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If we want to know who God is, the best thing we can do is look at Christ. If we want to live the life to which God calls us, we look to Christ. In Jesus we see the true meaning of the love, power, wisdom, justice, peace, care and majesty of God. Michael Reeves, author of Delighting in the Trinity, opens to readers the glory and wonder of Christ, offering a bigger and moreIf we want to know who God is, the best thing we can do is look at Christ. If we want to live the life to which God calls us, we look to Christ. In Jesus we see the true meaning of the love, power, wisdom, justice, peace, care and majesty of God. Michael Reeves, author of Delighting in the Trinity, opens to readers the glory and wonder of Christ, offering a bigger and more exciting picture than many have imagined. Jesus didn't just bring us the good news. He is the good news. Reeves helps us celebrate who Christ is, his work on earth, his death and resurrection, his anticipated return and how we share in his life. This book, then, aims for something deeper than a new technique or a call to action. In an age that virtually compels us to look at ourselves, Michael Reeves calls us to look at Christ. As we focus our hearts on him, we see how he is our life, our righteousness, our holiness and our hope....

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  • Douglas Wilson
    2019-02-18 18:44

    Reeves writes with zest, and is very engaging. He is steeped in Scripture, and his exploration of the basics of Christian living is really good. On top of that, he has the classic Puritan writers at his fingertips and brings them in frequently to buttress or make a glorious point. This is a very good book.

  • Laurie
    2019-01-31 15:45

    --Here, then, is the revolution: for all our dreams, our dark and frightened imaginings of God, there is no God in heaven who is unlike Jesus.  For he is God. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father,” he says, for “I and the Father are one” (Jn 14: 9; 10: 30). God cannot be otherwise.-Jesus is God. He does not merely unveil some truth for us, some other principle or system of thought. Like light going out from its source, this Word actually brings God to us. In him, a direct encounter with God happens. The difference is stark: the Word who is God reveals a God of innate grace, and he does not just hand down information that we might know about God; in him, God delights to meet with us and be with us.-T. F. Torrance was drawn to be quite lyrical as he wrote: There is in fact no God behind the back of Jesus, no act of God other than the act of Jesus, no God but the God we see and meet in him. Jesus Christ is the open heart of God, the very love and life of God poured out to redeem humankind, the mighty hand and power of God stretched out to heal and save sinners. All things are in God’s hands, but the hands of God and the hands of Jesus, in life and in death, are the same. -For his relationship with his Father shapes the rest, yoke and burden he has to offer. In fact, his relationship with his Father is the rest, yoke and burden he has to offer. To know the Father, to be humble before him and gentle like him: that is the rest we all seek, the only yoke that is easy, the only burden that is light. And as Samuel Rutherford put it, those who take it shall “find it such a burden as wings unto a bird, or sails to a ship.” -Jesus is the one who makes known the triune God, who shows us the love of God and the life of God. To be truly trinitarian we must be constantly Christ-centered.-And so, as God’s outgoing Word, as the Son filled to bursting with his Father’s love, he became the Logic behind the creation, “the beginning,” the foundation of it all—and the one it would all be for (Col 1: 17-18). Then, in the power of the Spirit who hovered over the waters, the Word went out. God spoke, and through that potent Word all things came into being. As the Father said of the Son, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands” (Heb 1: 10; citing Ps 102: 25). The Son became in fact the firstborn over all creation (Col 1: 15).-Most Christians take mealtimes as a chance to thank God and remember him as their provider, but Bradford saw every part of the day as a gospel reminder. When waking in the morning, he would “call to mind the great joy and blessedness of the everlasting resurrection . . . that most clear light and bright morning . . . after the long darkness.” Seeing the sun, he would praise the Light of the world. Rising, he would think on how Christ raises us up. Dressing, he would pray, “O Christ, clothe me with thine own self” and remember “how we are incorporated into Christ . . . how he clothes us.” Eating meat, he would compare it to feeding on the body of Christ. When returning to his home he would think “how joyful a return, it will be to come to our eternal, most quiet, and most happy home.” And when finally undressing and getting into bed at night, he would think of putting “off the old man, with his lusts” and readying himself for the sleep of death: “As you are not afraid to enter into your bed, and to dispose yourself to sleep; so be not afraid to die.” 17 For Bradford, this is Christ’s world, and we live most happily in it when we acknowledge that constantly-The Rising Sun Will Come to Us from Heaven In the life of Jesus, then, we see two marvelous things: we see the Son of God revealing his Father’s compassionate heart and purposes; and we see the Son of Man living in sweet fellowship with God. No wonder “many prophets and righteous people longed to see” this great sight (Mt 13: 17)!-Christians often use a negative, chilly word to describe Christ’s life: it was sinless. That tells us what he was not: he was not selfish, cruel, abusive, twisted, petty or proud. Now, when opened out like that, we can see that to be “sinless” is beautiful, dynamic and attractive. The trouble is, we often leave the word closed, and then it reinforces all our stereotypes of what “holy people” are like: bloodless, bland, dreamy, delicate and so spiritual it looks painful. But what was he like? Anything but boring and anemic! Here was a man with towering charisma, running over with life. Health and healing, loaves and fishes, all abounded in his presence. So compelling did people find him that crowds thronged round him. Men, women, children, sick and mad, rich and poor: they found him so magnetic some wanted just to touch his clothes. Kinder than summer, he befriended the rejects and gave hope to the hopeless. The dirty and despised found they mattered to him.-He loved God and he loved people. You look at him and you have to say, “Here is a man truly alive, unwithered in any way, far more vital and vigorous, far more full and complete, far more human than any other.”-

