The story of Jesus comes to us from the past, and it leads us on to the future.

What kind of story is the story of Jesus? It’s a story that comes to us from the past, from a long, long time ago. Is it a story that’s to be left in the past? or Is it possible that it’s more than a story from the past? Could it be that it’s a story that reaches out to us from the past, a story that leads us on to the future? Is it a story which calls us to look, in a different way, at our life in today’s world? It challenges us to think, again, about the idea, we often have, that what’s new is what’s best. It invites us to take a look at Jesus, to see if, from the past, he can bring something new into our lives, something that wasn’t there before. Perhaps, from the story of Jesus, we can learn lessons that we won’t learn if we never think about anything else except what’s happening in today’s world. The more we read the story of Jesus, the more we will find ourselves living in two worlds. We will find ourselves moving between the world in which Jesus lived and the world in which we are now living. We will find ourselves learning about life in today’s world, as we read the words that Jesus spoke so many years ago. The words of Jesus will take us back even further than the time that Jesus lived on earth: “Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, Jesus explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). What effect will the words of Jesus have upon us? “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32). Our hearts were burning within us: what does this mean? It means that a new light is shining into our hearts, a light that comes to us from Jesus, a light that keeps on shining with the passing of the centuries, the light of his love that never comes to an end. As we go back to the world of the Scriptures, reading the Old Testament and the New Testament, we will feel that, the old world is, also, a new world. It’s a world in which we will learn about the greatest love of all, the love that leads us on to eternal life: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).


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