2Tim 1:9-10 In Awe of How Jesus Reveals Himself

“This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
Reference: 2 Timothy 1: 9b-10

Sometimes I can’t help to sit in complete amazement as I contemplate how Christ Jesus reveals Himself. It’s not just that He does reveal Himself, but that His truth has been universally understood through the ages. Wealthy-poor, young-old, uneducated-over educated, male-female, etc. — all have seen His truth revealed in their lives. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about contemporary Christians, 16th century Christians, or 1st century Christians. It doesn’t matter if people had the Bible, only had poor Bible translation, or only had personal testimony and a few letters. The result has always been the same. Jesus calls us into a personal relationship with Him. The qualities of that relationship have not changed over time. When I read biographies of historically notable Christians, I am amazed that they experienced what I experience. Their difficulties were not isolated in their era; rather, we all face the clash between the temporary world of Satan and the eternal world of Christ Jesus. I am humbled to think that I am not special, not singled out for affliction, or struggle any more than other Christians. Circumstances may differ, but God’s revelation in our lives has not changed. Every Christian who truly submits himself or herself to following the will of the Father in Heaven chooses to occupy the same lowly place in the world.

Lord Jesus, I join you in speaking the prayer that you gave us just as millions of others have joined you in prayer over the past two millennia. I pray for the kind of relationship that you have with our Father. “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]” (Mat 6:9-13 NASB)

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We pray for those we love/who now live in a land of shadows

This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (2 Timothy 1: 9b-10)

It is likely that my mother-in-law will die in the next day or so. We are standing watch with her through the night. Her breathing is labored, and her mind is clouded. At times, she is in pain, but usually, when she is not sleeping, she is smiling, and glad to be surrounded by people she loves. It pains us, of course, to see her go. We love her so, though we have missed the Jane Wend we have known; the Alzheimer’s disease that has eaten away so much of her brain has taken with it much of who she was. Still, she (and we) have been spared; her sweetness has remained, her love of people, her quickness to smile.

She will die. Her death has been abolished. Jesus did it. He will bring her to new life, to immortality, through Jesus’s grace. If there were ever good news, this is it.

From the Anglican Book of Common Worship:

Lord,
in weakness or in strength
we bear your image.
We pray for those we love
who now live in a land of shadows,
where the light of memory is dimmed,
where the familiar lies unknown,
where the beloved become as strangers.
Hold them in your everlasting arms,
and grant to those who care
a strength to serve,
a patience to persevere,
a love to last
and a peace that passes human understanding.
Hold us in your everlasting arms,
today and for all eternity;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.