D. A. Carson, one of today's most notable Bible scholars, introduces the irony, scandal, and greatness of the work done on the cross. 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.Publishers Description
D. A. Carson, one of today's most notable Bible scholars, introduces the irony, scandal, and greatness of the work done on the cross.
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.
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|A good grasp of the whole of scripture! Jun 11, 2010|
|"The entire Bible pivots on one weekend in Jerusalem about two thousand years ago. Attempts to make sense of the Bible that do not give prolonged thought to integrating the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus are doomed to failure, at best exercise in irrelevance." This statement, taken from his preface, demonstrates the importance that D.A. Carson places on the cross. It is the center, the fulcrum of redemptive history. Yet, more and more, evangelicals are put in a position to defend or reclaim the historical doctrines which focus on the cross. This book is ammunition for that defense. Taken from five messages given at the 2008 Resurgence conference in Seattle, Scandalous examines five biblical passages and the contrary way in which the cross prevails.|
Revealing the scandal of the gospel is not Carson's primary goal with this book. He does that to some extent by looking at the ironies found in Matthew's account of the crucifixion as well as the "surprises" found in the resurrection of Lazarus. However, his main objective is to prove that the cross is the pivotal point of redemptive history. It is the central moment of scripture. He proves this by examining Romans 3:21-26 as well as Revelation 12. In fact, the examination of Romans 12 is so thorough, it connects the dots - so to speak- for all of scripture and lays to rest many mistaken theories on the book of Revelation. This book is a great, readable help for anyone whishing to grasp the whole of scripture. Further, this treatise is a comfort to those worried about uncertain times and end-times prophecies.
Finally, Carson addresses doubt by examining none other than "doubting" Thomas. In the final chapter he looks at Thomas' skepticism, his belief, and the purpose he serves as a witness to the resurrection.
There are many aspects of the crucifixion and resurrection that may be scandalous. What is most so is that it was that moment, that weekend in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, on which all salvation hangs. Carson does an excellent job of bringing this to light and I highly recommend this book.
|Fantastic book, terrible edition Jun 1, 2010|
|This is a fantastic read, very insightful and well-written. I'd love to give it five stars, but this Kindle edition faithfully preserves the original's hyphenation, even when the line breaks occur at different places in the ebook. I am finding it very distracting to read.|
|Savor the Scandal of the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Apr 27, 2010|
|"Nothing is more central to the Bible than Jesus' death and resurrection," writes D.A. Carson in the preface to Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. "The entire Bible pivots on one weekend in Jerusalem about two thousand years ago."|
Based on his lecture series A Day with Dr. Don from 2008, Scandalous is Carson's "modest attempt . . . to provide an introductory explanation of the cross and resurrection," as he looks at what five passages of Scripture have to teach us about this central point of the Christian faith.
Scandalous is broken into five chapters, based on Carson's original lectures. His careful exposition of each passage is packed with wisdom as he reminds readers the importance of the cross and resurrection.
The Ironies of the Cross (Matthew 27:27-51a)
One usually doesn't think of irony being a part of Jesus' crucifixion; yet, it's clear that the events of the crucifixion are profoundly ironic. "In the passage before us, Matthew unfolds what takes place as Jesus is crucified--but he does so by displaying four huge ironies that show attentive readers what is really going on," writes Carson (p. 15).
Carson identifies the following four ironies in the crucifixion:
1. The man who is mocked as King is the King
2. The man who is utterly powerless is powerful
3. The man who can't save himself saves others
4. The man who cries out in despair trusts God
I really appreciated the way that Carson explained the final of these in particular. Why did Jesus cry out "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46)
Is it out of self-pity? Had He abandoned His trust in the Father?
No, argues Carson. It's none of these things. Jesus cried out in despair so that we will never have to. Jesus understood what was going to happen on the cross. But He cried out so that "for all eternity [we] will not have to" (p. 36). It's a powerful expression of His love for us.
The Center of the Whole Bible (Romans 3:21-26)
This chapter is a powerful exposition on justification and the amazing love of God shown in the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement.
"You must not think that God stands over against us while Christ stands for us, as if Father and Son are somehow at odds, so that the Father takes it out on his Son. God demonstrates his love by Sending Christ. This is bound up with the very nature and mystery of the incarnation and the Trinity. This is the triune God's plan," explains Carson.
