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.

每日灵粮
2021年9月16日,星期四

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?”

马来西亚基督徒的身份由我们的主耶稣基督的教导为宗旨,我们从中划出一个半径并向着标杆坚定的前进,最终回到祂身边。今天的经文提醒我们如何确保我们在基督里的身份,从而坚定不移地保持我们真正的“马来西亚基督徒”身份,而不被误导。

耶稣是审判者* (v31):
将耶稣视为审判者可能让某些人感到不安。这里的意思并不是说,主耶稣完全不对人施行审判乃是说祂来到世上的主要目的,是要拯救世人,而不是要审判世人。
耶稣是慈爱的救主这是真实的。事实上,耶稣作为审判者实际上对我们信徒非常有保障。为什么?因为降伏于我们的主和救主,让我们确信我们将永远知道并支持所有正确的事情。马来西亚基督教信徒确信,并呼吁因维持正义而行对的事。

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。

请注意,马来西亚基督徒不依赖于他们自己工作的任何文化、优点或内容。他们依赖基督:基督的主权、爱和引导。只有通过单单相信他,我们才能成为我们国家所需要的合适人选。因此,让我们坚定地舍弃那顾惜自我的生活态度,背起十字架来跟从祂。这是马来西亚基督徒最好的献上。

让我们同心祷告:

全能的神,上帝的爱子,救主耶稣基督,在十字架上被高举,并且吸引万人归向祢。
愿我们都被祂牺牲的爱所感召,从此不再为自己活而是为他活;背起十字架来跟从祢;与你和圣灵同在并掌权的那一位唯一的上帝,在永恒的荣耀中。阿门。