In Captivated, Thabiti Anyabwile challenges us, as Christians, to set aside our reservations about staring, and to stare boldly at Christ, meditating on the importance of the cross and the tomb.
We live in a day where we are too busy to just gaze at Christ, taking in all that He suffered and bore for our Salvation. We are forgetful and preoccupied, that is human nature. We are like Martha, scurrying around frantically, not achieving much, because we are worried we aren’t doing enough– but we take pride in the thought that at least we are doing more than Mary! What an important reminder Jesus gave in Luke 10:38-42, “but one thing is necessary”, to bring Glory to our Savior.
Captivated is like a slap to the face, a bold reminder. Anyabwile explains in powerful terms what Christ suffered to redeem His Bride.
Christ suffered utter separation: separation from His people, but even more devastating, separation from the Father. Simply imagining the desperation that must have come with being utterly separated from God makes me shudder.
But Christ willingly bore it for me, for you.
Captivated is encouraging, meditative, and humbling. It is a beautiful reminder of just how great the Father’s Love for us truly is.
I thoroughly enjoyed Captivated, and would give the book a “B+”.
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