"Do you want to see the greatest evidence of the love of God? Go to the cross. Do you want to see the greatest evidence of the justice of God? Go to the cross. It is where wrath and mercy meet. Holiness and peace kiss each other. The climax of redemptive history is the cross." (p. 70)
And it's by this cross that we can persevere in the face of tremendous opposition.
The Strange Triumph of a Slaughtered Lamb (Revelation 12)
Chapter three looks at the cross from the apocalyptic view of Revelation. Satan has been cast out of heaven and has no standing before God by which to accuse God's people. A redeemer--the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world--has risen and Satan is furious.
"Satan is full of rage not because he is spectacularly strong, but because he knows that he is defeated, his end is in sight, the range of his operations is curtailed--and he is furious," writes Carson. But Christians can stand against him by the blood of the Lamb. We fight the Evil One not with swords and weapons of this world, or by political maneuverings, but by preaching the Gospel and living in light of it.
Retain courage and integrity in the face of opposition, because death cannot frighten those who follow the Prince of Life--and thereby defeat the accuser of the brothers and sisters. (p. 109)
A Miracle Full of Surprises (John 11:1-53)
But death remains the last stronghold. It is our last enemy. Our eternal life begins the moment we are saved by Christ, but our bodies will still feel the effect of sin. And its presence outrages Jesus.
But the solution is not to despair, but to look to Christ who gives eternal life--by dying Himself. Who shows us His love by delay; and who shows us his sovereignty over death in tears and outrage.
This chapter reminds us that there we can have hope because death does not have the last word. But Jesus does.
Doubting the Resurrection of Jesus (John 20:24-31)
The book's chapter provided me with a greater appreciation for the Apostle Thomas. Typically when this passage is discussed, Thomas gets a bad rap. He's "doubting Thomas," caught on his bad day, perhaps. Oh, how he must be kicking himself over doubting the resurrection, we think.
But this is not so. His doubt, it seems, was perfectly reasonable. He did not want to succumb to gullibility, to have the wool pulled over his eyes, suggests Carson. But what does Jesus mean when he says, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29).
Carson explains that Thomas becomes part of the chain of evidence for the validity of the claim to Jesus' resurrection. And "[l]ike Thomas, because of Thomas, they believe, they have eternal life, and they are blessed."
Were it not for Thomas' reasonable doubt, we would not have this recorded evidence, and I'm grateful to have been given a deeper understanding of this Apostle.
"Do you believe? Or do you find yourself among the millions who begin to glimpse what the cross is about and dismiss the entire account as scandalous?" asks Carson.
A living-and-dying-and-living God? A God who stands over against us in wrath and who loves us anyway? A cross where punishment is meted out by God and borne by God? Scandalous! (p. 70)
The cross and resurrection of Jesus is scandalous. It kills our pride. It devastates our sense of spiritual self-sufficiency. But it offers us the greatest hope we could ever ask for.
Read this book slowly and savor the scandal of the cross and resurrection of Jesus.
|Great Apr 22, 2010|
|Loved this seller! Did an awesome job of getting the book to me on time and it was in perfect condition.|
|Wonderful, Must Read Book Apr 12, 2010|
|Every year for Easter I like to read a new book covering the cross and resurrection, this year I selected newly released Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus by D.A. Carson. With only 168 pages this book is a small book filled with rich content. I usually can read 168 pages in one sitting, but this book took me a while to get through as I meditated on cross and the words by D.A. Carson.|
Carson divides the book up into five sections with two to five sub-headings. Carson had me hooked from the first chapter when he revealed the ironies of the cross. "Irony expresses meaning by using words that normally mean the opposite of what is actually being said" Carson wrote. I found this section fascinating because the stories discussed were not new to me but the perspective in the way Carson laid them out was. It was almost like I was able to receive a bigger picture of the story leading up to Christ's death on the cross.
In the next section Carson discusses the depravity of man and how a person can be considered just before a holy God. Carson uses Romans 3:21-26 to walk readers through the steps that lay out how we can be considered righteous or justified. This section has a lot of meat and it is not a section to be read through quickly. Meditation is required to understand this passage from Paul. Carson does a great job in laying out everything in layman's terms.
This is a powerful book, one I will read more than once. Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus by D.A. Carson is a book that I highly recommend.
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