Jonathan Falwell, son of the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, has written a new book entitled, 1000 Days; The Ministry of Christ. This book takes a chronological look at the three and a half years of Jesus’ earthly ministry leading up to His death and resurrection. The focus of the book is more than just the facts that Jesus came and died. 1000 Days focuses on what Jesus did while on earth. Falwell draws the reader into the personal and public ministry of Christ as it was directed toward others. Jesus’ preaching, teaching, and healing are highlighted to show that Jesus came to impact the lives of people, and this care for all people was in stark contrast to the Jewish religious leadership of the day.
One of the things I appreciated about the book is that direction that Falwell chose to address Christ’s 1000 days. This direction can be summed up in the word “intentional”. Jesus was intentional and did everything with a specific purpose in mind. Falwell explains Jesus’ purpose in everything from why Jesus chose the disciples that He did, to the timing of His miracles and confrontations with the Pharisees and other leaders, to the language and wording of His teachings. All of these were for a specific purpose. Falwell’s use of Greek word study throughout the book captures the truest sense of what Jesus spoke to the people He came to minister to. 1000 Days is a great read for both long-time Christians and new believers as well. This book is not a complicated read, nor is an exhaustive account of every action of Jesus Christ. The personal stories in each chapter are relatable to the topic at hand and introduce specific actions. Each chapter contains study questions that enable this book to be used a good small-group resource. This book will be well worth your time.
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