The Bible isn’t a novel. It’s not meant to be read from beginning to end.
The Bible does have a plot, a story that develops over thousands of years. But it’s really important to know the end of the story first. Knowing the end puts all the parts in perspective.
Remember from last week: the whole point of the Bible is to lead us to Jesus, who described himself as “the beginning and the end.” As best we can, let’s make our reading begin and end with him.
So, to begin well let’s choose one of the four Gospels. I suggest starting with John or Mark.
Start with John to focus on who Jesus is. John had an especially close relationship with him and gives us a unique perspective. John adopted Jesus’ mother Mary into his home – I wonder how much his writing passes along Mary’s reflections.
Start with Mark if you prefer to focus on what Jesus did. They say that Mark’s gospel is likely to reflect Peter’s telling of events; Peter is a “get it done” kind of person.
Which ever one you pick, don’t rush. Give yourself time to pause, question, ponder.
I hope you find this hodgepodge of thoughts helpful. Grace and peace to you…