  • Becky Pliego
    2019-02-11 21:51

    Fantastic book. Reeves has a passion for Christ that is incredibly contagious. We need to read more books that point us to Christ and Christ alone with such intensity as Reeves does.

  • Mathew
    2019-02-15 22:02

    Get your copy todayAbout half way through in the margins of my copy of Rejoicing in Christ, I write “punchy, down to earth, and full of merriment.” That’s my review. Reeves surprises (meant in the most positive fashion) with equal parts verve and gladness. He’s not afraid to turn a phrase or punch you in the nose with an arresting metaphor. I found myself lost many times in worship as I read. That is rare and to be praised. Reeves has done it again.What’s odd about Rejoicing in Christ is that Reeves admits it’s run-of-the-mill:Once upon a time a book like this would have utterly run-of-the-mill. Among the old Puritans, for example, you can scarcely find a writer who did not write—or a preacher who did not preach—something called The Searchable Riches of Christ, Christ Set Forth, The Glory of Christ or the like. Yet today, what sells? What puts the smile on the booksellers face? The book that is about the reader. (9)He’s right on both accounts. The Puritans pluck the cord he’s playing a lot, and very few today play that same cord. That alone should encourage you to read this book with a heart ready for worship. Rejoicing in Christ is a return to another time when books were less about us and more about Christ.Read the entire review here

  • Demetrius Rogers
    2019-02-19 15:50

    I like small books. To me they tend to say more than longer books. They pack a punch with out a lot of extraneous detail. In and out. They say what they have to say, and then they sit down. And this one did that for me. Michael Reeves kept his eye on the pitch, and got his reader on base. This was a great little primer on Christology. Reeves spoke like a theologian, framed it like an historian, and sold it like a preacher. He put a lot of heart into this. His writing style was fresh, and his ideas were riveting. It took awhile to come together, the beginning felt a bit scattered, but about mid way through he found his stride. I will read it again. It enhanced my appreciation for Jesus. And reading this made me hungry to get into his Delighting in the Trinity. I love theology that is accessible, yet deep with thought. A great book to pick up!

  • Drew Bennett
    2019-01-23 18:44

    I enjoy Michael Reeves' writing so much. There is nothing new in this book. But he has a way of saying things I already know in new ways that cause the truth to come home to my heart in a way it didn't before.

  • Ben Kreps
    2019-02-17 19:43

    One of my favorite current writers. Deep theology but easily accessible. Dr. Reeves has a great sense of humor and a great heart to unfold the glories of Christ. Highly recommended.

  • Kyle
    2019-02-04 14:58

    In Rejoicing in Christ, Reeves does a masterful job of putting Christ as the focal point of the gospel. The gospel is not that Jesus helps us get to heaven and then disappears, but that through the work of Jesus we come to know God and share in the relationship of the Triune God. As such, we treasure Jesus above all things. Although mentioning deeper points of christological doctrine, Reeves's focus is in putting Jesus on display as our high priest, creator, etc. This approach is both theologically rich and immediately practical. This is an excellent introduction to Christology because it keeps the person of Jesus at the forefront, which hopefully helps readers from missing the person of Jesus amid deeper doctrinal study. This is an excellent follow-up to his earlier work, Delighting in the Trinity, which is likewise a phenomenal book.

