I would definitely recommend Last Words of Jesus: First Steps to a Richer Life to anyone seeking to read a good book for Lent. (Not that the book is merely a book you read for Lent, it's so much more than that.) One chapter is given for each of the seven last words from the cross. Each chapter has discussion questions. Each chapter includes Scriptural Reflections.
- Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34
- Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:43
- Woman, behold thy son!…Disciple, behold thy mother! John 19:26-27
- My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me? Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:33
- I thirst. John 19:28
- It is finished. John 19:30
- Father, Into thy hands I commend my spirit. Luke 23:46
Each chapter is reflective. Epperson writes beautifully about the meaning--the true meaning, the deeper meaning--of each last word. It is passionate and sometimes poetical.
I loved the focus of this one. How each chapter brings glory to God. I loved the Scriptural Reflections at the end of each chapter. It was probably the one thing that made me love the book. It also helped that he frequently quoted A.W. Pink.
Scriptural Reflections -- Chapter 2 -- Luke 23:43
- Psalm 34:18
- Psalm 103:11-12
- Proverbs 11:30
- Isaiah 53:12
- Isaiah 57:15
- Matthew 9:13
- Matthew 27:38
- Mark 15:27-28
- Luke 23:32-33
- John 19:18
- Romans 5:5-6
- Romans 10:9-10
- 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
- 1 Timothy 1:15
- 1 John 5:11-12
There's no other way than the way of the Cross. Without the Tree of Death, there could be no Words of Life!
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible