Too Good to Be False: How Jesus’ Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality by Tom Gilson takes a fresh approach to help others understand the reality of Jesus by accounting for the things Christ didn’t do.
“He was on a mission to change the world, completely and forever. He did it for joy and to reconcile us to God. He never wavered even a moment on the path. He never doubted it would happen according to plan.”
“Jesus had the authority to lead. He could take charge because he really was in charge.”
“Jesus didn’t seem to learn from his mistakes, because he never made any. He never needed advice because he already knew. He acted like he knew it all because he actually did.”
“Considering all he had going against him in terms of standard leadership traits, why did people follow him anyway? Above all else, it must have been his overwhelming supernatural love. He served in humility, caring, and radical other-centeredness. That’s the kind of man who attracts followers. The disciples died for Jesus because Jesus died for the disciples.”
“Jesus is the lone, striking exception to an otherwise universal human reality: character tends to crumble when it obtains too much power.”
“If Jesus is impressive for never getting an answer wrong, he is even more so for never getting his way of answering wrong. With the weak, he is tender, but to the strength, he brings the force of his mind and his authority.”
“There’s really just one good explanation for Jesus’ character, no one made him up. No one could have. The stories must be true accounts for the real-life Jesus lived by the most extraordinary person ever. He’s too good to be false.”