I’ll admit it – I’ve kind of blog-stalked Jared Wilson for a while. So I was excited to get a copy of his book, Your Jesus is Too Safe and review it.
In his book, Jared attempts to argue for an accurate historical and biblical picture of Jesus Christ. This, according to him, is sorely needed because everywhere we turn, we find caricatures of the real Jesus. Action figure Jesus. T-shirt Jesus. Homeboy Jesus.
And he turns these caricatures on their heads, relating them to the biblical passage where the disciples tell Jesus that some people say He’s Elijah. Or a prophet. Or something else. Jesus’ response?
“Who do you say that I am?”
And through 12 chapters, Wilson answers that question. Each chapter examines a different characteristic of Jesus, ranging from Jesus the Promise, to Jesus the Man, to Jesus the Lord and Jesus the Savior. Pretty straight forward stuff. Your Jesus is Too Safe is a book about Jesus.
But there are some things that I found to be immensely informative, edifying, and enjoyable about Wilson’s treatment of the question, “Who is Jesus really?” First and foremost, I appreciated his commitment that he should write, and we should read, a book all about Jesus because the Bible is a book about Jesus. And that is exceedingly true.
I used to struggle with this concept. I heard preachers say that Jesus is the center of every sermon, but I flipped to the Old Testament and wondered to myself (because I was too embarrassed to say it out loud), “How can this passage from 2 Samuel be about Jesus? Or how about this one from Numbers? Jesus is nowhere in here. I can’t see His name anywhere.” The problem was I wasn’t looking deeply enough.
Jared goes to great lengths to point out that every passage is about Jesus. The Old Testament as well as the New Testament. He’s always there – in every sacrifice, every temple instruction, every prophecy, every teaching. There is Jesus. And that’s a message we all need to embrace.
Jesus isn’t the key to everything, as if He holds the information that we need; Jesus IS everything. He IS the information we need. He IS the redemption we need. He IS the life we need. Jesus the end of the pursuit. Him. Himself. And Your Jesus is Too Safe will lead you to a greater appreciation of that reality.
Written in a wonderfully readable style, the book is grounded firmly over and over again in the pages of the Bible. And yet Wilson has a great ability to blend those biblical passages with accurate, thought-provoking, and informational facts about the historical context that add richness to the study of the Bible.
He does those things, but does so in a fresh and new way, including a fun level of sarcasm and biting wit to most pages. Much of this can be found in the really fun footnotes at the bottom of each page, which I found myself laughing out loud at more than once. My favorite example of this writing style is when he wrote that Marcion, a heretic charging the invalidity of the Old Testament, got, according to Jared, “a flea up his butt.” Indeed.
Great read. Great content. I encourage you to pick up a copy with the prayer that your picture of Jesus would grow, change, and become more holistic as you read.
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Be sure and check back tomorrow for my interview with Jared.