Temporary amnesia

5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'” 8 Then they remembered His words.  (Luke 24:5-8)

As I read through the account of Jesus’ death and resurrection, it always amazes me how quickly Jesus’ followers forgot what He said.  He told them countless times that He was going to be killed, and that He would come back to life three days later.  But it seems that all of His followers were so stunned by the events, that they couldn’t recall the good news that Jesus gave them before (that on the third day He would rise again!) It’s like they had temporary amnesia!

But I don’t think that they are the only ones to develop temporary amnesia.  In fact, we do it all the time.  How often does our situation cause us to forget what we know to be true?  Sometimes the shock of the moment leaves us with temporary amnesia.

  • It’s hard to remember that Jesus will provide when you are laid off?
  • It’s hard to remember that a friend really does love you when they speak the truth to you?
  • It’s hard to remember that God has a plan when every door looks bolted closed?

Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of what Jesus said.  If He said, you can stand on it!  He promised He’d come back from the grave…and He did.  If He can do that, then I’m pretty sure every other promise in His Word will be true as well.

Maybe today, you just need to be reminded that God is true to His Word!

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