Children’s Book Review: The Priest with Dirty Clothes


The Plot

Based on -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.

The Characters

Sproul reveals that the main characters are reflective of the following: The King is God (), Jonathan is the typical Christian (; ; ); Malus is the devil (; ) and the Great Prince is Jesus, the Son of God (; ).

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.

3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.

16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.

Psalm 96:3

Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!

and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

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Andrew Courtis

Andrew Courtis

ANDREW - Serves as Pastor of Hills Bible Church. I am married to Dianne and we have three children (Kate, Emma and Jack). I was born and raised in Melbourne, moved to Adelaide to undertake theological studies (BMin.), and have completed additional studies with the Australian College of Theology (MATh.). I have served in pastoral ministry in both Melbourne and Sydney and am a qualified school teacher. I am committed to expository preaching and making the word of God known and understood.