3rd November 2017

We’re Remembered By Jesus 

“Then he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.’”
Luke 23:42 (NKJV)
 

Is what we remember important? Of course, we’ll say yes, it is. It might give us our cultural identity and might frame how we approach the world.

In the recent movie, Victoria and Abdul, Abdul explains to Victoria that from an early age he was required to commit the words of the Quran to memory. In Judaism children are expected to remember the Torah from an early age. Recently, the Chinese government announced that students of politics should memorize the theories of their current President Xi in addition to the thoughts of their historic Chairman Mao. Here in the UK we remember how our emerging democracy was spared when, on the 5th November 1605, a terrorist plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament failed.

On a spiritual level, we know that we are important to God because he remembers us. We can all be comforted by the fact that God remembers us, and, in so doing, he shapes our destiny. One of the two thieves who were crucified at the same time as Jesus Christ, asked whether Jesus would remember him in the afterlife. Would there be any hope for him?

It’s interesting that the thief did not tick all the boxes when it comes to how we might classify a believer. As far as we know, he had not repented of his sins, been baptized, and expressed faith in action. In fact, we know very little of him other than that he was a thief. What we do know is that Jesus was dying on the cross not just generally for the whole world but also for him personally, and that, without understanding everything perfectly, the thief turned painfully to Jesus and cried out to him, asking that he would be remembered in Christ’s kingdom to come.

Jesus’ response was yes, he would, and therefore the thief had hope of a new identity above and beyond his desperate circumstances. Jesus’ remembering him shaped a different destiny for him.

And so, it is with us. On the cross Jesus remembers us and re-assures us that, no matter what we’ve done and how bad life gets for us, in him we have hope of a new identity and a new life beyond compare. 

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for Jesus, who died for us, and for the assurance that on the cross he remembered us and thus shaped a new destiny for us in him.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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