Easter is almost here and we will spend the month of April celebrating the fact that Jesus Christ did not stay dead. This is an essential part of the Gospel message (1 Corinthian 15). Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, and afterward, he was buried in a sealed tomb, BUT he did not stay dead, proving that he was truly the Son of God and that he was able to declare sinners like us righteous before God. Our monthly  meditation for April is an observation made by John Piper concerning 2 Timothy 2:8, “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel.”

Paul mentions two specific ways to remember Jesus: Remember him as risen from the dead; And remember him as the offspring of David. Why these two things about Jesus? Because if he is risen from the dead, he is alive and triumphant over death. “If the Sprit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Sprit who dwells in you.” (Roman 8:11) Which means that no matter how serious the suffering becomes, the worst that it can do on this earth is kill you. And Jesus has taken the sting out of that enemy. He is alive. And you will be alive. “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” (Matthew 10:28) The resurrection of Jesus was not a random resurrection. It was the resurrection of the son of David. “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David.” Why does Paul say that? Because every Jewish person knew what that meant. That meant that Jesus is the Messiah (John 7:42). And that meant that this resurrection was not a random resurrection, but the resurrection of an everlasting King. Listen to the words of the angel to Mary, Jesus’ mother: “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1: 31-33) So remember Jesus, the one you serve, and the one for whom you suffer. He is alive and he will reign forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. No matter what they do to you, you do not need to be afraid.”–John Piper

By Greg Howard

Matthew 20: 17-19; Luke 23; Luke 24: 1-12; Mark 16; 1 Corinthians 15; 1Peter 1: 3-4; Acts 24: 16-21