In Last Words of Christ, the descriptive image of light and darkness in Mark's Gospel exposes an interpretive key. That key opens a new look into the Messiah's final thoughts; it also discloses the Bible's literary construction.
Last Words of Christ is comprised of seven sections divided into two major parts. This structure parallels the cross' contour in which Jesus' seven words are spoken in two time periods: morning's light and afternoon's darkness.
By locating Jesus' last words in biblical history--not just isolating them on Calvary's cross--they are heard as a fulfillment of Old Testament portraits. More so, the wisdom of reading the Bible as inspired literature is affirmed. In traversing this biblical history-to-crucifixion interplay, the epic story of Scripture emerges, revealing the wonder and grandeur of the cross.
Endorsers are saying:
"A masterful job of unpacking the theological implications of Christ's final words ... brings to life the most magnificent story of Scripture" (Rob Seims, South Puget Sound Region, Associate Regional Director, Young Life)
"Seldom has the age-old struggle of good vs. evil, light against darkness been so evident .... a biblical tour de force." (Tim Teusink, M.D., M.A. (Bioethics), international ministries with SIM, France)
"A stimulating look at Christ's Seven Last Words.... rich with theological meaning and contextual insight ... I read it with fascination." (Dr. Keith Carpenter, KCC Senior Pastor)
" With] high regard for Scripture as God-breathed, Clausen ... reminds us to read Scripture] as literature ... to convey deeper, symbolic meaning as well." (Mr. Lynn C. Conver, Linguist/Translator and Editor, Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International)