The Story of King Jesus – Ben Irwin

The Story of King Jesus - Ben Irwin

QUICK HIT: The Story of King Jesus tells the “big picture” of the Gospel, from Eden to the New Heavens and Earth, using Jesus as the central figure. While most Bible storybooks, or even books that seek to tell the Gospel in one sitting, do go through this sequence from beginning to end, very few highlight Jesus as the central figure. In doing so, Irwin manages to get kids to grasp a concept many adults don’t quite get: that from beginning to end, the story is about Jesus.

The Story of King Jesus tells the “big picture” of the Gospel, from Eden to the New Heavens and Earth, using Jesus as the central figure. While most Bible storybooks, or even books that seek to tell the Gospel in one sitting, do go through this sequence from beginning to end, very few highlight Jesus as the central figure. In doing so, Irwin manages to get kids to grasp a concept many adults don’t quite get: that from beginning to end, the story is about Jesus.

I love the way Irwin highlights the nature of sin as “they did things their own way” and correlates Adam and Eve, those at the time of Noah, and the nation of Israel, with all of us today. Highlighting sin as a universal human problem will help young readers make the connection between the wrong things they know these ancient people did and the wrong things they themselves do.

Then, Irwin expertly flips the scales and reveals the grand twist of redemption: it’s only through Jesus that you can do things God’s way. With Jesus as your example and the Holy Spirit as your guide, you can do what the Father calls you to do. And one day, God will remove all sin and suffering.

It’s a powerful story of course, and Irwin’s theology is solid. He doesn’t stray from the simple message of redemption, told in clear terms and easy to understand words. I would recommend that you take time to read this with your child and ask questions along the way. Use the illustrations as a guide. Why do you think those people look angry? What do you think is happening here? Don’t just tell your child the story, make him or her experience it, make them part of the retelling.

Nick Lee does a great job on the illustrations. Not entirely sure what technique was used, but the final product has a sort of painted look with sweeping brushstrokes that makes it stand out from other children’s books like this I’ve seen. If you’re looking for a great way to share the whole gospel in one sitting with your favorite little one (or little ones!), you really can’t go wrong with this.

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