8 And they remembered His words.
It was a solemn time. Jesus was unjustly condemned and sentenced to death—to be crucified. His disciples didn’t totally understand everything even though He had told them what was to come. The women brought spices to the tomb on that solemn morning but found the stone wasn’t in front of the tomb entrance. They curiously yet cautiously entered the tomb. It was empty and they were much perplexed as scripture tells us. That was when two angels stood before them to announce that Jesus wasn’t among the dead, but that He had indeed risen just as He had promised.
I’m sure the women took some time to wrap their heads around that astounding truth. The angels asked if they remembered what He had told them. I think it was at that moment when His words came thundering back to their hearts and minds. That’s when they remembered His words.
They remembered His words. What a powerful statement.
How often do you find yourself in a situation and suddenly a scripture comes to your mind giving you direction or hope or peace? It’s at those times that you are remembering His Word.
When the women went to declare their findings to the disciples, they were skeptical to say the least. Yet even though some didn’t believe them, Peter ran to the tomb to see for himself. Don’t you know as he walked into the empty tomb that he, too, remembered His words.
Why is it important to remember His words? Jesus gave us the answer in John 6:63. “The words that I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life.” The words, the promises, Jesus gave are full of the spirit and power of God; they are life. They contain life-giving truth and give life. That’s why it’s important to remember the Word.
And John 14:26 tell us that we have an advantage in remembering the Word, even if our minds have trouble remembering from time to time. “But the Comforter…whom the Father will send in my name shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
I encourage you to read, study, and hide the Word of God in your mind (memory) and in your heart. When you remember His words, you’ll be strengthened, encouraged, empowered, and victorious.