What if we could change the past? This has been the subject of countless books and movies that toy with the concept of how our lives could be different if we could go back to one moment--or one series of events--and change the outcomes.
On March 2, the Reverend Billy Graham was laid to rest. His funeral was considered his "final crusade." The week preceding his funeral was filled with montages from his various sermons and crusades. One of this clips in particular really stood out for me. It was from a crusade preached in North Dakota in 1987 in which Graham told the crowd that "Christ can change your past."
That one simple sentence has stayed with me for days. As Christians we talk a lot about Christ changing our futures or Christ changing our lives. The past, however, is set in stone--nobody can change that.
But if Christ can change the past then we don't have to be trapped by the past. If Christ can change the past then EVERYTHING changes.
Of course, what Graham is talking about is forgiveness; Christ changes the past by changing the consequences of the past by allowing us to find peace with God and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. But that forgiveness does not impact our present lives much unless we move forward, stop dwelling on the past, and begin living the way He wants us to live right now. That is why the Apostle Paul wrote, "No dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all of my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to Heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.:" Phillipians 3:13-14.
Whether the past was good or bad, let it go and move forward in a new life. And remember that today is tomorrow's past. If today we choose to live the way we should, our past does indeed change.