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The Passion of Jesus Christ

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  7,456 ratings  ·  274 reviews
The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God’ s Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer.Why did Christ suffer and die? The central i ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published January 9th 2004 by Crossway Books
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Brian Eshleman
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's worth rereading. It's worth reading slowly. It's worth muzzling that cry for novelty (Is that just me?) which seeks to object when Piper states what might logically be the same reason as two different ones. We need repetition of such a grand narrative, grand Truth, and we know it. That's probably why we don't want it.

Piper's reasoning is woven through with cited Scripture, and am hoping this will be more and more true of my writing and my reasoning over the next year. Because Christ's death
David York
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Far from a simple overview of the death of Christ and the Christian faith. This book was the end of a long search to find something for my father that would be challenging and to-the-point, but not overly theological in words or loaded with the same 'ol americanized christian jargon. Perfect for those who seem to be stagnant or complacent in their walk and understanding in Christ. ...more
Cindy Rollins
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: morningtime, 2015
This is the perfect "Morning Time" book since its chapters are very short and its concepts are basic. Piper is so good clearly communicating truth and passion for Christ.

For those who know about our family MT you might remember that we started this late last January. It only has 50 chapters so technically we should have finished it a long time ago. The thing is it took us much longer than I anticipated as life threw us a series of curve balls. The point is that we kept on reading when we could,
Heath Marion
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This very small book packs a very hard punch! Do not be overwhelmed by the thought of 50 chapters. They are small. Most are just two pages in length, which allows the reader to be able to read the book as a devotional thought each morning or evening.

The book helps its reader by grasping some of the most foundational truths of the Bible. Dr. Piper answers the questions such as: Who killed Jesus? Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus have to die? What impact does Jesus death have for a person living today?

Peter Jones
I was looking for a short book about the atonement to put on a book rack. Piper's book will fit that need. However, it is not perfect. As one reviewer said, there is a lot of overlap between the chapters. He is repetitive. Second and more glaring, though typical for Piper, he does not really bring the Old Testament into it. There is no big picture of Jesus as fulfilling the covenant or Jesus as Israel. This might be because he was trying to get at what the atonement achieved instead of what caus ...more
Bailey Marissa
A great book on the fifty reasons why Jesus' death is so important to humans and to Christianity in general. ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Julianne by: Molly
Molly lent me this book, and I've been enjoying reading it with my Bible during devotions. I'd read one of the blog-post length chapters (or two or three!), then read some of the quoted books and chapters of the Bible more fully. It helped to really center my focus on what Jesus has done for me through the cross, and for that I am very grateful. I knew what His death meant, of course, but diving into it with this much detail gave me a greater respect and awe of the gift of salvation!

As usual, J
nerd culture is mainstream now. [jo]
You know a guy’s theology is bad when you don’t even notice the Calvinism🤦🏼‍♀️

What can I say except..Yikes.

Some of his problems do stem from Protestant/Calvinist theology such as: Covenantal instead of dispensational, attacking the deity of Christ (not on purpose, I don’t think), and obviously the idea of election in its perverted sense.

However there are others that are just plain weird.

Like how he tried to compare Christ’s death on the cross with the Holocaust. This simultaneously is blasphemy
Ty Lukasiewicz
The passion of Jesus Christ was a great book. It was written so that the reader will know 50 ways why Christ came to die.

This was the first book of John Pipers that I have read. I really enjoyed John Pipers style of writing and his clear biblical theology. This book was clear and concise. It would be a great book to recommend to a new believer. For me there wasn’t a lot of new information but it was a joy to read and I still got something out of this book. There were some chapters that surprise
Jonathan Roberts
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2020, own, 2019, john-piper, 2021
Read it again for Lent 2019 and 2020. Still so powerful!!! Read to family for Lent 2021

