Saturday, 3 April 2021
Title: A Peace to Still Troubled Hearts
By: Wong Yoke Ming

John 14:1
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”

John 14 is a truly marvelous chapter. It is in this chapter that we see the assurance from Jesus – at the beginning in verse 1 and again in verse 27: “Let not your hearts be troubled.”

At the start of this chapter, Jesus made us a promise to go and to prepare a place for us so that we can be with Him to where He was going. And He gave us the assurance that He will return to take us to that place where He would be. And when the disciples asked Jesus to show them the Father, His reply was that He and the Father are One – if we see Jesus, we have seen the Father.

In the middle of the chapter, Jesus reiterated this assurance that He will come to us – that He will not leave us orphans. Who else can leave orphans behind other than parents? Jesus knew that He was going to the cross; He knew that the world would not see Him after the cross, but He assured us that we will ‘see’ Him because He will ask the Father to send the Spirit to be our guide, to remind us of what He had taught us, but most importantly, to remind us of who He is.

“Because I live, you also will live.” The world would not see Him anymore, but He will return to us, His disciples. Wow!! What an assurance of life!! And in that life in Christ, His disciples, the ones who remain faithful and keep His commandments, remain in the Father’s love and in His love. And this is the challenge that we need to rise to meet – our faith that Jesus Christ is who He says He is.

Between His first and His second coming, Jesus Christ will not leave His disciples as orphans for He has left to us His words and His Spirit to remind us of all He has taught us. It will not be about listening only to His Scriptural teachings – it will also be very much living out our lives in Christ. This is perhaps the point that we sometimes miss. Between the two very visible comings, there is a Presence that has not gone away and will not go away. If we continue to abide in Him, we will know that Presence in our lives.

In Matthew 5:48, we were taught that we should be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. And we ask, “How can sinners ever be ‘perfect’ this side of the second coming?” However, the time of the cross is past – Jesus has come and has been crucified, buried, and resurrected. So how is it that there is still evil and corruption in this world today? As we continue ‘to be in the world,’ let us be careful that we do not become ‘of the world.’ But Jesus has given us the counsel of the Holy Spirit, and Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:16 wrote that we have the mind of Christ; and through the “Logos” and the guidance of the Spirit of Truth, we have discernment of the purpose for which we have been created. And we can only do that if we have the “grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.”

And perhaps that is the perfection that is referred to in the Sermon on the Mount – the Father’s Purpose, the Son’s work, and the harmony of these two in the Spirit of Wisdom – the harmony of body, mind, and spirit in the image of the Creator.

And so, at the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus committed His Spirit to His Father; He bequeathed His earthly body to the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea; His clothes were taken by the soldiers; His mother (loved one) was left to the care of the disciple He loved, who had given up everything to follow Him. And to us? To us He left something unique, and that is His peace. Not the peace of the world, for that is temporal and fleeting, but the peace that calms the troubled hearts, thus “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, we continue to live in troubled, and troubling times – in a world of rising strife, ever growing corruption, ever moving away from the peace that You offer. So, we continue to pray that You lead us in Your grace, in the love of God, and in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. In Your wonderful Name we pray. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期六,2021年4月3日
題目:平安賜給受困擾的人
作者:黄玉明弟兄
翻譯 : 王靖端姐妹

約翰福音14:1
“你們心裡不要憂愁;你們信 神,也當信我。”

約翰福音14章確實是很棒的一章。在這一章中,我們看到了耶穌的保證–從第1節的開始,到第27節再一 次說:”你們心裡不要憂愁 。”

在本章開始時,耶穌向我們許諾了,祂去原是為我們準備地方,以便我們可以與衪同在衪要去的地方。祂向我們保證,祂將返回帶我們去衪將要去的那個地方。當門徒要求耶穌向他們展示父神時,衪的回答是衪和父神合而為一,”人看見了我,就看見了父;” 如果我們看到耶穌,我們就已經看到了父神。

在本章的中間,耶穌重申了這一項保證,即衪將來必到我們這裡來,衪不撇下我們為孤兒。除了父母,還有誰還能把孤兒拋在身後?耶穌知道衪要去被釘十字架。衪知道世人在衪被釘十字架之後,不會再見到衪,但是衪向我們保證我們會“見到”衪,因為衪會要求天父派遣聖靈作為我們的保惠師,叫我們想起祂對我們所說的一切話,但是最重要的是要提醒我們衪是誰。

“因為我活著,你們也活著。” 世人再也見不到衪了 ,但衪會回到我們(衪的門徒)身邊。哇!多麼大的生命的保證!活在基督的生活中,衪的門徒,那些仍然忠實並遵守衪的誡命的人,仍然存留在天父的愛和衪的愛中。這是我們需要面對的挑戰–我們相信耶穌基督就是衪 所說的衪。

在耶穌第一次到祂的第二次來臨之間,耶穌基督不會把衪的門徒撇下為孤兒而離開,因為祂已經將衪的話語與靈留給我們,督促我們想起祂所教導我們的一切。這不僅僅是聽從衪的聖經教導,也包括活出基督裡的生命。這也許是我們有時會忽略的重點。在這兩個非常明顯的來臨之間,有一個從沒有消失並且不會消失的存在。如果我們繼續遵守依靠衪,我們將感受到衪與我們同在。

馬太福音5:48教導我們應該完全,因為我們的天父是完全的。我們問:“罪人如何才能在第二次來臨的那一刻”完全”?但是,十字架的時代已經過去了-耶穌已經來了,已經被釘在十字架上,被埋葬並複活了。那麼,當今世界上仍然存在著邪惡與腐敗呢?當我們繼續“活在世界”時,請注意不要成為“屬于世界”。而耶穌讓聖靈輔導我們,保羅在哥林多前書2:16中寫道,我們有基督的心了;通過這“標誌”?和真理圣靈的指導,我們可以確認我們被創造的目的。只有擁有“主耶穌基督的恩典和上帝的愛以及聖靈的團契”, 我們才能做到這一點。

也許這就是登山寶訓中所提到的完全之處:父的旨意,兒子的工作,以及兩者與智慧的靈和諧配搭—在創造者的形象裡達到身、心、靈的和諧。

因此,耶穌在世上的事工結束時,將衪的靈交託給天父,將自己的肉體遺留在亞利馬太的約瑟新墳墓;衪的衣服被士兵拿走了; 衪的母親(所愛的人)留給了衪所愛的並為衪放棄一切跟從衪的門徒照顧。對我們呢?衪給我們留下了獨特的東西,那就是衪的平安。不是世界的平安,因為那是短暫而稍縱即逝的,而是使陷入困境的心靈平靜的平安,因此“不要讓你的心靈陷入困境,也不要讓他們害怕”。

禱告:主耶穌,我們繼續生活在充滿困擾和令人不安的時代–在紛爭不斷、腐敗日益加劇、遠離祢所賜的平安的世界中。因此,我們不斷的祈禱,以祢的恩典,上帝的愛和聖靈的團契帶領我們。我們以祢美妙的名祈禱。阿們。