This book explores how restless hearts can be satisfied in the person of Jesus. For roughly 1,000 days, He had a ministry on earth. When we understand what Jesus said and did during that time, when we become like Him, we can finally see our longing hearts fulfilled. Jonathan invites the reader along on a journey. “It's a journey to understand His teachings, model your life after His example, and follow Him in a new way.” (9) Jesus is the author of life and He knows how it should be lived.
This is not a comprehensive look at Jesus' life and ministry. Jonathan takes scenes from the 1,000 days, applying them to life. We are encouraged to call on Jesus to calm us in the midst of our turmoils. We learn the methods of Satan in Jesus' temptation: wanting it now, trusting in a plan other than God's, and taking the easy road to success.
Other lessons include possessions, hell and heaven, worship, Jesus' prayer and last words.
He has added stories from his own life, the lives of others, other Bible teachers, and literature to illustrate the lessons.
At the end of each chapter are questions for individual reflection or small group discussion. There is also a 30 page Bible Study Guide at the end of the book. The fifteen studies have opening discussion questions, Scripture passages to read, study questions, prayer items, a passage to memorize, ways to help others, and topics for further study. With these resources, this book would make a good choice for a Sunday School class or small group.
There are many online resources for this book as well. Go to www.1000days.trbc.org for videos, reading through the gospels plan, and more. Follow @ChristSays and every day you will receive a example of something Christ said that you can apply to your life.
This book is a great introductory study to the life of Christ. While Jonathan does supply some insights from the Greek, this book is not at all difficult to understand and would be good for new believers.
Jonathan Falwell is the senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church and vice chancellor for spiritual affairs at Liberty University. He and his wife, Shari, have four children.
Thomas Nelson Publishers, 229 pages, hardcover.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed are my own.