Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ
How can we know who Christ really is? That question has been pondered through the ages. Yet the answer is simply that Jesus, as He is revealed through God's Word, has a glory - an excellence, a spiritual beauty -...
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How can we know who Christ really is? That question has been pondered through the ages. Yet the answer is simply that Jesus, as He is revealed through God's Word, has a glory - an excellence, a spiritual beauty - that speaks to our souls and says, "Yes, this is truth." It is like seeing the sun and knowing that it is light, or tasting honey and knowing it is sweet. There is no more important issue in life than seeing Jesus for who He really is, and savouring Him above all else. Let this book be your companion as you discover Him.
In 13 poignant chapters, using Scripture and spiritual insight, Pastor John Piper unveils the glory of Christ through the person of Christ so that everyday people may understand Jesus' deity, power and wisdom. Piper details not only the anguish, the desecration and the severity of Jesus, but also His excellence, His gladness and His mercy so that all may be drawn to the Lord in a new way. This accessible volume can awaken unbelievers to the greatness and trueness of Christ and sweeten any Christian's view of the Lord's character, moving them to greater passion and worship.
Who is Jesus Christ? ^You've never met him in person, and you don't know anyone who has. But there is a way to know who he is. How? Jesus Christ--the divine Person revealed in the Bible--has a unique excellence and a spiritual beauty that speaks directly to our souls and says, "Yes, this is truth." It's like seeing the sun and knowing that it is light, or tasting honey and knowing that it is sweet. ^The depth and complexity of Jesus shatter our simple mental frameworks. He baffled proud scribes with his wisdom but was understood and loved by children. He calmed a raging storm with a word but would not get himself down from the cross. ^Look at the Jesus of the Bible. Keep your eyes open, and fill them with the portrait of Jesus in God's Word. Jesus said, "If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority." Ask God for the grace to do his will, and you will see the truth of his Son. ^John Piper has wr
John Stephen Piper was born 11 January 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. The Pipers soon moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist who also ministered through international radio and Bible courses. John has written a tribute to his mother, who died in 1974, in the booklet, What's the Difference (Crossway Books, 1990) which is also chapter one of the book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway Books, 1991).
At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions and rich, biblical truths. At Wheaton John also met Noel Henry whom he married in 1968.
Following college, John completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). While at Fuller, John discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards.
John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House (and is now available through Crossway). Upon completion of his doctorate, he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1974-80).
In 1980, sensing an irresistible call to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until 2013. Together with his people, John was dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ - a mission he continues now for the wider church through the ministry of desiringGod.org. John says of his ministry:
"The ministry of preaching is the central labor of my life. My prayer is that through that ministry and everything else I do the great glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ would be magnified as more and more people come to live out the obedience of faith more and more deeply."
John is the author of over 50 books and now frequently travels to speak, and writes regularly, through Desiring God.
John and Noel have four sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.