A Review: Death by Love Part 6

Death By Love: Letters From the Cross

By Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears

Driscoll, Mark, and Gerry Breshears. Death By Love: Letters From the Cross. Wheaton , Ill.: Crossway Books, 2008.

Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, one of the fastest-growing churches in America. He is president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and leads the Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative.

Gerry Breshears is professor of theology and chairman of the division of biblical and theological studies at Western Seminary. He and Driscoll also coauthored Vintage Jesus.”[1]


Chapter Eleven: Reconciliation

Kurt is a man lost to the world, delving into drugs and alcohol. Kurt as Driscoll notes does not understand how to reconcile with people but more importantly that Jesus Christ through the cross reconciled us to God.  This chapter I found to be the most personally written and least like a systematic theology of the doctrine at hand.  Driscoll compares the reconciliation needed between his brother and Kurt to Esau and Jacob being reconciled.[2] The cycle of bitterness as Driscoll describes is: “Bitterness, Wrath, Anger, Clamor, Slander, and Malice.”[3] In describing these, Driscoll has done the reader a service, showing how the barriers progress in the heart against reconciliation.  The words that Kurt needs to hear as we all do are, “You will see that not only does Jesus reconcile you to God in heaven, but he also takes away sin so that you can be reconciled to people on the earth.”[4] Reconciliation has two aspects to us as Driscoll notes the duality of the reconciliation through the cross.  Noticeably this chapter seems the most applicable for those that struggle with barriers between them and others.

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Chapter Twelve: Revelation

Susan does not know what to think, or where to look for Jesus, for God.  She is searching for revelation when in fact Jesus is the revelation.  Driscoll makes a primary conclusion about Jesus Christ.  “Jesus is such an enormous figure in human history that he is the only person who appears in every major world religion.”[5] This is refreshing to see someone go out and say this, it has always been a mystery to me how Jesus is in every religion but is not exalted as being the son of God.  He is who he says he is.  Driscoll also gives eight truths learned through the cross and seven truths from the resurrection.[6] This chapter brings all the previous material together in defense of the cross and Christ being the revelation of God.  When reading this chapter the words of “In Christ Alone” come to mind.

“In Christ alone my hope is found…

‘Til on that cross as Jesus died

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid

Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ”

Jesus Christ alone can be: the victor, the redemption, the sacrifice, the righteousness, the justification, the propitiation, the expiation, the atonement, the ransom, the example, the reconciliation, and the revelation.  He is the ultimate champion of all time, reigning on high!  All glory goes to God!

This is the sixth and final post on this book.  Search Death by Love to see the other posts.

[1] From the back cover of the book.

[2] Driscoll, Mark, and Gerry Breshears. Death By Love: Letters From the Cross. (Wheaton , Ill.: Crossway Books, 2008), 224-225.

[3] Ibid. 223-224.

[4] Ibid. 229.

[5] Ibid. 238.

[6] This takes up a majority of the chapter and is a clear gospel presentation.


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