Summary: Remember Jesus Christ - 2 Tim. 2:8 - Many problems are caused by failing to remember Christ and His resurrection power
Remember Jesus Christ - 2 Tim. 2:8
Many problems are caused by a failure to remember what Christ’s presence, power and perspective. Failure to remember all the riches we have in Christ can lead to many mistaken perceptions that produce fear, anger or faulty reactions toward problems.
Illustration: Quote: Abraham Lincoln once said when asked if he thought he would succeed or fail in his the civil war conflict said, "Without God I cannot succeed. With God I cannot fail."
Illustration:It was said of Helen of Troy, that when she lost her memory of who she was when she fell into captivity that she became a common woman of the street. But when she remembered her identity as a Queen, her entire view of life elevated her to a life worthy of heritage. Many Christians live a commoners when they should be living as sons and daughters of the King embued with all the rich resources, power and confidence of royalty.
Paul, the apostle, told Timothy to remember Jesus Christ because he wanted him to persevere through all kinds of hardships. Let us examine some of the key aspects of that are eseential to remember about Christ or we might become weary in well doing and faint before we reap a great harvest.
1. Remembering Jesus Christ gives us a greater perspective of the power we possess in our resurrected Savior. Christ’s overcoming power enables us to not be overcome by evil, but helps us overcome evil with good. People who remember Christ will be assured by Christ’s promise, "In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) We can be confident that we can do everything God asks us to do with the help of Christ who gives us the strength and power. (Phil. 4:13)
Illustration:Well over three hundred verses are concerned with the subject of Jesus’ resurrection in the New Testament. We are told that this event is a sign for unbelievers (Matthew 12:38-40); cf. John 20:24-29) as well as the answer for the believer’s doubt (Luke 24:38-43). It serves as the guarantee that Jesus’ teachings are true (Acts 2:22-24; 1 Corrinthians 15:12-20) and is the center of the gospel itself (Romans 4:24-25, 10:9; 1 Corrinthians 15:1-4). Further, the resurrection is the impetus for evangelism (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 10:39-43), the key indication of the believer’s daily power to live the Christian life (Rom. 6:4-14, 8:9-11; Phil. 3:10) and the reason for the total commitment of our lives (Rom. 7:4; 1 Cor. 15:57-58). The resurrection even addresses the fear of death (John 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:54-58; cf. Hebrews 2:14-15) and is related to the second coming of Jesus (Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7). Lastly, this event is a model of the Christian’s resurrection from the dead (Acts 4:2; 1 Cor. 6:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) and provides a foretaste of heaven for the believer (Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Peter 1:3-5). For a popular treatment that addresses these and other aspects, see Gary R. Habermas, The Centrality of the Resurrection.
Gary R. Habermas & J.P. Moreland, Immortality - The Other Side of Death, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1992, p. 245.