Book Review: “King’s Cross”
If you’ve known me for any amount of time you know that I am a big fan of Dr. Timothy Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, NY. Just a look at my blog posts over the past year, or even month are concrete evidence of this. With that said, I try to be as unbiased as I can when reading through his books, seeking to evaluate them from an objective point of view. To date, Keller has been the author of 6 books, all of which I highly recommend. “King’s Cross” is no exception.
To begin, Keller’s thesis is an intriguing one. He aims to explain that the story of the world is found in the life of Christ found in the book of Mark. Even more so, he seeks to show how Christ is the true and better fulfillment of all things. On the outset none of us would think that this is a novel idea. We assume that we know what he means and pass it off as another devotional on the life of Christ. That is where it changes. Keller reveals the truth of Christ’s life in a refreshing and vibrant way; in a way that I had never thought about before. One might define this volume as a quasi commentary on the Gospel According to Mark. Keller does not exegete each passage and particular verse, but focuses on the more paramount actions of Christ. His handling of this is excellent.
The book is separated into two halves. The first, named “The King”, deals with Christ being king. The second, named “The Cross” respectively, deals with Christ’s act of love for humanity on the cross. The chapters are then broken up accordingly, putting half of the book of Mark in the former and the other in the latter. Keller deals with this oxymoronic term in the most intruinging of ways. He explains that Christ letting Jarius’ daughter die before He came to heal her was a way of demonstrating His control over time and death, or that when Christ altered the practices of the Passover feast that He was actually saying something much deeper. Combining this true gospel truth with vivid illustrations keeps the writing alive.
Let me reiterate, I am trying to evaluate this book as objectively as I can. But that’s a hard thing to do. Keller has done a terrific job with this book. I dare say that this may be his best book yet. It helped me understand the story of Christ in the world on a much deeper level that I have known before. The beauty of Keller’s work is not in the glory of his own writing, but his ability to point towards Christ and show God’s glory in whatever he writes about. I suggest that you put this on the top of your list of “must reads”.