Surprised By Jesus: His Agenda For Changing Everything in A.D. 30 and Today
We all know who Jesus is--or think we do. We see children flock to him and gentle wisdom lovingly pour from him. We see the kindest man in the world. But these pictures are deceptively familiar.In the Gospels Jesus says...
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We all know who Jesus is--or think we do. We see children flock to him and gentle wisdom lovingly pour from him. We see the kindest man in the world. But these pictures are deceptively familiar.In the Gospels Jesus says and does many puzzling things--like shriveling a fig tree or telling followers to keep his miracles a secret. He is hard on his opponents, the Pharisees, but also makes extreme demands on his followers--like urging them to be as perfect as the Father in heaven.Tim Stafford, informed by acclaimed New Testament scholars such as N. T. Wright, takes us behind such two-dimensional images by unearthing the specific historical and cultural situation of Jesus' day. What Jesus said about the kingdom of God, about sin, about Satan, about prayer, about the temple, about Israel and the people of God were all profoundly affected by his being a Jew in a land dominated by the ancient Romans.In fact, through his message and actions he meant to change things far more profoundly in his day and ours than we can ever imagine.
Tim Stafford is a senior writer for Christianity Today. He is the author of many books, including Knowing the Face of God, Never Mind The Joneses, Personal God: Can you really know the God who made the universe, Surprised By Jesus, and the co-editor (with Philip Yancey) of The Student Bible.
- 1. The Deceptively Familiar Jesus
- 2. Why Repentance? For What Sins?
- 3. Joining People Who Disappoint You
- 4. Jesus' Temptations
- 5. Jesus' Message--and Ours
- 6. The Kingdom Of The Improbable
- 7. Preaching For A Movement
- 8. The Radical Center
- 9. Works Of Power
- 10. Praying
- 11. Warning
- 12. Going To Jerusalem
- 13. Symbolic Language
- 14. Gethsemane
- 15. The Risen Lord
- 16. Resurrection Life
- Discussion Guide
- Name And Subject Index
- Scripture Index