Forget the Past, Remember Jesus

Joshua is most famous for crashing the walls of Jericho. Moses is most famous for parting the Red Sea. But did you know Joshua did it too? Before the walls of Jericho fell, Joshua and Israel needed to cross Jordan River. The children of Israel could not go around the flooded Jordan River, God took them through it. As priests carried the Ark of the Covenant into the Jordan the water parted and God’s children walked through on dry land.

Once all the Israelites crossed, Joshua commanded the leaders of the twelve tribes to take a stone from the centre of the Jordan as a memorial to the Lord. God asked them to make a memorial so they, their children, their children’s children and generations to come would remember the miracle of God.

But in the New Testament things are a little different.

Philippians 3:13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.

Paul forgot the past. He certainly had a past, but then God got hold of him and he became the greatest preacher to walk the earth aside from Jesus Christ. I don’t know what is in your past but God asks you to forget it.

Jesus commands us to remember something else.

1 Corinthians 11:23-25 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.”

When God remembers the past He recalls Christ’s shed blood and broken body. He remembers the sacrifice of Jesus. And it is what you should see when you think of the past. Not your sin and failings, but the broken body and shed blood of Christ. We take communion – the New Testament memorial – and remember all Jesus accomplished at the Cross.

If Satan has been replaying scenes from your past over in your mind go to your fridge, get bread and grape juice (improvise with whatever you have) and focus on Jesus. Focus on His broken body. Focus on His blood shed for you. Remind yourself this is what God remembers when He sees your past.

As New Testament believers we remember one thing: the shed blood and broken body of God’s Son.

Not the past.

Not the sin.

Not the pain.

Only the Cross.

Forget the past. Remember Jesus. And press forward.

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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