Gaining Wisdom From the Past

Looking back can help us discover new truths and move forward with a renewed passion for our Savior.

Moving forward by looking back may seem like nonsense, but then again, much of godly wisdom sounds foolish to earthly ears (1 Corinthians 2:14). So, what does this look like in practice?

As a Jewish person, Jesus grew up celebrating Passover, a holiday commemorating the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt. At His final Passover meal—which we know as the Last Supper—Jesus used its rituals to reveal His identity as the perfect sacrificial lamb, the atonement for all humanity’s sin. And the Lord chose to make this astonishing disclosure by honoring tradition.

When you next attend church, keep an eye out for any important practices—like taking Communion, being baptized, saying the Lord’s Prayer, or reciting the Apostles’ Creed—that connect your congregation to the history of God’s people. If you can, dig a little deeper into each to find meaning you may have missed before.

Think about it

• After the resurrection, two disciples walked with Jesus without recognizing Him (Luke 24:13-35). What opened their eyes? How could church history bring a similar revelation of Jesus’ presence in your life?