Tuesday, 27 October 2020
Title: The Ascension Of Jesus
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Messianic Psalms 68:18 and 110:1; Acts 1:7-11; Ephesians 4:7-13

We are all very familiar with Christmas (celebrating the Birth of Christ), Good Friday (the Crucifixion) and Easter (the Resurrection of Christ from the dead). However, very few pay much attention to the Ascension, when Jesus went to Heaven forty days after His Resurrection.

In the Psalms there are two prophetic messages on the Ascension of Jesus Christ. Just like a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces have fallen in place one by one. The Messianic prophecies found in Psalm alone is sufficient for me to believe that God’s Hand is at work. Yes, indeed history is “HIS STORY”. A thousand years ago God inspired the writers with the minute details of the coming Messiah in Jesus Christ.

You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the LORD God may dwell there. (Psalm 68:18)

This verse is quoted by Paul in Ephesian 4:8. Then the subsequent three verses, Ephesians 4:9-11, are among the most difficult to explain. Paul applies this verse to the Ministry of the Ascended Christ. David is describing the conquerors marching to the gates and taking tribute from the fallen city. Paul is using this picture of Christ suffering a painful death on the Cross and the Resurrection. Then He was victorious over death and Satan. When Christ ascended into heaven, He gave gifts to the church. It also celebrates His victory over evil.  It gives us the assurance that all who believe in Christ by trusting Him can overcome evil too.

The next Messianic verse on Ascension is found in Psalm 110:1 – The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”  

Throughout the Bible the right hand of God is the place of heaven which denotes the place of power, authority and sovereignty. Jesus is all power God or omnipotent. Christ is seated on the throne of God in heaven. He is in full control of the universe. He is waiting for the time when everyone of His enemies is under His feet. The right hand of God is a place of honour.  He died for our sins and the sins of the world.  He has overcome death. He is risen to glory seated at the right hand of God.

Luke, the only Gentile writer in the New Testament, has faithfully recorded the Life and Ministry of Christ in the Gospel of Luke. His continuation in the Book of Acts recorded the Ascension of Christ into heaven and the birth and growth of the Church.  These were the parting words of Jesus to all His disciples then and now:

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” (Acts 1.8-11)

Please take note of a few very important things in His final parting words:

1.            He left for heaven but He sent His Holy Spirit to us. He did not leave us like helpless orphans. He empowers us to be powerful witnesses for Him. He has also given us a plan to witness worldwide.

2.            It must be wonderful and marvellous to see Jesus being ushered into heaven. Oh, He promised us that He will come back in the same way He was taken up.  This prophecy is to come.  All the Old Testament prophecies of Jesus during His earthly journey have been beautifully and perfectly fulfilled. So, based on those fulfilled prophecies, I believe with all my heart and soul that Jesus is coming soon, and very soon.

3.            Let’s be watchful! We are reminded of The Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-11. Let us be wise, make sure our lamps have sufficient oil and keep them burning. Jesus says, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)

Prayer for Today

Our loving Father, Thank You for Your words that strengthen our faith. The deeper we go into Your word, the more we discovered You were at the beginning, You are here walking with us, and You will be back again. Father forgive us when we are so wrapped up with the here and now; we somehow don’t see beyond all our problems and difficulties of the day.  Lord, we thank You for Your steadfast love never changes. You are with us in both our good days as well as in our bad days. Lord, help us to be faithful and hopeful till You return. Come, Lord Jesus!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen

每日灵粮
星期二, 2020年10月27日
标题:耶稣升天
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:陈晓佩姐妹

弥赛亚诗68:18 和 110:1;使徒行传 1:7-11;以弗所书 4:7-13

我们对圣诞节(庆祝基督的诞生)、受难节(基督被钉十字架)和复活节(基督从死里复活)都很熟悉。但是,很少人关注耶稣复活四十天之后升天的事。

在诗篇里有两篇预言耶稣升天的信息。好像拼图一般,一片片地落在适当的位置。仅在诗篇里的弥赛亚预言已经足够让我相信上帝的手在作工。是的,历史确实是“祂的故事”。一千年以前上帝已向作者启示在基督耶稣里弥赛亚将降临的细节了。

你已经升上高天,掳掠仇敌;你在人间,就是在悖逆的人间,受了供献,叫耶和华神可以与他们同住。(诗篇68:18)

保罗在以弗所书4:8引述这节经文。接下来的三节经文,以弗所书4:9-11是最难诠释的。保罗引用这节经文在基督升天的圣工里。大卫在描述征服者向城门前进并从倾倒之城拿下贡物;保罗是使用它为基督在十字架上受苦至死并复活的画面。之后祂征服了死亡和撒旦。当基督升天时,祂赐下恩赐给教会,也欢庆祂胜过邪恶。这给了我们保证凡是信靠基督的人也可以胜过邪恶。

另一节关于基督升天的弥赛亚经节是在诗篇110:1 - 耶和华对我主说:你坐在我的右边,等我使你仇敌作你的脚凳。

在整本圣经中,上帝的右边是天堂代表着权力、权威和主权的位置。耶稣是全能的上帝或无所不能的。基督在天堂坐在上帝的宝座上。祂完全地掌控宇宙。祂在等待祂的全部仇敌都在祂脚下的时刻。上帝的右边是一个尊荣地方。祂为我们的罪和全世界的罪死了。祂已经胜过死亡。祂已复活得荣耀,坐在上帝的右边。

路加,唯一在新约里的一位外邦人的作者,忠实地在路加福音里记录了基督的生平和事工。他在使徒行传里继续记录了基督升天和教会的诞生与增长。以下是耶稣对祂所有门徒的告别语:

请注意在祂的告别语里的几个非常重要的事:
1.​祂去了天堂,但是祂差了祂的圣灵赐给我们。祂没有撇下我们如无助的孤儿。祂赐给我们权柄为祂作有力的见证。祂也给了我们计划去向全世界作见证。
2.​耶稣被引进天堂一定奇妙又精彩。啊,祂应许我们祂会像被接升天一样再回来。这预言一定会实现。所有旧约中有关耶稣在世的预言都已完美地应验了。所以,按照已经应验的预言,我满心相信耶稣快来了,并且很快了。

3.​让我们警醒!马太福音25:1-11 里十个童女的比喻提醒了我们。我们要有智慧,确定我们的灯有足够的油并让它一直点燃。耶稣说:“所以你们要警醒;因为那日子,那时辰,你们不知道。”(马太福音25:13)

今日祷告

我们慈爱的天父,谢谢祢,借着祢的话语坚固我们的信心。我们越在祢的话语上进深,我们越是发现祢创始便在,祢在这里和我们同行,并且祢将会再来。天父,当我们太过于关注目前,宽恕我们;我们不能超越我们当前的问题和难处。主啊,谢谢祢对我们坚定不移的爱。无论是在我们好的或是不好的日子里,祢与我们同在。主啊,帮助我们忠心并充满盼望,直到祢回来。主耶稣阿,我愿祢来!
奉主耶稣的名。阿们。

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