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"Remember the One Who Is Risen" (posted April 5, 2022)

   "Remember Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, raised from the dead according to my gospel"
   - 2 Timothy 2:8

We shall make little progress in divine understanding unless we take time to meditate. The apostle can set certain truths before us, but he can not give us understanding. This the Lord alone can do. So we read that the Lord not only opened to the disciples the Scriptures, but He opened their understanding, "that they might understand the Scriptures" (Luke 24:27, 32, 45).

Furthermore, as an encouragement to us to carry out these instructions, our gaze is directed to Christ. We are to "remember Jesus Christ raised from among the dead, of the seed of David, according to my glad tidings." It is not simply the fact of the resurrection that we are to remember, but the One who is risen-- and that as Man, the seed of David.

Are we called to suffer in the path of faithfulness? Then let us remember that our share of suffering is small compared with the suffering He had to meet. If through any little faithfulness on our part we find ourselves deserted, opposed, and insulted, even by many of the people of God, let us remember that Christ, in His perfect path, was ever faithful to God and went about doing good to men; and yet, because of His faithfulness, He was ever in reproach. Thus He could say, "For Thy sake I have borne reproach," and again, "They have rewarded Me evil for good, and hatred for My love" (Psalm 69:7; Psalm 109:5).

If, in the path of service, we are exhorted to endure suffering, seeking only to please Him who has chosen us, let us remember that Christ could say, "I do always those things that please Him" (John 8:29). Nothing could move the Lord from the path of absolute obedience to the Father. He laboured, having in view the fruit of His toil, for He could say, "I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day" (John 9:4).

Now He has finished the work God gave Him to do; the suffering and the toil are over and we see Him risen and crowned with glory and honor, there to receive in resurrection the fruit of the travail of His soul. Let us, then, in our path with its measure of suffering and toil, "remember Jesus Christ."

Hamilton Smith

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