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Uneclipsing the Son Paperback – June 14, 2011
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Holland accomplishes his goal. He magnifies Jesus with clarity and conciseness. Each chapter unfolds rich theology in a compact way. Holland is masterful at relating to the audience and teaching the reader how each subject is relative and important to life. His gift is taking complex issues and making them seem simple yet leaving the reader to say, "Hallelujah, what a Savior."
This book is GREAT for any person. The unbeliever will be confronted with the glory of Christ. The new believer will understand foundational truths. The mature believer will be reminded of the glories of Christ and find his/her time as worshipful!
I recommend each person own a handful of these books. One for you and some to give away. This book would be ideal in counseling situations too!
Hebrews 12:1-2 says, Let us lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS, the author and perfecter of faith, . . . This book will help!!
Holland's concise prose packs a powerful punch as he again and again directs us to the truth that Jesus is the answer and cure for our complacency. And to be sure, there is much in our world that causes us to be complacent in our faith (not the least of which being the remnants of our indwelling sin). And it's not just the distractions of the cares of this world--sometimes it's things that bring great value to others, yet we've lost sight of the "why." And I think that's the thing I most appreciate about this book. As he takes readers through the amazingness of God's love for us, for His grace in providing a Mediator in Jesus Christ, in His revealing Himself through His Word and in so many other ways, Holland really wants us to get the "why" of the Christian life.
The point of the Christian life is Jesus. All we do and all we are is for His glory alone. He is the thing we're to be about. He is to be the One we can't stop talking about, thinking about, desiring to see made great. Holland describes this longing well in the following passage:
"Love also longs to understand Christ, to "know Him." Love craves knowledge of its Beloved. It is impossible to overstate how important the knowledge of Christ is to loving HIm. The less we know about Him, the less air flows into the lungs of our souls.Read more ›
We live in a time when there might be more opportunities than ever to let Jesus become "eclipsed" in our lives, as Holland puts it. His book brings an aggressive, purposeful reminder that Jesus is infinitely valuable and worthy of our fullest affection. As Holland puts it, "To those who believe, Jesus is precious" (36), and "If there's anything in your faith that isn't anchored in the person of Jesus, you're living in an eclipse" (41).
In John 17:3, Jesus defines eternal life in "the only place in the Bible where Jesus refers to Himself in the third person. That's how important it is" (Holland, 33). Jesus says in verse 3, "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." Holland comments that, "Being loved by and loving Jesus is eternal life." And this is the aim over and over again in Holland's book - to refresh believers with the abundant life that Jesus offers in-full to those who believe.
A surprise came at chapter 9, "The Lost Supper." I honestly didn't expect this chapter to appear in the mix, but when all was said and done it stood out as the central chapter for sheer applicability. Holland reminds the Christian of the high importance of Communion, or participation in the Lord's Supper. He says, "Communion is the perfect place to uneclipse the Son in your life, expelling the distractions, eradicating obstacles that cloak His glory ... God understands we forget [the glories of Jesus and the Gospel]. That's why He put Communion in our path" (112, 115). I don't want to give away too much of chapter 9 here, but hopefully that's enough to whet your whistle.
A very important book, worth multiple readings.
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