General Stonewall Jackson
When General Stonewall Jackson lost an arm in battle, his chaplain exclaimed, “Oh, General, what a calamity!” Jackson thanked him for his sympathy, but replied, “You see me wounded, but not depressed, not unhappy. I believe it has been according to God’s holy will, and I acquiesce entirely in it. You may think it strange, but you never saw me more perfectly contented than I am today, for I am sure my heavenly Father designs this affliction for my good. I am perfectly satisfied that either in this life or in that which is to come, I shall discover that what is now regarded as calamity is a blessing.”
© 2006 RBC Ministries
If The Jesus We Missed were the biography of an ordinary man who walked across the pages of history, a clever and intense man, I would say, “Good job and entertaining.”
However, Jesus is more than a clever human, he is, after all, God–who came as a man, leaving His indelible footprints across the pages of history.
In some of Reardon’s scenarios I kept looking for the application of divinity and the movement of God’s Holy Spirit guiding Jesus but Reardon seems able to divide from God, leaving us with a loving normal Middle-Eastern family, experiencing typical behaviors, absent the Spirit’s moving.
Even a cursory reading of the New Testament gives the reader absolute assurance of God’s communication with Mary and Joseph as they prepared for the upcoming blessed event. I have no reason to think that God dropped out of sight until later. Let us not forget the 12-year-old Jesus and his disappearance.
I don’t think Reardon successfully made a case for anything Bible readers may have missed about Jesus’ personal life. The point of studying about the Lord is to enhance our spiritual being, to experience His magnificent gift of salvation at the cost of his own life. BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.