Christology is a primary doctrinal issue. One’s understanding of the person and work of Christ is central and and defining one’s understanding of all of Christianity in word and practice. The books written on Christ are seemingly endless. Many books that are written on the person and work of Christ aren’t very accessible or friendly to everyone. Not everyone is going to pick up a copy of Edershiem’s The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah and read it from cover to cove.
R.C. Sproul’s The Work of Christ: What the Events of Jesus’ Life Mean For You is a great resource. Sproul gives a great introduction to orthodox Christology and its implications for Christian living. Sproul begins with the pre-incarnate Christ and works his way from the infancy of Jesus and the Old Testament promises of the coming Christ to the life, death, burial, ascension, and gives the glorious hope of the second coming.
Sproul interacts with the Biblical text, historical theology, and the personal implications and applications of the work of Christ. Dr. Sproul is no doubt a scholar but the Work of Christ is easily accessible for those who aren’t super familiar with systematic theology. The book is no doubt theological in nature, but it seeks to be extremely practical. The end of each chapter a study guide has been added that interacts with Dr. Sproul’s writing and the Scriptures he interacts with. This book can be edifying to the individual who wants to grow in their understanding of our Savior, the seasoned theologian who can use a sweet reminder of the gospel truths of the person and work of Christ, and for groups who wish to study together. Pick up a copy and you’ll be edified and have your heart turned towards the Savior in praise.