Sunday, 8 November 2015

The Trigger of Remembrance

Oh that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll…. engraved in rock for ever!      (Job 19:23)

Days like Remembrance Sunday act as a ‘trigger’ for many emotions, What it is, to remember, and also BE remembered!  It was in the sufferings of Job that certain common questions came to the surface:

1. SHALL I BE REMEMBERED?  Job became desperate that something of his own ‘persona’ would survive, like a remembrance scroll, and in this he speaks not only for the last Spitfire pilot or today’s war casualties, but for common people everywhere.  But here is another question:

2. WHOM SHALL I REMEMBER?  “I know that my Redeemer liveth” (Job 19:25). It was now that Job’s words glowed with hope.  Eventually they’d be part of the greatest oratorio ever composed, Handel’s Messiah: Job’s ultimate comfort would centre in the world’s divine Redeemer, in whom lay the prospect of RESURRECTION.   ‘In the flimsiness of my little life,’ we may wonder, ‘to whom can I turn? Whom shall I remember and hold onto?’  Way ahead of Christ’s coming, Job knew the answer.

3. SHALL HE (the Redeemer) REMEMBER ME?  Job was confident that the coming Redeemer would one day stand upon earth, and that “in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes, I and not another” (Job 19: 26,27).   It would be in his own resurrected body, not in some alien unrelated form, that he would meet the Lord in Person.

If a dying thief from the dregs of society could pray to Christ ‘Remember me’, then by simple trust it is possible for anyone so to be remembered by the Man of the Ages.  He is only a hairsbreadth away from any prayer.