Sunday Thought – 31.03.24

How good is your memory? In the Bible’s passages on Jesus’ resurrection, the memories of his followers were somewhat lacking. In Luke 24, the angels at the tomb reminded the mourning women of Jesus’ words: “‘Remember how he told you… The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words” (NIV, Luke 24:6-8). Likewise, the male disciples forgot this prophecy and thought that the women’s story of an alive Jesus was “nonsense” (v11), with the apostle Peter wondering about what had happened at the empty tomb rather than remembering and knowing (v12).

It may seem strange that these people who had been immersed first hand in Jesus’ teaching and seen his miracles should completely forget what he had told them would happen on the third day after his death. Perhaps their deep grief had engulfed all their thoughts and affected what they remembered about Jesus’ words and promises. Perhaps Jesus’ resurrection seemed too impossible.

Christians believe that Jesus’ resurrection wasn’t impossible and still make efforts to remember it and him, especially on Easter Sunday. They follow the practice, given by Jesus, of using the symbols of bread and wine (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) as a way to remember his death, resurrection and future return (commonly called Communion). Christians also believe that the Holy Spirit acts to help people remember Jesus (John 14:26) and that throughout history God has provided festivals and practises to act as reminders of important events (e.g. the Jewish Passover).

This Easter, will you take the opportunity to:

  • honour and thank God for giving his son as a sacrifice for our sin?
  • listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings to glorify Jesus for what he has done?
  • remember Jesus at all?

Prayer Points for the Week:

  • Pray for the government in Northern Ireland, that this week’s change in leadership wouldn’t lead to another collapse in power-sharing.
  • Pray that the increased tensions between Lebanon and Israel wouldn’t escalate into outright war.
  • Please pray for the situations in Ukraine and the Middle East. For peace; for aid to get through to those in need; for those mourning the loss of loved ones.