As I said this past Sunday, part of our church calendar commitment to celebrate Easter in late March or early April undermines the very doctrine that it seeks to protect—the importance of the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection, in Christian tradition, is an every Sunday focus. It is the reason that the Christian Sabbath moved from Saturday, the seventh day—the rest of creation finished—to Sunday, the first day of the week—new creation begun.
In the last letter we have from the apostle Paul, he writes to his pastoral intern, Timothy, to "Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel."1 If we pause for moment to consider that statement, the oddity and import of it hit us like an avalanche. Did Timothy forget about Jesus? Did Timothy forget that Jesus had risen from the dead? Did Timothy forget that Jesus was the offspring of David? Did Timothy forget that Paul's theology and preaching dripped with the resurrection? No to all of these questions.
At the time of writing 2 Timothy, Paul would've have been the foremost living theologian on Jesus and his resurrection. Timothy, as Paul's friend and disciple, would have been in the select few people in the world who were most knowledgeable in Christian doctrine and able to preach it. And yet, we have Paul reminding Timothy to not forget Jesus Christ, risen from the dead.
It wasn't that Paul thought that Timothy might actually lose all memory of Jesus and his resurrection. Instead, Paul is impressing the importance to major on that basic doctrine of the person and work of Jesus, especially his resurrection.
It is a lesson for us, especially the week after Easter. Remember, focus on, center your whole life around Jesus and his resurrection.
- Our next New Members Class begins this Sunday at 9:00 AM in the center room of the gym at CCS.
- Community groups are ongoing. Talk to me about which one might be the best fit for you.
- April has been a better giving month for us but we still aren't where we need to be for the year. As we move into the summer months making supporting your church family a priority that is reflected in your bank account.
- 2 Tim. 2:8 ↩︎