My aunt gave my children the Jesus Storybook BIble for Christmas and it is my new favorite Bible for children. The illustrations by Jago are the best I’ve ever seen in a children’s Bible, but beyond that, the whole book is tied together by this idea on the front cover, that every story whispers his name. All through the telling of the Bible stories, author Sally Lloyd-Jones shows how God is pointing to, planning for and promising Jesus. At the end of the telling of the story of Jonah, she writes,
Many years later, God was going to send another Messenger with the same wonderful message. Like Jonah, he would spend three days in utter darkness.
But this Messenger would be God’s own Son. He would be called “The Word” because he himself would be God’s Message. God’s Message translated into our own language. Everything God wanted to say to the whole world-in a Person.
Though I grew up loving Jesus, I did not understand how much the Old Testament prepared the world for His arrival on the scene in Israel until I was much older. I love that this Bible storybook for children is painting the grander picture of redemptive history throughout the Bible for little hearts. I highly recommend this precious book for all ages. We will treasure ours always.
Here’s a quote from what may be the most touching introduction to God’s word ever written that explains that the Bible is most of all, a Story.
There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.
It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle–the piece that makes all other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.