If He came to you, and asked you to define Him, what would say? If a friend, co-worker, family member, asked you to describe Him, what would you say? If we were to take a snap shot of your life, what would your life say about Him? If we were to look into your heart, right now, what would we see … what would it say about Him?
When He looks into your heart, what does He see … what does He say about you?
These are honest questions that we shouldn’t be afraid to be asked or to answer. Yet, like me, you’re probably hoping that no one asks you … at least not right now. Not until you’ve prepared a good answer. I mean, let’s be honest, these questions demand more than “simple-church-answers.”
He, however, is after the truth – more importantly, He is after the truth that lies without your heart. He desires you to not only know the Truth, but to live your life within that Truth. Every day. Many of us, on the other hand, if we are really honest with ourselves, can’t handle the truth, so we attempt to hide behind our “church-answers.”
This book, Jesus Manifesto, is NOT a “simple-church-answer” book. This is the real deal.
Sweet and Viola have opened a can of worms that has needed to be opened. In fact, while reading this book, I felt like John Piper and Louie Giglio were having a conversation. I say that, because both of these men (like the authors) LOVE the Supremacy of Jesus. This book intends to make you a Lover of His Supremacy, too.
Paul defines Jesus’ Supremacy like this:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself (God) all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His (Jesus’) cross.
Jesus Manifesto is all about making these passages of Truth a reality in our lives … in our churches … in our relationships … and more importantly, in our hearts.
It’s a book calling us – the Church – not to a movement, a church denomination, but rather a lifestyle. Jesus Manifesto is not something you read and put on your shelf, or a petition you sign along with other like-minded people. Jesus Manifesto is a challenge to live a life worthy of the calling you have received (Ephesians 4:1). Jesus Manifesto is about living a life that imitates our Creator and Savior (Ephesians 5:1), to the fullest capacity – no matter what.
In a faith-culture that seems to have divided the Bible into “doing social justice” and “keeping ideals,” Sweet and Viola are calling us back to the point of Christianity: namely, Jesus.
Christians have made the gospel about so many things – things other than Christ … So what is Christianity? It is Christ. Nothing more. Nothing less. Christianity is not an ideology or a philosophy. Neither is it a new type of morality, social ethic, or worldview. Christianity is the “good news” that beauty, truth, and goodness are found in a person. And true humanity and community are founded on and experienced by connection to that person.
This book offers nothing more than Truth. Such Truth that many of us lack in our daily conversations; such Truth that many of us fail to hear from the pulpit on Sunday. This Truth offered in nothing short of the “life-saving-kick-in-the-butt” Truth that no one (nothing) else can offer us but Christ Himself.
Again, I ask you, who do you say that He is? What does your life … your heart … tell about Him? When He looks into you, what does He see?
Regardless if you are a renown Theologian or a new believer, Jesus Manifesto is a book that will change your perspective of Christ and the Christian faith you live out. That is, of course, if you allow it to.