Book review: “The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus” by John Cross.

The Stranger From the author of The Lamb comes The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus. This book explains the gospel of Jesus Christ in the most detailed yet simple way that I have ever read. This easy-to-read book is full of illustrations and details the gospel beginning all the way back in creation. It shows the many foreshadowing events that point to the Messiah from the animal sacrifice to cover Adam and Eve, to the Passover Lamb, to the bronze serpent on the pole, etc.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-read book that thoroughly explains the gospel of Jesus Christ look no further. Whether you’re someone who’s been in the faith for a while or if you’re someone who knows absolutely nothing about the Bible, this book is for you.


A breakthrough book for sharing a chronological approach to the Bible with unsaved friends and family in a reasonable amount of time. This can be read through in about eight hours.
A great evangelistic tool.

From the publisher:

What if there was a tool that could not only make sharing your faith less intimidating, but also help give you a better grasp of what you believe? A way to communicate the gospel in such a way that as you shared it, people’s eyes would light up with an understanding of what Jesus Christ did for them? Something that you could walk through with them as a Bible study or simply give to a friend to read? A way to make what many see as a dusty old book come alive with meaning in their lives? . . .This fully illustrated, 304-page book is written for adults and teens who know little or nothing about the Bible. It explains in a straightforward way the greatest themes of the Bible, step by step creating an understanding of sin, substitution and atonement. You yourself may be asking the meaning of these terms, words you’ve heard many times but never quite grasped the full meaning of. These truths are woven through the text as each chapter builds on the previous. By the end, the reader has the foundation needed to understand the importance of Christ’s death and resurrection. The logical teaching of truth from creation to the cross makes for a clear understanding of what the Bible is all about.

Currently is offering the accompanying workbook free with the purchase of the book.

6 thoughts on “Book review: “The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus” by John Cross.

  1. There was one significant issue I had with the book which is why I cannot recommend it; the author repeatedly insists that Cain’s sacrifice of vegetables was rejected by God because it was not an animal sacrifice and that Abel was making a sin sacrifice, neither of which are said in the Bible. Now we can speculate as to what it was about Cain’s sacrifice that was unacceptable (and it may have been because his was not a blood sacrifice) but the Bible does not say it was, and this book claims not only that it did, but that Cain’s sacrifice’s rejection is crucial to the Gospel.


  2. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

    I may be off base here, but I read this passage one time and the fact that the Bible says that Cain brought the “fruit” of the ground not the first fruits like Abel. It seems that there is a difference to me here and what the Bible seems to be saying here is God honoured Abel because he brought the best of his flock and Cain just brought a pile of “fruit”. Probably was pretty good fruit, but it doesn’t say he brought his best.


  3. The real problem with Cain lay in his heart, not in his offering per se.

    We learn this by reading further and seeing a.) his childish, petulant response to God’s favor toward his brother, b.) by his rejection of God’s subsequent and gracious counsel, and later still c.) by the evil and violent act of cold-blooded murder he visited upon his sibling. Hebrews 11 offers a bit of inspired NT commentary on this incident revealing to us that “by faith Abel offered a better sacrifice to God than his brother Cain”. God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must must worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Abel’s sacrifice [a form of worship] was married to faith, Cain’s wasn’t, and without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6).

    Among the many lessons herein is the fact that in this world the righteous are always despised and persecuted by the unrighteous. Yet we know that judge of the earth will do right (Gen. 18:25).

    from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation. – Luke 11:51

    But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

    See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

    Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” – Heb. 18:22-29

    In Christ,


  4. hi I am going to read this book as it was recommended by a friend who is willing to help me find my way back to GOD. I was wondering if the previous comment is a sarcastic one? or not? please explain. thank you


  5. Our group has been studying this book and I have to say I am really struggling with how the author insists we have “equal righteousness with God” in multiple chapters. No where in any version of the Bible I can find do we Ever equal God.


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