"His was a ministry of incarnation—touching the infected, dining with sinners, defending the defenseless. The sick needed a physician, and the Physician had come."
Enter into the greatest story ever told. In this carefully researched retelling of the story of Jesus, pastor Russ Ramsey invites us to rediscover our wonder at Jesus' sinless life, brutal death, and glorious resurrection. Featuring forty short chapters recounting key episodes from Jesus' time on earth, this book expands on the biblical narrative in a fresh and creative way—giving us a taste of what it would have been like to walk next to Jesus and experience his earthly ministry firsthand.
Also including The Advent of the Lamb of God and The Mission of the Body of Christ, the Retelling the Story series explores the narrative arc of the Bible from Genesis through Revelation in compelling language that is faithful to the text of Scripture. The stories are told afresh to help readers hide God's word in their hearts by way of their imaginations.
"This book throws open the curtains on Jesus and invites us to taste and see the only love that is better than life. This isn't a great book just for the season of Lent, but for every season of life."
"This book succeeds at capturing and displaying the drama of Jesus—incarnate, dead, and risen—with memorable force."
"Ramsey's solid biblical teaching and storytelling have deeply impacted my journey as a Christian working in Hollywood. This is a book I will give friends to help them understand what I believe."
"There is a graceful simplicity to Ramsey's prose—and to his retelling of the old familiar story—that enables him to truly move his readers with the potency of the gospel. Here is a quiet voice that can shake stone."
"I don't know anyone who can make the stories—and the Story—in Scripture feel as present, as alive, and as sweeping as Russ Ramsey. His prose, his grasp of history and theology, not to mention his love of Jesus, do more than merely draw me into his book—they make me want to read the Bible."
"With a writer's imagination and skill, a theologian's backbone, and a disciple's devotion, Ramsey weds knowledge to emotional resonance and information to immanence in this moving account of Jesus' life."
"Many of us have wondered at some point, What would it be like to live when Jesus did? With purity to biblical truth and perceptive insight into how the human heart works, Russ Ramsey answers that question. He tells the story of Jesus dwelling among us—a story filled with political intrigue, baffling miracles, relational complexities, and heartbreaking suffering—by presenting old truths in engagingly fresh ways. Read this book! And then share it with others who need to witness Jesus anew."
"It gives me great pleasure to endorse the life and writing of Russ Ramsey. We have been in the trenches together caring for the 'called out ones.' Russ gave us gospel immersion and fruits of deep care with The Advent of the Lamb of God. He continues this life-giving pattern of grace and service with this new, beautifully written book pointing to the Hero King Jesus."
"Ramsey has written a captivating narrative of the life of Jesus in a biographical style that captures the life of Jesus so vividly, at times you'll wonder if Ramsey sat down and spoke with all the people involved in the story. It's the story of a real man who walked this earth and died on a cross bearing the wrath we deserve. Historical and faithful to Scripture, The Passion of the King of Glory is a wonderful Bible-reading companion for the Lenten season."
"Ramsey's ability to knit the accounts of the gospels into a highly readable, easily accessible, and grace-saturated narrative is a blessing for all. Telling the story of Jesus in bite-sized readings that can easily accord with anticipation and celebration of the Easter season makes this book a special gift."
"Russ Ramsey's Retelling the Stories is a worthy addition to the tradition of scriptural retellings, such as Eugene Peterson's The Message and Sally Lloyd-Jones's The Jesus Storybook Bible. . . . The three installments of the Retelling the Stories series are beautifully written and easy to read without being condescending, simplistic, or taking too many liberties. As a commentary engages the mind, Ramsey's books capture the heart. The stories here, in service to the scriptures, refreshed my soul, gave my heart joy, and lit my eyes. If Russ Ramsey's goal is to help his readers understand scripture better and to have their 'eyes open to the beauty of mercy and grace,' he succeeds."
Preface: The Books That Could Be Written
Part I: Jesus' Life and Ministry
1. Life for the Dying
2. Wild with the Hope
3. Behold the Lamb of God
4. One Hundred and Fifty Gallons
5. Destroy This Temple
6. Zeus and the Pharisees
7. Herod's Half Brother’s Wife
9. Lord of the Sabbath
10. Only Say the Word
11. The Death of John
12. The Storm Treader
13. Bread of Life
14. You Are the Christ
15. Before Abraham Was Born
16. Born Blind
17. The Good Samaritan
18. The Leaven of the Pharisees
19. Lost Things Found
20. Lazarus of Bethany
21. A World Upside Down
22. The Living Legend
Part II: Holy Week, Death, Resurrection
23. The King's Coronation
25. The Vinedresser's Tree
27. John's Baptism
28. The Scent of Opulence
29. Thirteen Men
30. The Last Cup
31. Trial at Night
32. The Reckoning
33. What Is Truth?
35. The Forgotten Day
36. He Is Not Here
37. Flesh and Bone
38. Do You Love Me?
39. Behold the Man of Sorrows
40. Behold the King of Glory