Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Title: HOPE – Messianic Psalm Prophecy on the Resurrection of Christ
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Psalm 16:8-11 (NIV)

8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

One of the most remarkable features of the Messianic Psalms is found in the prophecy of Jesus’ resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the cornerstone of the Gospel. If Jesus rose from the grave, who saw him? After His resurrection, Jesus appeared eleven times, as recorded in the four Gospels, Acts and 1 Corinthians. Those who claimed to have seen the risen Jesus went on to turn the world upside down. Most of them died as followers of Christ.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ was predicted not only in the Psalms but also in other books of the Old Testament. Jonah 1:17 is linked to Matthew 12:40: “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Thus, Jonah’s experience is seen in the same vein as the coming resurrection.

Prediction is one thing but being fulfilled is another thing.  Both Peter and Paul applied this Messianic Psalm in their respective preaching.

Acts 2:29-31 (ESV)

29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.”

Acts 13.30-37 (ESV)

30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. 32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, 33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,

“‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’

34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,

“‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’

35 Therefore he says also in another psalm,

“‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’

36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, 37 but he whom God raised up did not see corruption.

The Old Testaments prophets went into great detail to describe the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. He fulfilled these prophecies with such accuracy a millennium later, that we can now have full confidence to trust Jesus, who has conquered death, as our Lord and Saviour.

Some of you may have heard about Cryonics: This is a process of freezing and storing the body of a recently deceased and diseased person, to prevent tissue decomposition, so that at some future time the person might be thawed out and brought back to life when a cure for the disease has been developed. The Cryonics Society of New York, has taken as its motto, “Never say die!”. Yet, with all our advances, man is still powerless to prevent death which fills his heart with dread.

Our HOPE is in the Risen Christ who conquered death.  Jesus said:

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)

Prayer for Today

Our heavenly Father, the prolonged Covid-19 is like a dark cloud over our heads. Lord, this pandemic has caused untold suffering to many. It becomes a heavy burden on our back. We are discouraged, in despair and even depressed. Sometimes we feel like we are being sucked into a deep, dark pit.  We come to You Lord, our Rock, our Shelter, our Fortress, our only HOPE in these difficult times. Thank You Lord, You are our Resurrection and our Life. It is in You we can find our bearing to move forward with significance, purpose and direction. Thank You, Jesus. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV) The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you; do not be discouraged

每日灵粮
星期二, 2020年10月20日
标题:盼望-弥赛亚诗篇所预言主的复活
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:陈晓佩姐妹

诗篇16:8-11 [和合本]
8我将耶和华常摆在我面前,因他在我右边,我便不致摇动。
9因此我的心欢喜,我的灵快乐,我的肉身也要安然居住。
10 因为你必不将我的灵魂撇在阴间,也不叫你的圣者见朽坏。
11 你必将生命的道路指示我,在你面前有满足的喜乐,在你右手中有永远的福乐。

弥赛亚诗篇其中一个最显着的特点是在耶稣复活的预言。耶稣基督从死里复活是福音的奠基石。如果耶稣从坟墓里复活了,有谁见过祂?耶稣复活之后,显现了十一次,如四福音书、使徒行传和歌林多前书所记载。那些声称见过复活的耶稣的人前去颠覆了世界。他们大多数因着是基督的跟从者而死了。

耶稣基督的复活不只是在诗篇里预言,在其他旧约的书卷也有预言。约拿书1:17被连接到马太福音12:40 :“约拿怎样三日三夜在大鱼的腹中,人子也要照样三日三夜在地里。” 所以约拿的经历在本质上被看为与那即将到来的复活是一样的。

预言是一回事,但应验预言是另一回事。 彼得和保罗在各自的讲道中都应用了这篇弥赛亚诗。

使徒行传2:29-31
29弟兄们!先祖大卫的事,我可以明明的对你们说:他死了,也葬埋了,並且他的坟墓直到今日还在我们这里。30大卫既是先知,又晓得神曾向他起誓,要从他的后裔中立一位坐在他的宝座上,31就预先看明这事,讲论基督复活说:他的灵魂不撇在阴间;他的肉身也不见朽坏。

使徒行传13:30-37
30 神却叫他从死里复活。
31 那从加利利同他上耶路撒冷的人多日看见他,這些人如今在民间是他的见证。
32 我们也报好信息给你们,就是那应许祖宗的话,
33 神已经向我们这作儿女的应验 ,叫耶稣复活了。正如诗篇第二篇上记着说 :
“你是我的儿子, 我今日生你”。
34 论到神叫他从死里复活,不再归于朽坏,就这样说:
“我必将所应许大卫那圣洁、可靠的恩典赐给你们。”
35 又有一篇上说:
“你必不叫你的圣者見朽坏 。”
36 大卫在世的时候遵行了神的旨意,就睡了(或 作:大卫按神的旨意服事了他那一世的人,就睡了), _ 归到他祖宗那里,已见朽坏;37 惟独神所复活的,他並未见朽坏 。_

旧约先知详细地描述了耶稣的生、死和复活。一千年后,祂如此准确地应验了这些预言,让我们能以完全的信心去信靠这位已经胜过死亡的耶稣为我们的主和救主。

你们当中有些人可能听过人体冷冻技术:这是一个冷冻并储存刚过世和患病的人遗体的过程,目的是要避免身体组织腐化,好让日后当研发了治愈这疾病的疗法时,这个人可能被解冻并可复活。纽约人体冷冻学会(The Cryonics Society of New York)采用的座右铭是“永不言死!”。可是,尽管取得了这些进步的技术,人类还是毫无能力避免让内心充满恐惧的死亡。

我们的盼望在战胜死亡的复活基督里。耶稣说:
“复活在我,生命也在我。信我的人,虽然死了,也必复活; 26 凡活着信我的人必永远不死。你信这话吗?”(约翰福音 11:25-26)

今日祷告
我们在天上的父,这持续已久的新冠肺炎好像我们头顶的一朵乌云。主阿,这疫情给许多人造成了难以言状的痛苦。这成了我们背后沉重的负担。我们感到灰心丧气、绝望,甚至沮丧。有些时候我们觉得好像被吸入了一个又深又暗的坑里。我们来到主祢的跟前,我们的磐石、我们的蔽护所、我们的山寨,祢是我们在这困难时期的惟一的盼望。感谢主,祢是我们的复活,并是我们的生命。在祢里头我们可以找到我们的方位,有意义、有目标,有方向地前进。谢谢祢,耶稣。奉主耶稣的名。阿们。

彼得前书5:7 你们要将一切的忧虑卸给神,因为他顾念你们。

申命记31:8 耶和华必在你前面行,他必与你同在,必不撇下你,也不丢弃你;不要惧怕,也不要惊惶。”

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