As I re-read this book, it was like living water to my thirsty soul. John Piper sets forth a feast for the reader to taste and see the beauty and supremacy of Jesus Christ. In each of the thirteen short chapters, one aspect of the multifaceted Jewel that is Christ is put forth for the reader to see and respond with worship.
Rather than trying to summarize each of these thirteen aspects (a simple look at the table of contents will do that for you), I’ll conclude with my favorite quotes which stirred my affections for Christ as I read:
There is no more important issue in life than seeing Jesus for who he really is and savoring what we see above all else.
Christ does not exist in order to make much of us. We exist in order to enjoy making much of him.
For those who have tasted the joy of Jesus, surely nothing is more compelling than the all-surpassing hope of hearing his final word, “Well done, good and faithful servant… Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21)
If christ obliterated all devils and demons now (which he could do), his sheer power would be seen as glorious, but his superior beauty and worth would no shine brightly as when humans renounce the promises of Satan and take pleasure in the greater glory of Christ.
The universe exists primarily to display the wealth of the glory of the mercy of God for the enjoyment of his redeemed people from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
The glory of Jesus Christ is that he is always out of sync with the world and therefore always relevant for the world.