What in the world is Jesus doing today? A Review of Jesus Now by Frank Viola

Ryan Eidson  —  July 2, 2014 — Leave a comment

Have you ever thought about what Jesus is doing today?

Is He just sitting in heaven waiting for the Father to tell Him to come back, twiddling His thumbs?

Hardly.

This is a topic that I’ve wanted to research for at least three years now, if not more. I went back through my file of “things to research someday”. Here’s a screenshot:

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Well, Frank Viola beat me to it with his newest book, Jesus Now. And I’m glad he did. Not because I don’t have to do the research, but because Viola did a fantastic job clearly explaining Jesus’ current ministry.

And Frank explained much more than Jesus as our high priest.

Jesus Now: What Is He Up To Today?

Jesus is still active and present. In fact, He has seven specific ways that He works today. And all seven have to do with you and me.

JesusNow-bookcoverThese are the seven ways that Jesus works today:

  1. He’s the Great High Priest. Jesus’ blood covers us, and He reminds the Father of it continuously.
  2. He’s the Great Shepherd. Psalm 23 is an exposition of what Jesus does now for believers.
  3. He’s the Heavenly Bridegroom. Jesus is a passionate lover of His bride, the church. They are one and the same, the Head and Body.
  4. He’s the Author and Finisher of our Faith. What Jesus began in us, He will complete!
  5. He’s the Builder of Ekklesia. Jesus continues to build His church.
  6. Not only does Jesus build the church, He’s also the Head of the Church.
  7. In addition, Jesus is Lord of the World.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is:

“Many believers today have made the Christian life only about serving. They teach that Christians are servants, those who obey the Master. While it is true that we are servants for the Lord, this idea alone misses an important dimension. Jesus is looking for lovers, not maids. He’s looking for intimate companions, not forced slaves. The Lord is looking for something way beyond mandatory obedience. He desires voluntary lovers. Those who have been captured by His love. Those who have been captivated by the sight of His stunning worth. Those who have allowed His love to penetrate their beings and return it to Him.” —Jesus Now, p. 78

Unlike many other books that may sit on the shelf in the same category, you can easily approach Viola’s writing. You will understand what he writes. Not only that, Frank’s books touch your spirit and not just your head. They pack a punch when needed, too.

And let me rephrase that: there is no other book in its category. Frank knew of no other book like this, so he wrote it.

I encourage you to read it.

Get your copy of Jesus Now today as you continue to grow in your walk with Christ!

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See also: Where is God’s favorite place on earth? (a book review)

 

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I have the unique ability to make complex ideas easy to understand. I am the author of A Couple with Common Cents and live in rural Missouri.