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If we want to know who God is, the best thing we can do is look at Christ. If we want to live the life to which God calls us, we look to Christ. In Jesus we see the true meaning of the love, power, wisdom, justice, peace, care and majesty of God. Michael Reeves, author of Delighting in the Trinity, opens to readers the glory and wonder of Christ, offering a bigger and more exciting picture than many have imagined. Jesus didn't just bring us the good news. He is the good news. Reeves helps us celebrate who Christ is, his work on earth, his death and resurrection, his anticipated return and how we share in his life. This book, then, aims for something deeper than a new technique or a call to action. In an age that virtually compels us to look at ourselves, Michael Reeves calls us to look at Christ. As we focus our hearts on him, we see how he is our life, our righteousness, our holiness and our hope.

137 pages, Paperback

First published August 23, 2014

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Michael Reeves

81 books422 followers
Michael Reeves (PhD, King's College, London) is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology in the UK (www.ust.ac.uk). He is Director of the European Theologians Network, and speaks and teaches regularly worldwide. Previously he has been Head of Theology for the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship and an associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London.

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Author 273 books3,658 followers
February 20, 2017
Reeves writes with zest, and is very engaging. He is steeped in Scripture, and his exploration of the basics of Christian living is really good. On top of that, he has the classic Puritan writers at his fingertips and brings them in frequently to buttress or make a glorious point. This is a very good book.
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355 reviews18 followers
August 6, 2022
Amazing! Reeves blends systematic, biblical, and historical theology like I’ve never seen before. Though short, this book is jammed full of rich theology to help us gaze on and enjoy the glory of Christ.

Read in preparation to teach on "Christ Alone" for youth at IBJM, November 2019.
Profile Image for Gabriela Bevenuto.
30 reviews47 followers
January 8, 2019
Michael Reeves segue não decepcionando. Que deleite! Que leitura prazerosa! Reeves consegue tratar de assuntos que nós já conhecemos de uma maneira que amplia nossa visão e torna tudo mais nítido e brilhante.
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416 reviews64 followers
July 19, 2016
I like small books. To me they tend to say more than longer books. They pack a punch with out a lot of extraneous detail. In and out. They say what they have to say, and then they sit down. And this one did that for me. Michael Reeves kept his eye on the pitch, and got his reader on base. This was a great little primer on Christology. Reeves spoke like a theologian, framed it like an historian, and sold it like a preacher. He put a lot of heart into this. His writing style was fresh, and his ideas were riveting. It took awhile to come together, the beginning felt a bit scattered, but about mid way through he found his stride. I will read it again. It enhanced my appreciation for Jesus. And reading this made me hungry to get into his Delighting in the Trinity. I love theology that is accessible, yet deep with thought. A great book to pick up!
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340 reviews23 followers
February 21, 2023
This was absolutely beautiful, glorious, and enriching. I will be reading much more of Micheal Reeves in the future!
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45 reviews3 followers
April 24, 2023
Favorite words and phrases from the book: “Saggy”, “luscious”, “salivate”, “gawking”, “piffling”, “goo”, “that spicy little verse”, “as factual as a unicorn”, “pinchable”, “odd bun”, “whiff of pomposity”, “me on cosmic steroids”, “a sorry emotional yo-yo”, “pie-eyed oaf”.
In typical Michael Reeves fashion, this book is both entertaining and at the same time incredibly deep. I couldn’t help but rejoice in Christ with every chapter that I read. Up to this point, my favorite book has been “Delighting in the Trinity” (also by Reeves), but I can’t decide now between these 2 books…
All that to say, I HIGHLY recommend this book. Read it and give it to someone else to read!


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⭐️ : I absolutely did not like or totally disagreed with the book and would recommend that no one else read it
⭐️⭐️: the book was below average style or content, wouldn’t read it again, but wouldn’t beg people not to read it necessarily
⭐️⭐️⭐️: a fine book, some helpful information (or a decent story, for the handful of novels I read), didn’t disagree with too much, enjoyed it decently well
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: a very good book, information was very helpful, mostly agreed with everything, was above-average enjoyable to read
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: life-changing book, I enjoyed it more than most other books, I want to read it again in the future, I will be telling everyone to read it for the next few weeks
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Profile Image for Laurie.
345 reviews8 followers
March 14, 2017

-Here, then, is the revolution: for all our dreams, our dark and frightened imaginings of God, there is no God in heaven who is unlike Jesus.  For he is God. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father,” he says, for “I and the Father are one” (Jn 14: 9; 10: 30). God cannot be otherwise.

