Written by: Yves Blouin
As we reflect on the resurrection, Jesus’ final words in the gospel of Matthew is verse 28:20 NKJV : “and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
“Lo” seems like such a blah, unremarkable one syllable, two character word to express the tone and meaning of what Jesus said. I’m not a biblical scholar by any stretch of the imagination and maybe this word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” wouldn’t be a good substitute. A little hard to pronounce for someone like me that is challenged with enunciation. However, it’s definition of “implying all that is grand, great, glorious, splendid, superb, wonderful” comes close to expressing the original meaning. “Lo” is like “can you believe it” as in amazement and not a question. It is a big exclamation mark.
Other translations use “behold”, “and be sure of this”, “never forget”, “and remember”. I like the latter but it would have to be in all uppercase letters – shouting “remember”. We are now participating in the remembrance supper and it is called this for many reasons including Jesus saying in Luke 22:19 “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” We remember Jesus sacrificing his own life so that we could be forgiven our sins but also of his victory over death, his resurrection which gives us hope of our own resurrection and eternal life. We are also to remember that those of us who have accepted him as our saviour have fellowship with him now and forever as Matthew 28:20 stated. He has sent us the Holy Spirit, the comforter, to live within us and guide us.
The word “remember” is such a fascinating word to study, especially around his death and resurrection, beginning with the Lord’s supper. The thief’s declaration “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” really resonates with me. I’m a sinner in need of grace and I want Jesus to remember me – no matter who forgets us in this life, Jesus has promised us that he would be with us and not forsake us.
As we remember what Jesus has done for us, let’s also know in our hearts that he will never forget us. And thanks to his sacrifice our sins are never to be remembered. Hebrews 10:16-17 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
1 John 1:8-10 NKJV – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
One of the few commandments directly from Jesus that we are given is to remember him and what he did for us.
We thank you Jesus for your willing sacrifice at the cross so that we would have eternal life and that our sins would be remembered no more.