Reading a biography of past heroes can be an experience that brings melancholy to a soul. No matter how great these men or women were, no matter what they accomplished or how they lived, all of their tales end the same way. Death, inevitable death. The story of Jesus is different. We know the biblical account that Jesus was handed over to be crucified by his own people. He then died a horrible, painful, humiliating death after only three years of public ministry and was buried. But of course, his story was not over, his biography was not complete. As was written in Old Testament prophecy, Jesus triumphed over death and rose from the grave three days later. After a period of ministry to reconnect all of his disciples who were disillusioned and confused and lost after watching their master taken away and killed, Jesus left this Earth and ascended into Heaven. He promised that he would return. He also promised that "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die." John 11:25,26
The story of Jesus' life on this Earth is the subject of the ninth and final book in Charles Swindoll's Great Lives Series, Jesus, The Greatest Life of All. This work takes us through the Old Testament prophesies of the coming Son of Man, through his conception, his birth, his life, his public ministry, his death, his resurrection, to his ascension to heaven. Swindoll presents this chronology using scripture from Psalms and Isaiah in the Old Testament, along with the eye-witness accounts in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The story, although familiar to most, still is powerful and telling. It is a reflection of the past and a reflection of ourselves. If you call yourself a Christian, this biography is important to appreciate and understand. If you are not a Christian, this book can relate to you a life-changing account of the greatest life of all.