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Selective Memory

Today’s Good Friday Dash of Salt is adapted from a conversation with one of my favorite Millennial Ministers, Rev. Michael McIntosh, Jr. Rev. McIntosh is the Youth Minister of Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He is also my Baby Brother. I pray that you are as inspired as I am by his concept of Selective Memory. Thanks Rev. McIntosh for all of your insight for this Dash of Salt. I pray God’s continued blessings on your ministry and your message.   

Matthew 27:25 (NIV)

The Bible Says... All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”

I didn’t come to stay I just came to say Happy Easter Day

Just a Dash Do you remember having to memorize a speech for Easter Sunday? How about having to remember your part in the youth ministry program? Even with repeated rehearsals, there are times we forget our parts. Although the Easter story is a familiar one, not everyone recounts all of the details of the story each time it’s told. It’s not that any part is less important than another, but we tend to recite the parts we remember best.

During the Easter season, we often focus on Jesus’ part in the story: Having to carry his own cross, enduring the mocking, beating spitting and humiliation of those who wanted him crucified, having his side pierced, water and blood flowing from the wound. We remember the nails, the crown of thorns, the sponge from which he took his last drink, and his final words before giving up the ghost: “It is finished.” Then, we anxiously await the part in the story where Jesus is resurrected from the dead early on Sunday morning with all power over Heaven and Earth! We rejoice that he defeated Death and that in him we have new life. Amidst all of our praise and worship, we conveniently forget our part in what nailed Jesus to the cross in the first place.

A Pinch More One of the most important parts of the Resurrection story that is often forgotten is the part that we played in it. But why does our Selective Memory cause us to forget our part in the Easter Story? It enables us to block out the worst part of the Easter story – our part. What we contributed to the Easter story, and the reason it was necessary in the first place, is because of our sin. Selective Memory transfers our focus to memories that are more pleasant. That’s why it’s more appealing to think of Jesus being resurrected for the remission of our sins than to think of him being crucified because of the sins we love so much.

Jesus came through forty-two generations to die for our sins because of his love for helpless sinners in need of a Savior. The blood and body of a perfect sacrifice was required for the remission of our sins, so Jesus gave his life for us so that we might be saved. It’s no wonder we forget our part in the Easter story! It isn’t easy to take responsibility for the death of our Lord and Savior. But we owe it to Jesus Christ to not get selective memory when it comes to our part.


Continue Reading: The following passages are the accounts of Jesus’ trial before Pilate, his crucifixion, burial and Resurrection

Matthew Chapters 27-28

Mark 14:43 – Chapter 16 

Luke 22:47 – 24:12

John Chapters 18-20


Q: What is your favorite part of the Resurrection story?

Q: What subtle differences do you notice in the way these accounts are told?

Q: What are your final thoughts on Selective Memory? How does Selective Memory affect the way we process the story of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection?

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