Friday, April 12, 2013

When Jesus Wept



Title:  When Jesus Wept (The Jerusalem Chronicles)
Author:  Bodie & Brock Thoene
Pages:  336
Year:  2013
Publisher:   Zondervan
                “Jesus wept” is known as the shortest verse in the Scriptures, but how aware are we of the powerful image it can bring to our minds.  Not only is the image we think of potent, but so is the emotion if we pause and allow ourselves to contemplate His feelings.  Why did Jesus weep anyway?  Was it because Lazarus died?  Perhaps it was that many, including Martha and Mary, weren’t sure that Jesus was going to raise Lazarus right then and there?  Did the crowd around him come for a show or with hearts longing to believe, searching for hope in a time when they had very little?
                Masterfully woven together is this tale based on the words and life of Jesus, Lazarus and his sisters.  Encompassing them are both fictional characters and real people who lived with Jesus at that very time and moment.  The words of Scripture from both Old and New Testaments are included, which help readers understand the meaning more clearly.  The point of view of the story is that of Lazarus, seeing this moment in time from his perspective.  There is much in the novel that is fictional, so we must be vigilant to remember that as we become engrossed in the various scenes.  What words that were spoken and recorded in the Bible, we can relish and remember maybe even see them in a new way.
                The story takes the reader from before Lazarus meets Jesus until Jesus is entering Jerusalem, and is wonderfully crafted to help readers see the Son of Man.  Many have pondered what it may have been like to live in those days when Jesus was physically present on earth.  The authors bring forth their perspective of what might have been, and it is a thought-provoking, heart-gripping story for all to enjoy.  I myself was wondering again what Lazarus might have felt when the Lord called him from the tomb.  What did Lazarus do between the time he died and then returned?  Did he feel sad that he had to come away from being reunited with loved ones to return to a time of peril and trial?  I hope if that had happened to me, I would obey the command of his call though I don’t think I would want to leave heaven to return to earth.  Yet each and every day Jesus is calling us; He is calling us to Himself.  Are we answering that call to come to Him?
                When Jesus Wept is the first novel in a series titled Jerusalem Chronicles and having just finished it I can’t wait for the next installment.  My imagination would see the times described in the novel, and when compared today, what a difference in many ways!  Not just in the physical or emotional realms, but the spiritual.  We can abide with Jesus everyday!  No we can’t see Him or touch Him, but we can walk with Him in Spirit and in truth.  We can listen to the words he spoke long ago, allowing them to be fresh water to our earthly weary souls.
                Don’t miss out on When Jesus Wept, then grab your Bible and read the passages quoted in the novel.  Something tells me you will gain a new understanding and be refreshed!
                My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457


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