Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2019
The Apostle Paul had a clear passion in life, “I want to know Christ. … (Philippians 3:10a.)
I too want to know Christ. Yes, Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and one day I will see Him face to face, but I long to know Him more deeply in this life. My knowledge of Jesus is so partial. I pray that I would get to know Him more and more completely as I meditate upon His Word and as I walk with Him each day.
The daily prayer I have for myself and for each of my children, as well as those they’ve married, is that they would get to know Jesus more deeply. I use Ephesians 1:17-19 as the basis of my prayer every morning. “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give (insert name) the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that (insert name) may know him better. … ”
The book I’m reviewing today is for the express purpose of helping us get to know Jesus better. The author, Randy Alcorn, has written many other fine books including The Treasure Principle (over two million sold) and Heaven (over one million sold.) FACE TO FACE WITH JESUS: Seeing Him as He Really Is contains 200 short devotionals.
I recommend you read just one page a day. Each page contains hardly more than 150 words. It has a Bible verse, a short devotional, and a quote from a well-known Christian author. After reading it take a little time to reflect on what it teaches you about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Below is a sample page.
“Jesus wept.” (John 11:35)
God does not look fondly upon death. It wasn’t part of his original design but came from sin and the curse. Death caused Jesus to weep. His heart broke for the broken hearts of his beloved Mary and Martha at the death of their brother Lazarus.
At the time, Jesus’ own death already loomed large, placing a terrible burden upon him. While he knew what awaited him in Heaven, he also knew that before enjoying Heaven’s comfort and glory, he had to walk through a dark valley more excruciating than anyone before or after him would ever walk.
If we ever begin to question whether God understands or if he cares, these two words are our unequivocal answer. Jesus wept. The Savior sobbed. Messiah moaned. God Almighty shed tears. What more proof of God’s heart and emotions and care and understanding do we want?
“Jesus is God spelling himself out in language that men can understand.” S.D. Gordon