Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Title: Humbly He came
By Wong King Wai

John 8: 7-9: 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

John 8: 1-11 is the passage of the woman caught in adultery. The Pharisees brought the accused before Jesus in the hope to trap him and bring a charge against him. He thwarted their attempt by saying in verse 7: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Eventually everyone left leaving only Jesus and the woman.

A seemingly straight-forward passage about sin and how Jesus demonstrated love, grace and mercy but it does more than that. It reveals Jesus’ humble character and his provision to fight sin.

Read the whole passage again and take note of Jesus’ physical positioning. Did you notice that Jesus was “bent down” or on one knee twice so he could draw in the dirt until the woman was “standing before him”? Here is an image of Jesus bent down or kneeling before a guilty woman who deserves punishment.

That guilty woman is all of us. Sinful individuals who have been unfaithful to God. The image of Jesus bent down, kneeling before an undeserving person, reveals to me how much Jesus loves you and me that he would honour us with his presence, grace and love. I honestly felt so ashamed as I considered his actions because I am so undeserving of his consideration.

But not only do we see Jesus’ humility, we also see him empowering the woman to leave her life of sin. In pondering this passage, I was led to imagine myself in the position of the woman, and then seeing Jesus standing up and looking at me with eyes of love and grace, my heart was suddenly filled with joy and hope. For I was no longer condemned or despised. I had someone who loved me and made me feel I matter and have purpose.

This is the same Jesus who stands by you and is the strength to help you overcome sin; who tells you he loves you and that you matter and have purpose; and He is the hope of a better future. The world may condemn you but Jesus never does. He is our help in our time of need. Don’t give up. Jesus hasn’t.

PRAYER: My Lord and Saviour. Thank You for Your amazing grace in my life and for delivering me from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. Without You, I can do nothing. Forgive me of my sins and give me strength to fight it. Help me to live according to Your will and guide me to glorify Your name in all I do. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年2月24日
标题:祂谦虚地来了
作者:黄经为弟兄
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【约翰福音8:7-9】
7 他们还是不住的问他、耶稣就直起腰来、对他们说、你们中间谁是没有罪的、谁就可以先拿石头打他.
8 于是又 弯着腰 用指头在地上画字。
9 他们听见这话、就从老到少一个一个的都出去了.只剩下耶稣一人、还有那 妇人仍然站在当中 。

约翰福音8:1-11是一段犯奸淫的妇人被捉拿的经文。法利赛人把被告带到耶稣面前,为要祂陷入困境,要得着告祂的把柄。祂挫败了他们的企图,在第7节说:*“你们中间谁是没有罪的、谁就可以先拿石头打他。” * 最后,所有人都离开了,只留下耶稣和那个妇人。

这是一段看似直截了当的经文,关乎罪以及耶稣如何展示爱、恩典和怜悯;但其作用远不止于此。它揭示了耶稣谦卑的品格和祂补给与罪争战的能力。

再读一遍这段经文,留意耶稣的位置。您有没有注意到耶稣 “弯着腰” 或单膝跪地 两次 ,这样祂就可以在泥土上画字,直到那妇人 “站在祂面前” ?这是一幅耶稣在一个有罪且应该受到惩罚的妇人面前弯下腰或跪下的画面。

那有罪的妇人就是我们所有人,对上帝不忠的罪人。耶稣在一个不配的人面前弯下腰、下跪的图像,向我显示了耶稣是多么地爱您和我,祂会以祂的同在、恩典和爱使我们得尊荣。当我细想祂所作的,我真的感到很羞愧,因为我是如此不配祂为我考量。

但是,我们不仅看到耶稣的谦卑,也看到祂赋予妇人力量离开罪恶的生活。思考这段经文的时候,促使我想象自己处于这妇人的位置,然后看到耶稣站起来,用爱和恩典的眼神看着我,我的心顿时充满了喜乐和希望,因为我不再被谴责或鄙视了。我有了一个爱我的人,祂让我觉得我很重要,而且让我有了目标。

这就是伴随您身边的同一位耶稣,是帮助您战胜罪恶的力量;祂告诉您祂爱您,您很重要,您有目标;祂是更美好未来的希望。世人可能会谴责您,但耶稣永远不会。在我们需要的时候,祂是我们的帮助。别放弃,耶稣没有放弃。

祈祷 :我的上帝和救主,感谢祢在我生命中奇异的恩典,感谢祢将我从黑暗国度拯救到光明的国度。离了祢,我就不能作什么了。求祢赦免我的罪孽,并赐予我力量与之抗争。求帮助我按祢的旨意生活,引导我在我所做的一切事上荣耀祢的名。我奉耶稣的名祈祷,阿们。