The Jesus Storybook Bible on the St Bot’s YouTube Channel
I first came across The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones a few years ago when my son was about five or six. There are lots of ‘children’s’ Bibles on the market, some of which are excellent, The Beginners’ Bible for instance is a great start for even the youngest child.
There is something different about The Jesus Storybook Bible, it doesn’t just retell the wonderful stories of the Bible heroes we all know and love; Noah, Joseph, David, Peter, Paul etc., it brings them to life in the context of God’s BIG plan. I believe that Sally has been given a gift, a gift which is to bring the truth of each story into the comprehension and imagination of children (and adults) by using language which is both accessible and fun to read.
All this is wonderful in its own right, however, the most notable and vital thing about this book is that Jesus is evident from the very first page; in fact he is more than present, he is the purpose and subject of each chapter.
I remember my sense of surprise when I first became aware of Jesus’ presence in the Old Testament. I was probably in my early twenties when I heard a sermon explaining Jesus’ presence in the lives of his people throughout history; it was as if a light-bulb had been switched on and I started to appreciate the Old Testament in a new way. I had always known that God is three persons in one, however I had separated each of those three persons into their own section of the Bible with very little overlap. I remember reading the Old Testament stories again; of Adam and Eve, Abraham and Moses and seeing Christ alive and making himself known (Christophanies) in each of these historical episodes and many others.
The beautiful thing about The Jesus Story Book Bible is that it presents Jesus to children and young people right from the start. There is no doubt that God’s story is also Jesus’ story and it is also the Holy Spirit’s story too – all these truths are retold faithfully in this book. It is not, however, a substitute for a good translation of the whole Bible and for that I would recommend the New Living Translation (NLT). This is a good translation to help children get to grips with the whole of God’s word; it’s also good for grown-ups who want to get the sense of a particular Bible passage in slightly easier language than some of the more common translations.
I hope you enjoy listening to and reading along with The Jesus Storybook Bible as I post videos on the St Bot’s YouTube channel.
I would also like to recommend an excellent article by Glen Scrivener on the presence of Jesus throughout the Old Testament: