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The Passion of Jesus Christ: Fifty Reasons Why He Came to Die [Paperback]

By John Piper (Author)
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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2004
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1581346085  
EAN  9781581346084  

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Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus 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. His suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer.

Why did Jesus suffer and die? The central issue of Jesus' death is not the cause, but the meaning--God's meaning.

This 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 questions that each of us must face: What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?

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More About John Piper

John Piper John Piper, the preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of numerous books" "and a senior writer for "World "magazine,"" He received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College, St. Paul, before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.

SPANISH BIO: John Piper es pastor de Bethlehem Baptist Church, en Mineapolis. Sus muchos libros incluyen: Cuando no deseo a Dios, No desperdicies tu vida, Lo que Jesus exige del mundo.

John Piper currently resides in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota. John Piper was born in 1946.

John Piper has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Coleccion Teologica Contemporanea: Estudios Ministeriales
  2. John Piper Small Group
  3. Lifechange Books
  4. Swans Are Not Silent

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Simple yet profound  Jul 30, 2005
In this age Simplicity usually means watered down. Not with this book. Piper simply yet powerfully examines the Cross of Christ. Looks at the reasoning. Joins his argument with the scriptures.

Excellent book for a young Christian or young at heart.
The WHY Rather Than The How or Who  Apr 19, 2005
The Passion of Jesus Christ was rushed to press in time to be available for the release of Mel Gibson's blockbuster The Passion of the Christ. The book sold some two million copies, though many of these were through a promotion that provided the book at cost when purchased in bulk. Many churches gave the book to those who expressed interest in learning more about Jesus in the aftermath of the movie. Those who are familiar with my book reviews will know that I have struggled with Piper's books in the past - not on the basis of content, but on the basis of Piper's writing style. These people may be glad to know that this is the first book by Piper that I have enjoyed from cover-to-cover.

The Passion of Jesus Christ provides fifty reasons why Jesus suffered and died. Piper is careful to look beyond the cause to see the purpose in Jesus' death. Where the movie focused on how Jesus died, and the media frenzy examined who killed Him, this book looks past the controversy to show the purposes behind His death. The author lists fifty reasons, each backed by Scripture and explained in some detail.

I was unsure as to how to read this book. Usually a book begins with an introduction and then works toward proving a thesis. In this book Piper provides fifty equal points with no real progression from one to the next. There seems to be little rhyme or reason to the order of their presentation and there is no sense of moving towards a dramatic conclusion. I believe it would make an excellent basis for a devotional book. Reading all fifty chapters, one after the other, did not provide a lot of time to ponder each of the purposes behind Christ's death. In fact, with the addition of a short meditation to each chapter, and perhaps a prayer, it would be a devotional book.

Doctrinally (or perhaps editorially), there were a few small concerns. For example, the title of chapter thirteen is "To Abolish Circumcision and All Rituals as the Basis of Salvation" but of course the rituals and circumcision were never the basis for salvation. There is also an odd statement on page 79 where Piper writes, "Becoming a Christian means death to sin. The old self that loved sin died with Jesus. Sin is like a prostitute that no longer looks beautiful. She is the murderer of my King and myself...Sin, the prostitute who killed my friend, has no appeal, she has become an enemy." While becoming a Christian does, indeed, bring death to sin, to say that sin no longer has any appeal is to deny what every person's nature begs for every day. We have been saved, and we are dying to sin, but it still lives within us, constantly trying to draw us back to our old ways. If only sin did not look so appealing! There were a few more minor concerns, including a rather odd view of "the futility of our ancestry" in chapter 28.

Generally this is a good book and one I can recommend to Christians. I am not sure that it makes a very useful resource to give to unbelievers or those who are interested in learning more about Jesus. The doctrine is heavy (which is not a bad thing), and as I indicated before, there is little progression through the book. I doubt many unbelievers would read past the first few chapters. Still, buy it for yourself, read it, and enjoy it. It is well worth your time.
"Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;he has put him to grief." Isaiah 53:10

At this time of year, we Christians normally recall to our hearts and minds the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, as he was about to leave the world in the flesh, and be crucified by Roman soldiers.
With sadness we look towards the cross and the more we look we wonder why God had to chose this way of crucifying His Beloved son, and if there could not have been an easier and less painful way to pay for the sins of the world. We trust Our Heavenly Father, and we trust the choice He made to prove His love for us. In the Passion of Jesus Christ, John Piper spells out the fifty reasons why Christ suffered and died. Read this book for a better understanding and be blessed through it.
Heather Marshall SUGAR-CANE 07/03/05
Powerful Book  Jan 6, 2005
This is a great book that I read often to inspire my faith and to remind me of who Christ is and what He has done for us. Each reason is about a page long, so it's nice to be able to read through this book bit-by-bit and meditate on the truths that are found in it.
Accurate, Accurate, Accurate  Jan 4, 2005
As I said before, it is accurate. This book will inspire your faith. It will teach you a lot about the man known as Jesus Christ.

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