King’s Cross | A Great Book for Easter
I just finished reading Tim Keller’s book King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus. I highly recommend it. Keller does a fantastic job of retelling the story of Jesus via the Gospel of Mark.
King’s Cross is not a commentary. It’s more like sitting down with a pastor and hearing him talk about what we learn from Mark’s Gospel. He quotes from Mark and then explains what it means with stories, life experiences, and the wisdom that comes from walking with countless people through their spiritual journeys.
Keller’s pastoral wisdom drips from every page—wisdom we know he got from Someone else.
I love that I finished the book right before Easter because Keller ends where Mark ended: the resurrection of Jesus. Since Easter is this Sunday, I don’t want to review the book here. I just want to give you a series of quotes that I underlined as I read. I hope you enjoy them this Easter season.
From Tim Keller’s King’s Cross:
On the Cross and Resurrection:
“If Jesus really has done it—if he truly is risen—it means the story of the world according to Mark is all true” (p. 220).
“The fact of the resurrection of Jesus is what makes the gospel not merely a great experience to read, but a life-changing power…[It] changes our lives because it is true…And because it is a true story, it gives us hope” (pp. 228-230).
“Does the resurrection mean anything for your life now? Oh my, yes…Only in the gospel of Jesus Christ do people find such enormous hope to live” (p. 221).
“If you can’t dance and you long to dance, in the resurrection you’ll dance perfectly. If you’re lonely, in the resurrection you will have perfect love. If you’re empty, in the resurrection you will be fully satisfied” (p. 223).
“The cross reveals the systems of the world to be corrupt, serving power and oppression instead of justice and truth. In condemning Jesus, the world was condemning itself” (p. 102).
“The storm had immense power—[the disciples] couldn’t control it. Jesus had infinitely more power, so they had even less control over him. But there’s a huge difference. A storm doesn’t love you” (p. 54).
“In the end we’re all alike, groping for true love and incapable of fully giving it. What we need is someone to love us who doesn’t need us at all” (p. 99).
“All real, life-changing love is substitutionary sacrifice” (p. 143).
“If God is loving and good, he must be angry at evil—angry enough to do something about it” (p. 177).
“If you don’t believe in a God of wrath, you have no idea of your value” (p. 177).
On Faith and Obedience:
“It’s not the quality of your faith that saves you; it’s the object of your faith” (p. 55).
“Jesus Christ as only an example will crush you; you will never be able to live up to it. But Jesus Christ as they Lamb will save you” (p. 191).
“Jesus will not be a means to an end; he will not be used. If he calls you to follow him, he must be the goal” (p. 19).
“Through Jesus we don’t need perfect righteousness, just repentant helplessness, to access the presence of God” (p. 121).
On the Gospel:
“Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection form the central event of cosmic and human history and is the central organizing principle of our own lives. Said another way, the whole story of the world—and how we fit into it—is most clearly understood through a careful, direct look at the story of Jesus” (p. x).
“The essence of other religions is advice; Christianity is essentially news…the good news that you don’t need to earn your way to God; Jesus has already done it for you” (pp. 15, 20).