In this book, author Steven Furtick examines the seven last statements (or “words’) of Jesus from the cross in light of the spiritual journey of every believer. He boils each one down to its’ essential meaning:
*Forgiveness –“Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
*Salvation–“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43
*Relationship–“Woman, here is your son … Here is your mother.” John 19:26-27
*Abandonment–“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46
*Distress–“I am thirsty.” John 19:28
*Triumph–“It is finished.” John 19:30
*Reunion–“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46
Each section includes questions for journaling or group discussion. At the end there is a forty-day reading guide with Scripture selections on the death and resurrection of Jesus.
This was an easy read would be a good pick to use as a spiritual exercise during the season of Lent. Since the author is not Lutheran, there were some theological statements I disagreed with, mainly around the issue of “making a decision” to choose Christ. As Lutherans, we believe Christ chooses us.
VERDICT: 3 Stars due to the theological issues.
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