The resurrection of Jesus is the greatest event in all of human history. So why did Paul feel compelled to remind Timothy—and us today—of this fundamental, life-altering event? Because God knows, and the apostle Paul knew, that we have fickle memories.
It's easy to get bogged down in life's problems and struggles. We can become bitter with our circumstances or distracted by earthly pursuits, easily forgetting the victory that is ours in Christ.
Through Christ's blood-bought redemption, we too can rise above our temporary circumstances.
In the midst of imprisonments, detours, shipwrecks, beatings, and betrayal, Paul never lost sight of the big picture. His entire ministry was built on the Good News of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus—the cornerstone of the Christian faith. Through Christ's blood-bought redemption, we too can rise above our temporary circumstances. Why? Because we have hope—not wishful thinking, but a guaranteed promise—of eternity with Christ in heaven, giving us power over the greatest enemy of all, death!
Do you desire to live a vibrant, purpose-filled life? Then remember the resurrected Jesus. Do you want to experience peace in a chaotic world? Then remember the resurrected Jesus. Do you want power for living? Then, today, remember afresh the resurrected Jesus!
What hinders you from fixing your eyes on Christ and the hope of the resurrection? How can you make a conscious effort to remember this great event every day?
Prayer: Lord, help me set my eyes on You, the author and perfecter of faith. I know I have victory in this world and beyond because the God of all creation has won it for me. Thank You, Jesus! I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, . . ." (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).