Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

What Should We Remember?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

15th October 2011

Moses urged Israel to,

‘…be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Remember…’ (Deuteronomy 4:9–10)

From a New Testament perspective what is it that we are to be careful about, to remember and not let fade, and teach to our children and grandchildren?

The writer of Hebrews makes a similar plea,

‘We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away’. (Hebrews 2:1)

What is it that we have heard and must pay the most careful attention to?

Our author goes on to give us some clues:

‘how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him’. (V.3)
‘But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone’. (V.9)
‘Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death’. (V.14–15)
‘For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people’. (V.17)

We are to remember that atonement was made for our sins and salvation secured by Jesus’ death on the cross, and that having risen on the third day Jesus now has the place of honour in the entire universe.

As Paul says,

‘Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.’ (1 Corinthians 15:1–4)

Here Paul reminds us that this good news is of first importance.

Stay close to the cross. Think about it often, not only when you celebrate Holy Communion.

Let the cross, resurrection and ascension of our Lord always be a focal point in your prayers.

Tell God constantly how grateful you are to be His child and have Jesus as your elder brother; to have been made clean by Christ’s blood, and to have your name written down in the Lamb’s book of life.

Let’s make it a habit to remember and thank God every day of our lives for His Son and for what He has done and is doing for us; and don’t forget to tell others.

Have a good week remembering.

Pastor Barry

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