Faces and names.
It is human nature to seek your face in a group picture you are in; and to look for your name in a list in which you are included.
The Vietnam War Memorial is a silent reminder of those who died in that conflict. The men and women named there won’t see their names. Rather, the families and friends of those who served look and remember. The polished stone with the etched names reflect the visitors standing before it. Their sad and often tearful faces look back at them as they scan the names. Yet freedom lives because of the ones who died in that conflict as well as others.
It is important to remember.
It is important to remember the death of Christ too. Crucifixion was a cruel and gruesome death. A tremendous price was paid for salvation from sin. Christ died so that we may live abundantly and eternally. We commemorate his resurrected life as well as his death. Death was conquered and his tomb is empty.
The Bible says, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being.” The miracle of life is a blessing from God. From Adam in the beginning receiving the “breath of life” to each newborn taking its first breath, the miracle continues.
Moreover, God wants us to live in the spiritual as well as the physical. His resurrection power changes us from being “dead in trespasses and sins” to being alive in Jesus.
Before his resurrection, he promised his followers, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” After the resurrection the words made more sense to them. He was alive and had defeated death and the grave. This hope now was held in the hearts of the disciples.
Before the outpouring of the Spirit of God, the believers held to these promises they heard from Jesus. After the Scripture was fulfilled and they were filled with the Spirit, they began to grow in grace and the power of the Spirit. Life in the Spirit brought great things and great deeds were done in the name of Jesus Christ.
Scripture teaches us, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above.” The passage goes on to say, “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.”
This doesn’t mean we only wait with “pie in the sky in the sweet by and by” anticipation. Rather, that “blessed hope” of the Lord’s return is an anchor of faith. The redemptive work of God’s grace continues to prepare believers for the heavenly home that Jesus has prepared.
Make sure you obey Scripture and receive the promises of Jesus so that your name is in his book and your face will be seen in that heavenly place. It is important to remember.
Mitch Glover is pastor of the Sterling Pentecostal Church located on Swanson River Road at Entrada. Services on Sunday include Bible classes for all ages at 10:00 a.m. and worship at 11:00 a.m. Thursday Bible study is at 7:00 p.m.