Sunday, 16 May 2021
Title: The Gospel – Vaccine against Sin
By Elder Tan Seng Kee

Passage: John 14:6

Two weeks ago, the Malaysian Minister of Vaccinations and the Health Minister announced that about 280,000 doses of the Astra Zeneca (AZ) vaccine would be available on a first come, first served basis to all residents in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. The AZ vaccine was dropped from use in national immunization drive by several countries (including Malaysia) because there were some reports of blood clots in recipients after receiving the AZ vaccine. However, all the AZ vaccines offered in Malaysia were snapped up within 3 hours after they were made available for reservation online. At the special vaccination centers set up to administer the AZ vaccine on 5 May 2021, there were orderly queues of young and old people waiting their turns for the AZ vaccine. There is an immense volume of online discussions and readily available materials on the purported risks of the AZ vaccine and for that matter on any other vaccines used to counter the C19 virus. However, from brief chats with those gathered at the special vaccination center for the AZ vaccine, the people wanted the AZ vaccine because they wanted to be free from living in constant fear of the C19 virus and the risk of blood clots from the AZ vaccine far outweighs the clear danger of contracting the C19 virus.

Jesus said in John 14:6 that “I am the Way, the truth and the Life, No one comes to God the Father except through me.” The way to God is not through good works or in trying to live life the best we can because with our sinful nature we often fail to consistently do what is right and often, we end up doing mostly whatever is wrong. Paul in Romans 7:14-17 writes that he does not understand himself at all because he does not do what he knows is right and instead does the very thing he hates; but he can’t help himself because it is sin inside us that makes us do evil things. The constant struggle to do good and failing at that in many of our life experiences will bear testimony to our failure to be able to find God on our own strength and with our own efforts.

The book of Hebrews boldly proclaims that if the message brought by angels is to be relied on and it is true that there is salvation in no other name except in the name of Jesus, then no one escapes the consequences of not having Jesus in their lives if they ignore so great a salvation plan. Coming to Jesus requires us to confess our sins and accepting Jesus as Lord and savior over our lives. Romans 3:22 puts it clearly “That we are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.” The AZ vaccine can provide some degree of security against the C19 virus but only Jesus can save us from our sin virus and open the door to abundant and eternal life promised to all who accept Jesus as Lord and savior.

There is no shortage of news of the pains of C19 infection and the ‘promised relief’ from one of the several vaccines currently available. The Bible tells us that sin is already in this world since creation days and salvation is only through the route God prepared for all of us in order to be set right with Him.  The call for Christians everywhere is to be ever ready to share that “All who believes in Jesus are made right with God” (Romans 10:4) and “For anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” We have the words of life in us and Jesus has entrusted us with that responsibility to share the good news of love to everyone who does not know Him as lord and savior. Sometimes, even boldly pronouncing a blessing (which hardly anyone will turn away from) is good enough to share a brief message of the Gospel of grace and love. And Jesus promises us that He will be with us till the end of the ages, even at times when we are sharing the Gospel as vaccine against sin and offering certainty of life in Jesus for eternity.  In Romans 10:15 it is so important that I know God considers my feet as beautiful when used to bring good news.

Prayer:

God, help me to be courageous to share the words of life that is already within me and thank You for declaring that my feet are beautiful when they are used to take me to proclaim the good news. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
2021年5月16日,星期日
标题:福音 – 预防罪的疫苗
作者:陈诚基长老
翻译:林良億姐妹

经文:约翰福音14:6

两周前,马来西亚疫苗部长和卫生部长宣布,雪兰莪和吉隆坡的所有居民将以先到先得的方式获得约28万剂阿斯利康(AZ- Astra Zeneca)疫苗。几个国家(包括马来西亚)已将AZ疫苗从国家免疫行动中删除,因为有报道称接受AZ疫苗后,体内会出现血块。但是,当马来西亚在网上提供预订AZ疫苗后,三个小时内就被抢空所有的预约。在2021年5月5日设立的专门AZ特殊疫苗中心,年轻人和年长的都有顺序地排队轮流等候AZ疫苗。关于AZ疫苗的所谓风险以及与此有关的任何其他用于对抗2019新型冠状病毒的疫苗的风险,在网上讨论和现成的资料非常多。然而,通过与AZ疫苗中心聚集的人们进行简短的交谈,人们想要AZ疫苗,因为他们想要摆脱对病毒的持续恐惧,而且AZ疫苗血栓的风险远远超过感染病毒的明显危险。

耶稣在约翰福音14:6中说:“耶稣说我就是道路、真理、生命;若不藉着我,没有人能到父那里 去。” 通往上帝的路不是通过做好事或尽力而为而已,这是因为我们罪的本性常常使我们无法始终如一地做对的事情,而且常常导致大多数情况下做错了事情。保罗在罗马书7:14-17中写到,他根本不了解自己,因为他没有做自己所知道的正确的事,而是做了他讨厌的事情。但他无能为力,因为是我们内心的原罪使我们做恶事。在我们许多生活经历中,不断地努力做好事, 而失败将证明我们未能依靠自己的力量和努力找到上帝。

希伯来书大胆地宣称,如果天使带来的讯息值得信赖,除了以耶稣的名,没有别的名义存在救赎,那么,如果忽视如此伟大的救赎计划,就没有人能逃脱不相信耶稣的后果。来到耶稣跟前,要求我们承认自己的罪,接受耶稣基督为我们生命中的救世主。罗马书3:22明确指出:“就是神的义,因信耶稣基督加给一切相信的人,并没有分别。” AZ疫苗可以为病毒提供一定程度的安全性,但只有耶稣基督才能使我们摆脱罪的病毒,并为所有接受耶稣基督为救主的人,许诺了丰盛而永恒的生命。

不乏关于2019新型冠状病毒感染之痛和目前可用的几种疫苗“缓解的希望”的消息。圣经告诉我们,罪从创世以来就已经存在于这个世界上,而救赎只能通过神为我们所有人预备与祂调和解的道路。到处呼吁基督徒,要随时准备分享:“律法的总结就是基督,使凡信他的都得着义。”(罗马书10:4)和“因为凡奉耶和华名的人都将得救。”我们心中有生命的话语,耶稣已将这一责任委托给我们,与所有不认识祂为救主的人分享爱的好消息。有时,即使大胆地祝福(几乎没有人会拒绝),也足以分享福音的恩典和爱的信息。耶稣基督向我们保证,直到世代相传,祂都会与我们同在,即使当我们再传杨福音为抵御罪的疫苗,并提供耶稣基督赐给永生生命的确定性。在罗马书10:15中,这是如此重要,以至于我知道上帝认为我的脚踪传杨好消息时是何等佳美。

祷告:上帝,请帮助我勇于分享已经存在于我心中的生命话语,并感谢祢宣告我的脚踪报好消息是何等佳美。奉耶稣基督的名求的。阿们。