I read this as a lead into Easter but enjoyed it so much I finished it early. I will probably do John Piper’s Holy Week Book for final push to Easter. This book was simply spectacular. At the end of the Gospel of John, the beloved apostle, writes about the amount of books that could be written about Christ, and how they could fill every room on earth. While many write this off as hyperbole, Pastor Piper shows
Eileen Parsons
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a "sit-down-to-read-it" kind of book. I tried to read it as a Bible Study and that didn't work either. It's rather a reference style book. It lists and explains the fifty reason Jesus came to die, backing it up with scripture. It's an excellent book for the unsaved who may be wondering exactly what God's purpose was in sending Christ to His death on the cross. It's also perfect for the follower who wants chapter and verse information for sharing the love of Jesus Christ with others. ...more
Josiah Richardson
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this in preparation for Resurrection Sunday. Contains 50 reasons why Christ came to Earth to die. Very helpful reminders.
Jan 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
“The Passion of Jesus Christ” is a thin book that gives John Piper's 50 reasons that Jesus suffered and died. Piper excludes all human reasons (why Judas betrayed him, why the Jewish leadership put him on trial, why the Roman government executed him) as unimportant. He says that because God wanted Jesus to suffer and die, any human motivations are insignificant. A subtitle that Piper would find appropriate could be “50 reasons God the Father wanted Jesus dead and Jesus Christ submitted to that d ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every single page points you to Christ and focuses on the beauty of Jesus. A great, easy read that is a springboard for your own deeper study time. Simple yet profound, the main goal of this book is to show that even the most evil, horrible tragedy in all of human history was planned ahead of time by God to show how good and loving He is. Pastor John does a great job pulling lots of scripture together to show how suffering is used to glorify God. Encouraging reminders throughout, and overall I r ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Small book (for Piper at least), but still so much to ponder and let penetrate the heart!! Oh but, to live daily in light of what the cross accomplished. A beautiful read with so much to hold to. Highly recommend. One I look forward to reading again.
Rachael Stoldt
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this little book. It spent the whole book doing what the title said and I really enjoyed reflecting on what Jesus did for us and why. Thank you Jesus! The only thing I didn’t like was the narrator on the audio book, he was very dry.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free audiobook. Some very good things to be reminded of and I definitely profited from it, but I'm pretty sure the number is arbitrary and the material covered in many other places. ...more
Shaun Marksbury
A good book proved to be a good reflection on the reasons why Christ died. Piper can be a bit verbose, but this book doesn't demonstrate that. ...more
Carla Corinne
Great for preparation for Easter. I always love this book.
Bobby Bonser
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Profound meditations on the gospel, but very easy to read and based solely on scripture. A GREAT primer book for new Christians, and a joy for those longer in Christ to reflect on.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
This is a very powerful little book. It’s another one that I’d like to read every year, and I’m excited to read it with my kids when they get a little older.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is saturated with Scripture, and that is why it was so precious to me. I read 4 chapters a day because it was one of my Lenten readings, but I plan to read it again, one chapter at a time, to fully absorb all that Jesus’ death meant to me and to all the peoples of the earth. John 3:16
Ben Palm
Deep, but Accessible!

There is loads of depth in what John Piper writes in this short but powerful book! There were plenty of reasons I revisited multiple times, and here were plenty that spoke right to what God was teaching me elsewhere! Definitely a book I will read again and again!
Josef Komensky
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is pure humbleness in the way how Joh Piper explains the basical doctrines of the Christianity.
Lavon Herschberger
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Contains 50 reasons that Jesus came to die, each spanning only 2 pages. I used this as a devotional and felt that it was beneficial for inspiring prayerful meditation. The book is definitely more theological than personal, but it occasionally offers a paragraph that speaks directly to our response.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I didn't really learn anything from this book. Although it was a good refresher for me! Nothing in this book was new for me, BUT Piper did manage to word some concepts/ideas, that I already knew, in an interesting kind of way. He made a few points that caused me to do a-- "Huh, never thought of it that way. Well said, chap." --number in some areas. I didn't feel very fed after reading this book, but I didn't find anything wrong with it either. I just found myself trying to read as ...more
Scott Ray
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Very interesting to look at the death of Christ from so many different angles. We often oversimplify it. But this book takes (obviously from the title) 50 different reasons, all from Scripture, that Christ came to this earth with the intention of dying. 50 different things that His death accomplished. Reminds you how great God is and how incredibly perfect His plan was.

One recommendation: I did not read this I think in the best possible way. The 50 reasons are about 2 pages each. It
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved how this book was organized - you could have a short read or use each reason as a devotional. I read this book in a week or so but I think it would be very beneficial to use it as a devotional. Piper uses a lot of scriptures to back up everything he says. Many scriptures were repeated throughout the book. This would be a great way to do a devotion with scripture memorization and/or just familiarizing yourself with the scriptures. A wonderful little book full of big treasures and reminder ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
These short devotionals about the reason behind Christ's passion (his suffering and death) all add up to a wonderful, multi-faceted (and accessible) theological reflection on why Christ had to die on the cross. Some great nuggets here that could be (and deserve to be) expanded into full blown sermons. Each 2-page chapter covering 50 different reasons why Christ came to die is based on a scripture text. There is some overlap, but that simply reflects the various biblical emphases and reminds us t ...more
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I actually listened to it as an audiobook, which I as's free download of the month. The audio is great, and the reader's voice is clear and easy to understand. The only thing that might be better is to listen to John Piper read his own work.

Though I'm not sure I learned anything new, it was good to break down Christ's Passion into such basic elements for consideration, especially at this time of year. I may listen to these again over the coming days.
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John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel Co

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