At the beginning of this calendar year, many of us committed to a program of reading through the entire Bible in one year. Quite an undertaking! But one that has been worth it, I think!
I also know that we lost a number of folks along the way. The Old Testament can be a challenge sometimes (okay, a lot of the time), due to strange names, violence, esoteric practices, and at times foreign theology. We long for the grace and love we are accustomed to seeing in the life and work of Jesus Christ.
Well guess what – it is time! After trudging through the biblical witness chronologically, we have gotten to the point in history where the light of the world makes his grand appearance. Yes, tomorrow we start reading the Gospels, the testament of Jesus’ life on earth, and then we will read about how the Church continued to grow and mature in the years that followed. If you do today’s reading, you will read some background and historical context for this life-changing story.
So dust off your Daily Bible, and jump back on the train. Just think what could happen if we all committed to reading together the story of Jesus at the same time. How might the Spirit move in us and in our congregations?
See you in first century Palestine!
For those who missed our October Joint Bible Study, here is the handout. It is a comparison of the audience, goals, characteristics and themes of each of the four Gospels. Have a look!