Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross – Book Review

March 26, 2014
Claire Bechard

Review Author: Matt Zaubi, Pastor of Family Ministries at the Arlington Heights Campus
Book Editor: Nancy Guthrie

AH-Matt ZaubiJesus, Keep Me Near the Cross is a wonderful, thoughtful, and convicting selection of 25 writings and sermons focusing on the wonder of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection.

We live in a culture where the cross does not hold much significance. We see it worn around the neck, on a charm bracelet, or as a tattoo—with little thought to its meaning. Even as believers we tend, at times, to be distracted during the Easter season by the cares and worries of this life, without taking time to contemplate the cross and what it means.

Jesus Keep Me Near the CrossNancy Guthrie uses classic and contemporary writers such as John Owen, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John MacArthur, John Piper, and Alistair Begg, among others, to help slow us down so we don’t rush past the cross during the Easter season. We’re urged to gaze intently at different aspects of Christ’s passion and death and the power of his resurrection. Each writer helps us to reflect on the reason and purpose for our great High Priest’s sacrifice.

Each of the writings honors God’s Word and the gospel by faithfully expounding on a particular passage of Scripture that focuses on the Easter story. By reading one chapter a day, your heart and mind will be renewed and refreshed as you approach Easter and reflect upon the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, you don’t have to use it only for the Easter season. Use it also at different times throughout the year as a way to continue to contemplate what a wonderful Savior we have.

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