Saturday, 23rd Jan 2021
Title: “Immanuel” is the greatest new
Author: Pastor Andrew Lim
Translated by: Lucy Ling

“Immanuel” is greatest message for all mankind. It is for everyone. It would be a shame for NOT receiving the message.

The angel of God appeared to Joseph and said: 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus Christ, because he will save his people from their sins.’ 22 All this took place to fulfil what our Lord had said through the prophet: 23 ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).

In the era of the Old Testament, the Israelites needed to strictly abide by God’s laws, regulations, and commandments in order to enjoy God’s presence, but when they failed, God left them. At that time, God was not always with man. If God wanted to use a certain prophet, God would be with him, but if he failed, stumbled, or was greedy for money, God would leave him and stopped speaking to him, God would rather use a donkey than use him to speak. Or a visible object such as the tabernacle, ark, temple, etc., is used to show the presence of God. When it is lost or destroyed, the Isrealites deemed God has left them. Once and only once since exodus, the Ark of the Covenant – the Israelites’ “national treasure” or “soul of the nation”, was snatched away by the Philistines in broad daylight! The Israelites believed that “Glory left Israel”, as the Ark of God was taken into captivity.

But it is different in the era of New Testament! God’s salvation achieved through Jesus Christ fulfilling His righteous requirements, so when God dwell within, it is based on our faith that we accept Jesus Christ as our saviour, and He will always be with us. The tabernacle and temple are just representations and images of the true God who wishes to dwell within us. Ephesians 2: ” 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Don’t you know that you are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God lives within you? …Because the temple of God is holy, this temple is you. “

From then on, regardless of your spiritual situation, God is with you. The important point is whether you have accepted Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ is called Immanuel, whoever has Jesus Christ in his life, they have the presence of God. As our Lord Jesus Christ became flesh, experiencing the presence of God through Him is made possible. Since Jesus Christ fulfilled this salvation, at the instant of receiving Christ as your personal saviour, the presence of God is with you.

When we open our hearts with humility and plain faith to accept Jesus Christ as our saviour, He will lead our lives and be with us forever. What a blessing! Jesus Christ will never reject us due to human corruption, sinfulness, and weaknesses; as long as we repent, believe and accept Him, He will forgive our sins. Although our Lord is the supreme and holy God, but He loves us. You and I are chosen as God’s dwelling place and He is willing to be with us forever and never leave us.

1) With our Lord, there is peace in adversity. There are increasing ailments and sufferings in the world. Do not be afraid. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: John 16:33 ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’.

2) With the presence of our Lord, He comforts when we are sad. In this world, no one is spared from sorrow. But He promises in Revelation 21:3 “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. “

3) With the presence of our Lord, we are victorious over all sins. Jesus Christ came to the world to save sinners and overcome sins. In today’s world, overcoming sins is the hardest act. Roman 7:18: ” For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find”. Philippians 4: Thanks God, “13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

4) With our God’s presence, our direction of life is very clear. People living in the darkness have no peace or rest, they are full of sorrow, fear, pain, depression, and despair, and because their deeds are evil, they do not love the light but love the darkness, but those who follow the light, God’s word is the light at your feet, the light on the road to give you strength and guide your way and enable you to overcome all difficulties. ” Then Jesus Christ spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk-in darkness but have the light of life.” John 8:12

5) With the presence of our Lord, we have the truth, so we can distinguish between right and wrong. God led the Israelites with the tabernacle, the pillar of cloud and fire, which represented the presence of God. Today, the spirit of God lives in our hearts. Our hearts are always in communion with God and be able to distinguish right from wrong. Jesus Christ is the truth: If Jesus Christ is in your life: you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

6) With the presence of our Lord, we have eternal life. The wages of sin is death. Only the gift of God is eternal life in our Lord Jesus Christ. People who have not been forgiven by God, with NO eternal life. Without God’s presence, we cannot go to the place He has prepared. “I am your God and you are my people” “Do not be afraid, because I am with you”. The presence of God enable us to experience His blessings in every aspect of our daily lives and our serving in the church. The God of Immanuel is an important message that God proclaims to the world and the most precious gospel in our lives.

Prayer: Oh God, it is not our strength that we can face suffering and happiness, but Christ Jesus who can truly sympathize with our suffering and happiness, HE lives for us, died for us, and finally resurrected. Jesus Christ our Lord, you promise to live among us and accompany us to face all the difficulties, challenges, storms, tensions, and difficult moments. Thank you Lord God, for being with us so that our spirit can rest and be satisfied! Prayer of thanksgiving is in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen!

