Remember, remember

November 8, 2019

On Tuesday, bonfires and fireworks displays up and down the country celebrated the failed attempt, in 1605, to blow up the Houses of Parliament. An event that would have changed the course of British history.

Another tradition of remembrance will take place this weekend, when on Remembrance Sunday many will gather to honour the countless men and women who died in wartime defending our freedom.

Perhaps you could also spare a thought for the individual who – his followers believe – made the biggest sacrifice of all. Jesus Christ gave his life with no thought for himself, so that one day there may be no more wars or acts of wanton destruction, no more tears, or suffering or death.

Remember Jesus. He never forgets you.

Peter Mill info@because.uk.com

Peter is editor-in-chief at Because

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Jesus remembers lest we forget

November 9, 2018

Lest we forget, Jesus remembers.

This the Christian message.

Jesus, who remembers unknown soldiers everywhere and knows their names and their life stories, sacrificed himself for them and for all of us. Irrespective of our background, race or faith, Jesus died and rose for us; for every soldier slain in some foreign field, no matter which side he or she was on; for all civilians caught up in known or unknown conflicts; for everyone, whether we live in war or in peace.

Let’s be thankful and remember this weekend.

Above all, let’s not forget that Jesus remembers.

Therein is our hope.

james.henderson@gracecom.church

 

Restoration through remembrance?

November 5, 2015

ID 40808223 © Dimitar Marinov | Dreamstime.comWith the passage of time war memorials in many towns and villages have fallen into disrepair. There has been a move to clean a number of them up and, where necessary, to do some restorative work, especially as we approach the 2015 Remembrance day celebrations.

Biblically speaking, remembrance and restoration go together. To be remembered by God is to be restored by him.

When Jesus Christ was crucified, two thieves had been nailed onto crosses either side of him. One of them asked the dying Jesus to remember him.

We don’t know the severity of the thief’s crime: had he, out of hunger and desperation, snatched a piece of bread in the market place, or was it that he had stolen something of value from the Roman or Jewish élite? Nor do we know much about his religious views save that he hoped for something better beyond death. Jesus assured him that he would be remembered, not in some hell for the wrong the thief had done, but in a Paradise of grace and restoration.

The point is that on the cross Jesus remembers both the living and the dead.

And, in his remembering, there is hope for everyone’s restoration to life.

Not just to a physical temporary life but to the fullness of eternal life.

Let Jesus remember you.

james.henderson@gracecom.org.uk