Remembering Jesus | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 9, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: April 5, 2017 at 12:13 pm
As Resurrection Sunday approaches, our focus should be on Jesus and all that He did for us. Being overly fixated on Easter bunnies, dyed eggs, new clothes, colorfully matching fingernails, flamboyant hairstyles, food galore and the like is not what that holy day is about.
At the Last Supper before He went to the cross, Jesus made a special request of us as Christians: “He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’” (Luke 22:19 NLT).
When Jesus went to the cross, He carried the sins of the world on His shoulders. This weight was so heavy that He even said to the Father, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
My God, how He suffered for us, yet some of us don’t see the significance in remembering Him. However, those of us who do must help others to see why they need to join us in the celebration. Throughout the Bible, Jesus is given countless names, titles, and characteristics that vividly explain why we should always remember Him. I will share a few of them.
Savior: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11 ESV).
Bright Morning Star: “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star” (Revelations 22:16 ESV).
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 ESV).
Rock: “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4 KJV).
Healer: “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14 NKJV).
Lamb of God: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NIV)
There is an essay, “One Solitary Life,” that gives an easy-to-understand explanation of why we must always remember Jesus. It is often published anonymously, but it was originally written in another version by Dr. James Allan Francis (1864-1928), who was a pastor from Nova Scotia. I invite you to share this illustration with others:
“Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30. Then for three years, He was an itinerant preacher. He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself…
“While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
“Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.”
Do remember Jesus on Resurrection Sunday and every day, for He is worthy of our remembrance and praise.
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)