Who is Jesus?
This is the Man regarding whom James Allan Francis comments, "When we try to sum up his influence, all the armies that ever marched, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned are absolutely picayune in their influence on mankind compared with that of this one solitary life."
By the simple, short record of three and a half years, He changed the world more profoundly than any other.
The Desire of Ages is that record - not through the eye of a historian, a philosopher, or a theologian, though these perspectives, too, are clearly present, but through the eye of a soul that shares in the tensions of the human heart.
Here are captured and answered the tensions between hope and despair, shame and acceptance, meaningless and meaningful living, doubt and faith, guilt and forgiveness, the past and the future, false and true religion, and desire and fulfillment.
Who is Jesus? The contrast between the timeless tensions He resolved and the brevity of His life suggests that Jesus must have been more than a Galilean carpenter or a radical rabbi. He was more than a momentary spark in the chronicles of human history or one of many prophets. He was the Desire of Ages.