All throughout Scripture God tells his people to remember what He has done. God gave Noah and his family the sign of a rainbow so that they would remember His faithfulness during the flood. God commenced the celebration of a Passover meal so that Israel would remember God’s faithfulness to them in Egypt. God wanted his people to remember His promises, His law, and His past faithfulness so that the people would not sin and turn away from Him. To remember in Scripture is not a simple memorization of facts, but it is an active recalling to mind and heart the power, promises, and person of God. Whenever Israel did sin and turn away from God, Scripture says that they sinned because they forgot. Judges 3:7 says, “And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. They forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth.” 1 Samuel 12:9 says, “But they forgot the LORD their God. And he sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Hazor.” Psalm 106:13 says, “But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel.”
Like Israel, we are commanded to remember lest we sin and turn away from God. We too have a tendency to forget and thereby to turn away from God and to other gods and teachings. This is one reason Holy Week is so important for us as Christians. For Paul tells us that when Jesus broke bread with his disciples the night before his death, he told them to “Do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Cor. 11:24-25) Paul then records that Jesus said in 1 Corinthians 11:26 that every time you take the Lord’s Supper we are remembering and proclaiming his death at the cross. May we remember what Christ has done for us lest we like Israel forget and turn away from him.
I will post a devotional every day during Holy Week that I have written; these devotionals will hopefully serve as an aid to help us to remember what Christ has done for us. Beginning with Palm Sunday, these Scripture passages will take us from the time Jesus entered into Jerusalem to the time that he resurrected. We walk with Jesus through the reading and reflecting of these passages so that we will remember what he has taught us concerning himself and what he has done for us, so that our faith will be strengthened, our hope made assured, and our joy be made complete.
“Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith – to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.” Romans 16:25-27