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The Wedding Party: The Encounters With Jesus Series: 4

The Wedding Party: The Encounters With Jesus Series: 4 [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Keller

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The Gospels are full of encounters that made a profound impact on those who spoke with Jesus Christ. In the fourth instalment of the Encounters with Jesusseries, Timothy Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and New York Times-bestselling author of The Reason for God, shows how those encounters can still have a deep effect on us today. By examining the well-known passage where Jesus turns water into wine for a wedding party, Keller sheds light on what will put the world right, and what Jesus has done to do so.

This and the other nine in the series make up the complete Encounters With Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions.

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  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 Aug 2013)
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Timothy Keller is senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Manhattan: and New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God. He is also author of Counterfeit Gods and The Prodigal God book, film, and discussion guide.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Knows How To Party Like No Other! 25 Jun 2013
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The Wedding Party is the fourth essay in the Encounters with Jesus Series - based on several lectures given to students by Tim Keller at Oxford Town Hall, London, in 2012. In the previous three essays Keller has tackled some of the most important questions one can ever ask. In this essay Keller tackles the question: "What did Jesus come to do?" He answers this question by giving us an exposition of Jesus' first recorded miracle, or sign at a wedding feast in Cana as recorded in chapter two of the Gospel of John.

The miracle of Jesus' turning water into wine was ultimately a symbol or a signifier of something greater to come. Keller masterfully gives three future signs that Jesus' miracle at the wedding banquet point to. There are three symbols or types in this wedding encounter that all ultimately point to our future with Christ. This story is a picture of how Jesus enjoyed the joy at the wedding feast by providing more wine, and yet how He became our substitute on the cross by receiving the cup of God's wrath that we deserve so that we can one day receive the coming joy provided by Him.

Keller unfolds the big story of all of the Scriptures in this one story from John 2. He shows our need to be reconciled to God, how Jesus provides what we need, and how Jesus is the provider of the feast that we all ultimately long for. We can face anything in life knowing what awaits us at the Lamb's party that is to come in the Kingdom of Heaven.
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy 3 April 2014
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is what Jesus gives us. he paid the price for our wretched selves, who are flawed and self-centered. He paid the price for us so that we can and should laugh.

I still don't fully get the bride metaphor because of the embedded sexual connotations. This could simply be my own limited Euclidian thinking but would have liked a more nuanced exposition that addresses that angle of using the bride metaphor...otherwise a solid and important contribution to the body of commentary on the message of the Gospel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great study book 22 Dec 2013
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Keller is an excellent theologian. His writing is down to earth and easily read and can be applied to today!
4.0 out of 5 stars Encounters with Jesus 16 Sep 2013
By Darian Burns - Published on
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Timothy Keller is in the midst of releasing a 10-part series called "Encounters with Jesus". If all the books are as solid as the ones which I have read, they are well worth your time. As a pastor, one of my biggest impediments in leading others to know Christ is that they believe they know him already. They have grown up in the church, gone to Sunday School, heard all the Bible stories, and they think that is the equal as knowing him.

The books in this series question the assumptions we make about Christ. Each book in the series covers a conversation Jesus had with someone. These conversations were not about individual sins or particular theological beliefs and practices, nor were they a bunch of talking points or a political platform. Instead, in these encounters we see him meeting people at the point of their important, unspoken questions: Who are we, and why are we here? Why be a good person; why love rather than hate? What's wrong with the world--And what, if anything, can make it right?

The Gospels are crawling with encounters that made a deep impression on those who conversed with Jesus in this way. Keller examines these encounters and how they can still address our questions and uncertainties today.
So far, I have read three:

"The Grieving Sisters", which is the story of Mary and Martha mourning their brother's death. Here, we are faced with the questions, what does the world need, and who can make the world right? Keller examines the individual personality of Jesus and shows us that because he is both God and man, he is capable of providing everything we need.

"The Wedding Party" covers Jesus' very first public act in starting his ministry was to turn water into wine in the middle of a wedding celebration. Here, Keller unpacks the significance of the feast--a symbol of the end of judgment, the celebration to come, and the atonement needed to make it possible.

"The First Christian" delves into an encounter between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, one of his most beloved followers. In this book, Keller illuminates the Christian belief of faith and make sense of its function in solving the crucial mysteries of life.
Each book is wonderfully written and easy to understand, yet deep in truth and wisdom.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an Uplifting Read 31 Aug 2013
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Volume four of Keller's e-book series was such a breath of fresh air!

Keller provides some wonderful insights to the first miracle performed by Jesus in the Gospel of John. I've heard so many stories and sermons on this story; Jesus turns water to wine after the alcohol runs out. I've heard the focus on the cleansing rituals and how Jesus foreshadows the great banquet but Keller provides a little extra here.

One of the major points in this essay was, while everyone else was celebrating the wonderful wedding party, Jesus was thinking about his death. (Woman ... my time has not yet come)

There is so much more to this book. Keller has a way of providing some good meaty study while whetting the appetite for more. If only we could attend his church!

It is an uplifting read. Whether you're married or single, this book (especially the end!) will encourage you to pursue the God who pursues you!

This is another winner of a short e-book from Keller. They provide some great teaching for a mid-week study or a morning jolt of godly praise.

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