Tim Keller is a New York Times best selling author, speaker, and the founding pastor of the 5,000 person Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. King’s Cross is a look at the life of Jesus Christ as told from the gospel of Mark. The book is essentially a biography of Jesus and explores His identity and purpose.
In King’s Cross Keller helps the reader see that the nucleus of other religions is advice, but the focus of Christianity is news. Other religions say, “This is what you have to do in order to connect to God”, but the gospel says, “This is how Jesus lived and died to earn the way to God for you.” The gospel is that God connects to you. It is not centered on what you’ve done but what Jesus has done for you. That makes the gospel fundamentally different from every other religion or philosophy. Keller does a splendid job of using historical, anthropological and sociological information to add greater depth to an already well-known story.
The author asks, “Why would God make us?” There’s only one response. He created us not to get happiness but to give it. The Bible says that our real trouble is that we as Christians are creating our identity in something besides Jesus. We treat our Savior as the filler and not the substance.
Most readers of King’s Cross will already be intimately familiar with the gospel of Mark. What is so attractive about Keller’s book is the depth it adds to our understanding and analysis of this familiar gospel story. He provides additional layers of substance and clarity that may cause many Bible readers to find new comprehension and depth. This book should appeal to the challenging secular intellectual and the committed follower of Christ.