Jesus, the God Who Knows Your Name – Available Now!

We are releasing a new book today!  This book is about the single most important person in history- Jesus Christ.

The reward of Christianity is Christ. Not money in the bank or a car in the garage or a healthy body or a better self-image. Those are likely, yet secondary and tertiary fruits. But the first fruit, the cache, the treasure of faith is Him. The heart-stopping realization that in Him you are a part of something that is ancient, endless, unstoppable and unfathomable. And that He, who can dig the Grand Canyon with his pinkie, knows you and thinks you’re worth dying for.

Ponder Christ to stir your awe.

And ponder Christ to change your life. “We all, with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 RSV)

An art teacher was struggling to raise her students’ work to the next level. Try as she might and teach as she would, their colors were drab.  Finally, after great persuasion, she convinced a gallery to loan her a work by Norman Rockwell. For one day only, they insisted.  She agreed.  She set the frame on an easel, called the students to gather around and said simply: “Do that.”

How does God change us?  He teaches.  He instructs.  He tells stories.  But his greatest work was the day he sent the image of himself.  Jesus Christ was imported from the galleries of heaven, for but a brief time, but just enough time for God to point at him and say, “Do that.”

Oh, but how can we?  You can’t, God replies. The change “… comes from the Lord who is Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18a RSV).  He does the changing.  We do the beholding. “…beholding the glory of the Lord, [we] are being changed from one degree of glory to another ” (vs. 18b).  To behold Him is to become like Him.  So, come let us behold him.

That is the purpose of this new book.  It has been my joy to write about Jesus for 35 years.  This project combines some of my earliest writings with some brand-new pieces.  My deepest prayer is that they would lead you close to Jesus.

(Available at MaxLucado Store or wherever books are sold)   Link: Read Chapter One

© Max Lucado January 2020

2 comments on “Jesus, the God Who Knows Your Name – Available Now!

  1. I just received my copy in the mail and can’t wait to dig into it! However, I have a question about a sentence on Page 4. “…Jesus, who will sweep into heaven anyone who so much as gives him the nod.” I have a hard time understanding the thought behind this. I give a nod to the Walmart greeter, to someone I’m passing as I jog on the track. But, Jesus, he demands my life. The rest of the Immanuel chapter seems to suggest just that. “Jesus claims every tick of the clock.” Agree fully. How does this fit with giving him a “nod”? Love Max Lucado and all he writes. Just having a hard time with this line!

    1. Max uses the word ‘nod’ with some poetic license. It’s not in the way we would tip our hat to a stranger, but to illustrate that a simple encounter with Christ may be all that’s necessary to accept his offer of salvation. A dramatic conversion experience or deep theological understanding of Scripture isn’t required. This is consistent with Max’s entire body of work. We think of the way Jesus called his disciples with the simple words “follow me.” They dropped their nets and followed. —Lucado Team

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