I recently had a conversation about remembering. A friend brought to my attention that when we forget something, that bit of information is not permanently deleted from the hard drive of our minds. Instead, we simply fail to bring important information to the forefront of our minds when it would be helpful. We forget.
For example, when I go to the dentist every six months, to get my teeth cleaned, the necessity and benefit of flossing my teeth are very obvious to me. I cannot tell the dentist, “I didn’t know I needed to floss!”. But those nights that I have brushed my teeth and crawled into bed without flossing, I am not remembering in that exact moment, how important flossing is.
The same can happen with Jesus. We know Him, we believe in Him, and we love Him. But we have moments where we forget.
All of this makes some of Jesus’ last words all the more impactful. In the account of the Last Supper in Luke Chapter 22 Jesus reminds the disciples to remember Him (emphasis added).
19 And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.”
Likewise, after Jesus had risen from the dead and was about to ascend to Heaven what does He communicate in Matthew Chapter 28? Does He get down to the nitty, gritty, brass tacks of how to be a Christian? Does Jesus tell us when, where, how to do church, or what translation to read? No, after telling the disciples to make disciples, baptize, and teach, Jesus, tells them to remember (emphasis added).
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
So for us following Christ in 2019, this call to remember Jesus is just as important. Yes, we know and love Him. But we can forget. When I am stressed about my future and finances, do I remember that Jesus has taken care of my greatest need and knows the hairs on my head? When I am wronged by someone in this life, do I remember that at the end of this age Jesus will right every wrong, or do I seek my own justice?
It is good for us to remember Jesus today.
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