Tues, 28 September 2021
He knows
By Dr Hew Fen Lee

Hebrews 4:14-16

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

The last 18 month have been the most disruptive to all our lives by a single external event that has engulfed the whole world. Many people across the world including some of us have lost loved ones and many more have lost livelihood and lifestyles as we know it.

Governments and political leaders have been expected to provide answers and solutions to alleviate the impact. However, many were frustrated and left feeling that the political elites did not empathise the challenges they face daily in their various roles as employees, employers, parents, frontline workers etc.

Jesus has asked us to cast our burden upon Him. Jesus has told us not to worry as He will be with us at all time. Sometimes when our prayers have not been seemingly answered within our expectation, we begin to wonder if Jesus understood and knew what we were going through. Hebrew 4:15 says that Jesus as our high priest not only has made the sacrifice for us, He understands and knows our every suffering, challenge and temptation in life we face because He has gone through them Himself.

Jesus lived as a refugee running to Egypt away from Herod in his early childhood. He endured hunger in the wilderness and was homeless (Matt 8:20). He was tempted with power and authority (Luke 4:5-8). He was rejected by his hometown (Luke 4:14-28) and was ignored by those closest to Him (Luke 22:46).
He was slandered and called glutton and drunkard (Luke 7:34) and prince of demon (Luke 11:15). He was betrayed by Judas and denied by Peter. He was mocked and insulted repeatedly. He was abused physically and violently and was crucified as a criminal.
He was not what He was accused of and he did not deserve any of this. He did not have to go through all the humiliations, rejections, physical pain and mental anguish. Yet He did and He went further. He is now seated at the right hand of God interceding for each one of us in all circumstances and in all situations (Heb 7:25). Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful (Heb 10:23). The one who parted the Red Sea for the Israelites will surely lead us safely through the ocean of Covid pandemic.

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, thank you for being with us in all the challenges in life we are facing. You know and understand what we are going through. We thank you for paying the price for us and redeeming us with your blood. We thank you for your ever presence even during the time when we do not feel you are with us at times. Remind us of your presence each day and remind us that you are seated at the right hand of God and are in control of all situations. Amen.

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期二, 2021年9月28日
标题:祂知道
作者:丘宏礼医生
翻译:陈晓佩姐妹

希伯来书4:14-16

我们既然有一位已经升入高天尊荣的大祭司,就是神的儿子耶稣,便当持定所承认的道。因我们的大祭司并非不能体恤我们的软弱。祂也曾凡事受过试探,与我们一样,只是祂没有犯罪。所以,我们只管坦然无惧地来到施恩的宝座前,为要得怜恤,蒙恩惠,作随时的帮助。

在过去的18个月里,一场席卷全球的事件对我们的生活造成了巨大的干扰。世界各地的许多人,包括我们当中的一些人失去了他们的亲人,更多人失去了生计和所熟悉的生活方式。

人们期望政府和政治领袖提供答案和解决方案以减轻影响。然而,许多人感到失意并感到政治精英们没有体谅他们身为员工、雇主、父母、前线人员等各种角色每天所面临的挑战。

耶稣要我们把重担卸给祂。耶稣告诉我们不要忧虑,因为祂会一直与我们同在。有些时候,当我们的祷告似乎没有依据我们所期待的得到回应时,我们开始怀疑耶稣是否明白并知道我们所经历的一切。希伯来书4:15说,耶稣作为我们的大祭司,不仅是为我们作出了牺牲,祂了解并知道我们生命中所面临的每一个痛苦、挑战和试探,因为祂亲自经历了这些。

耶稣在幼年的时候过着一个逃亡去埃及以躲避希律的难民生活。祂在旷野里忍受饥饿,祂无家可归(马太福音8:20)。祂受到能力和权柄的试探(路加福音4:5-8)。祂被自己的家乡拒绝(路加福音4:14-28),连与祂最亲近的人也没有与祂同心守望(路加福音22:46)。
祂被诽谤为贪食好酒(路加福音7:34)和鬼王(路加福音11:15)。祂被犹大出卖,被彼得否认。祂多次被嘲笑和侮辱。祂遭受身体和暴力的虐待并以罪犯身份被钉在十字架上。
祂不是所指控的那样的人,祂不应该遭受这些;祂不必经历这一切的屈辱、拒绝、身体上的痛苦和精神上的熬煎。然而,祂经历了,并且作了更多。祂现在坐在上帝的右边,在各种情况和处境下为我们每一个人代求(希伯来书7:25)。让我们坚守着我们所宣称的盼望,因为那应许我们的是信实的(希伯来书10:23)。那为以色列人分开红海的,也一定会带领我们安全地渡过新冠疫情大流行的海洋。

祷告:

亲爱的耶稣,感谢祢与我们一起面对生活中所有的挑战。祢知道并了解我们所经历的一切。感谢祢为我们付上了代价,用祢的血救赎了我们。我们感谢祢一直同在,即使在我们感觉不到祢和我们在一起的时候。每天提醒我们祢的同在,并且提醒我们祢坐在上帝的右边,掌控着所有的情况。阿们。