Jesus is the Victor
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A controversial German pastor, Christoph Blumhardt (1842-1919) didn’t care much for religion. His critique of Christianity touched a nerve that is still raw today. For him faith was a matter of fighting for God’s kingdom, the victory of Christ over all injustice and suffering here on earth. Throughout his life, “Jesus is the victor!” was his battle cry.
Compiled from Blumhardt’s talks, sermons and writings, Jesus Is the Victor reveals his unconventional understanding of this battle and victory, which ought to define the life of every follower of Christ.
For Blumhardt, Jesus’ triumph over sin and death wasn’t an abstraction, but something that he experienced as a reality in his life and the lives of those around him. Sick were healed, sinners forgiven, relationships restored. When the miraculous healings caused too much of a sensation, Blumhardt retired from preaching and entered politics, sensing Christ at work in movements for social justice. But he soon left that as well, saying, “State and church are no soil for the fire of God.”
If you ever doubt that Jesus has power to change the world, or despair of seeing his victory come to fruition in your own personal life, you should read this book.