Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel (2 Tim. 2:8 KJV).
Paul instructs Timothy, his spiritual son, to remember that Jesus was of the seed of David and was raised from the dead. The wise Apostle told him to bring to mind, again and again, the truth that Jesus resurrected from the dead.
Jesus Himself gave us a commandment to remember Him when He instituted the communion: “And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me’ “(Lk. 22:19 KJV). He commanded us to remember Him when we take the holy communion. But what, specifically, should we remember? We must remember that His body was broken, in grief and suffering, for our healing and forgiveness of sins. We must remember that His life was laid down so that we may have life.
Why does God want us to remember Him? It may seem like common sense for every Christian, but Jesus instructs us to keep Him on our mind continually, perhaps because there is power in the mind. Remembering and dwelling on a person or event reinforces it. Consciously resurrecting a memory allows us to re-live it, here and now. But did Jesus imply that we should only think about the importance of His death while at the communion table? Certainly not. Herein lies a divine instruction for us: We need to habitually dedicate our concentration, and completely focus our attention on Him, to prime us for the rest of the moments in our lives. As you focus your mind exclusively on Jesus, you amplify Him once more in your heart. Make a habit to remember Jesus often.
Do you understand why Jesus wants you to remember Him? Declare that “My heart and soul are constantly meditating and remembering what Jesus did for me”.
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Look for a moment to focus and think exclusively on the sacrifice of Jesus for you. I often use Isa. 53 to help me with this.
Remember His death now, and thank Him for accepting to offer Himself. Pray that the memory of the cross and the empty tomb will be deeply ingrained in your mind.
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