-Jesus is God. He does not merely unveil some truth for us, some other principle or system of thought. Like light going out from its source, this Word actually brings God to us. In him, a direct encounter with God happens. The difference is stark: the Word who is God reveals a God of innate grace, and he does not just hand down information that we might know about God; in him, God delights to meet with us and be with us.

-T. F. Torrance was drawn to be quite lyrical as he wrote: There is in fact no God behind the back of Jesus, no act of God other than the act of Jesus, no God but the God we see and meet in him. Jesus Christ is the open heart of God, the very love and life of God poured out to redeem humankind, the mighty hand and power of God stretched out to heal and save sinners. All things are in God’s hands, but the hands of God and the hands of Jesus, in life and in death, are the same.

-For his relationship with his Father shapes the rest, yoke and burden he has to offer. In fact, his relationship with his Father is the rest, yoke and burden he has to offer. To know the Father, to be humble before him and gentle like him: that is the rest we all seek, the only yoke that is easy, the only burden that is light. And as Samuel Rutherford put it, those who take it shall “find it such a burden as wings unto a bird, or sails to a ship.”

-Jesus is the one who makes known the triune God, who shows us the love of God and the life of God. To be truly trinitarian we must be constantly Christ-centered.

-And so, as God’s outgoing Word, as the Son filled to bursting with his Father’s love, he became the Logic behind the creation, “the beginning,” the foundation of it all—and the one it would all be for (Col 1: 17-18). Then, in the power of the Spirit who hovered over the waters, the Word went out. God spoke, and through that potent Word all things came into being. As the Father said of the Son, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands” (Heb 1: 10; citing Ps 102: 25). The Son became in fact the firstborn over all creation (Col 1: 15).

-Most Christians take mealtimes as a chance to thank God and remember him as their provider, but Bradford saw every part of the day as a gospel reminder. When waking in the morning, he would “call to mind the great joy and blessedness of the everlasting resurrection . . . that most clear light and bright morning . . . after the long darkness.” Seeing the sun, he would praise the Light of the world. Rising, he would think on how Christ raises us up. Dressing, he would pray, “O Christ, clothe me with thine own self” and remember “how we are incorporated into Christ . . . how he clothes us.” Eating meat, he would compare it to feeding on the body of Christ. When returning to his home he would think “how joyful a return, it will be to come to our eternal, most quiet, and most happy home.” And when finally undressing and getting into bed at night, he would think of putting “off the old man, with his lusts” and readying himself for the sleep of death: “As you are not afraid to enter into your bed, and to dispose yourself to sleep; so be not afraid to die.” 17 For Bradford, this is Christ’s world, and we live most happily in it when we acknowledge that constantly

-The Rising Sun Will Come to Us from Heaven In the life of Jesus, then, we see two marvelous things: we see the Son of God revealing his Father’s compassionate heart and purposes; and we see the Son of Man living in sweet fellowship with God. No wonder “many prophets and righteous people longed to see” this great sight (Mt 13: 17)!

-Christians often use a negative, chilly word to describe Christ’s life: it was sinless. That tells us what he was not: he was not selfish, cruel, abusive, twisted, petty or proud. Now, when opened out like that, we can see that to be “sinless” is beautiful, dynamic and attractive. The trouble is, we often leave the word closed, and then it reinforces all our stereotypes of what “holy people” are like: bloodless, bland, dreamy, delicate and so spiritual it looks painful. But what was he like? Anything but boring and anemic! Here was a man with towering charisma, running over with life. Health and healing, loaves and fishes, all abounded in his presence. So compelling did people find him that crowds thronged round him. Men, women, children, sick and mad, rich and poor: they found him so magnetic some wanted just to touch his clothes. Kinder than summer, he befriended the rejects and gave hope to the hopeless. The dirty and despised found they mattered to him.

-He loved God and he loved people. You look at him and you have to say, “Here is a man truly alive, unwithered in any way, far more vital and vigorous, far more full and complete, far more human than any other.”

