5 Stars Out Of 5
Let Jesus Death and Resurrection Change You
February 21, 2015
This is a book like no other that I have read the depiction of what author Gene Edwards sees as Jesus view of the hours leading up to His death and resurrection. The battles in the spiritual realm, His suffering in prayer, His ultimate suffering, death and then, victory! It is a must read for mature Christians, those who understand that the spiritual battles demonstrated could be especially considered during Lent, during the week commemorating Christs death and resurrection, or any other time of year.
We as sinful human beings truly cannot know what Jesus experienced through those excruciatingly long, dreadful hours, but what we see from the heart of this author will change forever the understanding of the crushing weight of our sin cost God, cost Jesus. The physical suffering of our Lord was not emphasized to the degree I might have anticipated. Instead, we see the demonstration of the possible immense spiritual battles that our Savior, Jesus, may have endured. For me, for my sins. Could I ever see a sin as little after reading this? I hope not!
The Day I Was Crucified is great literary work of this century to be sure; the authors insight into Gods will for mankind because He loves us so much more than we can imagine, includes scenes and struggles that I never considered. He includes the depravity faced by Jesus as inflicted the enemy of our soul and his demons, and the last enemy to be overcome death. Not merely physical death, but the eternal damnation of our soul if we reject who Jesus is and what He has done.
If there are things included that might seem to go against what you have been taught before or what your church teaches, I would urge you to remember that the ultimate truth that the Lord wanted us to know this side of heaven is in the pages of Scripture. Remember that Part One of this book is not scripture, but a previously unexplored view of the spirit realm that those who were present at Christs crucifixion were not privy to. Remember that nothing Jesus endured was a surprise to God why else would Jesus have suffered so grievously in prayer the night before His death?
And as you consider the battles of Part One, you will find in Part Two a skillful compilation of the four Gospel accounts of Jesus trials, crucifixion, and resurrection. While the version of Scripture is not noted, it is for many of us the very familiar truths of Jesus final hours before His death, and His resurrection from death. To read these verses together is as if the Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday scriptures were all part of one long, tragic, victorious day.
We are gifted through this to have a glimpse of how great Gods love is for us, how great Jesus love for and obedience to His Father is. Now that we have so much more to reflect on then before, we also may consider how we live in the light of Gods love and Jesus glorious resurrection. I highly recommend this book to mature Christians of any age, and Christians who desire the growth in faith that might be imparted as they understand the outrageous sacrifice Jesus made on their behalf. Take your time with it. Reflect on what is truth in scripture, as well as the suggestions of what Jesus fought for so mightily for you as seen through the eyes of Gene Edwards. It can change your life.
With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.