Most books written about Jesus are predominately focused on His life as it is shown in the New Testament. They also seem to zero in on the four Gospels. As if everything we could ever hope to know, or need to know about the God-man Jesus Christ is contained in those 4 short books.
A study of any Old Testament book teaches us about God and His relationship with mankind, predominately the children of Israel, but also His dealings with other nations. We see His justice as He pronounces judgement on all nations. We see His compassion and love as He saves His people from peril.
But we don’t hear much about Jesus in the Old Testament. Maybe it’s just me, but I grew up thinking God was scary and Jesus was sweetness and light. God was mean and just, while Jesus was full of love, grace and kindness. Don’t get me wrong, I knew Jesus was God. I wasn’t a polytheist. I knew there was only one God, and I knew God didn’t change, but there seemed to be such a break between the God we read about in the Old Testament and the God (Jesus) we read about in the New Testament.
I wonder why this is? Why do we tend to focus our attention on the New Testament when teaching, reading, learning about the life of Jesus and ignore the Old Testament? Jesus said, “The Scriptures point to Me…” (John 5:39) Do we even know how?
Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola have undertaken to write a book, a Theography on the life of Jesus as seen in all of Scripture. If all Scripture points to Him, then He has to be in all Scripture.
The book is simply titled, “Jesus, a Theography” and it is not a book you want to read fast. It will challenge some of your thought processes, some of your beliefs. You will want to wrestle with some of the thoughts presented. You will definitely need plenty of time to think and pray.
You will be surprised at times; and will think, “I never realized that!”
“The twenty-seven books of the New Testament are largely a commentary on the Old Testament, and each part of the Bible is a signpost to Jesus. Once this is properly understood, everything changes, including our own identities. In this magisterial work you will discover a Jesus who is larger, more glorious, and more challenging than most of us have ever imagined.”
This book would be perfect for personal study, or done in a group. You will be challenged. You will exclaim, “WOW!! My God is huge!”
(I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publisher for the purpose of review.)