Thursday, 16 September 2021
Title: What is a Christian Malaysian?
By Ps Mark Tan

John 12:31-36

This Malaysia Day, many of us are challenged with recent developments to ask the question “What is Malaysia? What are we without being able to travel? What are we when we cannot eat at our favourite eateries and savour diverse cuisines without risk? What are we when our nation is going in a direction which we are uncomfortable with? What are we when the definition of being a ‘Malaysian’ is being challenged at our very core?”

The Christian Malaysian’s identity is guided by Jesus, our pivoting point, from whom we draw a radius and head in a steadfast direction, ultimately back to Him. Today’s passage reminds us how we ensure that our identity is in Christ, thus keeping our true “Christian-Malaysian” identity steadfast and not misguided.

Jesus is Judge (v31): Thinking of Jesus as Judge might seem unsettling to some. We often think of Jesus as the all-loving Saviour who takes as we are without condemnation; this is true and shall continue to remain true. In fact, Jesus as Judge is actually very assuring to us as believers. Why? Because surrendering to Him as Lord and Saviour gives us the assurance that we will always know and stand for all that is right. The Christian Malaysian is assured and called to stand for justice and for what is right.

Jesus is the Son of Man (v34): Jesus as the Son of Man basically means that God is not a distant being that only cares for us from afar. For God demonstrates His love for us: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). This makes our God a loving and gracious God whom we can go towards for help and comfort in our hour of need. The Christian Malaysian is assured of God’s love so even when there are times of intense hate and discrimination in our land, we have plenty of mercy and love to go around in Jesus.

Jesus is our Light (v35-36): Jesus as our Light gives us confidence that no matter how dark and lost we are in any circumstance, we will always be found in His marvellous light. Jesus calls us to be the light of the world, to shine His light so that they may see God’s goodness work in us and in response, glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). The Christian Malaysian is never lost nor is he ever out of God’s sight. They bear the light of Jesus and are tasked to share His light in the darkness so that the lost might be found.

Notice that the Christian Malaysian does not depend on any culture, merit or content of their own work. They depend on Christ: His Sovereignty, Love and Guidance. Only through trusting in Him alone do we become the best that our country needs. Let us therefore deny ourselves, take up the cross and follow Him. That is the best a Christian Malaysian can do.

Let us pray:

Almighty God, whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, was lifted high upon the cross that He might draw the whole world to Himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow Him; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


题目:“ 何谓马来西亚基督徒?”
作者: 陈燕靖传道
翻译: 黄姐妹
经文: 约翰福音 12:31-36*

在这马来西亚日,我们中的许多人都面临着最近事态发展的挑战,要问“什么是马来西亚?如果不能旅行,我们还能做什么?当我们不能在最喜欢的餐馆里且没有风险的情况下用膳品尝各种美食时,我们该怎么办?当我们的国家与我们的意愿背道而驰,我们是什么?当我们 ‘马来西亚人’ 的核心定义受到挑战时,我们是什么?”


耶稣是审判者* (v31):

耶稣是人子* (v34):
耶稣作为人子基本上意味着上帝不是一个遥远的存在,只在远处关心我们。因为上帝向我们表明了他的爱:当我们还是罪人时,基督为我们死了(罗马书 5:8)。这就是我们充满爱和恩典的上帝,我们可以在需要的时候寻求帮助和安慰。马来西亚基督徒确信上帝的爱,所以即使在我们的土地上有强烈仇恨和歧视的时候,在耶稣基督里我们也有足够的怜悯和爱操练。

耶稣是我们的光 (v35-36):
*耶稣是我们的光,无论在多么黑暗和迷失的情况下我们都有信心在祂奇妙的光中寻见。耶稣呼召我们成为世界的光,照耀祂的光,使他们可以看到上帝在我们身上的良善工作,并以此回应,荣耀我们在天上的父(马太福音 5:16)。马来西亚基督徒永远不会迷失,也永远不会离开上帝的视线。他们承载着耶稣的光,并肩负着在黑暗中分享祂的光的任务,以便失丧的人被寻回。