God with Us: 365 Devotions on the Person and Work of Christ is a compilation of readings by classic Christian writers such as John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, D. L. Moody, Jonathan Edwards, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C. S. Lewis, and many more. Justin Holcomb assembled and edited the devotions with the goal of focusing on the person and work of Christ.
Each day begins with a passage from Scripture that focuses on Jesus, followed by a brief essay from an author or theologian exploring the Scripture’s significance.
These devotions were lightly edited to make them easier to read. Still, the language is complex, so give yourself time to grasp the message and reflect on its meaning. I enjoy devotionals that go deep and take a little time to digest.
I’ve always loved the writings of John Bunyan. In this excerpt, he writes about struggling with guilt.
Every little thing would hurt my conscience. But one day, as I was passing in the field, suddenly I had this thought: “Your righteousness is in heaven.” With the eyes of faith, I saw Jesus sitting at God’s right hand. And I suddenly realized—there is my righteousness. I saw that my frame of mind could not make my righteousness better nor could it make it worse. My righteousness was in Christ Jesus himself, forever! I felt delivered from my slavery of guilt and fear. I went home rejoicing for the love and grace of God. Now I could look from myself to Him. Christ is my treasure, my righteousness. Christ is my wisdom, my holiness, and my salvation.
He was sold to buy us back, made captive to deliver us, condemned to absolve us. He was made a curse for our blessing, a sin offering for our righteousness, marred that we may be healed. He died for us so that through Him the wrath of God was appeased, darkness made light, fear abated, our debt canceled. John Calvin
This book is well-made with a nice hard-bound cover. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.