Who is Jesus?

9781433543500-2m‘Who is Jesus?’ is a question that has been asked by many down through the ages.  Here are a few answers:

“…an historical figure for me, and also the bridge between God and Man, for the Christian faith.”  President Obama

“…most venerated reformer of human errors.”  Thomas Jefferson

“…no more than a messenger.”  The Koran

“…is there a greater stumbling block than this one?”  The Mishneh

“…a holy fable.”  Nietzsche

“…no mere man.”  Napoleon

“…the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.”  Gorbachev

“…You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  The Apostle Peter

Jesus draws for us a line here, and we must choose sides.  As C.S. Lewis famously wrote, “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” (Mere Christianity, 52)

Greg Gilbert (author of ‘What is the Gospel?’) has just written a new book that many will find useful.  It is called ‘Who is Jesus?’  Here is the publisher’s description: “A famed historian once noted that, regardless of what you think of him personally, Jesus Christ stands as the central figure in the history of Western civilization. A man violently rejected by some and passionately worshipped by others, Jesus remains as polarizing as ever. But most people still know very little about who he really was, why he was really here, or what he really claimed. Intended as a succinct introduction to Jesus’s life, words, and enduring significance, Who Is Jesus? offers non-Christians and new Christians alike a compelling portrait of Jesus Christ. Ultimately, this book encourages readers to carefully consider the history-shaping life and extraordinary teachings of the greatest man who ever lived.”

This is a book you need to get, and for a limited time Westminster Bookstore is having a sale on it to make it more easily accessible for more people.  You can buy in bulk to for your churches, this book would make a great gift to your congregation and it would be a great way to begin 2015 for your church.

Here are the endorsements:

“Jesus asked his disciples, ‘Who do you say I am?’ It’s a question each of us must answer. In a wonderfully readable and succinct manner, Greg Gilbert mines the pages of Scripture to consider the truth of Christ’s claims about himself. This is essential reading for the Christian and the seeker.”
– Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

“Greg’s greatest asset is his ability to make profound things simple. As his book What Is the Gospel? helps us distinguish the true gospel from the false, so Who Is Jesus? helps us distinguish Christ as he presents himself from how we have remade him.”
–J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; author, Jesus, Continued…Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You

“There is no more important question in the cosmos than ‘Who is Jesus?’ Greg Gilbert, with brilliant mind and pastoral heart, unpacks that question step by step with both insight and accessibility. Whether you’re a skeptic looking into these things for the first time or a long-time believer, this book will drive you right to where we all need to go: to the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
–Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; author, Tempted and Tried

“Clearly Christian, but more than polite and respectful to the skeptic, this book helps you consider Jesus carefully. Gilbert throws fresh light upon familiar scenes, joining facts with their significance. It is artful, yet plain and full of beautiful biblical theology. Here is an invitation to you the reader to come to know Jesus yourself.”
–Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks

“This book does two things at once. It credibly places Jesus in the context of his own times, and shows why he cannot responsibly be left there. It is for those who have never thought about Jesus as well as those who think they know him all too well.”
–Timothy George, Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School; general editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

“The two most important questions for anyone to answer concern Jesus the Christ. Who exactly is he? And how do I relate properly to him? Gilbert addresses these questions effectively in this important book. From the moment at Caesarea Philippi when Jesus asked his disciples about the opinions concerning his identity until now, no other question has had such eternal consequences. This perceptive volume is written with the touch of the Spirit of God in revealing Jesus the Christ.”
–Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This little book will be a great tool for introducing people, including the athletes I coach, to the most amazing person who ever lived!”
–Ron Brown, University of Nebraska Cornhuskers

“I am always looking for a short and clear book on the life of Jesus that I can put into the hands of someone wanting to truly know who he is and what he did. I now have it in Who Is Jesus? Greg Gilbert is right: ‘The story of Jesus is not the story of a good man. It is the story of a claimant to the throne.’ Consider the evidence presented in this work and see where it takes you.”
–Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

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