When I read the gospels, one of the things I most enjoy reading is how Jesus often rebuts his questioners with a stumbling question. Seeing how this book deals with questions that Jesus raises, I eagerly took it up and read it. And I have to say I come away from this book having benefitted much from what Israel Wayne has written.
Wayne first talks about one of the few paradoxes a christian has to live with: Is Jesus omniscience? He tackles the problem in a easily understandable manner and lists out why certain options are wrong or right. Next Wayne then goes on to the various questions that are raised by Jesus within the bible.
In the midst of tackling these questions, Wayne uses these questions to teach doctrinal lessons to the readers. For example in the chapter on John 8, where the adulterous woman was brought to Jesus. Wayne first tackles some of the historical knowledge of what usually happens when someone is accused of committing adultery. Next, he presents some problems within this situation, and how Jesus resolves the issue and forgiving the women. Yet, this forgiveness has to come at a great cost. He brings the readers to how Jesus is able to declare that our sins for forgiven — He took on our punishment. God has made him who knew no sin to be sin. Here he ends off beautifully with this question which I would like to quote to show you how he ends this chapter:
“Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we hear His words addressed to us: “Has no one condemned you?” We receive our answer in the words of Scripture.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:1–2; KJV).”
Wayne writes in a humorous and engaging manner while at the same time letting the readers interact with the words of Jesus in each of the chapter. I highly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this book to anyone who is new to the christian faith to read it. Pastors who are interested to grow their youth groups in doctrinal studies can also use this book as a platform to discuss about the points raised in each chapter.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review