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82 reviews15 followers
April 2, 2020
Outro livro maravilhoso de Reeves.
Conexões muito importantes e que quase não se ouve.
Como sempre, firmeza teológica e aplicabilidade devocional.
Particularmente, gostei da conexão de Jó é Adão (p. 136- ).
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Profile Image for Micah Lugg.
102 reviews7 followers
November 19, 2018
Such a solid treatment of the work and person of Christ. Reeves writes densely, but if you dive deep with him, you're in for a treat. He not only instructs the mind but ignites the heart as well. Highly recommended.
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595 reviews24 followers
August 6, 2021
If anyone enjoyed Dane Ortlund's Gentle and Lowly and wants more in the same vein--a book that makes you feel Christ's love and blessing more fully, even as you rub your eyes and blink incredulously at the idea the hope can be THAT good--this should be your next read.

Michael Reeves takes us on a satisfyingly academic, yet utterly delightful and charming "tour" of what the Bible says about Christ. In so doing, he teaches readers how the implications of Christ's birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension fill the Christian life, Christian preaching, and Christian hope. I basically felt like I got a primer on the whole of Christianity--and feel and know more than ever that true Christianity really is all about Him.

Add to that Reeves' wit, his gentleness, his obvious and unabashed delight in church history, and his excellent and illuminating exegesis, and you have a book I will reread and recommend with great enthusiasm. About halfway through, I got to the point where I had to fight myself on whether to devour the rest because I loved it so much or make myself take it slowly to savor each morsel.

If you want to be surprised and amazed again at the Good News, you should read this book.
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16 reviews
December 16, 2020
Potent, clear, simple, enjoyable, biblical, and absolutely breathtaking! Reeves is able to provide so much in such a small book while not lacking in anything. I was pleasantly surprised at the density and yet easily digestible way Christ, in all his glory, is described. This is one of those books to reread every year and it is certainly a learning and joy provoking book for any reader.

Reeves main theme appears to be this: in order to rejoice in Christ we must ponder on who he is, specifically the fact that he is God. This was especially helpful for me because I fall into the mistake of thinking God the father is God, the Holy Spirit is his messenger, and Christ is his son who sacrificed everything. Though true, the problem I have is believing this is all they are and I rarely think Christ is God (and likewise the Holy Spirit is God - though the book is not on him). A foolish mistake indeed. However, Reeves is gentle and yet powerful in bringing our attention to Christ as God, Immanuel - God with us.

Along with providing a multitude of application in accordance with a proper understanding of Christ as God, Reeves is not quiet on the many ways this understanding fulfills the gospel. Not only that, he constantly explains the divinity of Christ and the gospel throughout so much of Jesus's life and death.

A small and yet special piece to this work is that Reeves is comes from a background of history and theology. Thus, much of this work has wonderful historical explanations which really present a fuller view of the gospel, church history, and knowledge of Christ.

A wonderful and helpful read, that would no doubt be one of the first books I would recommend to anyone.
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22 reviews2 followers
January 11, 2019
Quando digo que compro os livros Michael Reeves de olhos fechados, não é exagero. Reeves consegue cativar nossa atenção entregando obras que são como se entregasse uma lente de aumento. A ideia não é apenas mostrar aquilo que você viu e sabe a respeito do Jesus, mas lhe fazer perceber a riqueza de Sua Grandeza em detalhes presentes nos textos bíblicos, em sua vida, e que, muitas vezes, passam alheios aos nossos olhos. E Deleitando-se em Cristo não é diferente, só que é muito mais que isso: Não é apenas um livro para se "saber mais sobre Cristo"; é um livro que te convida a "maravilhar-se com a própria pessoa de Cristo". Compreender isso é incrível e faz toda a diferença. Tenho certeza de que ao ler esse livro, não haverá outra coisa que você deseje mais senão contemplar mais e mais o Verbo de Deus, Aquele "por meio de quem vieram todas as coisas".
September 8, 2020
"We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ [Acts 4:12]. We should therefore take care not to derive the least portion of it from anywhere else. If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is “of him” [1 Cor 1:30]. If we seek any other gifts of the Spirit, they will be found in his anointing. If we seek strength, it lies in his dominion; if purity, in his conception; if gentleness, it appears in his birth. For by his birth he was made like us in all respects [Heb 2:17] that he might learn to feel our pain [cf. Heb 5:2]. If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemnation; if remission of the curse, in his cross [Gal 3:13]; if satisfaction, in his sacrifice; if purification, in his blood; if reconciliation, in his descent into hell; if mortification of the flesh, in his tomb; if newness of life, in his resurrection; if immortality, in the same; if inheritance of the Heavenly Kingdom, in his entrance into heaven; if protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessings, in his Kingdom; if untroubled expectation of judgement, in the power given to him to judge. In short, since rich store of every kind of good abounds in him, let us drink our fill from this fountain, and from no other." - John Calvin
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36 reviews
September 24, 2021
"This book...aims for something deeper than a new technique or a call to action: to consider Christ, that he might become more central for you, that you might know him better, treasure him more, and enter into his joy."

