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4.61  ·  Rating details ·  694 ratings  ·  139 reviews
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 ...more
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Published February 23rd 2015 by IVP Academic (first published August 23rd 2014)
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Douglas Wilson
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
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.
Demetrius Rogers
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible-theology
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 ide ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

-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
Becky Pliego
Fantastic book. Reeves has a passion for Christ that is incredibly contagious. We need to read more books that point us to Christ and Christ alone with such intensity as Reeves does.

Micah Lugg
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Chase Luka
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 t
Michael Feehan
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"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 l ...more
Grace T
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christology
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.
Alan Mullenix
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one worth re-reading yearly.
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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 Re
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
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).
Drew Miller
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Drew Bennett
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jacob Young
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Deep. Accessible. Rich. Very edifying while being easy to understand with deep, great truths. Helped me love Jesus Christ more.
Michael Galdamez

I thought that word more than once as I read this little book. Michael Reeves is a very accessible writer (and speaker, having heard him several times at past Ligonier conferences down in Orlando, Florida). He knows how to make grand things easy to understand and communicate why they are important for me to know. This book was no exception.

Reeves takes the book chronologically, each chapter focusing on Christ at different points in Scripture. Starting with His preexistence and ending with Hi
Peter Dray
Jun 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent introduction to the person and work of Christ, accessible enough for those who are new to the issues but deep and devotional enough to speak to seasoned Christians. The chapters progress through salvation history: the preincarnate Christ, the significance of the incarnation, redemption won by Christ, or union with Christ and it's present effects (my favourite chapter) and our eschatological hope in Christ. If there's a weakness, it's that this book doesn't dive into Chalcedonian ort ...more
Matt Kottman
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology, academia, 2018
I haven't read anything by Michael Reeves I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. In Rejoicing in Christ, Reeves drives us to find our joy and rejoicing in Christ himself, and not merely his benefits. I constantly need my eyes, mind, and heart redirected to Christ, and this book is one of those that served to redirect my worship well. ...more
Nate  Duriga
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michael Reeves has a gift for expressing the core teachings of the Christian faith succinctly and beautifully, soaked in Scripture and in tune with the history of the church. This one did not disappoint!
Michelle Blackburn
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh, so good! Though short and ‘easy’; go slow and savor, learn and worship with Reeves and the theologians of old. While his joy and passion is evident in the book, I would encourage you to find a recorded teaching of his as well. He preached for our church on this topic and it made me wish I lived by him to learn from him often. Go get this book, go now!
Michael Schmid
Not that easy but also not that long to read. A very insightful treatment of the person and work of Jesus Christ and our relationship to Him as His followers.
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
I could not recommend a more concise, more Christ-exalting, work right now. Reeves is encouraging and has built my love for the Savior.
Brian Pate
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theo-christology
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, Nov 2 2019.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The problem with much Christology, of both the high and low varieties, is that it can be dry-as-dust boring. Just the mention of the term, and eyes glaze over. The church historians may remember the fire and intrigue of earlier eras, theologians may happily enter the world of doctrinal abstraction, but for most of us, Christology remains opaque. We may be happy that someone is thinking about it somewhere, but we never delve too deeply ourselves.

Michael Reeves, author of the delightful Delighting
Stephen Dick
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The content is great, but the book would have been better if it was better organized and edited.
Ben Kreps
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite current writers. Deep theology but easily accessible. Dr. Reeves has a great sense of humor and a great heart to unfold the glories of Christ. Highly recommended.
Ryan Hawkins
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW 1 (2019)

As of right now, if I could force people to read (and believe!) one book on Jesus, it would be this one.

I recently went on a Reading Retreat where I read for a weekend just about Christ. I took this book, a couple Puritan works, and then some modern books. They each had something unique to offer (see for example my review on Mark Jones' *Knowing Christ* or Thomas Goodwin's *The Heart of Christ* or Athanasius' *On the Incarnation*—all excellent works). Out of them all, I enjoyed re
Kyle Rapinchuk
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Rejoicing in Christ, Reeves does a masterful job of putting Christ as the focal point of the gospel. The gospel is not that Jesus helps us get to heaven and then disappears, but that through the work of Jesus we come to know God and share in the relationship of the Triune God. As such, we treasure Jesus above all things. Although mentioning deeper points of christological doctrine, Reeves's focus is in putting Jesus on display as our high priest, creator, etc. This approach is both theologica ...more
Peter Mead
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great introduction to Christ and the Christian life. For a newcomer to Christianity, or for a long-time follower of Jesus, this book will stir your heart and lift it toward Him. Five chapters in typical Reeves style: high energy, good momentum, great one-liners, on target historical anecdotes and lots of biblical interaction.

The fourth chapter on the Christian life is worth the price of the book, but be sure to take advantage of the rest too . . . Christ in the Old Testament, the Inca
Mark Loughridge
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I've just read the best book I'll read in 2016!

Reeves does it again - a wonderful blend of joy giving, heart warming, heaven anticipating, Christ delighting rich theology. This is a must read. Too often our hearts grow cold, if we read more books like this, or more writers wrote with this heartwarming passion, our love for Christ would fan into flames.

Reeves oozes enthusiasm, and communicates great theology with ease and warmth. He shows connections in parts of scripture I didn't realise
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Michael Reeves (PhD, King's College, London) is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology in the 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. ...more

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“the center, the cornerstone, the jewel in the crown of Christianity is not an idea, a system or a thing; it is not even “the gospel” as such. It is Jesus Christ.” 4 likes
“Sometimes we find ourselves tiring of Jesus, stupidly imagining that we have seen all there is to see and used up all the pleasure there is to be had in him. We get spiritually bored. But Jesus has satisfied the mind and heart of the infinite God for eternity. Our boredom is simple blindness. If the Father can be infinitely and eternally satisfied in him, then he must be overwhelmingly all-sufficient for us.” 3 likes
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