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"Long and Short Memories"

September 10, 2006

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"We remember that while He was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.'" Matthew 27:63

"Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must ... be raised again.'" Then they remembered His words. Luke 24:6-8

When our Savior was crucified and rose again from the dead, His enemies seemed to have longer memories than did His followers. His enemies requested that His tomb be guarded because they were aware of a resurrection promise. His followers not only were surprised that the tomb was empty but had to be reminded that this was supposed to happen!

The enemies of Christianity to this day remember the promises of Jesus Christ concerning His church, the way its members are to live, and the power for good they are to be. From time to time they remind those in the body of Christ of their calling. "You are Christians," they will say. "Why don't you respond to this or that need? Aren't you supposed to love others?" We should not resent this but thank God that even through Satan's messengers we are reminded of God's promises and directives.

If God's enemies remember His promises, how much more should we, His children, trust in them and use them for our comfort and encouragement! Remember how He spoke to us while He walked this earth. If we live close to Him and His Word, we will never forget.

PRAYER: Lord, make our memories long for every good and perfect truth; for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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