Shifting our Focus

I want to use this space to explain a shift in our reading plan that you will see in September.


The opening verses of Hebrews declare:

 

"In the past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, [2] but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. [3] The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word."

 

God was very creative in the Old Testament, speaking through people, a whirlwind, a burning bush and even a donkey! But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son. If the Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, and if we are called to know God, then does it not make sense that we would spend as much time as we can watching and learning from Jesus?

 

Since the start of the year, our second daily reading has been a Psalm or Proverb. Beginning in September that second reading will be from one of the Gospels. We want to get to know Jesus so that we can better know God and reflect His character in the world.

 

Making the Gospels our consistent companion means that we will read through all four Gospels three times before we get to the New Testament! As we do, I invite you to use this part of the reading as your chance to daily sit at Jesus’ feet and ask His Spirit to reveal what you need to know about Him.

 

I also invite you to be creative in how you “read” these verses. On one time through, read in a fresh translation (like The Voice or The Passion). On another, listen to it on a Bible app on your phone such as Bible Gateway or Bible.is. On the next, grab a big bowl of popcorn, gather the family on Friday night and binge watch a week’s worth of readings in an hour. Netflix offers a well-done video presentation on all four Gospels; just search for them by name (e.g. The Gospel of Matthew). Also, you can find The Visual Bible on YouTube or on sale at Christianbook.

 

Do you have another suggestion for a translation, app or video option, or a different idea for how we can experience Jesus in the Gospels? Please leave a comment and let others know.

 

The older I get the more I see what a gift the Gospels are to us. May God help us receive His gift and truly benefit from it in the months ahead.
 

Rob