Reading Backwards

“Only by reading backwards, in light of the resurrection, under the guidance of the Spirit, can we understand both Israel’s Scripture and Jesus’ words” (p 86).

Growing up, I didn’t know much about the differences between the gospels, or, at least the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). Like many, I didn’t understand the reason for the multiple gospels besides the fact that they gave more/less information on different circumstances in the life of Jesus. I thought they were pretty straightforward. Jesus was born, He performed a bunch of miracles, he was crucified, resurrected, and ascended to the Father.

As my last review may have implied, I also barely read my Bible. As a kid and teenager, reading my Bible was on top of list of things I should do, but not so much on the things I will do. Even still, I didn’t have much of an understanding on the…

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