Jesus Is Alive And Don't Ever Forget It
Ken D. Trivette
II Timothy 2:1-8
1. I once read the story of little Philip, who attended a third-grade Sunday School class. Little Philip had been born a special child. Typical of that age, the children did not understand Philip with his differences and were reluctant to include him as part of their group. On one Easter, the Sunday School teacher brought Leggs Pantyhose containers, the kind that look like large eggs. Each child received one and was told to go outside and find some symbol for new life, and put it in the egg-like container. They would return and share with their class their new-life symbols.
After running the Church property in wild confusion, the students returned to the classroom and placed the containers on the table. Surrounded by the children, the teacher began to open them one by one. After each one, whether a flower, leaf, or butterfly, the class would ooh and ahh. Then one was opened and there was nothing inside. The children exclaimed, "That's stupid. That's not fair. Somebody didn't do what they were told, etc."
Little Philip spoke up and said, "That's mine." One student retorted, "Philip, don't you ever do anything right? There's nothing there!" Philip insisted, "I did do it. I did do so do it. It's empty. The tomb was empty!"
2. I submit unto you that little Philip gave the best symbol of new life one could give ¾ an empty container, for an empty tomb and a resurrected Christ is a message of new life.
3. Dr. Seamands told of a Muslim who became a Christian in Africa. Some of his friends asked him why he had become a Christian. His answer: "Well, its like this. Suppose you were going down the road and suddenly the road forked in two directions, and you didn't know which way to go, and there in the fork of the road were two men, one dead and one alive. Which one would you ask which way to go?"i
4. All of us as believers can say with Martin Luther:
Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands,
For our offenses given;
But now at God's right hand He stands
And brings us life from heaven.
Therefore let us joyful be
And sing to God thankfully
Loud songs of hallelujah.
5. As the Apostle Paul spent his days in the damp, dark, dismal, and dreary Mamertine Prison, the great truth of a risen Christ was a strength and stronghold. In fact, as he writes the young pastor Timothy, he exhorts him to "Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David, was raised from the dead."
6. It was like Paul was saying to Timothy, "Jesus is alive and don't you ever forget it!" I want you to consider with me these words of Paul to Timothy and the purpose for which he encouraged him to remember that Jesus was alive.
1. PAUL WAS SPEAKING OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST AS A HISTORICAL FACT!
1. Paul is not speaking of something was a myth, legend, tradition, or falsehood. He was speaking of something was factual, actual, and historical. Paul declares with the grea ...
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