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It is over 500 pages long, published when short books are the vogue!! Nonetheless, the publishing house of Simon and Schuster thought it was worth the cost. Just one aspect of putting this book together was the 1000 hours spent by one of Miller’s colleagues in obtaining the necessary permissions from publishers for the hundreds of quotes.

And, what will you find in The Book of Jesus? A plethora of material on topics such as Jesus: Who He Was, His Friendships, Jesus Becoming One Of Us, His Miracles and His Teachings, His Cross and His Resurrection, and His Continuing Reign.

I hope specific examples from the book over the next several entries of “Musings and Observations” will encourage you as much as they have encouraged me. For this entry, I am including samples of what various folk have expressed in succinct fashion about Jesus’ identity:

  • When Jesus came to earth he did not cease to be God; when he returned to heaven he did not cease to be man. (John Blanchard)

  • Jesus is God as completely as if he were no man; as completely man as if he wee not God. (A. J. F. Behrends)

  • Jesus Christ: the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity. (Philip Brooks)

  • Jesus became as like us as God can be. (Donald English)

  • Christ is our temple, in which by faith all believers meet. (Matthew Henry)

  • Surely royalty in rags and angels in cells are not descent compared to Deity in flesh! (Henry Law)

  • A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn’t be a great moral teacher. . . a lunatic. . . [perhaps] . . . a devil of hell . . .[perhaps] . . . Don’t let us come up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. . . . He hasn’t left that open to us. He didn’t intend to. (C. S. Lewis)

  • The impression of Jesus which the gospels give . . . is not so much one of deity reduced as one of divine capacities restrained. (J. I. Packer)

  • If the life and death of Socrates are those of a philosopher, the life and death of Jesus Christ are those of a God. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

  • Because Christ was God, did he pass unscorched through the fires of Gethsemane and Calvary? Rather let us say, because christ was God he underwent a suffering that was absolutely infinite . (Augustus H. Strong)

 

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