So far, this book by Jonathan Martin is my choice for favorite book of the year. Jonathan is a Pastor and this book reads like a sermon. I needed to read this book at this time… it spoke to me in a very profound way.
I don’t want to say much more, but here is one of many brilliant excerpts:
“We have always been inclined to worship people or things we perceive as being great. So we exaggerate our own greatness, inflate our successes, downplay our weaknesses, and hide our scars. Thus human history is largely the story of people who say, “My god can beat up your god, my king can beat up your king, my army is more awesome than your army,” and then attempt to prove the point to each other. All in the name of greatness. In ancient cultures, people often tried to appeal to the extraordinary power and dominance of their gods as reasons for worship. Pharaohs, caesars, emperors, and even many of our contemporary celebrities are humans whose feats of power and achievement make people worship them as virtual gods.
So what do we make of a God who is worshipped not for His might but for His weakness, even for His wounds? Not a human wearing the medals of military conquest to convince us He is a god, but a God who wears His suffering on His sleeve to convince us He is human? Instead of “my god can beat up your god, my king can beat up your king,” Jesus’ path to kingship comes wrapped in a very odd strategy indeed: He is the King of kings largely because He lets himself get beat up. He is victorious not despite His scars, but because of them.”