Read one or more of the Gospels over the next 40 days. Two to three chapters a day
will accomplish the goal of finishing all four.
My introduction to Bible stories came from my mother. My earliest memories put me in her lap hearing her tell me about Jesus. After that it was flannel graph pictures, those colorful figures moved about by the Sunday school teacher’s hand as she told us of the miraculous deeds of Jesus. These were adventures even a child could understand.
I’ve heard those stories all of my life. I know the details. I’ve read the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John many times. I’ve even taught these lessons, for crying out loud.
But my challenge today, and yours if you are on this journey with me, is to read one or more of the books recording the life of Jesus of Nazareth once again.
I want to read it with fresh eyes as if I’ve never heard it before. I want to see this narrative as if for the very first time and be caught up in the wonder of it, the miraculous activity, and the revelation of very God walking around in the dirt of earth with skin on just like mine.
I want to see the Son of Man as He experiences life on planet earth, not from the Heavenly perspective but right in the middle of its changing seasons, its grit and grime. I want to see Him fearlessly touching the unclean, weeping at the tomb of a loved one, laughing with the children, sailing along on a fishing trip, walking and talking with friends.
I’ve already started with the book of John because that may be my favorite account. And I pray for eyes to see Him as I’ve never seen Him before.
Just a note: Farther into our journey we will look more closely at the final week of Jesus through the eyes of each gospel writer.
Won’t you join us on this journey? There’s no time like today.
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