Why do we want to be remembered?
The simple answer? So we’re not forgotten.
The not so simple answer reveals much more.
I believe each of us have a sense that we were created for a purpose. A purpose that is tied to our uniqueness.
No fingerprints are the same. It’s truly amazing to consider that out of approximately 7.5 billion people living on this planet, there is not a single person who is exactly like you. Not one.
And because we are uniquely and wonderfully made we have a desire to be remembered.
Streets are inscribed, buildings become monuments, charities and foundations celebrate the names if those who do not want to be forgotten. But streets are renamed, buildings are torn down, and the memories of people fade away even if their names do not.
And maybe that is the reason we want to be remembered. Maybe we have a sense that there is more to this life than our temporary existence here on earth. And we want to be remembered by our family, our friends, those we knew in this life- not only now, but forever. And to be forgotten is to be alone.
As a thief was dying on the cross in spite of the fact that people were present to witness his execution, in that moment with certain death approaching he was alone.
We are not given insight into what he was thinking, or why he was there. But the three words he spoke were recorded for all time.
“Jesus remember me..”
For a criminal dying alone on a cross it was important to be remembered.
And in that moment the condemned man saw in the face of the One who came to make death only a passing from one world to the next, something more important than being remembered in this life.
“Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answer was not what we might expect to a man being put to death for his crimes, who most likely never even met Jesus.
“Don’t worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise.” – Luke 23:43
For all of us the hope of the good news is not only forgiveness of sins. It is also the promise of a new life that begins here and continues on into eternity. While all the things of this world will be forgotten good and bad we will not be forgotten. And we will never be alone.
Jesus remember me…