The cross of Jesus Christ is of first importance for the Christian faith.
The cross is where Jesus took the sins of the world upon himself and defeated death by rising from the dead. The cross is where Jesus struck Satan with the fatal blow promised in Genesis 3:15:”I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head,and you shall bruise his heel.”
The cross of Jesus Christ marks the climax of God’s salvation story told in the Bible. The Old Testament story leads up to the cross, the Gospels tell the life of Christ leading up to the cross, and Acts through Revelation documents the transforming effects the cross had in the lives of the apostles and the church.
Easter celebrates the finished work of Christ on the cross and presents a wonderful opportunity to meditate on the grace shown to us at Calvary.
The recommended books below on the cross of Jesus Christ will help you prepare for easter and better understand the full extent of the Savior’s love for you.
We hope they are an encouragement and help you live in deeper appreciation of our loving Savior.
Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross by Colin S. Smith
What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That’s what happened to the thief on the cross, who died a few feet from Jesus. Heaven, How I Got Here is his story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity, and the faith that can change yours.
The Cross He Bore: Meditating on the Sufferings of the Redeemer by Frederick Leahy
Frederick Leahy spent a lifetime in the ministry of the Word. In these pages, preacher, pastor and theologian come together in a happy unity. No words are wasted. There is nothing of the frothy and insubstantial. Here is satisfying truth, painstakingly quarried and crafted for the needs of God’s people. A judicious selection of gems from the writings of others provides further enrichment and stimulus to thought.
The Cross of Christ by John Stott
The work of a lifetime, from one of the world’s most influential thinkers, about the heart of the Christian faith.
“I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. . . . In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?” With compelling honesty John Stott confronts this generation with the centrality of the cross in God’s redemption of the world in a world now haunted by the memories of Auschwitz, the pain of oppression and the specter of nuclear war.
Can we see triumph in tragedy, victory in shame? Why should an object of Roman distaste and Jewish disgust be the emblem of our worship and the axiom of our faith? And what does it mean for us today?
Now from one of the foremost preachers and Christian leaders of our day comes theology at its readable best, a contemporary restatement of the meaning of the cross. At the cross Stott finds the majesty and love of God disclosed, the sin and bondage of the world exposed. More than a study of the atonement, this book brings Scripture into living dialogue with Christian theology and the twentieth century. What emerges is a pattern for Christian life and worship, hope and mission.
Destined to be a classic study of the center of our faith, Stott’s work is the product of a uniquely gifted pastor, scholar and Christian statesman. His penetrating insight, charitable scholarship and pastoral warmth are guaranteed to feed both heart and mind.
The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul (FREE eBook from Ligonier for a Limited Time)
Dr. R.C. Sproul surveys the great work accomplished by Jesus Christ through His crucifixion the redemption of God s people. Dr. Sproul considers the atonement from numerous angles and shows conclusively that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved. Opening the Scriptures, Dr. Sproul shows that God Himself provided salvation by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross, and the cross was always God s intended method by which to bring salvation. The Truth of the Cross is an uncompromising reminder that the atonement of Christ is an absolutely essential doctrine of the Christian faith, one that should be studied and understood by all believers.
Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus by D.A. Carson
How are Christians to approach the central gospel teachings concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus? The Bible firmly establishes the historicity of these events and doesn’t leave their meanings ambiguous or open to interpretation. Even so, there is an irony and surprising strangeness to the cross. Carson shows that this strange irony has deep implications for our lives as he examines the history and theology of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection.
Scandalous is the latest addition to the Re:Lit series, which highlights important theological truths in accessible and applicable ways. Both amateur theologians and general readers will appreciate how Carson deftly preserves weighty theology while simultaneously noting the broader themes of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Through exposition of five primary passages of Scripture, Carson helps us to more fully understand and appreciate the scandal of the cross.
The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross by A.W. Pink
In this work, Pink examines the seven recorded statements of Christ on the Cross. He identifies them as a Word of Forgiveness, a Word of Salvation, a Word of Affection, a Word of Anguish, a Word of Suffering, a Word of Victory, and a Word of Contentment. Arthur Walkington Pink (1886-1952) was an English Christian evangelist and Biblical scholar known for his staunchly Calvinist and Puritan-like teachings. After Pink’s death, his works were republished by a number of publishing houses and reached a much wider audience as a result. Biographer Iain Murray observes of Pink, “the widespread circulation of his writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.” His writing sparked a revival of expository preaching and focused readers’ hearts on biblical living.
Living the Cross-Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney
Have the extremities taken over and left the core of your faith forgotten? Do you get confused by what you feel versus what is real? Let dynamic pastor C. J. Mahaney strip away the nonessentials and bring you back to the simplest, most fundamental reason for your faith: Jesus Christ. This book is packed with powerful truth that will grip your heart, clear your mind, and invigorate your soul. Chapters include “Breaking the Rules of Legalism,” “The Cross Centered Day,” and “Assurance and Joy.” Get ready to behold a breathtaking view of what God intends to accomplish in and through you every day. You’ll discover how embracing this cross centered life is both our highest privilege and greatest responsibility.
Do you desire more passion for Jesus Christ? Return to the very essence of your faith—the cross of Christ. Here, the deepest truths of Calvary will stir your passion for Him into an unquenchable fire.
“Never lay it aside. Never move on,” says C. J. Mahaney, who shows you how to center every day around the life-giving reality of the gospel and how to escape the pitfalls of legalism, condemnation, and feelings-driven faith.
Is the cross truly the center of your ministry?
Today we commonly see images of the cross adorning churches, dangling from necklaces, and gleaming from lapels. Yet the image that is so sanitized for us today was grotesque and abhorrent to those living in the first century. It was a symbol of evil, torture, and shame. It is this realistic and horrifying view of the cross that should call us to Christian ministry and compel us to share the Good News of Christ’s triumph over death.
Through his exposition of 1 Corinthians, D. A. Carson presents a comprehensive view of what the death of Christ means in preaching and ministering to God’s people. He confronts the issues of factionalism, servant-leadership, shaping “world” Christians, and the source of knowledge in order to help Christian leaders learn principles for dynamic, cross-centered worship.
The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross by Leon Morris
Leon Morris writes a scholarly level defense of New Testament teaching regarding the cross of Jesus Christ. This is not a devotional style book nor meant for the average churchman, but will give pastors and theologians a clear view of the content of the apostolic message.
Description: To understand the significant terms used in New Testament teaching about Christ’s death–for example, redemption, covenant, propitiation, justification–Morris sets these words against the background of the Greek Old Testament, the papyri, and the Rabbinic writings as a basis for an examination of them in their New Testament setting.
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