  • Peter Mead
    2019-01-24 17:55

    This is a great introduction to Christ and the Christian life. For a newcomer to Christianity, or for a long-time follower of Jesus, this book will stir your heart and lift it toward Him. Five chapters in typical Reeves style: high energy, good momentum, great one-liners, on target historical anecdotes and lots of biblical interaction. The fourth chapter on the Christian life is worth the price of the book, but be sure to take advantage of the rest too . . . Christ in the Old Testament, the Incarnation, Christ and the Trinity, Christ's return, etc., it all adds up to so much more than 112 pages.

  • Mark Loughridge
    2019-02-12 22:02

    I think I've just read the best book I'll read in 2016!Reeves does it again - a wonderful blend of joy giving, heart warming, heaven anticipating, Christ delighting rich theology. This is a must read. Too often our hearts grow cold, if we read more books like this, or more writers wrote with this heartwarming passion, our love for Christ would fan into flames.Reeves oozes enthusiasm, and communicates great theology with ease and warmth. He shows connections in parts of scripture I didn't realise were connected--exposing even more riches. Read it, slowly!(NB This book is also published as "Rejoicing in Christ")

  • Mark Loughridge
    2019-02-19 14:48

    I think I've just read the best book I'll read in 2016!Reeves does it again - a wonderful blend of joy giving, heart warming, heaven anticipating, Christ delighting rich theology. This is a must read. Too often our hearts grow cold, if we read more books like this, or more writers wrote with this heartwarming passion, our love for Christ would fan into flames.Reeves oozes enthusiasm, and communicates great theology with ease and warmth. He shows connections in parts of scripture I didn't realise were connected--exposing even more riches. Read it, slowly!

  • Drew Miller
    2019-01-22 14:43

    I have only read one other book, Richard Sibbes "The Bruised Reed" that increased my affections for Jesus as much as Rejoicing in Christ has. This book has been most refreshing to my soul as it took my eyes off of me and placed them on Christ.

  • David
    2019-01-31 21:55

    Reading Mike Reeves describe the sweetness of Christ with such glee is like listening to a child tell their story of going to a candy shop. It brings a smile to your face and you want to join them in their delight. Except in this case the sweet taste that we joyfully delight in with Reeves is free, completely satisfying, and you can never have too much.

  • BJ
    2019-01-26 20:03

    This is such a life-giving book. Outstanding. Reeves' pen beams with the beauty of Jesus. Read it and drench your soul with joy by looking away from yourself and at the Son of God.

  • Philip Taylor
    2019-01-24 22:06

    A fine overview of the Christian life. Just read everything Michael Reeves has published.

  • Matthew
    2019-01-23 15:06

    Michael Reeves is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. He writes with an engaging, and at times humorous, style that keeps the reader enthralled about a subject that doesn't often enthrall: theology.Peppering the text with artwork about Christ from cover to cover, he does more than this: he immerses this book with Scripture and with quotes from the faithful from all parts of church history. One cannot help but walking away from this book with a great appreciation and, shall I say, love for the Savior.

  • Pastor2112
    2019-02-06 16:03

    A beautiful and deep (yet accessible) book about the subject that should be at the heart of Christian spirituality - Jesus Christ. He is the gift God has given to us and to the world. Our greatest joy - and created purpose - is to know him and be known by him.Reeves does a fantastic job - utilizing quotes from scripture and a wide variety of authors, past and present - to turn our focus on Christ and his salvation. Highly recommended!

  • Adrian Mitrovasili
    2019-01-29 20:58

    Rejoicing in Christ is the purpose of life! With God inspired understanding of scripture, Reeves introduces us to Christ, as the most precious gift, God of Love in Whom we have access, eternity is no longer a boring monotony, for we will spend it knowing him. It makes me rejoice!Thanks to my brother in Christ, “the doctor” who gave me the book. We walk together in this path, sharing Christ and rejoicing in Him.

  • Jeff Malin
    2019-02-03 21:45

    Excellent read!Excellent, deep, and so rich is the Person of Jesus Christ. He leaps off of the pages of this book because this book is rich in the Scriptures, where Jesus is revealed in His humility, suffering, and glory. And we who are people of faith in Christ get to share in all that He is and most especially we share in Him.

