Jesus Manifesto – a book review

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God…. But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” —1 Corinthians 1:18, 23

When the word manifesto is used these days, one can either think of Francis Schaeffer (A Christian Manifesto), or perhaps Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones (An Emergent Manifesto of Hope), or even Karl Marx (Manifesto of the Communist Party). Coming to you from Thomas Nelson publishers on June 1, 2010 is the collaborative writing effort of Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ.

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:” —Revelation 1:1

The most important truth to consider about this book is that it is the revelation of Jesus Christ. That written in the book of Revelation is the apocalypse, the unveiling of Jesus Christ. As the Alpha and Omega, Jesus Christ is the first and the last in all things, and the first and foremost of and among all things. My Bible, a large print Presentation Reference Edition of the King James Version published by Cambridge University Press, renders the title of this book: “THE REVELATION OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE.” Many Bibles give this book that title. Yet, it is untrue. Every jot and title of the writings of the book of Revelation contains the essence of the Person of Christ and the work of Christ; in other words, the gospel.

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