From Publishers Weekly
Few Christians would take issue with Roberts's premise that the majority of mainstream followers of Christ have a limited understanding of Jesus' complexity. Using a wide selection of Scriptures to unpack Christ's myriad character qualities, both divine and human, pastor Roberts does an exemplary job soliciting the details found in biblical texts to assist believers in knowing Christ more fully. Roberts covers the field as he ambitiously describes Jesus as a rabbi, prophet, holy one of God, Son of Man, Messiah, Savior, Lord, Son of God, Word of God and light of the world. Using modern-day scenarios as lead-ins, Roberts brings the ancient Christians' understanding of Christ to bear on today's conceptions. He claims that Jesus, the ultimate paradigm-shatterer, was never afraid to dismantle people's understanding of who he was. Unlike the teachers of the day who waited to be sought out by potential students, Jesus reversed this tradition and went after his own disciples. Christ also forsook the oral tradition of referring to the wisdom of acknowledged learned men when he spoke to followers. Rather, he voiced his own thoughts without relying on oral interpretations of former wise leaders. Roberts's book will be a great help to those interested in gaining a more biblically accurate picture of Christ, but it can be dull reading; the prose is not lively enough to capture and maintain the attention required for such a multifaceted, in-depth study.
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From the Inside Flap
A sense of comfortable familiarity with the Savior can cloud people?s vision?and even prevent them from drawing closer to Jesus as he really is. His titles and descriptions are heard so often that it?s easy to miss the impact of their true meaning. Even the name Jesus
is so well known that it has lost much of its power in believers? lives.
But now Jesus Revealed
reintroduces readers to the true Son of God, helping them see him with clear vision, so that they can love him more fully and follow him more completely Readers will be surprised and delighted as they get to know the Jesus whose face is clearly revealed through the titles God gave him and the names used for him by his earliest followers.
In these pages, readers will encounter a Jesus who surprises and unsettles, who comforts and empowers, in astonishingly authentic ways. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of Jesus? identity?such as Rabbi, Son of Man, Light of the World. As pastor and scholar Mark Roberts explores what?s behind each of these titles, he brings insight into the theological and historical meanings, and then relates them to life today.
Readers will travel back to first-century Palestine, meet the God-man we know as Jesus, and experience a soul-changing encounter with him. Because to know him is to love him.