Forgetting To Remember – Part 2May 5, 2010 at 11:16 am | Posted in Biblical Remembering, I Corinthians | 5 Comments
Tags: 1 Corinthians 11, 1 Peter 2, Biblical Remembering, church attendance, Colossians 3, communion, Communion service, Ephesians 4, forgetfulness, Isaiah 43, John 19, Pilate, remembering Christ, satanic strategy, the Lord's Supper
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
I Corinthians 11:24
It’s somewhat of a cliche’ to say, “Sometimes we just need to be reminded.” But it is true that sometimes the simplest things are the easiest to forget. We forget we are breathing – but we don’t forget to breathe. We don’t spend a lot of time intentionally remembering to eat – but we usually find that, when the day is over, we have done plenty of it.
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
We tend to forget things that are good – but we have little trouble remembering that which is evil. We remember every wrong done to us. Even if we remember not to get “hysterical,” we usually have good enough memories to be able to get “historical.”
We forget to remember the ways of Christ; we should remember to forget everything else.
The devil would like to remind you of your sin. But God remembers His people and forgets their sins.
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Remember Christ when the devil attacks. Remember how Christ defeated Satan with Scripture. We must imitate Jesus in saying, “It is finished.”
Remember Christ when you encounter daily temptations. He was jeered, mocked, scorned, and ridiculed. Frivolous arguments were thrown at Him.
Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
I Peter 2:23
When we eat and drink at the fellowship of the Lord’s Supper, we will remember Christ – but we must remember every day to commit ourselves to the One Who judges righteously. In general, we shouldn’t seek to imitate Pontius Pilate – the Roman governor involved in Jesus’s crucifixion – but one thing he did do right was to make sure people were confronted. He brought Jesus right out in front of His accusers and said,
Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
Remember – not just what He has done (thorns) – but who He is (the purple robe). Remember His Person.
Sanctification is becoming conformed to the image of Christ. Remembering what He was like will help us. Be what God wants you to be, and you will find it easy to do what He wants you to do.
The Bible is specific about the places where Jesus did the things He did. One reason why I want people to be in church (other than the fact that it tends to be a place where people can more easily stay out of mischief) is that it is an excellent place to remember Christ.
Jesus said, when you partake of the Lord’s supper, “This do in remembrance of Me.“