Gospels in 40 Days – April 15
Today is the last day of Lent and wraps up our 40 days in the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter. The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.
To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!
Have a beautiful Easter celebration!!!
John was one of Jesus’ closest apostles. He often referred to himself in his gospel as the disciple Jesus loved. He was also pretty young when he walked with Jesus and watched him die on the cross, and he later played a large role in the expansion of Christianity, penning 1, 2, and 3 John and Revelation as well as his gospel and pastoring a church in Ephesus. His gospel is the most relational of the four gospels as it best describes who Jesus is and helps us to know him better.
Clicking on the following links will take you to the Bible Gateway website where you can read the NIV version of today’s reading:
ALL OF IT: John 20-21
MOST OF IT: John 21
HIGHLIGHT REEL: John 20:1-18
Is the story of Jesus engrained into your story?
Too Many Stories to Count | Jess Howell
John 21:25 – There are so many other things Jesus did. If they were all written down, each of them, one by one, I can’t imagine a world big enough to hold such a library of books. [MSG]
Again, we read about Christ’s glorious resurrection and the experiences of the disciples in the days and weeks following the event. They were scared more than anything else and seemingly clueless as to what to do next. Thankfully Jesus provides instruction for them, but John leaves out much of that in his writing.
I just love seeing the red print in my Bible signifying all that Jesus said while on earth. It’s obvious he said more than what is captured in the Bible, but I love that John brings up the fact that Jesus did and said FAR more than any books can hold. Perhaps that is what the Holy Spirit is supposed to do for us – to write the stories of what Jesus does in and through each of us to glorify Him and share His name to the world.
Father, I learned so much reading through Your Gospels. It must please you so much to know how these 4 books change lives! Thank You for the story of your Son. Thank You for my life that He saved. I pray that I grow and become more fruitful each day, to be more like Your Son. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.