When one wants to buttress their arguments with evidence, they return to the archives of their memory and it is then that the prefix to any statement becomes ‘do you remember’.
Memory is highlighted in today’s text when we look at the words of the high priest spoken to the Apostles:
“We gave you strict orders never again to teach in this man’s name!” he said. “Instead, you have filled all Jerusalem with your teaching about him, and you want to make us responsible for his death! (Acts 5:28)
In this moment, the council was shedding all responsibility and role in the crucifixion of Jesus. Yet, we don’t have to journey very far to see their active role in the process: from multiple attempts to stone Jesus, paying Judas to facilitate his arrest and a botched trial with fabricated evidence to guarantee his conviction. Even more brazenly, their own words in Matthew’s account caught them out for with one accord, they had declared ‘We will take responsibility for his death—we and our children!”(27:25)
Like them, how easily we also forget.
When we are desperate, we seem ready to stake our all but when things improve, how quickly we step away from our own words along with any commitments that come with it.
When our situations take a better turn from where it was, we forget from where it started and when we win victories, we forget all about the battles prior.
Beloved, to remember, we sometimes need to develop a habit of writing things down because ‘a bad handwriting is better than a good memory.’ We ought to keep track not of every single memory and information, but accounts of those things that remind us to ‘Bless the Lord, and forget not his His benefits.’