Review: The Priest with Dirty Clothes

The Priest with Dirty Clothes
The Priest with Dirty Clothes by R.C. Sproul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What subject would think to show up in the court of a king in filth?  That is just the mistake that a newly ordained priest named Jonathan has no choice, but to make.  You see, as he travels to preach a sermon in the castle he falls from his horse and right into the mud.  Poor Jonathan tries to get new clothes and to have his cleaned, but alas it is no use.  He must face the king and hope that he will be shown mercy, knowing that his very life is at stake.

Based on the vision of the High Priest in Zechariah 3:1-5, RC Sproul tells this engaging story to illustrate how not only did Christ give himself to pay for our sins, but that because of his death and resurrection we also inherit his righteousness as our own.  Clothed in his robes, our heavenly Father accepts us as his own children, counting no sin against us and recording Christ’s good work as our own.

With soft and colorful illustrations by Justin Gerard, The Priest with Dirty Clothes teaches children and adults alike the beauty of Christ’s work and the assurance that we can stand before the throne of God with no fear.

At one point in the story Jonathan is urged to ask the bishop for another set of clothes because his cannot be washed.  In such simple terms, Sproul teaches that the gospel of Jesus Christ is not a message of second chances, in fact we are given none.  God is just in his condemnation of all sin and sinners alike.  Yet the gracious mercy of our Lord Jesus means that we have freely been given not a new start, but a new life that has already been lived by Christ himself.

As with Sproul’s other children’s books, this one is sure to be a treasure to you and to your child as you continue to grow in the knowledge of our Savior.

[A copy of this book was provided by the publisher as compensation for this review.  However, reviews are not required to be positive; my opinions are fully expressed in my reviews.]

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About Aaron Gardner

Aaron is a counselor and student of the Bible, passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. He lives in central Indiana with his wife, one-year-old son and their two dogs. View all posts by Aaron Gardner

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