The Last Seven Words

by Clarence W. Cranford
Baker Book House (1960)

A little book, yet so rich in content …

I know we are coming on the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas, but even so, and perhaps because of that, we should be reminded of the love of God and the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us on the cross. This little book by Clarence Cranford can do just that. Published in 1960, the references to the current events of the day date the book, but the real subject that Cranford writes about is never dated.

It’s a quiet book — he doesn’t yell at us from the page — he has simply looked at the last seven words that Christ spoke from the cross and wrote interpretations and insights of them. He has shown me attitudes and positions of the people who were around Jesus during those last days that I hadn’t considered. What he has written speaks to the heart and at times cuts to the quick and it’s the type of book that can be read and re-read and something new will present itself each time. This seems to be rare in writings and books today.

The book revolves around the theme of voices in the first chapter. We hear a cacophony of voices everyday and at the end of that chapter he invites us to tune out the voices we always hear to listen to the voice that comes to us from the cross.

“… for this is the voice of love. It is to the cries of this voice we now turn as we close our ears for awhile to the voices that prevail in our world, and listen to him whose voice will still prevail when time shall be no more.” (p. 14)

The way Mr. Cranford writes is almost poetic in his choice, deliverance, and conservation of words. If you can get your hands on this book, get it, read it. You might try your local library or searching online at Alibris or Amazon.

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