Thursday 18 Mar 2021
The Witnesses.
Pastor Mark Tan

John 5:31-47
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,… (John 5:39)

Like one who is being prosecuted in court, Jesus brings four witnesses against the unbelief of those who did not believe Him and were against Him. Each witness reminds us
1) who Jesus is and
2) how we should live.

Witness 1: John the Baptist
John the Baptist, who was regarded as a good teacher by many, did not seek to be wealthy or famous but dedicated his entire life to be the one to point out Jesus and say “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! ( John 1:29 )
We ought to live our lives focused on Jesus who is the One who would take all our sins upon Himself so that we may live forever with Him.

Witness 2: God the Father
God the Father, the Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and earth, had in a number of occasions claimed Jesus as His own and even commanded us:
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” – Matthew 17:5
We ought to live our lives focused on Jesus because God Himself had pointed to Him and commanded us to listen to Him and no one else.

Witness 3: Jesus’ Actions and Intent
Jesus dares us to see how He lived and what He lived for: not for glory upon Himself, but for the sake of His Father’s glory and that we may be saved.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10
We should live our lives focused on Jesus because His life was not for Himself but for God’s glory and for our eternal life.

Witness 4: The Scriptures and Moses
The Scriptures, especially Moses, tells us that the Law condemns us to death while Jesus gives us eternal life. Jesus – not Scripture – imparts life. The Pharisees definitely did not understand the Scriptures because ironically the used the law of Moses to condemn Jesus to death. We all know of course that this did not last:
⁵⁵ “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” ⁵⁶ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. ⁵⁷ But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 .
We should live our lives focused on Jesus because the very Scriptures which condemns us to death also testifies that Jesus is the giver of eternal life.

¹Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, ² fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ³ Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

PRAYER
Almighty and most merciful God, drive from us all weakness of body, mind, and spirit; that, being restored to wholeness, we may with free hearts become what you intend us to be and accomplish what you want us to do; 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3月18日,星期四

题目:见证人
作者:陈燕靖传道
翻译:黄姐妹
经文:约翰福音 5: 31- 47

你们查考圣经,因你们以为其中有永生;而这经正是为我作见证的。(约翰福音 5:39 )

像一般在法庭上受到起诉的情况一样,耶稣带来了四位证人,回应那些不信他并反对他的人。
每个见证人都提醒我们
1)耶稣是谁,
2)我们应该如何生活。

见证1:施洗约翰
施洗约翰曾被许多人视为好老师,他并未寻求致富或成名,而是一生致力于指出耶稣,并说:“看,上帝的羔羊,除去世人罪孽的! (*约翰福音1:29 *)
我们应该注目耶稣而生活,耶稣就是那位将世人所有罪孽都承担在自己身上的人,以至我们可以永远与他同住。

见证2:父神
全能的父神,天地的创造者,曾多次宣称耶稣是他自己的,甚至命令我们说:
“这 是 我 的 爱 子 , 我 所 喜 悦 的 。 你 们 要 听 他 !” – *马太福音17:5 *

我们应该以耶稣为中心生活,因为上帝的旨意和命令。

见证3:耶稣的行动和用意*
耶稣让我们看到他的生活以及他为什么而活:不是为了荣耀自己,而是为了父的荣耀,以至我们得蒙救赎。

*约翰福音10:10 *
“盗贼来, 无非要偷窃, 杀害, 毁坏; 我来了, 是要叫羊( 或作: 人) 得生命, 并且得的更丰盛.”

我们的生命应该注目在耶稣身上,因为他的生命不是为了他自己,而是为了神的荣耀和我们的永生。

见证4:经文和摩西*
圣经,特别是摩西告诉我们,律法谴责我们至死,而耶稣却赐给我们永生。耶稣(而不是圣经)赋予生命。法利赛人肯定不理解圣经,并很讽刺的用摩西的律法谴责而判耶稣死刑。我们当然都知道这种情况不会持续下去:

歌林多前书15: 55-57
死啊!你得勝的權勢在哪裏?
死啊!你的毒鉤在哪裏?
死的毒鉤就是罪,罪的權勢就是律法。
感謝上帝,使我們藉著我們的主耶穌基督得勝。

我们的生命应该注目在耶稣身上,因为圣经里斥责死亡的毒勾并也证明了耶稣是永生的赐予者。

  1. 我們既有這許多的見證人,如同雲彩圍著我們,就當放下各樣的重擔,脫去容易纏累我們的罪,存心忍耐,奔那擺在我們前頭的路程,
  2. 仰望為我們信心創始成終的耶穌。他因那擺在前面的喜樂,就輕看羞辱,忍受了十字架的苦難,便坐在上帝寶座的右邊。
  3. 那忍受罪人這樣頂撞的,你們要思想,免得疲倦灰心。
    (希伯來書 12:1-3)

祷告:
全能与慈爱的上帝,使我们摆脱身体,思想和精神上的一切软弱, 更新我们,使我们心意更新而变化, 成为您想要我们成为的人,并完成您想要我们做的事;借着我主耶稣基督与你和圣灵同在同荣,独一的真神,直到永永远远。 阿们。