Before reading this book if you had asked me to list reasons Jesus came to die, I definitely would have come far short of 50, and so I am thankful to have gained a much richer understanding of the cross of Calvary through Piper’s writing. I highly recommend this book. It’s simple yet profound, and it will undoubtedly increase your understanding of and appreciation for the death of Jesus. Oh how much more I see my need for Him now! I found it a wonderful way to prepare my heart for Easter, and I think I might start a tradition of reading this each year during the weeks leading up to Easter. What better way to prepare our hearts than to fix our eyes on the cross?
Friday, May 13, 2011
Book Review: The Passion of Christ: 50 Reasons He Came To Die by John Piper
We read this book as a church for the 50 days leading up to Easter. The subtitle is “50 Reasons Why He Came to Die,” and it consists of 50 one-page “devotionals” looking at the death of Christ from all kinds of angles. All straight from Scripture. I believe Jesus came to die for my sins, and I believe His death on the cross paid for my sins, but I had never thought so deeply about His death and all the aspects of what it means. Some of the reasons I knew- to reconcile us to God; to show His own love for us; to become a ransom for many; for the forgiveness of our sins; to take away our condemnation. But I just hadn’t quite thought about them so clearly or in the depth with which Piper explains them. Others weren’t necessarily new, but I had just never really thought about them or looked at them as such- to heal us from moral and physical sickness; to make His cross the ground of all our boasting; to give marriage its deepest meaning; to free us from bondage to the fear of death.
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