This is one of those books. Honestly, this is one of those books that I would encourage every believer to sit down and read. You and I both come across a lot of new books. And I have been a believer, a follower of Christ, for years. But this is one of those books. In fact, I do not normally get attached to my books. I normally breeze through new ideas to grow in my relationship with Christ and either place it on my shelf or hand it off to a friend that I think really needs it. I remember when I turned the final page of this book, while I was sitting in Starbucks almost in tears from what was written in these pages, I remember closing the book and wondering who I could hand it off to. Then I packed it up in hopes to reread it again in the near future. And I am not one to reread a book (or re-watch a movie). But this short book has so much to it.
Gilbert walks through Jesus in a way that I have never been introduced before … and that is coming from somebody who has sat at the foot of well-recognized Biblical scholars; from somebody who has taken advanced, Greek-based courses on nearly every New Testament Gospel; from somebody who weekly listens to sermon after sermon, expositing the death and resurrection of Christ and how that both complements and concludes the Bible as a whole. That early morning in Starbucks, I closed the book in tears wondering why Christ would dare consider saving a wretch like myself.
Gilbert reintroduced me to Christ in a way not only considered the Bible as whole but also what that means day in and day out. The Great I AM, the King of Kings, our Sacrificed Lamb, the Last Adam, and more … Christ is so much and more. I wish that you’d both pick up a copy of this book and gift a copy to a dear friend or family member — — and that goes for those who have been believers for a while or those who have just recently got their first glance of Christ.
An inside look at Who is Jesus?:
A famed historian once noted that, regardless of what you think of him personally, Jesus Christ stands as the central figure in the history of Western civilization. A man violently rejected by some and passionately worshipped by others, Jesus remains as polarizing as ever. But most people still know very little about who he really was, why he was really here, or what he really claimed.
Intended as a succinct introduction to Jesus’s life, words, and enduring significance, Who Is Jesus? offers non-Christians and new Christians alike a compelling portrait of Jesus Christ. Ultimately, this book encourages readers to carefully consider the history-shaping life and extraordinary teachings of the greatest man who ever lived.
Download the free study guide at www.crossway.org/WhoIsJesus.
Here are what people are saying about Who is Jesus?:
“Jesus asked his disciples, ‘Who do you say I am?’ It’s a question each of us must answer. In a wonderfully readable and succinct manner, Greg Gilbert mines the pages of Scripture to consider the truth of Christ’s claims about himself. This is essential reading for the Christian and the seeker.”
—Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family
“Greg’s greatest asset is his ability to make profound things simple. As his book What Is the Gospel? helps us distinguish the true gospel from the false, so Who Is Jesus? helps us distinguish Christ as he presents himself from how we have remade him.”
—J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; author, Jesus, Continued . . . Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better than Jesus Beside You
“There is no more important question in the cosmos than ‘Who is Jesus?’ Greg Gilbert, with brilliant mind and pastoral heart, unpacks that question step by step with both insight and accessibility. Whether you’re a skeptic looking into these things for the first time or a long-time believer, this book will drive you right to where we all need to go: to the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
—Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; author, Tempted and Tried
“Clearly Christian, but more than polite and respectful to the skeptic, this book helps you consider Jesus carefully. Gilbert throws fresh light upon familiar scenes, joining facts with their significance. It is artful, yet plain and full of beautiful biblical theology. Here is an invitation to you the reader to come to know Jesus yourself.”
—Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks
“This book does two things at once. It credibly places Jesus in the context of his own times, and shows why he cannot responsibly be left there. It is for those who have never thought about Jesus as well as those who think they know him all too well.”
—Timothy George, Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School; General Editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture
“The two most important questions for anyone to answer concern Jesus the Christ. Who exactly is he? And how do I relate properly to him? Gilbert addresses these questions effectively in this important book. From the moment at Caesarea Philippi when Jesus asked his disciples about the opinions concerning his identity until now, no other question has had such eternal consequences. This perceptive volume is written with the touch of the Spirit of God in revealing Jesus the Christ.”
—Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
“This little book will be a great tool for introducing people, including the athletes I coach, to the most amazing person who ever lived!”
—Coach Ron Brown, Youngstown State University
“I am always looking for a short and clear book on the life of Jesus that I can put into the hands of someone wanting to truly know who he is and what he did. I now have it in Who Is Jesus? Greg Gilbert is right: ‘The story of Jesus is not the story of a good man. It is the story of a claimant to the throne.’ Consider the evidence presented in this work and see where it takes you.”
—Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary