This is the last of nine books written by Swindoll that complete the "Profiles in Character" series. This series is a detailed look at the history, culture and life of some of the most faithful people of the bible.
When a friend first suggested that I read this book, I silently wondered why I would want to read a book about Jesus when I could simply read the gospels in the Holy Bible. But, out of curiosity, I agreed. I was relieved that Swindoll chose to explain his reasons for writing in the Introduction. He told a true story about sending someone from his church to a local shopping mall to ask people the simple question, "Who is Jesus?" The subjects interviewed were recorded and much to Swindoll's shock and dismay, many of these people wrestled with the answers. This helped him to realize that even the educated populace of our cities needed instruction and clarification about who Jesus is.
Swindoll provides relevant historic and cultural information that helps to clarify the scenes and actions of the gospels, thereby breathing fresh air into the historic records of Jesus' life. He relies on personal stories, historical information, and theological commentaries from such greats as C.S. Lewis, Bill Counts and Ray Stedman.
This four part book evaluates the life of Jesus as a child, rabbi, sacrificial lamb and King. Swindoll interrupts his narrative at several points to challenge the reader to evaluate his or her own beliefs about Jesus.
I highly recommend this read for everyone from Senior High School and older. Even the people who are sure in their hearts that they know all about who Jesus is, and why he came are sure to glean much more understanding about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Emmanuel.
copyright 2012 by Kathy Robbins