John 10:10 tells us that Jesus came not just to give us life, but abundant life. Author Jonathan Falwell reminds us in 1000 Days that Jesus gave us the best possible roadmap of abundant life in the approximate 3 years (or 1000 days) of his full-time ministry leading up to his death and resurrection.
A quote from the book: “Could Jesus simply have fast-forwarded from Bethlehem straight to the cross? Could He have skipped the parables, the one-on-one conversations where He patiently dialogued with individuals, the Sermon on the Mount, the walking on water, the miraculous picnics for crowds? none of it was really necessary to providing salvation. But He did all these things to show us a way of life that is absolutely vital if we want to find rest for our inner longings. It’s not about salvation; it’s about truly becoming the God-followers He intends us to be. … As we plunge into those 1000 days, listen to Him saying simply, ‘Watch Me.'”
And so Falwell gives us a fresh perspective on many of those Jesus moments. What was it really like for the disciples to forsake it all and follow Jesus? What hope and keys of victory over temptation does Jesus reveal during His days in the desert? What can we learn from His words from the cross? In a conversational tone and easy-to-read style, Falwell does a great job of lending new eyes to well-known stories. He provides historical context where necessary, as well as insights from his own visit to the Holy Land, in a way that feels like a behind-the-scenes tour. You can read the book quickly, but you’ll want to read it slowly.
There were sections I enjoyed more than others and stories of Jesus’s life I wish had been included, but overall this is certainly worth the read. Probably even more than once.
Note: Questions for personal reflection are included at the end of each chapter, plus a full group study guide is provided at the end of the text.
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