Today I begin another journey through the pages of the New Testament.
They’re familiar stories. I know how it turns out in the end. Yet, with every pass I discover something new. Because the words are alive.
There’s a distinctive feature about reading the Bible chronologically too. It presents the four gospel accounts side by side. For instance, the story of Jesus feeding five thousand men is told four times back to back. First in Matthew. Then in Mark. Next in Luke. And finally in John. I don’t have to skip around and hunt down these parallel passages. They’re right next to each other. One right after the other.
Reading the same story, as told by different eyewitness accounts, provides a more complete picture of what is really happening in a particular scene. Yes, some of the major details are the same, but intentional repetition implores the reader to take notice. And the minor details — found in only one or two of the accounts — help to round out the fuller view.
I love reading through the gospels in this manner.
But it gets even better.
As we read the book of Acts, we follow Paul on his missionary journeys. So when Paul writes to the church in Galatia, the One Year Chronological Bible lets us read his letter. We stop reading Acts for a couple of days and read Galatians instead. Then we resume Paul’s journey in Acts until he writes another letter, only this time to the church in Thessalonica. That’s when we read 1 and 2 Thessalonians.
In this way, we move through the Pauline epistles, piecing together his life and writings into a vivid tapestry of meaning.
With the One Year Chronological Bible, we’re reading the Bible from Point A to Point B. We’re shadowing the same routes the disciples traveled. And we’re observing their growth as followers of Christ, taking note of where we also need to grow in our own lives.
To read the Story of God’s Redemption, the way it actually unfolded in history, has been life-changing. And I invite you to join me and Team 365 as we read the New Testament together in the next 99 days.