Review: Andreas Köstenberger & Justin Taylor’s The Final Days of Jesus

The Final Days of Jesus walks steadfastly towards the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t veer to the left or to the right. And it succeeds in driving us towards Jesus as we go along for the journey.

I’ve had this one for a few weeks, but was saving it for holy week to use as a personal devotional of sorts. It refreshed my soul and reminded me of my Savior during the week and drew my attention afresh to the activities of the Savior so that I could meditate on him.

Each chapter is a day in the final week of Jesus’ life. During that day of holy week, Taylor and Köstenberger first rehearse the relevant Scripture from each Gospel then they provide commentary on the significance, a kind of running theological narration. It’s as simple as that.

I’ll go back and compliment their introduction now. It’s brief, but helpful in the way it acknowledges common questions about the Gospels and also provides overview of relevant information.

I would recommend using The Final Days of Jesus as a devotional resource during holy week. Let it remind you of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It’s readable enough to easily move through each day as holy week progresses during personal or family devotions. I would also heartily recommend for pastors to give it to their churches during this season of the year. Or even for smaller groups desiring to study through the final week of Jesus’ life.

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Mathew Sims is the author of A Household Gospel Fulfilling the Great Commission in Our Homes and has written for CBMW Men’s blog, Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Borrowed Light, and Servants of Grace. He also works as the managing editor at Gospel-Centered Discipleship. They attend Downtown Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Greenville, SC.