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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Do you have any idea who Jesus really is?
"What you think of Jesus Christ will thoroughly color how you think about everything else," writes John MacArthur.
This is a critical truth in the life of every believer. Our view of Jesus affects the way we view God, the world, ourselves, and every one of our decisions.
These days, Jesus is often portrayed as a pacifist, a philanthropist, or a docile teacher. He strikes a plasticand sometimes patheticpose in the minds of many. Some prefer the meek and mild Jesus who heals the sick, calms fears, and speaks of peace and goodwill. These things do represent a portion of the Messiah. But tragically, too many have never been exposed to the rest of him. They have never seen a full 360-degree view of the Savior. Until now.
Like an investigative journalist on a mission, best-selling author and teacher John MacArthur walks through the gospel records and shows you a remarkable and compelling picture of the Jesus you cant ignore.
John MacArthur has served as the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. His ministry of expository preaching is unparalleled in its breadth and influence. In more than four decades of ministry from the same pulpit, he has preached verse by verse through the entire New Testament (and several key sections of the Old Testament). He is president of the Masters University and Seminary and can be heard daily on the Grace to You radio broadcast (carried on hundreds of radio stations worldwide). He has authored a number of bestselling books, including Twelve Ordinary Men, and One Perfect Life.
For more details about John MacArthur and his Bible-teaching resources, contact Grace to You at 800-55-GRACE or gty.org.
That last question What would Jesus do? is the crux of the entire volume. MacArthur is quick and careful to point out that Jesus responded to those with differing positions not with gentleness or quiet discussion but with confrontational clarity. No one ever left a conversation with Jesus without knowing clearly where He stood on an issue. If you differed in your opinion from His, He was careful to point out where and why there was a difference; and you were called to repent from your position and return to a position of Truth.
Truth with a capital T is paramount to this discussion. MacArthur is careful to delineate the reasons for the existence of Truth that is absolute, not relative. There are a set of standards by which one can and should be measured. The loving model of Jesus is not to embrace all positions as though Truth did not and does not matter; it is to carefully confront those opposed to Truth and seek to return to a humble following of Truth as He lays it out.
MacArthur carefully proceeds through the life and ministry of Jesus, showing how His repeated confrontations with the religious leaders of the day were carefully crafted to highlight the areas they had strayed from and perverted the Truth. Jesus does not waltz through the gospels like Caspar Milquetoast; He cuts a path of careful clarity and confrontation of error. The Jesus of the gospels does not dialogue in cafes, He declares on the corners the error of those opposed to Truth.
The question remains: was Jesus "nice?" Not by modern definitions. To many, He was insulting, confrontational, harsh, in-your-face, and blunt. Was Jesus kind? Absolutely! The problem is that modern society has confused kindness with nicety. You will search in vain for one command to be nice but Scripture contains many pronouncements to be kind. Which is more Christlike?
MacArthurs conclusion is that those who would live to emulate Jesus actions must still be engaged in spiritual combat. As soldiers, some fighting is expected. The battle for Truth continues. One must not ignore or conciliate the enemy. The enemy is to be addressed and exposed. Truth matters. Truth must not be ignored. That is why Jesus could not be ignored in His day. That is why Jesus must not be ignored in our day, either. Charles L. Eldred, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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