God's Memory Aid

by Ted Kyle

"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day"(2 Pet. 3:8).

What does it mean that a day is the same as a thousand years to God? No doubt the principal meaning is that time cannot limit God, but rather is limited by Him. But whatever else is included in this teaching of Scripture, one deduction is certain: God has no memory problems!

How long ago was the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ? Nearly two thousand years from our human standpoint; but God sees it differently: Two days ago, the world crucified His Son, executing Him cruelly and ignominiously, as a criminal and blasphemer. That is fresh in the Father's memory!

And that, brothers and sisters, is how fresh God wants it to be in our minds. He knows our frailties; He knows how we tend to forget even important things. He knows, too, how time can dull the impact and drain away the emotional content of even the greatest events. Even the crucifixion of the Son of God may become "ho-hum" if we are not careful.

It was for this reason that Jesus gave us a "memory aid" to help us keep the immediacy of His passion: "Take, eat: this is my body which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me...this cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do ye as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me" (1 Cor. 11 :24,25).

There is a song which asks: "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?" We should be there, in our minds, each time we partake of the Lord's Supper. We should be present at that final Passover meal. We need to see our Lord as He breaks the bread, and passes the cup. We need to hear again the words He spoke, but with the wonder of their newness, as the disciples heard them.

Let us pray to that end.