Remembering Jesus’ Words

Remembering Jesus' WordsText: Luke 24:8

When the women came to Jesus’ tomb, they found it to be empty. Two angels explained why He was not there and told them that Jesus already spoke of this. At this point, “they remembered His words” and then told others. This passage reminds us of the importance of remembering Jesus’ words. In this lesson, we are going to discuss why to do this, how to do this, and what we should do with His words.

Why Should We Remember His Words?

  • The women who went to Jesus’ tomb remembered His words – but why should WE remember?
  • His words are authoritative (Matthew 28:18-20) – this was different from other teachers (Matthew 7:28-29)
  • His words are instructive (Matthew 5:2) – He taught the things that came from above (John 12:49-50)
  • His words are beneficial (John 6:63) – Peter recognized that He had “words of eternal life” (John 6:68)
  • His words are eternal (Mark 13:31) – just as important for us today as they were then (1 Peter 1:23-25)
  • His words will judge us (John 12:48) – the standard He will use to judge us (2 Corinthians 5:10)

How Can We Remember His Words?

  • The apostles would be directly guided by the Holy Spirit to remember Jesus’ words (John 14:26) – this was done because of their role as ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20) and witnesses (1 John 1:1-3); how can WE, as uninspired men/women, remember Jesus’ words?
  • Read His word (1 Timothy 4:13) – reading leads to understanding (Ephesians 3:4)
  • Listen to His word (Luke 8:8) – God expects us to learn from others (Romans 10:14; Ephesians 4:11-12)
  • Value His word (Psalm 19:10) – if it is valuable to us, we will be more inclined to retain it (Psalm 119:52-55)
  • Meditate upon His word (Psalm 119:97) – this is how we treasure His word in our hearts (Psalm 119:11)

What Should We Do with His Words?

  • It is not enough simply to remember His words – it is possible for His words to be of no profit to us (Hebrews 4:2)
  • We must believe His words (John 2:22) – He came to testify to the truth (John 18:37)
  • We must obey His words (John 2:5) – more than just belief (James 2:19, 24); we must obey to be saved (Hebrews 5:9)
  • We must teach His words (Matthew 28:19-20) – this was given to the apostles; applies to us in principle (Acts 8:4)

Conclusion

  • It is very easy to forget the words of Christ and “drift away” from them (Hebrews 2:1)
  • We need to recognize why His words are important for us to remember
  • We need to do what we can to be able to retain His words in our memories
  • Then we need to take His words and believe them, obey them, and teach them to others

(Part of this sermon adapted from an outline by A.W. Dicus.)


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