Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tues., 4/19/11 Devotion (2 Tim. 2:8)

Today's encouragement comes from 2 Timothy 2:8, where we read these words:

"Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel . . . "

Why would the apostle Paul need to remind the pastor Timothy "that Jesus Christ . . . was raised from the dead"? Perhaps because some-
times churchmen can become a bit "disconnected" from this all-impor-
tant fact (of Christ's resurrection). After all: if the Lord Jesus did not rise from the dead, we are all in our sins, and our religion is worth-
less, (and we are wasting our time).

. . . But, if indeed Jesus *did* rise from the dead--as we know from Scripture, history, and the Spirit's inward witness that He did--then our Hope is alive, and the church has a gospel of good news for every-
one. This week, as we prepare for Easter, let all the faithful church marvel at the reality of our Living Lord--and let us love Him with re-
newed zeal and passion.

[Puritan quote of the day: "Sin is an absurd thing. What greater indis-
cretion is there than to gratify an enemy? Sin gratifies Satan."
--Thomas Watson, in, "The Doctrine of Repentance"]