This book elevated my definition of the word "Christlike". Reeves beautifully explains the aspects of Jesus' character on display in the pages of Scripture, and invites us to feast our eyes on Him who sums up what it means to be a perfect human who loves our Creator and Father with our whole being.
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851 reviews5 followers
June 6, 2021
A beautiful walk through how Christ is portrayed from the very beginning of the Bible as Someone we can and should delight in. Reeves cites church figures from Athanasius to the Reformers to the Puritans to Spurgeon, the Lewis/Tolkien/Chesterton trio, and above all the Scripture itself as he redirects our attention from what we receive in salvation to the bigger picture of Who we receive, and what His role has always been in the lives of His people from the Old Testament onward.
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300 reviews14 followers
May 15, 2022
(Reminded me of Gentle and Lowly)
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180 reviews4 followers
September 4, 2020
A truly remarkable little book that manages to be simultaneously a work of rich, rigorous, classical high Christology and also warm, cheery, and wonderfully accessible.
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145 reviews
April 9, 2021
I don't know of another book on Christology that is so accessible, beautiful, and thorough. There is much packed into each chapter, so much so that you could pretty easily read just a few pages and meditate on them for days. I highly recommend it.
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May 31, 2015
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About half way through in the margins of my copy of Rejoicing in Christ, I write “punchy, down to earth, and full of merriment.” That’s my review. Reeves surprises (meant in the most positive fashion) with equal parts verve and gladness. He’s not afraid to turn a phrase or punch you in the nose with an arresting metaphor. I found myself lost many times in worship as I read. That is rare and to be praised. Reeves has done it again.

What’s odd about Rejoicing in Christ is that Reeves admits it’s run-of-the-mill:

Once upon a time a book like this would have utterly run-of-the-mill. Among the old Puritans, for example, you can scarcely find a writer who did not write—or a preacher who did not preach—something called The Searchable Riches of Christ, Christ Set Forth, The Glory of Christ or the like. Yet today, what sells? What puts the smile on the booksellers face? The book that is about the reader. (9)

He’s right on both accounts. The Puritans pluck the cord he’s playing a lot, and very few today play that same cord. That alone should encourage you to read this book with a heart ready for worship. Rejoicing in Christ is a return to another time when books were less about us and more about Christ.

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852 reviews203 followers
May 13, 2020
This is one of those books that's more doxological than theological; more aimed at the heart than the head (though it does seek to achieve all of the above). It stirred my emotions as I read it, did an impressive job of presenting different truths in new glorious angles (or perhaps: revealing the angles we should be noticing on a more regular basis), and made familiar passages seem new again. Great work.

Rating: 4-4.5 Stars (Very Good).
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56 reviews5 followers
June 9, 2015
I have only read one other book, Richard Sibbes "The Bruised Reed" that increased my affections for Jesus as much as Rejoicing in Christ has. This book has been most refreshing to my soul as it took my eyes off of me and placed them on Christ.
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October 14, 2016
I enjoy Michael Reeves' writing so much. There is nothing new in this book. But he has a way of saying things I already know in new ways that cause the truth to come home to my heart in a way it didn't before.
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115 reviews15 followers
September 29, 2014
A fine overview of the Christian life. Just read everything Michael Reeves has published.
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64 reviews5 followers
August 30, 2015
Deep. Accessible. Rich. Very edifying while being easy to understand with deep, great truths. Helped me love Jesus Christ more.
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September 8, 2020
I could not recommend a more concise, more Christ-exalting, work right now. Reeves is encouraging and has built my love for the Savior.
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