“Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.”
(2 Timothy 2:8-9)
The ancient catacombs are six hundred miles of tunnels underneath Rome that were in use for three hundred years; a time when the church was so persecuted, being known as a Christ-follower would have cost your life ….
The most common inscription found on the tunnel walls is this phrase Paul penned to Timothy: “The word of God is not bound.” This is the enduring testimony of people who were imprisoned and suffering for their faith; losing loved ones, and dying in allegiance to Christ. They remembered Jesus with graffiti, and they rejoiced because neither Christ the living Word nor God’s written Word can ever be stopped. This is confirmed in (Isaiah 40:8), “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the Word of our God shall stand for ever.”
Paul wrote this letter to Timothy from prison. A model to believers after him, he was going through one of the most difficult things a person can endure and choosing to focus on Jesus. Based on the context, Paul was basically saying, “Now, forget about the hardship for a moment and remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead. Think about how often you heard me talk about Him! He’s alive. Don’t forget that for a moment.”
Paul was “suffering, bound with chains as a criminal.” He had traveled the world, preaching the gospel and planting churches. Now he was chained like a criminal. But if we could see Paul in that awful prison, most likely we would see him sitting there with his hands and feet in stocks and a big grin on his face …
Why? He was remembering Jesus, of course. He realized his own extreme limitations highlighted a great truth: “But the word of God is not bound!” This is the confidence available to the child of God ….
This was a good word for Timothy and is a good word for us. We’re not following a loser; we’re following a Winner. We’ve been enlisted by One who completed His mission, cried “It is finished”(John 19:30), and conquered death! Jesus the Eternal Victor, Almighty God, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. His tomb is empty! Don’t ever stray from that!! Always remember you are serving Jesus Christ who is risen from the dead. This very same Jesus that healed the sick, made the blind to see, the lame to walk, raised the dead to life, even as He Himself was raised in alive today! !! He walks with us, He talks with us; and He has promised each and every one of us that He will NEVER leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), and yet also promised to be with us always, even until the very end of the world (Matthew 28:20).
Can you rest in that confidence and rejoice in it? Whatever your challenges or limitations, Jesus has overcome everything. Bring to mind all He has done for you. He saved you from sin, and all its eternal consequences, lived the greatest life worth imitating, and He is now the Lord who guides and guards you ….
Remember Jesus; the only One not limited or bound. He and His Word will accomplish all God intends for them to accomplish in you and through you. He does not abandon us, and even will complete what He has began in you:
“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
In conclusion; what limitations frustrate you but could also remind you God’s Word is not bound? T I challenge you today to take a few moments to remember Jesus Christ. When you do, what things immediately come to mind? Ponder these; and allow the love, joy, and peace to fill your hearts today. Then walk in that love and extend that peace to others …..
Let us pray ~
Lord God, I know that remembering Jesus is about so much more than simply thinking about facts that I can recite about His life …. Remembering is about allowing His words and actions to change the way I live. Remembering Jesus is about being obedient to Him at all costs. Please Lord, continue to teach me through Your word that I may focus on You no matter what the circumstances or where I am at. I know and believe that Your Word is unstoppable and can accomplish anything in my life, and the lives of others. Help me to be bold like Paul and to realize that my limitations are nothing compared to the power of your Word. Help me to press on toward the calling and finish this race set before me. Help me to blaze a trail that others may clearly see to follow by the fire and power of the Holy Ghost, and may You be glorified this day, and every day to follow through me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen …..