Along with this book, I've just started reading Yancey's "The Jesus I never knew". I picked it up because I suddenly realized, after years as a Christian, that I didn't really understand who Jesus was - I've had to start from scratch on a number of things that I thought I knew, and this is one of them.
Growing up in a single denomination, never venturing out to even attend another denomination's service until recently, I guess there were a number of other Jesus's I didn't get to meet - those that the first chapter talks about, the variety of expressions and attributes that different branches of the faith emphasize.
So, as strange as it may seem to many who know all this stuff, that first chapter has been a bit of an eye-opener to me. Not only an introduction to the ways Jesus is viewed, but also to the many, varied beliefs within the Body. It's interesting to see how different Jesus can be - one Man, so many ways to meet Him, interact with Him and know Him. I can understand wanting to take all these and mould them into a Big Picture, to try gather all the best bits and put them into one. I wonder if we ever, humanly, individually, can do that? Or do our upbringing, our traditions, our beliefs and our encounters with God and man permanently colour how we interpret Jesus?
I'm only done with chapter one of both these books - I can't wait to see what's on the next page!