A Violent Grace: Meeting Christ at the Cross

A Violent Grace: Meeting Christ at the Cross

by Michael Card

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Overview

Jesus was condemned . . . so we could be set free.
He was wounded . . . so we can be healed.
He died . . . so we might have life.
The cross has lost much of its appeal as a symbol of Christianity. Yet what Christ did at the cross remains central to our faith.
In this richly designed book, Michael Card reflects on what it means for Christians that we meet our savior at a cross. Card combs the Old Testament prophecies and Gospel accounts of Jesus' self-sacrifice, seeking a renewed vision of the cross—the inconceivable meeting place of violence and grace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830837724
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 01/03/2013
Pages: 182
Sales rank: 847,695
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Card is an award-winning musician, performing artist and teacher of Scripture. His many books include Scribbling in the Sand, A Fragile Stone, A Better Freedom and the Biblical Imagination Series. Card and his family live in Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. He was Born to Die

so I could be born to new life

2. He Suffered Temptation

so I can experience victory

3. He was Betrayed

so I might know his faithfulness

4. He was Arrested and Bound

so I could be rescued from bondage

5. He Stood Trial Alone

so I might have an advocate

6. He was Wounded

so I could be healed

7. He Endured Mockery

so I could know dignity and joy

8. He was Condemned

so the truth could set me free

9. He was Crowned with Thorns

so I might crown him with praise

10. He was Nailed to the Cross

so I might escape judgment

11. He was Stretched Out Between Thieves

so I could know the reach of love

12. He Suffered Thirst

so I can drink living water

13. He Said, "It Is Finished"

so I could begin my walk of faith

14. He was God's Lamb, Slain

so I could claim His sacrifice as my own

15. He was Forsaken by the Father

so I would never be rejected

16. He Chose the Shame of Weakness

so I can know the hope of glory

17. He Shed His Blood

so I can be white as snow

18. His Heart was Pierced

so mine could be made whole

19. He Died and was Buried

so the grave could not hold me

20. He Rose Again

so I might experience eternal life

21. He is Known by His Scars

so I will take up my cross and follow him

What People are Saying About This

Steve Green

"Always the careful teacher, Michael Card draws the church back to a much-needed look at the suffering Savior. Like me, you will gaze with astonished reverence at the One who endured such violence, then bow in humble adoration, crying, 'Lord, make me more like you.'"

Brennan Manning

"Dietrich Bonhoeffer defined 'cheap grace' as grace without the cross. In these scalding pages, Michael Card touched my heart with the love of Christ crucified and led me to an unprecedented appreciation of undeserved grace."

Calvin Miller

"What Michael Card sings at this level I most need: The inaudible strains of warm truth that fly from heart to heart and nourish the soul where all too few have fed. Loving God is hungry work and only those who hunger enough can feed the rest of us. Michael Card knows how to set such a table."

Max Lucado

"Every encounter I've had with Michael Card has brought me closer to Jesus. I'm confident that this book will do the same."

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