Of the many infallible proofs testifying to scripture as well as the person, worth, and work of Christ, there are eyewitness accounts to certain things that are well, kind of hard to ignore.
If a man was a known liar, his ‘memory’ and version of things would be rightfully suspect, but scripture presents a man as he is, warts and all, hiding nothing. In addition to those scars being proved in the furnace of affliction, there are daily opportunities that prove our character. Scripture points us to the benefit of remembering.
Wisdom has so few children, but wise men are not known for their lies. Misunderstandings maybe, but when Peter said ‘I will never deny you Lord,’ he simply did not know his own heart. He was quick to speak without thinking as he forgot… and did not speak with the intention to deceive, which is the father of lies.
But the cock that crowed…………that was enough. He remembered.……….and went out and wept bitterly at the tender word of the Lord which told him he would fall…………..but that he would recover and strengthen the brethren. God’s grace and mercy is revealed in our grand moments of lowliness.
And what a changed man he was when he charged his audience:
‘But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.’
Barabbas got the nod through popular vote, and the world chose the wrong ‘son of the father.’ Oh how things do not change through time. However, some things do change, and that is the depth of faith in a heart saturated with the truth of God which grows like a tree with roots near the water.
Some years later, the experienced apostle would recall and write as a man of faith and power through inspiration, telling they of like precious faith of the person of the eternal Christ and the temporal life of man. He wrote with roots watered in truth:
‘Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.’
He of course accounted the transfiguration of the Lord, with James and John, citing Elias and Moses who spoke of the Lord’s decease at Jerusalem. You see, God is not the God of the dead, but of the living, and the God of Adam is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Peter, James, John, and believers today; for He is ever the same. His eyewitness account is good by me, for scripture testifies to the words of a good man. We remember that the wisdom from above is first pure, and the raising of Jairus daughter from the dead, and Lazarus, give perfect reason to have no doubt as to the Lord’s words: ‘I will rise again on the third day.’ The word of the apostles is very good, and the word of God Himself is immutable. He appeared to above five hundred brethren at once, and Peter speaks matter of factly, that he and his friends were eyewitnesses of His majesty. Peter was a good man, obviously not a liar, and his epistles are solid accounts of God’s pure word. Listen to the spirit of God once more through the apostle who was known as a son of thunder:
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
We remember so we do not forget. God’s word meets and exceeds our every need, as sure as God is true. And oh, there is always this: ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’