An in-depth exploration of Jesus’ last words.
Author Robert J. Nash dissects the seven intentional sayings from Christ on the cross. We’re familiar with His last words. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” “Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” “It is finished.” But what is their context? How do they apply to us today? This is the heart of Last Words.
The text is relatively short at 96 pages, including pages of references. But the main goal is to let the power of the words and their intention reach into the reader’s heart. Nash accomplishes this with reflection and prayer at the end of each chapter.
Nash brings the reader back to the society and traditions that existed at the time. We learn how Jesus’ words were relevant and meaningful then and still speak to us today. His crucifixion was an astounding sacrifice that changed the course of history and saved us. When we place our mind back in that time, it helps us understand and appreciate it all the more.
Putting myself mentally and emotionally at the foot of the cross is always a humbling and surreal experience. To see and feel the pain that Jesus suffered for my sins is almost too large to grasp. Last Words brought me back there and it’s always a spiritual journey worth taking.
With the narrow focus on the final sayings of Jesus, this book is different than most Christian books. Christians who are solid in their faith and looking to really connect with Jesus and His ultimate sacrifice would enjoy Last Words. Historians might enjoy reading about the circumstances of the time. Christians looking to deepen their faith would be served more by other books.
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Robert J. Nash graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois in 2000. He went on to receive a Masters in Divinity at Bethel University and Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has been a pastor in a variety of settings. Most currently he has served as the campus pastor at Sawyer Highlands in Southwest Michigan for over seven years.
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