“Remember Jesus Christ!” Paul cries out in verse 8.
How well we would do to remember Jesus Christ in our daily lives.
Put another way, remember Jesus the Messiah, our Savior, descendant of David, who was crucified for our sins according to prophesy, and who was raised from the dead for our justification. (Romans 3:25)
Paul was bound like a criminal, sitting in a cell, about to be executed by Nero. And in the midst of it all, he remembered Jesus the Messiah. And he remembered what was perhaps a hymn being sung in the church at the time.
For if we died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny himself. (11-13)
That was his hope in that dark, dank cell.
And it is our hope. Jesus is our hope.
So whatever you’re going through, whether good or bad, remember Jesus Christ.
Remember Jesus, our Messiah, and all he has done for us to save us from our sins.
Remember what he is doing for us even now, interceding for us in all our troubles.
Remember what he will do for us when he returns and makes all things new.
And remember that he does all these things for us, not because of who we are, but because of who he is.
Remember Jesus Christ.