I’d start with John
An acquaintance recently asked me, “If I want to start reading the Bible, where should I begin?” The question made me think. The obvious answer would be to start at the beginning. Maybe do a “through the Bible in 365 days” program. Then I thought the psalms always make for good Bible reading. But instead I said, “If it was me, I’d start with John.”
I’d start with John’s gospel, where we learn that God and his Word are synonymous. I’d underline the nutshell message: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
I would move on to John’s epistles to see the light and feel the love. God is light. In him there is no darkness at all. We walk in the light through the blood of Jesus Christ. And God is love. “Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16). We can love others because he loved us first.
I would take a peek into John’s Revelation to get a feel for everlasting life with God. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
And then I said, “I’d read everything else in the Bible, with John in mind.”
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