“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.” (2 Timothy 2:8-9)
The weather in Montana in the fall can at times be great, but, as winter approaches, can get to be kind of gloomy. Cool, rainy, and even snow—it can cause us to feel gloomy too.
When Paul wrote the words above, he was in prison, and was on death row for what he believed and taught. It would seem like that could make both him and those who loved him feel pretty gloomy.
So, what urging does God give us, to help us in our gloomy moments, no matter the cause?
“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead…” You have a Savior! In fact, you have a Savior who has risen from the dead! Because He’s risen from the dead, you know for sure that your sins are forgiven, that there is a place in heaven for you! Because He has risen from the dead, you know for sure that the devil has been defeated, and that God’s Word can never be chained!
So “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead!” That message gives us joy in every circumstance in life, because no matter what happens to us to causes you and me to feel gloomy here on earth, the truth that we have a Savior who won for us heaven, will never go away. So even when we are gloomy, we still can find joy and a reason to rejoice because of Jesus Christ, raised from the dead.
Remembering Jesus Christ, just like you,
Pastor Jacob Hanneman