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With a small flash disk, information can be transferred from one computer to another. The memory of the flash disk can, for example, store the content of more than 10 000 Bibles, or 300 full-length movies, or enough music for more than a month’s continuous listening. In the flash disk there is a thin silicon chip, approximately 1 cm x 1.5 cm, on which an electronic circuit has been built. The circuit contains thousands of millions of transistors which constitute the memory. With the press of the “delete” button everything in the memory can be erased within seconds. The human brain contains an enormously large memory. You identify people, places, events of long ago, voices, music, etc. because it is in your memory.

The Bible says we should remember certain important things and regularly reflect on them: Remember that Jesus Christ … was raised from the dead according to my gospel (2 Tim. 2:8). We must often do something to help us to remember: Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Never forget these commands that I am giving you today. Teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working Tie them on your arms and wear them on your foreheads as a reminder. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates (Deut. 6:5- 9). God says that He also has something which helps Him to “remember”. He says: I am putting my bow in the clouds. It will be the sign of my covenant with the world. When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between me and all living beings on earth (Gen. 9:13,16). The rainbow is to ‘remind’ God of his covenant. And when we see a rainbow, it is also for us a sign of God’s covenant the guarantee, that God will never forget us.

But there is indeed something which God “forgets”. For that there is also a sign – the cross. Because on the cross Jesus fully paid for our sins. If we accept Jesus as our Redeemer, then God forgives us our sins. And when God forgives our sins, He means it and then He also “forgets” about it: I will forgive their sins and I will no longer remember their wrongs (Jer. 31:34). I will forgive their sins and will no longer remember their wrongs (Heb. 8:12). You (God) will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19). If we belong to God, He will have “deleted” our sins. The cross is the sign that God has forgotten our sins. And then we must also forget about them. Only then can we, as the saved, serve God with joy.

But the cross is also a sign that God remembers. It is on the cross that Jesus reconciled us to God, where God renewed his covenant. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself (2 Cor. 5:17- 18).

God gave us his Son so that we can be reconciled to God and belong to Him forever. God will never forget this. He cannot – it cost his Son’s blood and suffering.

 

Our heavenly Father, thank you that we can believe that we are reconciled to You, and that You give us the guarantee that You will not forsake us. Amen.