Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ For Sinners and Sufferers
"I have read no book that more carefully, thoroughly, and tenderly displays Christ's heart." - Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, New Morning Mercies and My Heart Cries Out. Christians know what Jesus Christ has done...
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"I have read no book that more carefully, thoroughly, and tenderly displays Christ's heart."
- Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, New Morning Mercies and My Heart Cries Out.
Christians know what Jesus Christ has done - but who is he? What is his deepest heart for his people, weary and faltering on their journey toward heaven? Jesus said he is "gentle and lowly in heart." This book reflects on these words, opening up a neglected yet central truth about who he is for sinners and sufferers today.
Christians know that God loves them, but can easily feel that he is perpetually disappointed and frustrated, maybe even close to giving up on them. As a result, they focus a lot-and rightly so-on what Jesus has done to appease God's wrath for sin. But how does Jesus Christ actually feel about his people amid all their sins and failures? This book draws us to Matthew 11, where Jesus describes himself as "gentle and lowly in heart," longing for his people to find rest in him. The gospel flows from God's deepest heart for his people, a heart of tender love for the sinful and suffering. These chapters take readers into the depths of Christ's very heart for sinners, diving deep into Bible passages that speak of who Christ is and encouraging readers with the affections of Christ for his people. His longing heart for sinners comforts and sustains readers in their up-and-down lives.
Dane Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) is senior Bible editor at Crossway in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. He is the author of A New Inner Relish: Christian Motivation in the Thought of Jonathan Edwards and numerous scholarly articles. He and his wife, Stacey, live in Wheaton with their two sons.