1 Corinthians 15:2-4 – By which also are ye saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again on the third day according to the scriptures. (KJV)
My parents were born at the beginning and middle of the First World War. They married towards the end of the Second World War and had a son at the end of the Second World War. Their beginnings, from their birth, to their marriage, to my brother's birth were all beginnings to an end to begin again, anew, afresh, because their parents and my parents believed there were better things ahead.
On January first, we will be beginning to end the 1900's to begin again. People are making plans, some elaborate, some not, to say goodbye to the years as we know them, to begin again. Everyone, up to midnight, December 31, 1999, will be able to boast "I was born in the 1900s", and it will seem so far away. There is much speculation around the Y2K problem with computers. Anyone who writes cheques, bills or requisitions will no longer be able to abbreviate the year to two digits for the whole year 2000. It will be a beginning and will have to be written in full. Most of us believe it will be okay; there will be better things ahead.
Right from the start, the birth of Jesus was a beginning to end to begin. He had to be born to die, to live again, that we, too, would be offered that opportunity, here and hereafter.
When we accept Him into our hearts, we begin to end that which we were, to begin anew. We believe that through Him, there will be better things ahead. This beginning will allow our life's end to bring our new beginning.
Prayer: As we begin this New Year, to end the 1900s and to begin the year 2000, may our thoughts and deeds be done as you would have us do them. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.