Don’t diss the past
1 John 1
There are a lot of conversations about the end.
The end times. The end of the world.
The Internet has colossal sites devoted to this subject.
There are a lot of dreams about the future.
People believing that their utopia is just around the corner.
Prophecies suggest that life will get better. Perfect satisfaction is about to be experienced. It is ours to reach for.
There are a lot of desires to forget the past and move on.
The old has gone the new has come, we love that verse.
We can feel failures of the past, jealous of the beginning, threatened by any sign of the beginning beginning again.
John is a guy who thinks the beginning is important. The first few words of his gospel mirror the words of Genesis, “In the beginning …” In his letter he does the same, “That which was from the beginning …”
It is in the beginning:
* that the original plans are created.
* that the calling was first given.
* that life was simpler, less was in our life, but we had more time to appreciate what we had.
* that promises were made.
John was saying it was in the beginning:
* when we first heard of Jesus.
* when we first saw Jesus.
* when we first touched Jesus.
It was in the beginning:
* when we first encountered Jesus, when we experienced Him for ourselves, when we gained a voice to speak of Him.
The key is to be able to mine your past, to get to the beginning and draw everything there is to draw for your future. Above all to draw on Him who is from the beginning. Who was there at your beginning and who is with you now.