Familiarity with the Bible is a good thing, but if you’re like me, you may find that the more you read the Bible, the easier it is to lose the power and beauty that you first found there. This has nothing to do with Scripture, and everything to do with us. We feel like we already know the story and we’re ready to move on to the next thing, when the reality is we can never plumb the depths of God’s story, even though we seem to lose our wonder and awe of it.
That’s when I find that reading or hearing the story with different words, through a different lens, can make a huge difference. This can be through reading a different translation of Scripture, like The Message. For me, it often comes through music.
During this Easter weekend, I thought I’d share with you two resources that have helped me in removing the blinders of familiarity from the stories of Holy Week, making them heartbreakingly fresh again.
The Life by Michael Card is actually a compilation of three albums he recorded (The Final Word; Scandalon; Known by the Scars) on the birth, life and death/resurrection of Jesus. Michael is both a biblical scholar and an amazing musical poet.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones is definitely not just for children. It tells the one story underneath all the stories of the Bible and points to the birth of a child, the Rescuer, Jesus. The audio edition is read by award-winning British actor David Suchet and is phenomenal.
I thought it would be interesting to take the same biblical story, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and let you hear it through each of the artists above. My prayer is that, through listening, you will be awed afresh by the wonder of God’s One Big Story.
In the Garden – Michael Card
A Dark Night in the Garden – Sally Lloyd Jones