Remembrance Day is soon forgotten, isn’t it? Was it really just two weeks ago?
Some things are worth forgetting, truth is not. The precise details of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ should be reviewed by all Christians, especially leaders.
Paul, the apostolic mentor, must have been concerned that Timothy was allowing some truths of the person and work of Jesus Christ to slip from his memory. hence he writes,
“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David.” 2 Timothy 2:8a
Timothy…don’t forget Jesus Christ. Be precise in your Christology, your doctrinal understanding of the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.
Who is Jesus?
He is the Christ, the One anointed by God as our Prophet, Priest and King. In Acts 10:38 Peter, in speaking to Cornelius and his household, declares that ‘God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.”
John the Baptist saw the Spirit of God, descending like a dove, and resting on Jesus. Throughout His ministry, beginning with His first miracle, Jesus demonstrated that He had been sent by the Father. He revealed God. He was and is God.
He was raised from the dead. Who raised Him from the dead? He, himself declared, “I have power to lay my life down and power to take it again.” The Spirit of God raised the Son of God. The Father likewise demonstrated His power and satisfaction with the offering of the Son by raising Him from the dead. The Triune God worked in perfect unity in this death-defying act of resurrection.
He descended from David. His Davidic ancestry is revealed in Matthew’s gospel, beginning with the carefully structured genealogy, unpacked in units of 14 names. This Son of David demonstrates the ultimate fulfillment of the promises made to Israel’s beloved monarch.
Why is Jesus Christ so often the subject of attack? Why do so many use His sacred name so profanely? Why do even believers, including leaders like Timothy, need reminders? Because of the message of Scripture is focused on the Preparation (Old Testament), Presentation (Gospels) and Proclamation (Letters) of Jesus Christ. He is not just ‘the reason for the Season,’ as some will affirm in the coming weeks, He is the Creator of all the seasons, the One by whom all things were made. Gospel-centred pastoral leaders must seek to know Him and to make Him known. God calls us as He called Timothy to this awesome task!