Thursday, March 31, 2022

Knowing Christ More Intimately Through the Gospels


By: Donna Bucher

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6

In this season of Lent, I find my soul prefers a slower, more deliberate walk with Jesus. In fact, no other way offers the deep intimacy garnered journeying with Christ to the Cross.


Lent invites us aside into a time of stillness and contemplation; a time of seeking Him and a fuller understanding of His sacrifice of Love. We do this by walking slow, lingering long, and listening with our hearts.


Wooing us from the mundane and busy, Lent moves us to experience the extraordinary in His Presence. A welcome fast from things vexing our souls, assaulting our ears and blinding our eyes, we look to His Way: The Way.


Spending time together the past three weeks marveling at God’s Word and ways we can seek to know God, His Ways, His Thoughts, His Identity, His Love, and His Penultimate Plan for dwelling with us for all of eternity. We explored methods for reading the Bible perhaps a bit differently than you have before.


Given the Bible is God’s Story, his memoir if you will, we want to read it to know Him more intimately.


As Lent turns our minds more towards Jesus Christ, this week I share two plans for reading through the Gospels. The Gospels fully share every aspect of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection, providing the perfect plan for knowing Christ more intimately.


The first plan encompasses reading all four Gospels in forty-five days, simply reading two chapters each day, starting with the Gospel of Matthew. Simply begin day one with reading Matthew chapters one and two.

Continue in this fashion until you finish reading all four Gospels.


The second plan encompasses forty days, and incorporates grace days for rest in between the chapters read. For this plan you begin on day one with reading chapter one of Matthew, Luke and John. On day two you will read chapter two of Matthew, Luke and John; you read in this manner for five days, concluding with chapter five of Matthew, Luke and John. Then take two Grace Days (days six and seven).

Then begin again on day eight with reading chapter 6 of Matthew, Luke and John. Continue for five days, concluding with chapter ten of Matthew, Luke and John. Then take two Grace Days (days thirteen and fourteen). Pick up on day fifteen as above. Reading in this manner concludes the Gospel of John on Day twenty-nine at which point you begin reading the Gospel of Mark in sequence concluding all of the Gospels on day forty. Here is a handy diagram for better illustration.


I prefer the second Bible reading plan for the Gospels as it allows you once again to see connections between the Gospels instead of a straight read through each one in order.


If you missed any of the previous posts on God’s Word, check them out here:

HaveYou Feasted Lately?

Let’sREAD the Bible! (READ Technique for Bible reading)

WhenReading the Bible Feels Hard



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1 comment:

  1. Donna, thank you for this. I love reading the Gospels! ♥


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