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Who is Jesus? Is He God, as the church has claimed for nearly two thousand years? Or is He just a good man? J. V. Fesko takes a close look at Jesus’s “I am” claims in the gospel of John and guides us to a better understanding of who Jesus is. Jesus, the author says, conducted His ministry clothed in His “coat of Old Testament colors” made, in God’s providence, of the promises, prophecies, themes, and ideas that foretold of the Messiah. Jesus’s claims of deity reveal that He is the great I AM, the name God revealed to Moses at the burning bush. In this book with study questions, suitable for individual or group study, Fesko views the “I am” sayings of Jesus through the perspective of the Old Testament, and we come to see Him in His biblical glory as God in the flesh, who dwelled among men to seek and to save those who were lost.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: Son of God, or Merely Man?
1. Jesus, the Great I AM
2. The Bread of Life
3. The Light of the World
4. The Door and the Good Shepherd
5. The Resurrection and the Life
6. The Way, the Truth, and the Life
7. The True Vine
8. Conclusion: God in the Flesh
J. V. Fesko is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and is also academic dean and associate professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California.
“The four Gospels occupy a unique place in the corpus of Holy Scripture, but the gospel of John takes us into the depths of what that entails. It is the place where we are brought face-to-face with Jesus as the Son of God incarnate. He alone is qualified and authorized to secure the salvation our race so much needs. However, it is possible to read the Gospels and fail to grasp the wonder of who Jesus is and why His earthly life followed the distinctive course it did. For that reason, in this book John Fesko sets out to answer the question, ‘Who is Jesus?’ He does so not merely by allowing Jesus to speak for Himself by His works as well as His words but also by showing how His words and works, as well as His unique person and character, are deeply rooted in the Hebrew Bible. He shows us Jesus as the pinnacle of God’s purpose in salvation and gives us every reason to trust Him with our lives and respond to Him with heartfelt adoration.” — Mark G. Johnston, minister, Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cardiff