Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation - eBook
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Publication Date: 2013
When thinking about Christ's birth, we often focus our attention on Luke's detailed gospel account. But to appreciate the main point of the story that the eternal Son of God assumed our flesh-and-blood human nature we need to learn from the rest of the Bible why Christ came to earth. Why did Christ come? In this book, thirty-one thoughtful meditations answer this vital question, and the answers encourage us to celebrate Christ's birth more deeply, see more clearly how it is connected with the rest of His ministry, and recognize its importance for our lives.
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abjweFranklin, TNAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Theologically sound, clear, concise, and tenderJanuary 2, 2014abjweFranklin, TNAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have never been disappointed by the author. Our friends and I got together and bought over 50 copies to give as a Thanksgiving present to believers and unbelievers. For the believer, the book is a great meditation tool for December or any month of the year. For an unbeliever, it can be a clear and concise explanation of why you believe in Christ. So far, we've had only positive feedback, and we personally enjoyed it tremendously. It's a a treasure of gold nuggets.
Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5great read for any gospel-lover hungry for ChristNovember 7, 2013Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Why? Every young child's favorite word is "why?" Why do we have to go to bed now? Why can't we have licorice for dinner? Why do we have to always brush our teeth?
With the hustle and bustle of another Christmas season upon us. It is the grown up children among us who are asking "Why?" Why make such a fuss with wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, when the kids are just going to break the toy in a couple days and complain about it. Why go through with painful family trips to the in-laws, awkward holiday parties at work and endure the rush at the mall?
Christmas ultimately is much more than gifts and toys, we know. It is about a baby in a manger, and a donkey standing in the stable (or is the donkey really part of the picture?). The routine nature of Christmas choirs and holiday schedules threaten to have us asking "Why?" even as we think about the Christ child. We get it, Christ came. Can't we make more of a fuss over the cross and the empty tomb?
Meditating on the incarnation
Against this backdrop, authors Joel Beeke and William Boekestein present 31 meditations on the incarnation in a little book titled "Why Christ Came." Unlike many Christmas devotionals, this book does not recount the Scriptural account of Christ's birth. It doesn't play gotcha about the donkey and other extra-Scriptural additions to the Christmas story. Instead this book focuses on the big question: Why. Why is it so special Christ came?
In thinking about the Scriptural teaching concerning why Jesus came, what purposes he aimed to fulfill, and what reasons compelled him to come, our hearts will be redirected from the contemporary holiday bustle and even from a traditional churchly pursuit to a fuller contemplation of the very nature and work of the God-man, Jesus Christ.
Each of the 31 meditations are short and fit in 3-4 pages (with large font). The entire book can be read in a little more than an hour, if you are a slow reader like me.
Why Christ came
The chapters focus on the reasons for Christ's incarnation and include some of the following answers:
* To Save Sinners
* To Destroy the Devil and His Works
* To Bring Great Joy
* To Reveal God's Love for Sinners
* To Bring Peace
* To Bind Up Broken Hearts
* To Make Us Partakers of the Divine Nature
* To Be a Merciful and Faithful High Priest
* To Satisfy Our Deepest Thirst
* To Reveal God's Glory
As you can see, these aren't the typical Christmas devotions. The authors include a Scripture-packed exploration of each theme and often add poems, excerpts from a Psalter, and quotes from the Reformers or other notable Church leaders. As a Baptist, I appreciated the many quotes from the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the like. Those documents are not very familiar to me and yet they are rich in Scriptural reflection.
The authors are definitely Reformed, but mostly steer clear of controversial matters. And apart from one or two statements that might seem questionable to some, the large part of the work will meet with approval from any gospel-loving Christian who is hungry for Christ.
This small and readable work has a catchy cover and an inviting tone. I encourage you to pick up a copy and add it to your Christmas reading this year. It would make for a great series of family devotions or for personal devotional reading during the advent season.
This book was provided by Reformation Heritage Books. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review.
A Cluttered MindRochester, MNAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Very timely; get it now & get ready for ChristmasNovember 6, 2013A Cluttered MindRochester, MNAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A timely release! If you order it now, you'll have it in time to do a reading each day for a month leading up to Christmas, the celebration of Christ's advent.
Here's the Table of Contents:
To Do the Will of the Father
To Save Sinners
To Bring Light to a Dark World
To Be Made Like His People
To Bear Witness to the Truth
To Destroy the Works of the Devil
To Give Eternal Life
To Receive Worship
To Bring Great Joy
To Demonstrate True Humility
To Preach the Gospel
To Bring Judgment
To Give His Life a Ransom for Many
To Fulfill the Law and Prophets
To Reveal God's Love for Sinners
To Call Sinners to Repentance
To Seek and Save the Lost
To Bring Peace
To Bring a Sword
To Bind Up Broken Hearts
To Give Us the Spirit of Adoption
To Make Us Partakers of the Divine Nature
To Reign as King
To Restore Human Nature to Holiness
To Be a Faithful and Merciful High Priest
To Be the Second and Greater Adam
To Satisfy Our Deepest Thirst
To Be Loved by God's Children
To Reveal God's Glory
This is a solid 'little' book. It's little only because it's about 3-4 pages per chapter, so each chapter can be used as a daily reading, whether for personal devotions or for family worship times. It's solid too. I'm not aware of another book like this that will offer as much 'meat' in a small package. As I read through it, I found myself drawn into worship of Jesus Christ, who came to save sinners, the likes of me and you.
I highly commend this book to you. Get it now and prepare for one of the most meaningful Christmases you've ever known.
MonicaMissouriAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Understanding ALL the reasons why He cameNovember 4, 2013MonicaMissouriAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I had to read through this instead of taking my time to study it. There were a few doctrinal issues but over all I feel that it brought me around to think about all the reasons that Christ came to this earth. My favorite chapter was the last one, To Reveal God's Glory. Christ came to point the way to God and eternal life. I only gave this book 4 stars because of the few "issues" I had with doctrine.
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