REMEMBER ME

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REMEMBER ME

“Then he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when You come in Your kingly glory!” Luke 23:42 [AMPC]

A common phrase used at ‘going away’ parties is ‘don’t forget me when you’ve made it out there’. When colleagues are about to leave the company for greener pastures, it is not uncommon for the ones who are ‘left behind’ to leave these words with them, in the hope that there could be an opportunity to get a leg up in the future. But when we ask someone to remember us, just what about us do we hope they remember? Now, I know that is really obvious. Yet how many times have you been asked this by people whom you would really rather forget? So if and when you do remember them in the future, what will you remember of them?

This thought bears some consideration, doesn’t it? Especially when it comes to Jesus. These words in Luke 23 were uttered by a convict, who by his own admission, was being crucified justly, receiving due reward for his deeds (Luke 23:41). Yet so bold was he that he dared to ask Jesus, whom He believed to be Lord, to remember him when Jesus came in His kingly glory. Was he not afraid that Jesus, in remembering him, would also remember his sin, and so therefore send him into eternal condemnation? How is it that he could be so bold and confident as to know that Jesus will only remember him in a good light? If we were that convict, would we dare to ask Jesus to remember us?

Beloved, yes we can be as bold as the convict was. Yes we can have as much confidence that when Jesus remembers us, He will only see us in a good light, for we must remember that through the prophecy of Isaiah, our Father said,

“For a mere moment I have forsaken you,
But with great mercies I will gather you.
With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.
“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:7-10

Our Father was able to say this because when Jesus went to the cross, when He bore our stripes, when our Father turned His back on Jesus for that moment,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

Therefore there is no more sin left in us to punish. There is no more shame and guilt left for us to bear,

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

So that is why our Father can say, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

Yet, we often have a problem remembering good things. It’s not that we forget but just that good things do not often stay at the front of our minds. So that is why when the rooster crowed,

“Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.” Matthew 26:75

And when old Hamlet asked young Hamlet to remember him in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, it was not ‘remember the good old times we had, son’; it was ‘remember that I was murdered, so you jolly well avenge me’. We truly have a penchant for dwelling in the unpleasant. But not our Father. For why was Jesus sent?

“To perform the mercy promised to our fathers
And to remember His holy covenant,
The oath which He swore to our father Abraham:” Luke 1:72-73

And what was this covenant?

“That we should be saved from our enemies
And from the hand of all who hate us,” Luke 1:71

Well, His exact words were,

“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Genesis 15:1

Beloved, if you are still under any illusions that our Father is expecting perfection from you; if you still think that our Father remembers the bad that you have done as well, then please do remember that the Psalmist said,

“For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14

So that is why,

“He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:10-12

Our sins have not been swept under the carpet. They have not been overlooked. God did not decide to be nice to us because He was in a good mood. Our Father justly and righteously dealt with our sins through Jesus’ suffering and death, so that we can

“… consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11 [ESV]

So by this, our Father has every righteous and justifiable right to never again remember our sins, because they have all been removed from us by the blood of Jesus. So just like it was after the flood, just like our Father promised Noah,

“It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”” Genesis 9:14-16

But unlike Noah, there is a double rainbow over us right now. One to signal our Father’s promise to Noah and the other to signal Jesus’ redeeming work for us.

And my friend, if you have been battling with your guilt and shame, and worry that when you meet God, He is going to remember all your sins, then come to Jesus right now. Give God the one and only reason why He should never again remember your sins. For it was Him who set it up so that you could receive His salvation in the first place. And just as Jesus told Nicodemus, so too is He telling you this right now,

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” John 3:16 [AMPC]

“For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.” John 3:17 [AMPC]

So my friend, if you now believe that Jesus died for you, that His blood gave you full remission of sins, then say this to Him right now.

“Jesus, thank You for loving me. Thank You for going to the cross for me to die for my sins. Thank You that because Your blood shed has given me full and complete remission of sins, our Father will never remember my sins anymore; but instead, look on me with love. Father thank You for setting this all up. That though I was unworthy, You loved me so much that You would send Jesus to take my place. I now know that You love me. I now know that all my sins are forgiven. I now know that I have been made right with You eternally. So I know that I have an eternal lifetime of love and affection from You, starting now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved, now, as beloved children of God, we can have every confidence to know that if we ever do ask Jesus to remember us, He will always say to us,

“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43

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