Journey into the Presence of God Through the Last Words of Jesus
His Final Words Are Your New Beginning
It’s Good Friday. The Son of God is giving up his life. What does he want to say to us in His final hours? What does He tell the people standing at the foot of the cross, to pass down to the ages? He speaks only seven short statements. Words of forgiveness, salvation, relationship, abandonment, distress, triumph, and reunion. Seven statements that mean everything.
In Seven-Mile Miracle, Pastor Steven Furtick shows us how Jesus’s last words offer mile markers for our journey in relationship with God. It’s a lifelong journey and it’s not always easy. But Jesus is both our guide and our destination as we travel.
Includes questions for reflection and a forty-day reading guide to Jesus’s death and resurrection.
A Proven Path for Spiritual Growth
From time to time we all feel stuck in our relationship with God and frustrated by life’s setbacks. Jesus faced what could have been the ultimate defeat on the cross. Yet he emerged triumphant through his relationship with his heavenly Father. And he showed us the way so that we could do the same.
In Seven-Mile Miracle, Steven Furtick explores how Jesus’s seven last statements on the cross offer a proven spiritual growth path for us. You will experience the Easter message more personally than ever before as you engage the words of forgiveness, salvation, relationship, abandonment, distress, triumph, reunion.
After all, we are not simply believers—people who have put our faith in Jesus. We are not simply disciples—pupils who learn from him. We are called to be followers of Christ. This is your opportunity to follow Jesus through his death, and move forward in his resurrection power, starting now.
Megachurch pastor Furtick (Sun Stand Still), who established Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C., addresses the seven things Jesus said on the cross: "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing"; "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise"; "Woman, here is your son.... Here is your mother"; "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"; "I am thirsty"; "It is finished"; and "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." Furtick asserts that each statement is a marker on a map plotting out a seven-mile journey to knowing God, and compares the trek to the walk along the road to Emmaus after Jesus's death. At times Furtick offers astonishing insight about how passages of the Bible link together. For instance, the story of Joseph's interpretation of the cupbearer and baker's dreams in Genesis has a striking similarity to the two thieves on either side of Christ on the cross. Other passages are overly simplistic, giving lip service to the fact that the road to following Christ isn't easy, but leaving the reader with little sense of what that means. This quick read only scratches the surface of the Christian walk but will be a fine introduction for readers seeking a path of greater spiritual depth.