Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Title: Jesus the Surgeon
By Wong King Wai

Luke 5:31-32 – Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who needs a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

In Luke 5 verses 27 to 32, we see Jesus asking Levi, also known as Matthew, to follow him. Levi/Matthew was a tax collector and obeyed Jesus’ call. Levi/Matthew also had a banquet where he invited his friends, mostly tax collectors, to come and meet Jesus. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law complained to Jesus’ disciples (v30b), “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” And we then hear Jesus say the above lines.

Not many of us have had dramatic conversions like Levi/Matthew. His conversion may seem like a sudden thing as we read in this passage but it speaks volumes about how Jesus knows the heart of a sick man.

Some of us may have done bad things, so bad in fact that we feel there is no hope for redemption or salvation. Some things may have been said and done that cannot be reversed and the sense of condemnation always hangs over us. Sometimes, the physical markings or the looks by certain people or just their presence can trigger a deep sense of shame and revulsion.

That could be the case for Levi/Matthew, after having lived a life of sin, being in a despised profession. Maybe he wanted to change but couldn’t see any way to turn his life around. Then Jesus came and provided THE way out of a life of sin and spiritual sickness.

Jesus came to save the sinner and heal the spiritually sick. He is able to excise the malignant growth of sin with deft hands and bring healing to the once diseased area. The only way for Him to do that is if we surrender to Him, and let Him diagnose us with His love and all knowing knowledge, and accept His ministrations.

While salvation is instant, the surgery and recovery process can take time. The searching and discovery of the issue and later medication and the physiotherapy may not be easy but we know that we are not alone in our recovery. We have the Holy Spirit to comfort us and guide us, and we have the church, the family of God, to provide community and support.

Do not be afraid to come before God if you need saving from sin and spiritual healing. The healer of the soul is always waiting for you.

PRAYER: My heavenly Father. Forgive me for being arrogant or proud, for not coming before You with my issues of sin and struggle. I am tired of trying to figure it all out. Heal me and set me free, for I cannot find peace or rest without Your grace and love. Thank You for healing my soul. Teach me to be gracious and loving to others so that they may be encouraged and supported. Thank You for everything. In Jesus name, I pray, AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年6月23日
标题:外科医生耶稣
作者:黄经为弟兄
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

路加福音5:31-32 耶稣对他们说:“无病的人用不着医生,有病的人才用得着。我来本不是召义人悔改,乃是召罪人悔改。”

路加福音第5章27至32节,我们看到耶稣呼召利未,也被称为马太,跟随祂。利未/马太是名税吏,他听从了耶稣的召唤。利未/马太还摆了一个筵席,邀请他的朋友(大部分是税吏)来与耶稣见面。法利赛人和文士向耶稣的门徒发怨言(第30b节):“你们为什么和税吏并 ‘罪人’ 一同吃喝呢?” 之后我们听到耶稣说了上面的话。

我们没有多少人像利未/马太那样有戏剧性的转变。正如我们在这段经文中阅读到的那般,他的转变看起来似乎很突然,但它充分说明了耶稣是多么了解病人的心。

我们当中有些人可能做了些不好的事,甚乎坏至我们觉得没有救赎或得救的希望了。有些话已经说了,有些事情已经做了,无法逆转了,谴责的感觉总是笼罩着我们。有时,某些人的身体特征或眼神,或者仅仅是他们的存在,都足以引发深深的羞耻感和嫌恶感。

这可能就是利未/马太的情况,因为他曾过着罪恶的生活,从事着一种受人鄙视的职业。也许他想要改变,但又找不到反转自己人生的任何方法。那时耶稣来了,提供了一条走出罪恶生活和灵性疾病的道路。

耶稣来拯救罪人,并医治灵里有病的人。祂能够以灵巧的双手切除罪恶的恶性增生,并使曾经患病的地方痊愈;唯一的方法就是我们降服于祂,让祂以祂的爱和全知的知识来诊断我们;并接受祂的服事。

虽然拯救是即时的,但手术和康复过程会需要时间。搜索和发现问题所在,以及后来的药物和物理治疗可能并不容易,但我们知道,在复原的过程中我们并不孤单。我们有圣灵安慰和指引我们,我们有教会、上帝的家庭提供群体支持。

如果您需要从罪中被拯救出来,需要心灵的疗愈,不要害怕来到上帝跟前;心灵的治愈者一直在等着您。

祈祷:我的天父,求祢赦免我的傲慢或自恃,赦免我没有带着我的罪和挣扎的问题来到祢跟前。我厌倦了试图弄清楚这一切。求治愈我,使我自由,因为没有祢的恩典和爱,我无法觅得平静或安息。感谢祢医治了我的灵魂。求教导我对人有恩慈、有爱,好叫他们受到鼓励和支持。感谢祢所作的一切。我奉耶稣的名祈祷,阿们