The first line of a book can give you clues as to what the book is going to be about, and gives you an idea of what it’s going to be like. Identify the books from these opening lines:
“I am an invisible man” – Invisible man
Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.” – A series of unfortunate events: The bad beginning
It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful. – Matilda
“Dorothy lived in the middle of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer’s wife. – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Today we’re going to think about the Biblical book of Mark. In order to find out a bit about Mark’s book, let’s look at Mark’s first line. What do you think this book is going to be about?
This is the good news about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Well, this first line tells us so much: it’s Good News! But what sort of Good News? Mark tells us: it’s Good News about Jesus. But who is Jesus? Mark tells us that too: He is the Christ (which is a way of saying that He is God’s promised rescuing King). And Mark doesn’t stop there because he also tells us that Jesus is God’s Son!
What a lot of information in just 12 words! A good first line should make you want to read on, and Mark does just that: who wouldn’t want to find out more?! Do you? Do you want to find out more about Jesus, God’s Son and the great rescuing King? Then read on… And ask God to help you understand the things you read about…