Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Jesus You Can't Ignore by John Macarthur

The Jesus You Can't ignore talks about learning from the bold tribulations of Christ.

Although most times Jesus was tender in handling sinners the Bible does tell of other times when he had to be bold. For example Matthew 21:12 tells us that Jesus went into the church and threw out all that were doing dirty deeds there also overturning tables and chairs. His character was righteous even here in my opinion because he was doing this in his Fathers name. His anger was still selfless and pure so he is still without sin and right. He knew what he had to do to make the temple God's again and he did it. He would have been wrong to overlook these wrong doings. Jesus saw people's hearts so this gave him the wisdom to know how to deal with individuals.

Jesus never backed down from who he was or his purpose. He was ridiculed all his life by the non- believers who would have given anything to make our Savior back down . The harder the Pharisees tried to break him down the harder he showed his equivalence to God. Casting out demons to be called a demon himself. How hard it must have been to stand alone with so much pressure and so many haters. Jesus condemned the Pharisees religion. There phony approach to holiness, twisting scripture and overconfidence at the sermon on the Mount. Everyone knew that. Jesus did not try to candy coat his mission on the Mount. He was going to denounce the Pharisees teachings and made it known. He was not afraid to correct them. So we see not only a tender sweet loving Lord but we must see the bold strong and righteous Lord as well.

The bible teaches in John 7:24 We are also called to be soldiers for the cause of truth. I agree with John when he says here that this means that among other things we have some fighting to do. Fighting selflessly and righteously in His name sake. We must be bold and brave.

Jesus fought daily even if not physically. He fought Satan, never giving in. He fought non-believers. He stood for what he was and what he represented. He never backed down. He carried his cross and got nailed to it bravely. We as Christians have to be bold. Never giving Satan the pleasure of getting to us. We are all on a bold mission. Be selfless the way our Christ was selfless in giving his own precious life for us.

I enjoyed reading the book. It is full of good Biblical info and scripture. I like that it shows the of strength Jesus and tunes into his boldness and bravery.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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