Thursday, 18 February 2021
What Matters Most?
Pastor Mark Tan

Luke 9:18-25

The Season of Lent is a time where we recognize who Jesus is as Messiah, (meaning Saviour) and more importantly, as the sacrifice for us all.

The passage follows a familiar but ever sobering encounter of the Apostle Peter, and I daresay all of us, who must encounter at least once in our lives: Who do we say Jesus is? This question, though simple to answer with our lips, reveals our relationship with Jesus and, when compared to how we live with Jesus in our lives, how sincere our relationship with Jesus is:

It tells us how much we really know Him.
Before Jesus asked this question, He did a miracle of feeding 5,000 people. This caused the crowd to give many compliments to Jesus as to who he was like. “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

Only those who really know Jesus know who He really is: “God’s Messiah.”

Question: Have we given Jesus the mere lip service of being a “good teacher”, “great leader”, “inspirational historical character”, or even “a comforting spirit”? To those who really know Him, He is more than just that. He is the reason why we live, and live for Him.

It tells us what our lives cost Him.
After commanding the disciples not to reveal this truth yet, Jesus describes to them what it means to Him for them to call him “Messiah.”
“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” ( Luke 9:21 )

When we call Him “Messiah”, we therefore demand that He’d die the most painful way possible for us, and freely He did. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ( Romans 5:8 ).

Question: How should we feel knowing that we are the reason that the Perfect One took our imperfections; the Bread of life to be hungry; the Living Water to be thirsty; the All-Powerful One to feel powerless; the Eternal One to be put to death? Those who really know Him, know He gave us His everything so that as He died, we might live.

It tells us if we are really living for Him.

Jesus, knowing well what He will face for us, calls us to share in His suffering that we might therefore share in His victory.
²³ Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. ²⁴ For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. ²⁵ What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? ( Luke 9:23-25 )
Jesus’ expectations of us is clear: This eternal life He’s given us is not just for us to keep, but to share. If the Life we are told to share is Eternal, then there’s plenty for all to share. “But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you are blessed.” ( 1 Peter 3:14 ).

Question: How much more similar could your life be to that of Jesus’?
Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ ( 1 Corinthians 11:1 )

PRAYER:
Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favour, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.

每日灵粮
2021年2月18日, 星期四
题目:最重要的是什么?
作者:陈燕靖传道
翻译:黄姐妹

路加福音9:18-25 *

四旬期是一个我们认识耶稣是弥赛亚(意思是救主)的时期,更重要的是,这是对全人类的牺牲。

这段经文是使徒彼得熟悉而又清醒的经历,我敢说每一个人一生中至少必须经历到一次:耶稣是谁? 这个问题虽然很容易回答,但它揭示了我们与耶稣的关系,我们在生活中与耶稣同行,与耶稣的关系有多么密切。

这让我们知道真正认识耶稣多少
在耶稣问这个问题之前,他做了一个喂饱五千人的奇迹。 这导致群众对耶稣的身份赞不绝口。 “有人说是施洗约翰。 其他人说是以利亚; 还有些人说是很久以前的一位先知又活了。”

只有真正了解耶稣的人才知道他的真实身份:“上帝应许的弥赛亚”。

问题:我们如何描述那被称为,“好老师”,“振奋人心的领袖”,“伟大的历史人物”的人子耶稣呢?

对于那些真正认识他的人来说,他不仅是这样。 祂是我们活着的理由并且为祂而活。

它告诉了我们,耶稣是因为我们而付上生命的代价
耶稣切切的嘱咐门徒,不可将这事告诉人,」向他们描述了称呼他为“弥赛亚”对他意味着什么?

“人子必须受许多的苦,被长老、祭司长,和文士弃绝,并且被杀,第三日复活。”(路加福音9:21 *)

因此,当我们称他为“弥赛亚”时,是因我们祂自愿面对被极残酷、极羞辱的刑罚而钉在十架上为我们而死。
“唯有基督在我们还做罪人的时候为我们死,神的爱就在此向我们显明了”(*罗马书5:8 *)。

问题:我们会如何回应?
当我们知道耶稣本有上帝的形像,不以自己與上帝同等為強奪的,反倒虛己,取了奴僕的形像,成為人的樣式;生命泉源之主道成肉身,体恤我们饥饿及口渴的软弱;无所不能的主体恤人的被困及无能为力;那永活的被钉死在十架上 ?
那些真正认识耶稣的人,知道他将一切都交给了我们,以至他死后我们可以存活。

*祂让我们知道自己是否真的为主而活。

耶稣知道他将为我们面对什么,就呼召我们分享他的苦难,同时也分享他的胜利。
耶稣又对众人说:「若有人要跟从我,就当舍己,天天背起他的十字架来跟从我。 因为,凡要救自己生命的,必丧掉生命;凡为我丧掉生命的,必救了生命。 人若赚得全世界,却丧了自己,赔上自己,有什么益处呢?(路加福音 9:23-25 )

耶稣对我们的期望很明确:他赐给我们的永生不仅仅要我们持守,并且要我们分享。如果我们被告知要分享的生命是永恒的生命,那么每个人都有很多可以分享的。
“你们就是为义受苦、
也是有福的。”(彼得前书 3:14)

问题:
您的生命与耶稣的生命有多相似?
【林前十一1】「 你们该效法我,像我效法基督一样。」

祷告:
主啊,以你慈爱及恩惠引导我们一切所行,拓展我们的境界。让一切开始,
继续至结束于您的工作中,我们都可以荣耀你的圣名。
最后,因着你的怜悯得永恒的生命; 借着我们的主耶稣基督,永活的主, 圣灵,独一的真神,直到永永远远。阿门