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Introduction - by Michael Phillips
The Passion of Jesus Christ - Part 1 of 51
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Isaiah 53
Sep 08, 2004 pm - For the last three or four years, we've spent our Wednesday nights meditating on great Christian books of the past. Most of them were written by the Puritans, men like Richard Baxter, Thomas Watson, and Matthew Henry. These men lived in the 17th and 18th Century. One or two of our books were penned before this time, and a few of others came a bit later. But, starting tonight, we're going to move quite a way forward in time, and study a fine book written by a man who's still with us in the world. The author is John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The book is The Passion of Jesus Christ. The publishing date is this year, 2004. From the title and date, you may have guessed that it followed up the Mel Gibson movie, The Passion of the Christ. It did, of course, but it's not a tie-in to the movie, at all, but a corrective. I didn't see the film, but I know it emphasized what happened to the Lord. The critic, Roger Ebert, called it the most violent movie ever made. Piper has little or nothing to say about this aspect of our Lord's passion. What he's after is the why-the purpose of the Crucifixion. Not why Judas sold the Lord or why the Rulers envied ... More >>>

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