I have, on occasions, played one of those memory games, where you must recall a series of words for other players. I have played the child’s game Memory. I have played recall games throughout my life, and there is one thing that I have learned. If I do not write it down, I will not remember. I tend to remember moments and not all the details. I realize that I should remember details, and this is an active challenge in my life; but my backup is always to write it down.
Armed with this knowledge, imagine the convicting moment when I came across the following passage in my Bible reading last week. In Luke 23, the crucifixion of Jesus had just taken place, and Joseph had begged for the body of our Lord. At the end of the chapter, it states how the women “beheld the sepulchre and how his body was laid.” They then left to prepare spices and ointments. Luke 24 begins with the women coming to the tomb with their items ready to “properly” prepare the body for burial, and we all know what they found—the stone was rolled away, and two men in shining garments. “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words…”
That is what convicted me, the phrase “Remember his words.” Two angels, in an effort to comfort the women, who were no doubt frightened and grieving, say, “Remember.” Once they remembered, they knew what to do next. They returned and spread the good news.
In that early morning hour, I stopped to ponder how often I remembered His words when the struggles of life and the current state of the world overwhelm my spirit. I began to make a list of the words I needed to remember.
- There will be trials – I Peter 1:7
- There will be rewards – Luke 6:35, Matthew 5:12, James 1:12
- There will be peace – Psalm 29:11, John 14:27
- There will be hope – Hebrews 6:19, Titus 2:13, II Thess. 2:16
These are just a few of “His words” that I thought of that morning. Many more can be added to the list. Perhaps you have a list of your own, or you may need to make one. Once the women who came to the tomb “remembered his words,” they were comforted and told others. No matter the situation, may we “remember his words.”
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Mrs. Chung grew up around the work of the ministry and now has the privilege of teaching at the North Valley Baptist Schools. She and her husband faithfully teach young people and are a vital asset to the ministry of NVBC.