The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper (2004) Paperback

by John Piper

Paperback, 2004



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Crossway Books (2004), Edition: First Printing


WHY? The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God's Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer. The central issue of Jesus' death is not the cause, but the meaning: God's meaning. That is what this book is about. John Piper has gathered from the New Testament fifty reasons. Not fifty causes, but fifty purposes, in answer to the most important question that each of us must face: What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?

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LibraryThing member nesum
Fascinating and thorough exploration of the atonement of Christ upon the Cross. Of course, in the very Gospel call is a basic version of this -- that we are sinners who rightly deserve punishment for what we have done, but that Jesus took our punishment upon himself on the Cross so that we could
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live. If we would repent and believe on him, we will be saved. That very call has the basics of what this book is about, but the depth of this doctrine is so vast, and Piper gives us some wonderful insight here.
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LibraryThing member rbclibrary
What John Piper has done in this book is take fifty of the results of Christ's death given in scripture and listed them for us as fifty reasons why Jesus came to die. That, of course, makes perfect sense because any results of Christ's death are intended purposes of Christ's death, since God has
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the power and wisdom to do things so that only exactly what He wishes is accomplished. This means that there are no unintended results from anything God does, only purposed results. And any purposed results are rightly called 'reasons why.'

Each of the fifty reasons is allotted two pages of text. First, supporting scripture is given and then there are several paragraphs of explanation. This makes the book especially suited for devotional reading, two or three reasons at a time. Anything more than that might be too much, as there is so much reflect on in each little section.

I'd call Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die an introductory level book--there's nothing difficult in it--and yet I'd say almost everyone will learn a thing of two from it. And who among us doesn't need a reminder of the infinite wisdom of God in the cross of Christ?
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LibraryThing member Whicker
More of an outreach tool written in response to the film that an in depth read for the believing. Still a good bit of literature and a good reminder.
LibraryThing member MaryAnn12
Excellent Book!
LibraryThing member MarcusBastos
The Ground of Christian Faith
This book deals with an important fact of christian faith- the death of Jesus Christ - in order to expose its meaning and consequences to the believers. Piper examines the Scripture’s testimony about it and points its implications in christian life. The chapters are
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short and the book can easy be read as a devotional (one chapter a day). In this work one can see how profitable is the rule of the analogy of the Scripture (the Scripture explains the Scripture). John Piper succeeds in giving a systematic account of the matter.
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2004 (copyright)
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