Title – The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth about the Humanity of Christ
Author – Patrick Henry Reardon
Publisher – Thomas Nelson
Date of publication – February, 2012
Number of pages – 229
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About the book:
While taking special care not to minimize the Godhood of Christ, Patrick Henry Reardon helps readers come to grips with his real flesh-and-blood humanity—the confession of the Christian church for 2,000 years. If we are to grow in our understanding of Christ, growing in appreciation of His humanity is key.
About the author:
Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints’ Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor of Touchstone magazine.
Father Patrick was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), St. Anselm’s College (Rome), The Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome), and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary (South Canaan, PA).
He has authored many books including Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, The Trial of Job: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Job, Chronicles of History and Worship: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Books of Chronicles, and Creation and the Patriarchal Histories: Orthodox Reflections on the Book of Genesis.
As a Christian, I was very interested in reading “The Jesus We Missed” because of the topic. We, as Christians often see or perceive the Deity in one way and that is as a supernatural being. We see Jesus as the risen Savior, crucified, dead, and buried and risen again for our sake. Even when we read that Jesus became flesh, He became man, birthed of a woman, He became like us, we still do not grasp the magnitude of that transition. We do not understand that he really became like us! We overlook or discount His humanity.
It was good to see a book that tackled the issue of Jesus, the person. However, I believe that the title of the book is a little misleading. There was no real surprising truths about Christ’s humanity. The humanity of Jesus is a fact, and people choose to embrace it or ignore it.
Some religious people have frowned upon seeing the Savior as a person because they think it tarnishes the image of His Godliness. On the contrary, knowing that Jesus grew up in the flesh, knowing that he may have had many of the same feelings that we have experienced should inspire us. Jesus ran and tripped like us, he got bloody noses, and scraped his knee like us, he woke up with morning breathe like us, He went to the bathroom like us, HE BECAME ONE OF US!
Much like us Jesus had to come to a place where He realized exactly what his purpose was, a realization that He was destined for much, much more than he was.
This book is good a source for those seeking to see Jesus on a more personal level. This book is also good for those who want another depth of studying into the Savior’s life. Layman, theologians, clergy, and scholars alike can learn from and enjoy this book. “The Jesus We Missed” is a good look at Jesus who was fully God and fully man.
I hope that you pick up this book and decide for yourself.
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