Most commonly in the Hellenist culture of first century Christianity a disciple was known as not just a follower but as an adherent to the instruction of the one they followed. I am Christian who is taking discipleship seriously and hoping to inspire others to do the same along the way. Many followed Christ; few adhered to His teaching.
Seven Mile Miracle by Steven Furtick takes an in depth look
at the meaning and significance of the last 7 phrases uttered by Jesus
Christ from the cross.
Furtick takes readers on a 7 mile journey through the last
phrases of Jesus on the cross in parallel with the risen Christ’s conversation with the two
disciples that traveled to Emmaus after hearing the news of Christ’s
resurrection but failing to believe. Mile by mile you as the reader will
discover pieces of your own journey in tandem with the journey of the two
disciples on the Emmaus road. Furtick shows us how each phrase Christ uttered
holds great significance for all Christians throughout time. They are just as relevant
for believers today as that were on the day of His crucifixion.
One significant point for me in this book was woven
throughout the book just as we find it in God’s Word; the command of “Follow
Me.” Furtick points out that those in Christ are not just believers, disciples,
or even Christian. Another point that is brought out in the book is that these two on the road to Emmaus were together when they are joined by Christ. Notice they are talking and discussing when Jesus joins their conversation. Furtick shows us that while we are each called to follow Jesus for ourselves we cannot follow Him by ourselves. "You spiritual success will only be as strong as your support system." (Seven Mile Miracle, Steven Furtick, p.73) We are from beginning to end to be followers (together) and it is only
through following that we can be believers, disciples and Christians.
Seven Mile Miracle is an interesting perspective on the 7
last phrases that Jesus uttered to His followers from the cross. While this
book is an easy read it is still challenging enough in content to encourage the
reader to think deeper or differently about their Christian walk.
“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.