Have you ever thought of Jesus as a lawyer?
It may sound odd, but at times in His ministry, Jesus wore his lawyer hat. When he defended the adulterous woman, when he argued from Scripture that the disciples were fine to pick grain on the Sabbath, and in other instances, Jesus insightfully applied to uphold justice and promote goodwill.
The legal aspects of Jesus' ministry have long been obscured or misunderstood, particularly his interactions with and attitude toward the law and lawyers. Jesus' desire in his day and ours is to use the law to secure the rights of people to hear the gospel and to set humanity free. In other words, to be the best citizens we can be, we need to follow in the footsteps of the greatest citizen who ever lived.
Jesus in the Courtroom covers topics like:
We are citizens of two kingdoms, but many of us duck and run when it comes to civil life. For anyone who cares about their community—parents, teachers, pastors, you name it—engagement with our legal system can play a huge role in the health of our communities and in cultivating a context where the gospel can flourish.
Jesus in the Courtroom will help us understand not only why we have failed to appreciate the legal aspect of Jesus' life, but also to understand and cooperate with his legal ministry to us and through us. If we are going to be faithful “citizen disciples” in this challenging new world, we need to look anew at how Jesus taught, thought, and interacted with the legal establishment of his day.
An interesting and eye opening perspective on Jesus’s engagement with the law, interpreting the law in biblical times, and how we can apply these teaching to the court room today. The author is John W. Mauck, JD. Mauck is an attorney at Mauck & Baker, LLC in Chicago, IL. Mauck received his B.A. from Yale and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago.
Mauck provides a fresh perspective on the engagement of the law in biblical times and today. My initial thoughts on what this book was about fell short of the powerful insight and depth that it brought to scripture, the idea of how Jesus acted much like an attorney in his day engaging the law, and the teachings of scripture with the court room today. As a believer there is much to be learned and gleaned from this book. The content is rich and challenging. I was left with a powerful new perspective on Christ’s revolutionary interpretation, and eye opening position on the law versus the fallacies and misguided views of the Pharisees, Saducees and the high court The Sanhedrin of the day.
If you are someone who wants a fresh perspective and powerful insight into the scriptures, the legal system in biblical times and today. This book is for you. This has become one of my all time favorite books.
Jesus In The Courtroom is an inspired work by our Lord that inspires. You will be taken on a wonderful journey from our homes into the courts, political system, and beyond with a legal expert (John Mauck) guided by our Lord Jesus.
I was motivated and challenged to do more for our Lord with all of the direction and resources provided. I learned and relearned many things that I can do to influence and change what happens in our political and legal system.
If you like inspired works of Jesus and want to be inspired, pick up a copy of Jesus In The Courtroom today. You will be immensely blessed.