"Remembering Important Stuff"
April 7, 2008
He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise. Luke 24:6-7
I used to remember things. The active words in that sentence are "used to remember."
Now I know the younger readers of the Daily Devotion might not understand that sentence. That's okay; the day will come when they will. On the other hand, if you're no longer as young as you used to be, you too might be the victim of an occasional bout of forgetful-itis.
If so, this devotion may give you some comfort. There are others who are worse than we. Last week Reuters News Service carried the story of a shoplifter in Kerkrade, Holland, who stole a package of meat. The thief managed to get out of the store, get to his car and shake off a supermarket employee who threw himself on the car's hood to stop the man's escape.
All in all, the crook was feeling pretty good until he realized he had forgotten a rather key piece of evidence back in the store. He had left his twelve-year-old son behind. After the boy talked to the police, the law contacted the crook and asked him to please come back and pick up his boy. The thief politely declined and suggested the officers might want to call the boy's mother instead. To make a long story short, the crook eventually turned himself in.
Forgetfulness. All of us are probably going to forget a great many things before we're done in this world.
One thing we dare never let slip from our recollection is the good news of salvation, which is ours through the Savior's third-day resurrection. "Remember Jesus told you," the angel said on Easter Sunday, "He must be delivered to sinful men, be crucified and rise again on the third day."
With those few words, this dark world becomes filled with light; our damnable destination for eternity is reversed, and folks of faith are both forgiven of the past and freed to live a life of joy in the present. The Savior's resurrection is something worth remembering.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus my world has been transformed because of what You did in Your life, death, and resurrection. May I remember Your great and gracious act of love. May I remember, rejoice, and share with others what You have done. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries