May 29, 2010

The Ultimate Question

Matthew 16:15 (New International Version)

"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
This past month I have been writing in my blog how my heart is being drawn to encounter Jesus anew and afresh. Then I received Jesus Manifesto written by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola through Booksneeze, books for bloggers to review for Thomas Nelson Publishers. (The book was free but the opinions are my own.)

The introduction starts with the ultimate question that is "required of every generation, and every generation must answer for itself, "But who do you say I am?" (Matthew 16:15 NIV).

However the twist in this book is that it is a question given to those who are believers already.  This prophetic book is a clarion call for a complacent church to come back to its centre. The authors illustrate how "christians have made the gospel about so many things -things other than Christ".  They call this "Jesus deficit disorder".    There are some disturbing statistics of how many times Christ is, or isn't mentioned in sermons.  He is a "side-note" an addendum that is often tagged on at the end, if at all.

My own heart has been longing for a fresh glimpse of Jesus and this book created a deeper hunger to see Him, to know Him; "the incarnated, crucified, resurrected, ascended, enthroned, exalted, triumphant, glorified, reigning Lord-Jesus of Nazareth, the King, the Messiah-the Christ beyond the tomb. (pg 172)

"Read this book and see your Lord like you've never seen Him before." (back of the book).  Then, read the bible and see your Lord like you have never seen Him before.  He is waiting for you.

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