May 11th, 2021 – Tuesday Later Evening
“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel…” ~2 Timothy 2:8
Isn’t this an interesting thing? Paul is reminding Timothy to remember Jesus Christ… Isn’t that obvious, Paul? Isn’t Jesus the whole reason for your letter and for the Gospel? Why would you have to remind Timothy to remember Him? Ok, ok. Maybe I am running a bit farther than you would with my questioning, but the point should be made that Paul is commanding Timothy to remember (to hold in memory, keep in mind) Christ Jesus. When you take into account all that Paul has already communicated to Timothy just in this chapter, this latest command makes sense and it would actually be quite encouraging. Let me explain.
As followers of and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, we are under His ultimate authority, tasked with His purposes, and equipped to live for His glory by the power of His Spirit. Yet, the walk of faith is not easy and it is filled with warfare, trials, and uncertainties. Timothy has been reminded of the task of discipleship and the hardship that follows those who belong to Christ. Furthermore, soldiers of Jesus are called to a life of total commitment, orderly conduct, joyful fruit, and wisdom. In the midst of all of that, it can be easy to get swallowed up in the moment-by-moment, but that is exactly when we need the reminder to remember the Lord. Especially when suffering is possible or probable, temptation lurks nearby, and the pressure is on – REMEMBER JESUS CHRIST!
Paul’s description of Jesus is worth noting as well: Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead – Jesus is not dead and gone; He is alive forevermore! Such power and authority! Paul also reminds Timothy of Jesus’ descendance from David, king of Israel – Jesus is the fulfillment of prophecy and He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He rightly sits on David’s throne FOREVER. This all is in accordance with “Paul’s” Gospel – the everlasting Good News that comes from God and was preached by Paul (and millions of others over the years) and continues to change lives for eternity.
Do you see the significance of this short reminder? Right in the middle of everything life throws our way (all allowed and orchestrated by the Lord), we have the King who has rescued us and who continues to equip us and fill us with His Spirit. Remember Him, remember His resurrection, remember His salvation and authority, and remember that His Gospel is continuing to transform, no matter what onslaught it may face. Praise the Lord!