My husband picked up the book I was reading the other day and gave me a funny look. "Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ? Don't we already have that? Isn't it called the Bible?"
In a way, my husband is right. There's no better source for the facts of Jesus' life, death and resurrection than the Bible. The Bible stands on its own in presenting the saving story of Jesus.
However, I grew up in the church. I have 40 years of Easter, Christmas and Bible verses under my belt. And sometimes, I need to be reminded of how amazing the story of God's love truly is. I need a different perspective. I need something to bring my attention back to the miracle of the resurrection.
And that's what Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ does. It takes the biblical accounts of Jesus' life from his first miracle to his resurrection and puts them in a chronological, narrative form. It draws Jesus as the true-life person that He was.
Author Russ Ramsey bring Jesus to life in his writing by using all the gospel accounts and weaving them into one cohesive picture of Jesus, the man, and Jesus as God. His account of Jesus calling his disciples gave me goosebumps because I could see the picture of it in my head. Ramsey takes verses that I've been hearing and reading my whole life and offers a fresh perspective on them.
The book is broken down into 40 short chapters, which makes it perfect as a family devotional during the Lent season. Even if you don't celebrate Lent, I'd encourage you to check it out to read in the 40 days before Easter. It will bring Jesus to life for your family, especially if you have older kids who have grown up in the church.
Making Jesus come alive for our kids is one of the most important things we can do for them. It can be easy for our kids to just file the biblical accounts of Jesus' life away as one more thing they've heard all their lives. Anything we can do to bring Him to life for them, is something we should pursue. Sometimes just hearing the biblical accounts written in a more modern, more chronological way can do that for our kids.
If you have kids who are 10 or older and you're looking for a different kind of family devotional, be sure to check out Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. To make that a little easier, Family Christian has given me a $10 certificate to give away. Check it out and enter to win below.