Remembering His Life
“And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.” Mark 16:1
Another day of remembrance is here. Every September 11, we will remember the shameful attacks on our country, the sacrifice of men and women responding to help, and the call for international action against terrorists. It is a day our generation will never forget.
Many who lost loved ones in the attack or subsequent wars that followed will never forget. Today we pause to remember their lives. We remember the sacrifice, dedication, and spirit of those who gave so much. We remember the husbands and fathers, the wives and mothers, the sons and daughters. We remember their lives. Some will bring flowers, others will light candles.
Despite the difficult times we have experienced as a nation, we are blessed to live in this great land of freedom. The Lord has prospered and provided time and again for this nation. The Christian foundation continues to guide the land, even as many are veering from the Biblical principles that the Lord has providentially blessed. We have the opportunity to freely remember and reflect on days such as this.
Another day that we should never forget is the scene at the Garden Tomb. The ladies who witnessed the Crucifixion never forgot the day they saw the empty tomb.
It was Sunday morning, the first day of the week when Mary, supernaturally the mother of Jesus and naturally the mother of James, Mary Magdalene, and Salome, also known as Mary the sister of Martha, along with a few others according to Luke 24:1, came to the tomb with items with which they were going to anoint the body of Christ. He had been dead three days now. They brought sweet spices that had a perfuming essence and quality fit for a King. It was a gift that they brought to remember the life and death of Jesus.
Just days earlier, Jesus had been unceremoniously beaten in a courtroom, had his clothes stripped off Him, had a large cross to carry up a hill, was met with ridicule and mocking, had a crown of thorns thrust onto His head, had nails driven in His feet and hands, and was hoisted up vertically on that cross for all to see. On that day, man attacked God in the Flesh. Jesus willingly endured the shame and disgrace of the cross.
These ladies had watched and listened as Christ forgave his tormentors, as He cried out “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” They saw His blood dripping as they watched Him die. He was taken off the cross, and Joseph of Arimathea begged for His body so it could properly be buried.
Now these ladies were reflecting on the life of Christ that had touched and changed so many people. They brought these special items to honor His life and death. When they got to the tomb however, the door was rolled away. Christ was not in the tomb! The angel told them in Matthew 28:5-6: “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Look, He is not where they laid Him for He is risen from the dead! They came to remember His life and death, but now He was alive! Jesus is alive today! Hundreds of eyewitnesses saw Him following His resurrection. The gifts they brought to remember the life and death of Christ were no longer needed!
Every day is a day to always remember. Jesus at Calvary and the amazing truth of His empty tomb are events we should remember as well. Remember the life of Christ. He is alive today!
If you have not done so, trust Christ for your eternal salvation. The God of eternity, Jesus, offers to you the free gift of salvation. He gave His life so you could believe in Him and have eternal life. Would you trust Christ today?
If you pray to Jesus in faith, He will answer your prayer for eternal life.
Pray to Him: “Lord, I know that I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, and died in my place on the Cross. He had no sin, yet He paid the price for my sin. I believe He rose again from the dead. Please forgive me of my sin and save my soul.”
Did you ask Christ for His forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation? You may enjoy reading the New Testament book of First John. This book will help you grow in your new faith in Jesus.