Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Obedient Master by Timothy Keller

As you may already tell, I enjoy reading anything by Timothy Keller.

His Encounters with Jesus e-book series are fabulous. With his eighth volume, he addresses what was going on with Jesus when he was wrestling in the garden of Gethsemane.

These are short books but they punch so much information and pastoral care into the explanations, I can't help but want to share them with everyone I talk to.

Why would Jesus be so distraught that night in the garden? Sure, he must have known what was coming his way in the coming hours but Keller has some further insight that totally makes this entire series.

For Jesus, the relationship He had with God was pure and untarnished. We have no clue what kind of link they truly had. Our own experience has to be tarnished with our sin but we still have God part of us. For Jesus, it was much stronger; that is until the garden.

Keller makes the claim that it was at this point when Jesus began to feel the loss of relationship with God that culminates to his crying out, "My God, why have you forsaken me?!" on the cross.

There is plenty more to this book but it was this one point that I focused on and couldn't let go.

With expert prose, Keller takes us on a journey of intellect and emotion that left me breathless. I closed the Kindle reader and praised God.

This is one of the greatest short explorations of Christ in the garden that I have ever read.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Dutton Publishing.

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