  • J KevinWhear
    2019-02-20 21:11

    Relatively short in pages, but a rich feast indeed.

  • Shaina Herrmann
    2019-02-03 20:50

    This is one of those books that every Christian should read!!

  • Bryan
    2019-02-13 20:46

    Brilliant, a mixture of the best of reformational and puritan thinking packed into a short book that bursts will love for Christ. This one needs to be read annually i think!

  • Heath Waldeier
    2019-02-19 22:43

    One of the best books I have ever read. Every Christian should read it to meditate afresh on Jesus.

  • Bambi Moore
    2019-01-29 21:57

    Fantastic. Had me in tears more than once. And the author’s humor sprinkled throughout makes it all the more engaging.

  • Chris Woznicki
    2019-02-10 17:52

    There was once a day when most theology books were written in order to elicit a worshipful response from the reader. This was especially true of books on Christology – these books were intended to make the reader see how awesome, powerful, gracious, kind and all out joy inducing Christ was. However, our theology books have slowly began to be written by specialists out of touch with the heart of the church – and thus these types of theology books have become the exception rather than the norm. Michael Reeves’ book Rejoicing in Christ seeks to take us back to the days when worshipful theology books were the norm. He seeks to present a through and rigorous Christology all the while presenting it in such a way that causes people to (this is not be being clever) rejoice in Christ.This book is based on the notion that at the center of Christianity is not an idea, rather its not even the “gospel” – the center of Christianity is Christ himself. Everything begins and ends with Christ. At one point he even says that “to be truly Trinitarian we must constantly be Christ centered.” (23) He is absolutely correct!This little book has 5 short chapters. Chapter 1 covers Christ’s role in creation and his preexistence. Chapter 2 covers his humanity an life prior to the crucifixion. Chapter 3 covers his death and resurrection. Chapter 4 covers how our lives as Christians are grounded in our present union with him. Chapter 5 is concerned with eschatology.You might summarize the book like this (119):Past: Having died with him, we can look no further back into our past than him. Christ, not our failure, is our history.Present: United to him, we now share his glad life and standing before the Father. Filled with his Spirit, we are made ever more like him.Future: the judge of all the earth is our faithful Savior; when he appears we will be with him, we will be like him and we will be co-heirs with him.What great news!There are a couple of themes that weave themselves throughout this work – all themes that many evangelicals have sadly forgotten or just plain ignored. The first is a sort of Adam Christology – here Reeves does not simply cover the typical Romans 5 passage or simply discuss federal headship – rather Reeves consistently comes back to the notion that Christ fulfills Adam’s humanity in a sort recapitulation of Adam’s vocation. The second is an emphasis on union with Christ. This theme was certainly central to the reformers like Calvin and Luther, but has been ignored by many evangelicals up until recently. Both of these themes – which constantly pop up in every chapter of the book are grounded in Patristic themes. This sure makes sense – because a lot of Reeves theology has affinities with T.F. Torrance’s theology. It’s a sort of Reformed take on Patristic theology.I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I think that you will enjoy it took. Rejoicing in Christ represents the perfect blend of head and heart. Rejoicing in Christ exemplifies what Christian theology ought to look like – its academically rigorous yet always reverent and worshipful. But that is not only the goal of Christian theology – it’s the goal of human beings as well… or as the WST puts it:1. What is the chief end of man?A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.As you read this wonderful book I have no doubt that you will be led to glorify God because of it and find yourself rejoicing and enjoying Christ more than you did before you even cracked this book open.(Note: I received this book from IVP in exchange for an impartial review.)

