As Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus did for Christmas, Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross drilled down into the Easter story quickly, profoundly and powerfully. It opened up lots of the small detail that can be missed when reading over such familiar stories, bringing a freshness to the Easter story.
Which seems about right. Because Easter is much harder to take in than Christmas. Christmas is all about the greatest Gift ever - the gift of Immanuel. And we get to share in the celebrations and rejoice. But at Easter we become aware of why God needed to send this gift of Jesus. The spotlight is shared between Jesus - the crucified and risen Jesus - and our wretched sinfulness that nailed Him to the cross.
If you don't have a strong sense of God's love for you, of the sacrifice He made in sending His one and only Son to die on the cross, of the enormity of Jesus' work and the pain He bore on the cross or of the magnitude of your own sinfulness then this is a must read. It isn't an easy book- although there are some glorious bits - but it is truly worthwhile.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life.