每日灵粮
星期六 2021年1月23日
标题:以马内利是最大的喜讯
作者:林金儀

“以马内利”是关乎全人类的大好信息,与每一个人都有关系,如果 不知道的话,实在太可惜了。

上帝的使者向约瑟显现,说:“她将要生一个儿子,你要给他起名叫耶稣,因他要将自己的百姓从罪恶里救出来。这一切的事成就是要应验主借先知所说的话,说:必有童女怀孕生子;人要称他的名为以马内利。”以马内利翻出来就是“神与我们同在”。”

旧约时代,以色列人需要严谨持守神的律法、规条和诫命,方能享受神的同在,但他们失败时,神又离开他们。那时,神并不是永远与人同在,神若要用某一个先知,便与他同在,但若他失败、跌倒或贪财,神就会离开他,不再向他说话,甚至用一头颅子说话也不再用他。或当有一个看得见的物体如会幕,约柜,圣殿等,代表神的同在。当失去或毁坏了,人民就认为上帝离开了他们。当约柜被掳”– 这是以色列人的“国宝”或“国魂”,是出埃及以来从来没有听闻过的事,竟然在光天化日,众目睽睽下,被外邦的非利士人抢走!以色列人认为‘荣耀离开以色列,因为上帝的约柜被掳去了。

但新约时代就不同了!神藉耶稣基督所成就的救恩,满足了祂公义的要求,所以当神进入我们里面时,是基于我们凭信心接受耶稣基督作救主,祂就永远与我们同在。会幕和圣殿,只是真神要住在人心的预表与影像。“你们也要靠祂同被建造 成为上帝借着圣灵居住的所在。岂不知你们是上帝的殿,上帝的灵住在你们里头吗?……因为上帝的殿是圣的,这殿就是你们。”

从此,无论你的属灵光景是高是低,祂都与你同在,重点只在于你是否接受耶稣,因为耶稣名被称为以马内利,就是谁的生命里有耶稣谁就有的神的同在。当主耶稣道成肉身后,你能在祂身上经历神的同在,当耶稣基督完成这个救恩之后,你只要接受祂,就在那一刻起,必得着神的同在。

当我们打开心门,存谦卑、简单的信心,接受耶稣作我们的救主,祂就要进到我们生命里面,永远与我们同在,这是多么美好的福分!耶稣绝对不会因人的败坏,或过去犯罪的历史、卑微不堪而拒绝我们;只要我们悔改相信接受祂,祂必赦免我们的罪。虽然主是至高无上、圣洁的神,但祂是爱我们的,祂愿意进入我们里面,拣选你与我作居所。从此神乐意与我们永远同在,永远不离开我们。

  1. 有主同在,患难当中有平安。
    世界上的病痛越来越多,世界上的苦难越来越多,不要害怕,主耶稣说:“我将这些事告诉你们,是要叫你们有平安,在世上有苦难,但你们可以放心,我已经胜了 世界。”
  2. 有主同在,忧伤时候得安慰。
    没有一个人心中没有愁苦,没有一个 人在世上不被伤害。祂的应许:“看哪,神的帐幕在人间。祂要与人同住,他们要作祂的子民。神要亲自与他们同在,作他们的神。神要擦去他们一切的眼泪;不再有死亡,也不再有悲哀、哭号、疼痛,因为以前的事都过去了。”
  3. 有主同在,所有的罪恶都能战胜。
    耶稣来到世上,就是拯救罪人,解决罪的问题。今天的世界每一个人最难战胜的都是罪恶。“立志行善 由得我,只是行出来由不得我。我真是苦啊,谁能使我脱离这取死的肉体呢?”“感谢主,靠着耶稣,我就能胜过这些了。”
  4. 有神的同在人生的方向就非常明确。
    生活在黑暗中的人,他们没有平安、安息,充满了忧愁、恐惧、痛苦、沮丧、绝望,又因自己的行为是恶的,不爱光倒爱暗, 但是跟从光明的人,神的话是你脚前的灯、路上的光,也必成为你的能力,指引你的路,使你胜过一切的难处。主耶稣说:“我是世界的光,跟从我的,就不在黑暗里走,必要得着生命的光。”
  5. 有主同在,我们有真理,就能识别真假。
    昔日神是借着會幕带领以色列人,雲柱火柱表示神的同在。今日是神的灵在我们心里内住,我們的心灵一直地与神交通,能分辨是非黑白。耶稣就是真理 :你们生命内若有耶稣:你們必曉得真理,真理必叫你們得以自由。
  6. 有主同在,生命就有永生。
    罪的工价乃是死,唯有神的恩赐在我们主耶稣基督里乃是永生。没有被神赦免、没有永生、没有神同在的人就不能去祂准备好的地方。
     
    “我是你们的神,你是我的子民““不要害怕,因为我与你同在”。我们的整个人生,每一天的生活的每个层面,和教会的服事,都能因为神的同在而经历祂的赐福。以马内利的神,是上帝向世人宣告的一个重要信息,也是我们一生中最宝贵的福音。
     
    祷告:上帝啊,不是我们有多坚韧可以靠自己面对眼前的苦与乐,而是我们有一位实在能够体恤我们苦与乐的耶稣,您为我们生、为我们死,最后复活。您应许住在我们中间陪伴我们面对所有的困难、挑战、风浪、张力和难挨的时刻。感谢神您与我们同在,我们的灵因此可以安息和满足。感恩祷告是奉耶稣的名。阿门。