by Ethelyn Martin
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We take pictures of things we want to remember.
We record it on video and audio tape.
Family vacations. Baptisms. First steps. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Births of grandchildren. Weddings. Buying a house. Memories and moments that make us smile and fill our hearts with joy. Moments that won't fade like a photograph.
There are other things we will never forget; memories that break our hearts with the thought of them. The death of a parent. The day we heard the word cancer. A fatal car accident. An allergic reaction. A divorce. The day your son broke his arm. Adultery. Foreclosure of a family home.
These are events that we do not have to take pictures or record to remember.
The details are etched onto our hearts and minds forever.
Things we say we'll never forget - we do. Though very important, we forget phone numbers, birthdays of friends, appointments, and promises made. Sad but true, we often forget people and occasions in the pictures we have unless we review them often or record the details on the back.
Reflecting on the verse, "do this in remembrance of me," I considered the words of Jesus as He spoke to His closest and dearest friends at His last meal with them. Listen to the heartfelt emotion in the words of a man knowing He was going to die. Hear His plea to them and us.
The Holy Spirit would remind them and us of His Words and commands, but here Jesus asks them to remember Him. Did He know that they would forget?
Did He know we would forget Him?
Have you ever considered why Jesus had to leave this command to the church?
Surely the disciples would NEVER forget the things they had seen and heard and experienced in those three years. Surely Jesus had impacted their lives more than any other. Surely they would never forget His death, burial and resurrection.
Surely they would remember.
Surely they would not forget Him?
How sobering to think that He asks us to remember Him and His sacrificial death over simple juice and crackers. Selah.
Alas, brother and sisters . . .how often do you remember the death of Jesus? Do you only consider His sufferings, cruel mockings, and tortuous crucifixion at Easter and at the LORD's supper?
How often do you recall His miracles and His Words?
When was the last time you took out your photo album and recollected what was happening in your life spiritually at the time? In posting pictures on your Face book page, how often do you remember Jesus by telling everyone what the LORD was doing for you at that moment?
How do you remember Jesus and the special memories He has created in your life?
What have you done to remember the day you were saved from the wrath to come, and you heard the voice of the Savior saying “Come unto Me”?
How do you remember prayers He has answered for safe travel, and health, and wisdom?
In memory of friends and family we donate money to a charity; we plant a tree; we put their names on plaques in public buildings and name roads after them. But what have you planted in the heart of someone in memory of Jesus? What can others around you look at in your home and life that says " in memory of Jesus she is doing this?" What sacrifice are you making in memory of Him?
The Bible is filled with His memories of the world since creation. Do we remember even 20 verses out of the entire Word of God? Ten of the promises He made?
But alas, no; and we make excuses why cannot remember what is precious and memorable to Him.
I wonder how He feels about that. Selah
We forget beloved. We forget. We forget who Jesus is and we forget to think about Him. We forget Him when we worry about tomorrow, because we have forgotten what He did for us yesterday. We forget Him when we are having fun, and all is well with our souls. We forget Him until circumstances and people cause us pain.
How can we stand on the promises of Christ our Savior and if we only know one? I would believe that this is grievous to the Spirit.
Why don't we celebrate the day of our salvation every year? We should have a big party or invite people over for cake and ice cream to celebrate our resurrection from the dead, and being made alive in Christ. The angels rejoiced and heaven sang for us in a moment of time, and we don't celebrate our spiritual birthday?
The most important day of our lives and how do we remember it?
We clap during the service, shake hands, say Amen loudly, and give hugs, but by next Sunday, it's already a fading memory.
To many of us our baptismal certificate is just a piece of paper in a box somewhere. I speak to our shame, for we have all forgotten. We have forgotten that this world and all our pictures and fancy cameras will surely pass away.
What memories are you making for eternity? What do you think Jesus will remember most?
As the world gets further and further away from God and His commands, it is more important than ever for us to remember Him. As we see the day approaching where men will not listen to the truth, we need to be making efforts to remember the Truth, lest we began to believe lies. The Holy Spirit will bring His Words to our hearts and minds, but what are you doing to remember HIM? If we forget Him, shall we not forget His Words also?
Are you reading the Word of God daily?
How often do you remember His words of your future home? Are you sharing your answers to prayers? Are you telling others of what Jesus did in your life last week?
Are you somehow recording for yourself and your children memories of your walk with the LORD?
If we have not forgotten the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we can walk confidently in the memories of what He did for them. For He does not change and what He has done for them, He will do for us.
I challenge you and me to start making a purposeful effort to remember Him daily. Rejoice that Jesus does not need something special to remember us. Let's not wait till the LORD's supper or Christian holidays to remember Him.
Every time a prayer is answered; every time you don't have a dread disease, every time you enjoy the warmth of the sunset and see the stars in the sky - remember.
Thank Him for peace and love, and grace and forgiveness for forgetting Him.
Do something soon in remembrance of Him.
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