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Set aside the images of Jesus you've grown accustomed to through the years and prepare yourself for a journey. It is a journey of the imagination and the heart that will sweep you back through the centuries and set you down in ancient Palestine, where word is spreading of a remarkable young rabbi who teaches about God's kingdom and leaves miracles in his wake.;How would Jesus of Nazareth have affected you if you had encountered him face to face? What would it have been like to hear him speak? What if you had been one of those who saw his expressions, felt his touch, marveled at his miracles, and witnessed the reactions of others as he taught them, healed them, and challenged them with words that laid open the human soul?;With creativity and insight, William Tinsley takes you for close-up encounters with Jesus. Seen through the eyes not of his frontline apostles, but of ordinary men and women a row or two back, here are impressions of the Master that will deepen your appreciation of his impact as a flesh-and-blood man relating to real people in a distinct time and culture.;The Jesus Encounter lets you walk in the steps of Joseph, of Mary's sister, of Zacchaeus, of Nicodemus, of Mary of Bethany, of Barabbas, and others. Each chapter offers an imaginative, personal perspective on Jesus that can help you encounter him in new ways in your own life. Including prayers and questions for reflection, this book is written to help you know Jesus better, deepen your relationship with him, and see him more clearly in others--and in yourself.
A marvelous collection of stories about first century people who had an authentic encounter with Jesus for twenty-first century people in search of deepening their relationship with Jesus and those seeking to encounter him for the first time.
What would the people of the Bible say if they had a chance to visit with you regarding their encounter with Jesus? Combining imagination with the evidence of Scripture, William Tinsley writes the stories of those in the Bible who met Jesus as they would tell it. The stories include the ill-reputed Mary Magdalene, from whom seven devils were removed; the callous Barabbas, whose place Jesus took upon the cross; James, the half-brother who grew up with him in Nazareth; Zacchaeus, the hated tax collector of Jericho; Mary of Bethany, whose home became his favorite respite near Jerusalem; Lazarus, the friend whom he raised from the dead; Nicodemus, a noted member of the Sanhedrin; Joseph of Arimathea, the wealthy businessman who buried him; Salome, the mother of two of his disciples; Joseph, the carpenter who raised him at Nazareth; and the sister of Mary, who stood outside Jerusalem and watched the crucifixion. The people chronicled in these pages come alive because the author allows us to see Jesus as the first century people saw him, to experience Jesus as they experienced him. Jesus becomes more real to us as do those who tell the story of their encounter with him. Those who have followed Jesus for years will discover new insights concerning him and their relationship to him. Those who have just recently come to faith in Christ will discover a form of Bible study that will transform the personalities of the Bible into companions in their walk with Jesus. The reader will discover new insight into familiar stories as they are based on factual material. The customs of the day, the horror of crucifixion, the manner of burial--all these and more fill these pages, carefully woven into the monologues. The writing is clear, simple, and yet profound. The descriptions of persons and events are so vividly written that one feels as if he or she were an eyewitness. Beautiful phrases make this work of prose almost seem like poetry. All who read these stories will be moved to a deeper understanding of Jesus in their own personal faith in him.
- Acknowledgments 9 Foreword 11 Preface 15 Joseph 17 Mary 's Sister 30 James The Brother 45 Zacchaeus 54 Mary Of Bethany 66 Lazarus 78 Mary Magdalene 88 Barabbas 100 Nicodemus 110 Joseph Of Arimathea 124 Salome 135