"Remember Us - as simple an order as a king can give. Remember why we died. He did not wish tribute, nor song, or monuments or poems of war and valor. His wish was simple. 'Remember us."
Dilios, a Spartan warrior and storyteller in the graphic novel 300 stands before 10,000 Spartan troops and inspires them with tales of honor and victory before battle. Dilios' stories of King Leonidas and 300 brave warriors provide the narrative of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. With all of the Persian world gathered against them, all that these courageous warriors could hope for was a "beautiful death."
As I watched this epic tale of courage and seen their valor, I was moved as I listened to the charge Dilios made to the Spartan troops. It was a charge that came from King Leonidas and was to be retold to every Spartan man, women, and child. The charge was simple - Remember me, Remember why we died.
Immediately I was reminded of Hebrews chapter 11 and the great men and women who lived and died to give us the liberties that we so often take for granted. Men and women who were stoned, burned, crushed, torn in pieces, boiled in oil and thrown to the lions that we might enjoy the freedom to stand, gather, and call on the name of the Lord.
My eyes filled with tears and my heart filled with anticipation as I walked to my bookshelf and pulled out two books: One was the Bible, the other was John Foxes Book of Christian Martyrs. As I recounted the stories in the Book of Hebrews chapter 11 and reacquainted myself with the early church martyrs I could only hear the echoing words of King Leonidas . . ." Remember Us, Remember why we died."
How much more should our hearts be warmed and our strength renewed by those that taught us how to live and showed us how to die. I want to challenge every reader to simply remember; remember those that came before us, those who stood for truth and died for Christ. Those who Revelation 12:11 teaches us overcame by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony; and who loved not their lives unto death. My Pastor has often been fond of saying "Never forget to remember." Reflect on these words as you read this quote on the greatness of Jesus Christ, our great God and Savior who died that we might have life:
"Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander,
Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine, than all the philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orators, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise, than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times."
* Philip Schaff, the well-known historian, in The Person of Christ, pp. 29-30.
Never forget to remember