Remember this. “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead . . .” 2 Timothy 2:8 (NIV)
Remembrance Day, recognized yearly on November 11, commemorates the fallen dead of the two World Wars. It also commemorates those who have died in lesser wars since the world wars.
In appreciation of the freedom from tyranny and oppression which the sacrifice of millions has made possible. Rudyard Kipling’s Recessional captures the expression of many hearts.
God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine –
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget – lest we forget!
There are other things that we should remember:
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” Exodus 20:8.
“Remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes” Numbers 15:39.
“Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth” Deuteronomy 8:18.
“Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles and the judgments he pronounced” 1 Chronicles 16:12.
“Remember the Lord who is great and awesome” Nehemiah 4:14.
“Remember to extol his work which men have praised in song” Job 36:24.
“Remember to obey his precepts” Psalm 103:18.
“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth” Ecclesiastes 12:1.
“Remember him – before the silver cord is severed . . . and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it” Ecclesiastes 12:6-7.
“Remember . . . I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me” Isaiah 46:9.
“Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it” Luke 17:32-33.
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” 2 Corinthians 9:6.
“Remember the poor” Galatians 2:10.
“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” Hebrews 13:3.
“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” Hebrews 13:7.
“Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner away from his error will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins” James 5:20.
“Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it and repent” Revelation 3:3.
Finally, lest we forget, there’s Calvary’s War Memorial. This is the pre-eminent remembrance. For in the cross we’re reminded of the supreme sacrifice made by Jesus Christ on behalf of mankind when He gave His life as an atonement for sin. In the grim battle at the cross, Christ conquered death and overcame the devil once and for all. Through Christ’s death and subsequent resurrection, those who trust in Him can commemorate the freedom which is the epitome of freedom – being “set free from sin” Romans 6:18.