On Sunday morning, I was preparing for worship. My ten year old son came bolting onto the platform. He had important news to share – news that probably had something to do with a new video game or Lego set. Nathan said with a smile on his face, “R.C. Sproul’s new book is out!”
We purchased the book and by 2:00 p.m. he had completed R.C.’s newest treasure. My son says, “Dad, you’ve gotta read this book. It’s really cool.” Who can argue with an eager ten-year old who is excited about a new book by R.C. Sproul?
The Priest With Dirty Clothes is story based on Zechariah 3:1-5. The story illustrates the theological realities that emerge, including justification by faith alone and imputation. At the end of the day, Sproul intends to communicate rich biblical truth that make up the gospel message. The story-telling vehicle is a creative way to drive these important truths into the hearts and minds of children.
Sproul’s book is beautifully illustrated and is appropriate for young children and pre-teens. But the message Sproul communicates is for everyone – namely, sinners need a new set of clothes; they need a new heart. And Christ, our great high priest is the only One qualified to grant what we need most.