8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David … (2 Timothy 2).

The word “remember” means “to hold in mind,” even “to rehearse.” What is interesting is the two points specifically mentioned: “risen from the dead” and “descendant of David.” Nothing about His life and teachings, and nothing about the crucifixion—just His resurrection and lineage.

But both of these are about promises that were kept: promises that the Messiah would come from the lineage of David, and promises that He would rise from the dead. Perhaps above all things, remembering Jesus Christ is remembering that He remembers—and keeps—His promises. 

Lord, we remember there is yet another promise to be kept: You will return one day and gather us to live with You forever—without pain or sorrow or sin. Help us This Day to live in the remembering of this. Amen.