Book Review: Why Christ Came

Title: Why Christ Came
Author: Joel R. Beeke and William Boekstein
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
Publishing Year: 2013
Pages: 108
My Rating: 5 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)

I’m shocked to admit this to all of you, my faithful readers, but this is the first book by Joel Beeke that I’ve ever read.  However, after having read this small devotional, I know this will not be the last book by Joel Beeke that I will have ever read!

Why Christ Came is a small book that might have a huge impact on your Christmas this year.   With thirty-one, short devotional readings it would make a great book to buy this month and work your way through during the month of December.  In other words, this is not a stocking-stuffer, order your copy today (and I would encourage you to do just that).

Each reading contains a bite-sized Biblical truth that is profound enough for meditation and short enough not to feel too overwhelmed by its depth.  Christmas tends to be one of those often-rehearsed stories that we all just become comfortable with while forgetting the “wonder of it all.”

Why did Christ leave the glories and splendor of Heaven to endure the humility of humanity?  Why did God take on human flesh?  This book explores these questions in a meaningful way that will leave you glorifying Christ and reveling in the fullness of the gospel.  I think that is what I enjoyed most about this book – its emphasis on the gospel.  From the very first reading we are reminded that “The good news of the gospel is that Christ has come to do God’s will as the Mediator for those who trust Him.” (page 4)

“Jesus both declared the will of God and performed it.  He warned the people about the judgment of God, and then endured that judgment for His people.  He then promised eternal comfort by shedding His precious blood for them.” (page 48)

“Those [II Peter 1:5-7] are incorruptible virtues or spiritual graces that were lived out and embodied for us in the righteousness and holy human life of the Lord Jesus Christ.  What He has done for us He also works in us through His Holy Spirit as we abide in in Christ through faith.” (page 84)

These gospel-saturated quotations are just a few of the gems found in this work.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for ways to escape the commercialization of Christmas and regain a stronger focus on Christ.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.

Purchase the book here.


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