Remembering

It had only been a blink of an eye in time when Jesus castigated His disciples for their myopic memory. The phenomenon that is our Lord had been manifested in the feeding of multitude (Mark 8:1-8) so, when Jesus warned them about the false teachings of the Pharisaic and they did not have a clue as to what he was talking about, He chided: “And do you not remember” (Mark 8:18).

This was neither a plea to swoon into a romantic fog about the good ol’ days nor a dredging up their past flaws to lay a guilt trip on them; Jesus was challenging them to open their eyes and ears and see and hear (understand) events that had recently transpired and their true motive. Jesus had taught them that Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing” (Luke 12:23). His miracles were not for the sole purpose of filling empty stomachs but to create opportunities to teach, and His warning about “the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod” (Mark 8:15) had nothing to do with filling the physical belly; it was all about the teaching.

The apostles were still trying to wrap their mind around the spiritual nature of the Kingdom (John 18:36). Further, every action and every teaching of Christ was intended to be absorbed, contemplated and then to produce fruit in the Kingdom. These events and teachings were not the random acts and thoughts of a mystical, eclectic wizard but the choreographed, purposeful revelation of the Son of God who said, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness”(John 12:46).

The life and teachings of Jesus (and the Bible as a whole) are not a collection of memories; they are words and events that, properly applied, make the difference between eternal life and death. What do you remember?

JDS