on 1 December 2010
In terms of the message MacArthur is communicating, this book is spot on. The question `What would Jesus do?' is a popular one but, all too often, the Jesus we conjure up in our minds bears little resemblance to the real Jesus. In `The Jesus You Can't Ignore', John MacArthur gives a startling but accurate description of the Jesus of the Bible. No longer do we see a placid, mild man who goes about giving moral teaching, speaking amicably to all he meets; instead, the author demonstrates that the real Jesus was one who not only refused to avoid doctrinal conflict but actually instigated it. Jesus did all in His power to refute the false teaching of the day and publicly renounced the men who were responsible for propagating it. This formed a significant part of his teaching and ministry.
The implications are clear: we too are in a truth war and we too should be intolerant of error which creeps into our churches. Although we should not seek conflict for conflict's sake, we must not be afraid to do as Jesus did and stand up for the Truth.
My only slight criticism would be that I found the author beginning to be a little repetitive as I went through the book; I feel he could have covered the same ground in a smaller volume. On the other hand, it's good that MacArthur tackles the subject so comprehensively as he demonstrates that this powerful image of Jesus can be seen throughout all the gospels.
on 14 November 2012
This is one of the best reads of my year.
John gives us a good insight into Christs boldness, his authentic preaching and truth when dealing with the unbeleiving Pharisees. Yes Jesus is love but He loved the people more to expose their false teachings, pride and hard hearts.
I would highly reccomend this book to any true beleiver, old or new.
nor ever should be........
but,.........that doesn't mean you should read this book!!
We live in an age where truth is a blurry subject. Postmodernism tells us to compose our own truth. Jesus reveals something entirely different.
In The Jesus You Can't Ignore, John MacArthur describes how relentless Jesus was about defending the truth. Instead of being soft and "hearing people out," Jesus called out the religious leaders of the day about their misconceptions of the truth just as Jude 3 calls us to "contend earnestly for the faith."
This is a challenge to read, for the clarity and impact with which we encounter Christ. It shatters misconceptions,..... yet with surprisingly good tone. MacArthur's argument is irrefutable, based on a Word-based hermeneutic. The whole entire book is heaped-full of Biblical examples in which Jesus is portrayed as bolder and harsher than we might normally choose to believe.
MacArthur's message is a true one,.... but alas not very original or fresh in his writing. He's clearly right: Jesus wasn't mild or politically correct. Christians should follow Christ's example at all times, in boldness and truth..... but also in the overlooked quality of grace. It's a lengthy writing with only a little content. Faithful, solid and dry, in a cessationist kind of way! Good stuff but far from a great book!
Perhaps this book (like all things) may confound your perception of how 'nice' Jesus is...... but moreso,... let the Holy Spirit show us all, how truly great God's truth is!