The Resurrection accounts of Jesus in the gospel records are among the most dramatic and impactful stories ever told. One similarity connects each testimony, that none of his most loyal and steadfast followers could see it was him, back from the dead. The reason for this is at the very core of the Christian faith.
She turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. (John 20:14)
Hope in the Time of Fear is a book that unpacks the meaning of Jesus's resurrection. Easter is considered the most solemn and important holiday for Christians. It's a time of spiritual rebirth and a time of celebrating the physical rebirth of Jesus after three days in the tomb. Nothing could prepare His devoted followers for the moment when they met the resurrected Jesus. Each failed to recognize Him. All of them physically saw Him and yet did not spiritually truly see Him. It was only after Jesus reached out and invited them to see who He truly was that their eyes were finally open. Here the central message of the Christian faith is revealed in a way only Timothy Keller could do it, packed with unshakeable belief, piercing insight, and a profound new way to see a story you think you know. After reading this book, the true meaning of Easter will no longer be unseen.