There are many great first lines of Bible Chapters too, for example:
In the beginning God… (Genesis 1)
The Lord is my shepherd… (Psalm 23)
Blessed is the man… (Psalm 1)
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord... (Isaiah 6)
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth… (Revelation 21)
Probably my favorite of all time:
There is therefore now no condemnation… (Romans 8)
Now look at John ch 8
I am on a men's retreat and our text last night was John 8:31-36. Great stuff. I got back to my room and started at the top of the chapter to see what is going on.
The chapter starts with "But Jesus"
Now I want to know what is going on.
In chapter 7 Jesus is under attack from the religious leaders of the day. At the end of the day and the chapter we have this verse
Everyone went to his home. (John 7:53 NASB)
Then chapter 8 begins:
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. (John 8:1 NASB)
Jesus goes home to the presence of the Father. You get the impression from the text that He spends the night in communion with Papa.
He did not go and repent for being too hard on the crowd, or ring His hands in worry. He went to be in the presence of The Lover Of His Soul.
And when you read chapter 8 you will see He was receiving some amazing revelation that night.
Our time with The Lord is a time to receive downloads in preparation for the day ahead. We have to resist the temptation to spend all our time worrying in King James English, or complaining of our plight.
Ask Father to open His word to your heart, and open your heart to His word.
He will give what we need to face the ‘evil’ of the day ahead.