“If Jesus’s number one priority is to bring glory to the Father, what does that mean for his followers? It can mean nothing less than that the glory of God must be the priority in your life…. Every single detail of your life is intended to reveal and celebrate the goodness of God…Our goal in sharing the gospel is not to enlist converts but to make worshipers.” So state Matt Carter and Josh Wredberg in their commentary Exalting Jesus in John, in the series Christ-Centered Exposition. They do an excellent job of working this out throughout their commentary—one cannot leave but having a deeper appreciation of Jesus and worshipping.
The Gospel of John being a recounting of Jesus, isn’t it Christ-centered already? Why do a Christ-centered commentary on a gospel?! Yet, these authors do an excellent job of highlighting who Jesus is, his approach, etc. They clearly delineate Jesus’ claims in his discourses making his bold statements shine. Other high points include apt illustrations, touching on current issues that we in America face today. They break it down well, providing the pastor or small group leader a great resource. Discussion questions at the end of each section will aid the group or individual going through it.
If you are looking for something technical, in-depth, grammatical, this is not it. Nor will you find much of the ancient context. But generally well-written, engaging, and helpful at getting the big picture of Jesus and not getting lost in the details.
This book caught my attention in a number of ways—read my personal reflection here: http://astonescry.blogspot.com/2017/11/exalting-jesus-in-john.html
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