When We Forget

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Luke 24:1-12

After the women received the biggest shock of their lives, the angels throw in a pointed reminder that Jesus TOLD His followers that he would be betrayed, die, and be resurrected. For us the reminder seem obvious, partly because we know the Easter story so well, but also because the Gospel writers took pains to include these prophecies in their writings. But imagine if you spent all day every day in Jesus’s company. Would you really remember everything He ever said? Probably not. Especially not the things you didn’t understand.

The difference here is that when the women are reminded they remember, and their eyes are opened to the greatest miracle in history! But the disciples (aside from Peter) don’t remember, and because of that they can’t believe or maybe can’t understand what the women are saying.

We’re the same way. We can’t memorize every single word of the Bible. (At least I know I sure can’t!) We do our best to remember as much as possible, but at some point in our lives we all forget something important. Will we behave like the disciples and assume we know everything? Or will we act like the women and humbly open ourselves to other people’s input that might help us to remember and understand more?

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