“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel…”
2 Timothy 2:8
One day, Martin Luther, the great theologian, was visibly sad while working at his desk. From a distance, his wife saw him, went to her bedroom, and changed her clothes into a black dress. When Luther saw her, he asked surprised, “Who died?”
His wife answered, “God died.”
Luther shot back, “That’s heresy! God cannot die!”
“If God’s not dead,” she responded, “then why are you so sad?”
Paul shared a similar thought in his letter to Timothy in the New Testament. Timothy had a lot of health and ministry problems. Paul knew that suffering. He experienced platefuls of pain and problems himself. That’s why Paul directed Timothy to “Remember Jesus Christ,” the one both fully God and fully human, both “the offspring of David” and “risen from the dead.”
Jesus, the Christ, knows both our human suffering and holds the divine power to enter and overcome whatever we’re facing. Are you sad? Afraid? Discouraged? Jesus is alive! He will meet you today wherever you are, with whatever you need.
What reminders will you set around you today to remember that Jesus understands you and is daily by your side all day long?
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