  • James
    2019-02-09 17:51

    The problem with much Christology, of both the high and low varieties, is that it can be dry-as-dust boring. Just the mention of the term, and eyes glaze over. The church historians may remember the fire and intrigue of earlier eras, theologians may happily enter the world of doctrinal abstraction, but for most of us, Christology remains opaque. We may be happy that someone is thinking about it somewhere, but we never delve too deeply ourselves.Michael Reeves, author of the delightful Delighting in the Trinity and teacher of theology at Wales Evangelical School of Theology has once again helped us discover the joy of serious theological reflection. Rejoicing in Christ uncovers the joy in all that Christ is and has done for us. In five chapters (plus a brief introduction and conclusion), Reeves worshipful prose reflect on Christ’s divinity; his humanity; his life, death, and resurrection; how we share in his life; and his victorious return and the renewal of all things. This is a short book, but meaty–doctrinally delightful and exuding with praise for the God revealed in Jesus Christ!In writing this book, Reeves is picking up on the tradition of worshipful theology once common among the Puritans, “Once upon a time a book like this would have been utterly run of the mill. Among the old Puritans, for example, you can scarcely find a writer who did not write–or a preacher who did not preach–something called The Unsearchable Riches of Christ, Christ set Forth. The Glory of Christ or the like” (9). In fact these Puritans are Reeves dialogue partners throughout. He refers often to the works of Richard Sibbes, John Owens, Jonathan Edwards and the like. The caricature of the dour Puritan is not evident anywhere in these pages. Other theologians, pastors, poets and artists of other eras are also woven into his larger Christological song.I love this book. I appreciate the way that Reeves reveals Jesus as the eternal Word. He declares, “Here, then, is the revolution for all our dreams, our dark and frightened imaginings of God, there is no God in heaven who is unlike Jesus” (14). Reeves invites us to reflect on how the person and character of Jesus shows us what God is like–not who he became when taking on flesh, but the sort of God, God always was. He reflects on who Jesus was and how he shared in the Trinitarian life before his Incarnation. But his Christological reflections also wrestle with Christ’s humanity and what Jesus shows us about what it really means to human–taking up again our function as ‘image bearers of God’ (52). In his incarnation we discover the Christ who has been ‘lifted up on the cross, lifted up from the grave, lifted up to the throne: all to share with the world his victorious life (81). Reeves chapter on our sharing in the ‘life of Christ’ and Christ’s return do not shrink back from reflecting on suffering and difficulty, but uncover the joy of abiding and the hope of restoration. This entire book will help you appreciate the way Christ has given us ‘every blessing in the spiritual realm’ (Ephesians 1:3).My one small critique, if you may call it that, is that this is sold by IVP’s academic imprint (IVP Academic). While this book should certainly be read by scholarly folk, I would hope that regular readers would not be scared off by this being an ‘academic book.’ This book is great for any thoughtful Christian. I give it five stars!Notice of material connection: I received this book from IVP academic in exchange for my honest review.

  • Matt Chapman
    2019-01-30 17:10

    Probably the best book I've read all year. Mike Reeves provides a richly theological and devotional introduction to the Christian life, firmly emphasising the fact that Christianity is fundamentally about Christ.(From the introduction:) "The centre, the cornerstone, the jewel in the crown of Christianity is not an idea, a system or a thing; it is not even 'the gospel' as such. It is Jesus Christ."A particular highlight is the emphasis and insight he gives on the Christian's union with Christ.Perhaps not a book for the brand new Christian but otherwise an engaging and enlightening read for believers of all ages.

  • Kenzie
    2019-02-05 15:02

    Reeve doesn't really achieve a flow of thought until the third or fourth chapter (which is to say about half the book). The first chapters were disjointed and sometimes lacking. Ultimately, the book is decent and the latter chapters have much to say about the truth of what Christian life ought to be, however, it was perhaps to Reeves' detriment that I happened to be reading Dallas Willard's The Divine Conspiracy at the same time as this book. What Reeves says in his book then appears almost to be a good introduction for a more complete and deeper understanding provided by Willard.

  • Greg Bailey
    2019-02-18 21:57

    Just as he did in *Delighting in the Trinity,* Michael Reeves has again given us a wonderful, soul-stirring meditation, this time on the person and work of Christ. The challenge of these books is to decide what NOT to underline; it's all that good. That said, I read this book improperly, hurrying to meet a deadline for a book discussion group. It really needs to be read slowly, in bite-size bits, with ample time to savor each part. So, a reread seems in order, which might result in a revision of my rating to five stars.

  • Anthony Rodriguez
    2019-01-31 15:02

    Reeves' Delighting in the Trinity was one of the best books I've ever read. Rejoicing in Christ is a worthy volume to follow it. It is likewise short and readable for a person of any reading level. It, like DITT, draws in many older voices to add heft to the modern prose. But this one centers on the person of Jesus and all the treasures found in His person for the Christian. It was a stirring read that I zoomed through. Reeves is a gifted writer and deep thinker. I loved this book.