If you could choose one historical person that your children knew everything about, who would it be?
I know this sounds like the “Sunday School answer,” but for me, the person would be Jesus. More than anything, I hope to instill in my kids a love for Christ, a longing to know everything about Him, who He is, and what He has done.
Reading the Gospels Every Year
The time between Christmas and Resurrection Sunday offers a perfect time for families to read the stories from Jesus’ life. Right after we celebrate the birth of Christ, it make sense that we continue the story leading up to His death and resurrection.
Whether you do it only one year, or you make it a tradition several years in a row, taking time to walk your kids through the life of Christ—scene by scene, story by story—gives you a perfect opportunity to teach them about the Son of God in all his greatness.
Chronological Reading Plan
You could, of course, read through each Gospel one at a time. But you can also choose to read all four Gospels in parallel, giving your children a comprehensive picture of Christ’s life.
Stories written in the four Gospels are not always in chronological order, and in several instances there is considerable overlap and repetition among the Gospels. As much as I want to teach my children about the unique perspectives of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, I also want them to get a sense of the whole of Christ’s life from beginning to end.
This is why I created The Life of Christ Family Reading Plan. This Bible reading plan rearranges the stories from all four Gospels in chronological order. In instances where more than one Gospel tells the same story, only one Gospel account is listed (usually the account that is the most thorough).
How to Use This Reading Plan
This plan is designed for doing five readings per week. (For instance, you can do one per weekday and use the weekends to review or catch up).
The reading plan is designed to start on January 1 (or shortly after if January 1 falls close to the end of the week).
The reading plan is designed to end on Good Friday (or the Saturday following, if you choose). A bonus week is added at the end for the week of Easter, featuring the stories of Christ’s resurrection.
Why Four Reading Schedules?
The date of Easter changes every year. In the Western church, Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the First Full Moon after March 20. This means Easter can be as early as March 22 and as late as April 25.
Because the time between January 1 and Easter varies from year to year, I’ve provided four different reading schedules to accommodate (a 12-week plan, a 13-week plan, a 14-week plan, and a 15-week plan). I’ve also included a guide so you know which plan to use each year.