The good news of the gospel is that you cannot get to Jesus, but he can get to you.
John Leonard, Get Real
If we think God isn’t compassionate and forgiving in the Old Testament, we haven’t read about his patience with the Israelites. And if we think he isn’t demanding and warlike in the New Testament, we’ve missed some of Jesus’s most pointed teaching—not to mention the book of Revelation. We’ve also been blind to the uncompromising violence of the cross.Klumpenhower, Jack. Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids. New Growth Press, 2014.
In the Garden of Gethsemane,
Jesus declares that God can be trusted and is worthy of complete obedience regardless of the cost.
“Jesus not only died the death we should have died in order to take the law’s curse for us, he also lived the great life of love and fidelity we should have lived in order to earn God’s blessing for us.”
Tim Keller, Encounters with Jesus