At the evening service here at Christ Church we have been working through the book of Deuteronomy and a number of themes have emerged. One is the many times Moses reminds God’s people that they are to remember. Specifically they are to remember that they were once slaves in the land of Egypt but the Lord God brought them out of Egypt “with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm” towards the Promised Land. This importance of remembrance is exemplified in Chapter 32 where we read: “remember the days of old … ask your elders and they will tell you.”
Remembering what God has done for us is at the heart of the Christian faith. Today we might share a testimony with others in order to do this; testifying about God’s work in our lives and how he has delivered us from the challenges we face.
As I write this we sit between two very significant memorials of remembrance: the 31st October 1517, which is traditionally the day that the Protestant Reformation is remembered, and then later this month, the 11th November when we remember the sacrifices made in the Great War and the wars fought since then.
Looking back at God’s faithfulness to us His people, we would do well to remember what the Reformation achieved for Christ’s church. Christendom was given three wonderful things through it.
Firstly we were reminded of God’s grace – undeserved by us, but lavished upon us by our loving Heavenly Father.
Secondly we were reminded to put our faith in Christ alone and to trust Him alone for our salvation.
And thirdly, through the tireless work of translators and printers, we were given the Scriptures in the English language and reminded through them of God’s promises of deliverance.
As this past week marks the remembrance of the Protestant Reformation, we remember it took place in order to remind us of things even more significant: God’s grace, Christ’s love poured out at Calvary and the Bible where we can read time and time again of God’s promises to us and all His children.
Jacob Harrison (Curate)