Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Title: As The Father Sent Me, So Send I You
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Text: John 20:21

In my last devotional, I wrote about the presence of Christ bringing peace – “shalom” – to the troubled disciples. The presence of Jesus also reconciled His relationship with His disciples in turbulent times during the post resurrection of Jesus. Jesus went on to give those much disheartened and discouraged disciples a renewed purpose and direction. He commissioned them, and sent them forth with these words, “As the Father sent me, so send I you.”

“Him who sent me” is a constant theme in the Gospel of John. Jesus did not come on His own accord but He was authorized by His Father. He represents His Father, as an agent of His Father. He does not act independent of His Father. He only says what His Father tells Him to say and do what He tells Him to do (John 5:19). As the Father’s representative, He has the power and authority of the Father to perform miracles to reveal the character of God the Father. He was one with the Father to carry out the Father’s mission to die on the cross to redeem the sinful world.

Now, Jesus passes this commission to His disciples. We cannot duplicate His mission as the Son of God dying on the cross to redeem the world. Jesus did it once and for all. It is sufficient for the sins of the world. We are commissioned instead, to spread the message of redemption of what Jesus Christ has done to save the world until He returns.

The Father sent Jesus. Jesus sent His disciples. Jesus now sends us. This is a spiritual relay of passing the redemptive message from one generation to another. As recipients of the grace of salvation from Jesus, we are responsible to pass on this responsibility to those who follow us. Thus, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18)

The Apostle Paul, taught this commission and he passed it on to early Christians as well as to Timothy his spiritual son:
“For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.” (1 Thessalonians 2:4 NLT)
“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.” (2 Timothy 2:2 NLT)

Jesus’ parting words with His disciples culminates as the “The Great Commission.” “As the Father sent me,” He told His disciples to go in the same authority that was given to Him to the whole world. They were to make disciples, to baptize them and to obey Jesus:
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NLT)

Today Jesus is sending you and I to share this Good News. We are under orders just like Jesus had been. We are to bring the message accurately and clearly to our family and friends. We are His messengers to bear this message of hope and redemption to this broken and suffering world.

Prayer for today

One of the greatest short prayer in the Bible says, “Here I am, send me.” Jesus has commissioned us. But are we ready to go?
Lord Jesus, teach us to walk intimately with You each day. Thank You for speaking to us through Your prompting of Your Holy Spirit through Your Word. We have heard perhaps many times, “So send I you.” For various reasons, we have not responded to You, “Here I am, send me”. Lord, help us to take the first step of faith today. Hold our hands, lead the way, right where we live, where we work, and where we play. Use us for Your Name sake to give glory and praise to Your Holy Name. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The next devotion will be on Power to carry out His Commission

每日灵粮
星期二, 2021年3月16日
标题:父怎样差遣了我,我也照样差遣你们
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

经文:约翰福音20:21

在我上一则的灵修中,我写道基督的同在带来平安 -“shalom” – 给忧愁的门徒;耶稣的同在也谐调了祂复活后动荡时期与门徒的关系。耶稣接着给那些沮丧气馁的门徒一个新的目标和方向。祂任命他们,差遣他们出去,说:“父怎样差遣了我,我也照样差遣你们。”

“那差我来者” 是约翰福音中不变的主题。耶稣并不是自行决定来到世上,而是被祂的父授权的。祂代表祂的父,乃祂父的代理人。祂行事皆受父的支配;祂只说父叫祂说的话,做父叫祂做的事(约翰福音5:19)。作为天父的代表,祂有天父的能力和权柄,可以施行神迹奇事,显明天父上帝的品格。祂与天父原为一,祂执行天父的使命,死在十字架上以救赎这罪恶的世界。

如今,耶稣把这个使命交给祂的门徒。我们不能复制祂作为上帝之子死在十字架上救赎世人的使命,耶稣已一次过且永远地完成了这使命。对于世人的罪孽,这已经足够了。反之,我们是受命传扬耶稣基督为拯救世人所做的一切的救赎信息,直到祂回来。

天父差耶稣来到世上;耶稣差遣了祂的门徒,耶稣现在差遣我们。这是一个将救赎信息代代相传的属灵接力。既为耶稣救赎恩典的领受者,我们要负责将这责任传递给跟随我们的人。因此,“你怎样差我到世上,我也照样差他们到世上。”(约翰福音17:18)

使徒保罗教导了这使命的委托,他把它托付了早期的基督徒和他属灵的儿子提摩太:
“但神既然验中了我们,把福音托付我们,我们就照样讲,不是要讨人喜欢,乃是要讨那察验我们心的神喜欢。 (帖撒罗尼迦前书2:4)
“你在许多见证人面前听见我所教训的,也要交托那忠心能教导别人的人。” (提摩太后书2:2)

耶稣与门徒临别的话最终被称为 “大使命”。“父怎样差遣了我,” 祂吩咐门徒,要照所授予祂整个世界的权柄去行。他们要使人作门徒,给他们施洗,并且遵从耶稣:
耶稣进前来,对他们说:“天上地下所有的权柄都赐给我了。所以,你们要去,使万民作我的门徒,奉父、子、圣灵的名、给他们施洗。凡我所吩咐你们的,都教训他们遵守,我就常与你们同在,直到世界的末了。” (马太福音28:18-20)

今天,耶稣差派您和我去分享这个好消息。我们是在奉命行事,就像耶稣昔日一样。我们要把这一信息准确而清楚地带给我们的家人和朋友。我们是祂的使者,向这个破碎和痛苦的世界传递希望和救赎的信息。

今天的祷告

圣经中最伟大而简短的祷告之一说:“我在这里,请差遣我。” 耶稣已委托我们,但是,我们准备好前去了吗?

主耶稣,求祢教导我们每天与祢亲密同行。感谢祢以祢的话语通过圣灵的提示对我们说话。我们可能已经听过很多次了:“我也照样差遣你们。” 由于种种原因,我们没有回应:“我在这里,请差遣我”。主啊,帮助我们今天就踏出信心的第一步。牵着我们的手,引领前路,就在我们生活的地方,我们工作的地方,我们玩乐的地方。求祢为祢的名使用我们,使祢的圣名得荣耀和赞美。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

下一次的灵修将是执行祂的使命的能力。