Last Friday I picked up a book containing the most important letters ever written. The letters had been penned by all sorts of historical figures. Yet the book contained no letters from Jesus. Not one. I can’t say I was surprised. Most people don’t know that Jesus sent letters.
Do you know that the Son of God sent letters from heaven?
The letters from Jesus may be the most important letters you ever read. How strange then, that many don’t know they exist, and those who do are afraid of them. Which is a shame, because the letters from Jesus are spectacular!
My new book, Letters from Jesus: Finding Good News in Christ’s Letters to the Churches, comes out today.
Why did I write it? I wrote so that you may know that God is good and he loves you far more than you can possibly imagine. Whether you’re a saint or a sinner, a success or a loser, his love for you is unfathomable. The hypergrace gospel that was revealed in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ is brilliantly displayed in his letters.
“But Paul, his letters are full of scary language.” So is the Bible, yet you read that and are encouraged by it. Just as we need to rightly divide scripture, there is a right way and a wrong way to read the letters from Jesus. In my book I explain the difference.
“But Jesus is terrifying in his letters. He’s got fiery eyes and swords.” Then allow me to show you how the seven portraits of Jesus found in his letters are glorious pictures of a King who loves you. And they are unique, for they are found nowhere else in scripture.
“But his letters were sent to other people. They are not for me.” You could say the same thing about the letters from Paul, Peter, and John. If you have been blessed by the letters to the Romans and Philippians, you can expect to be blessed by the letters to the Ephesians and Laodiceans. They are full of treasures.
My mission, this Christmas, is to deliver the mail. I want to see that you get what’s coming to you, which is Very Good News straight from the heavenly throne of grace.
It’s Good News such as the world barely knows.
It’s Good News that brings great joy to those who receive it.
Grab a copy of Letters for yourself and gift one to your pastor, your mom, your Sunday School teacher, and anyone else who needs some Good News this Christmas.
Happy Christmas, and Happy Reading!