Messiah), Son of David, Suffering Servant, Son of Man, Lord, Son of God, and Logos (Word).
In his final segment, he speaks to the part of Jesus that seems to be the most challenging for people to believe with unwavering faith. Jesus' ministry, from the start, consists of miracle after miracle. Beginning with the virgin birth, Sproul dives into these miraculous events by tackling the origin of their skepticism. This is the most apologetic portion of the book. He includes the Jesus' baptism, temptation, passion (death), resurrection, and ascension.
R.C. Sproul answered a vital question to the totality of Christianity through solid evidence and thoughtful reasoning. He presents each piece with an impeccable clarity.
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