Based on Zechariah 3:1-5 this book tells the story of a young priest named Jonathan. He was granted special priestly clothes and was then invited to the King’s castle to preach his first sermon. On the way to the castle his clothes got dirty. As he stood before the king, Malus, the court magician began to mock and malign him. The king had compassion on Jonathan and told him that he could not preach with dirty clothes and was granted a second chance. Unable to make his clothes clean, Jonathan was told about the great Prince. The great Prince told Jonathan that the dirty clothes are also a reflection of his heart. The great Prince told Jonathan to return to the King in his dirty clothes, and the Prince promised to help him. Jonathan returned to king in his dirty clothes. Malus again mocked and maligned, then suddenly the great Prince arrived. The great Prince exchanged his beautiful clothes for Jonathan’s dirty ones. The King declared, “As long as he wears your clothes, he may stand in front of me”. Being filled with joy, Jonathan was reminded that he is live his whole life trusting in the great Prince’s goodness while wearing his clothes.
Sproul reveals that the main characters are reflective of the following: The King is God (Psalm 10:16; 96:3), Jonathan is the typical Christian (Ex. 19:6; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 5:10); Malus is the devil (Zech. 3:1; 1 Pet. 5:8) and the Great Prince is Jesus, the Son of God (Acts 5:31; Rev. 1:13-16).
Written in a warm and dramatic way, this book provides the reader a profound understanding of substitutionary atonement. The questions at the end of the book will help provide further discussion from the Scriptures based on the concepts in this book. This book is amazing and I highly endorse it.
I am grateful to Reformation Trust for providing me with a free copy of this book for this review.