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Luke 19 – Our Lord, Jesus Christ 路加福音 19 – 我们的主耶稣基督

Thursday, 5th August 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-10 To Seek and Save the Lost.

Zacchaeus was a debt collector, everyone hated him, but Jesus saw him from a different eyesight. He knew Zacchaeus by name, even without asking anyone. The meaning of the name Zacchaeus is actually clean and pure, which shows his parents’ expectations for him, to be clean and pure. Nobody was born to be hated, but what are the lenses we are using to treat the people around us? Zcchaeus responded to Jesus’ calling and teaching straight away by action. How do we respond to God’s salvation? We need to walk out by faith, not just by talking about it.

Section Two V11-27 To Receive the Kingdom and Return

The people thought the Kingdom was coming soon, but Jesus shared a parable to explain what He really meant. Jesus gave us the gifts to heal and to cast out demons, but are we using these gifts appropriately? We don’t use these gifts like magic for ourselves to enjoy the power, or for others to praise us. God gave us these gifts for us to fish for people! God is seeking the lost souls through the gifts and talents He has given us. So don’t hide them away, don’t be afraid of using them, but don’t take credit when we use them.

Many people thought if they didn’t use their talents, then nothing would go wrong. But God has equipped us and given us authority, so we can bring people to Him! Once we use our talents to bring people to Him, then God will give us authority to manage! Let God help us not to be thieves and anti-Christ, who hide away the talents and not use them; but be the Lord’s good and faithful servants, to manage our talents for the Lord wisely!

Section Three V28-40 To Respond to the Father

Jesus chose the donkey, which has never been ridden. It was tied up but Jesus was willing to untie it. Jesus wants to set us free and let us go to Jerusalem with Him. When Jesus was entering Jerusalem, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen! What God chose is not by our standards but by His standards. When the Pharisees told the people to be quiet, Jesus said ‘I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.’ Are we also willing to respond to God in His Way? Or are we still using our ways and mindsets to stop God’s Great Work?

Section Four V41-47 To be Zealous for the Kingdom

Jesus came and knew clearly He was going to go on the cross. The Old Testament has already written cleanly what was going to happen. But Jesus didn’t come with a doing mode, to just want to do His mission, but He was showing His being, with love for the people, to heal, to cast out demons, to be compassionate, and to be zealous for the Kingdom of God. Jerusalem was supposed to be the place of God’s dwelling but people did not treasure the presence of God there, Jesus was sad and angry about how people responded. because they made the place of worship become the place of business.

Jesus is God but He also had the emotions of a human being, He gives us a good example of how to live on this earth. Do we really know He is our Lord, Jesus Christ and follow His good example?

Prayer & Pursuit

Do we truly believe that our God has given us a mission in this world? Do we really believe Jesus is returning? Or do we think that the time is not yet here, we can still live our own life? This morning Jesus clearly revealed to us, He was unwilling to be victorious by Himself, but to bring salvation to all! Can we offer all we have to Him only? Let us let go and let Jesus Christ lead our lives, and to strive to live out the life fish for people. This will not come naturally, but we need to be deliberate to walk with God and act in the Heart of God.

2021年8月5日 星期四

-潘锡安牧师-

路加福音 19

我们的主耶稣基督

这一章讲到耶稣一行人来到耶利哥,越来越接近耶路撒冷。我们要明白我们的王我们的主的心,才能走在他的心意里。

一、为寻找拯救的(v.1-10)

“耶利哥”的名字意思是馨香之地,在这里有一个人是管理税吏的官长。当时的犹太人很鄙视做税吏的人,因为他们帮着罗马人欺压犹太人。“撒该”原文意思是“纯净”,他的出生原本是好的,但是后来他选择了这个被人恨恶的工作。当初他的父亲看撒该是纯净的,如今耶稣也看见他。我们很容易从人的表面行为看别人不好,但神看到的是我们的内心。当耶稣看到爬在树上的撒该时,直接叫出他的名字。我们是如何看人呢?是否能像耶稣那样直接看出那人起初被创造出的美好?耶稣甚至愿意住进撒该的家里,他没有跟撒该讲悔改的事,但当真光进入人里面,撒该自觉悔改,甚至知道要赔偿。我们有真理真光进入我们里面的时候是否能悔改?是否愿意负上代价去赔偿?“救恩”不是嘴巴说说就好了,是要我们能行出来的。V10“人子来,为要寻找、拯救失丧的人”- 耶稣来是为了寻找、拯救那些别人可能瞧不起的人,我们是否愿意走出我们的舒适圈,去向那些不熟悉的人传福音呢?

二、为要得国回来的(v.11-27)

耶稣进一步用一个比喻跟会众说明,他来不仅是寻找、拯救失丧的人,也要将亚当曾经失去的国度收回。这个过程中耶稣给我们医病赶鬼的恩赐(“银子”),这些恩赐不是让我们用来好像表演特异功能一样得别人的赞赏,而是用来得人如得鱼 – 去得着失丧的灵魂。我们不要只是蜻蜓点水的用一用我们的恩赐,或不敢使用,以为不用就不会错。

V17-27 对于忠心将人带到耶稣那里的人,神就给他们权柄去管理更多。不管赚回来多少锭银子,耶稣都赞赏,唯独那什么也不做的,耶稣就去责备。我们很多基督徒有时候太享受自己的祷告或跟人讲道理,但却忘了行出马太福音28章的教导,耶稣称这样的人是恶仆,甚至会将他们原本有的都拿走,加给那些愿意使用恩赐的人。

三、为回应天父而来的(v.28-40)

耶稣说完上面的话,就专心行去耶路撒冷的路。“橄榄山”离耶路撒冷很近,当耶稣很专注的时候,就有领受。他所行的事是回应圣经上的预言,就是去骑着驴进入耶路撒冷。

V37-38 人很容易在看到的“异能”里面满足欢呼,他们现在赞美神,之后却在耶稣被钉十字架时唾骂、离弃他。人喜欢看到耶稣行的神迹奇事,称赞耶稣是王,但当看到耶稣后来不是他们所期待的荣耀的王的样子,就翻脸不认主。神看人不像人看人,神看的是内心。我们对权柄不愿意顺服,是因为他们没有做出我们期待的事,然而神有他自己的标准,不需要按照我们的期待来行事。

V39-40 法利赛人看到的是喧哗,耶稣看到的是神的话应验了。我们是否用自己的行为来阻挡神?

四、为神国大发热心的(v.41-48)

耶稣在世上的目的很清楚,就是要上十字架,然后复活升天,但是耶稣不是用一个doing的心态对待自己在世上的任务,他为神的国度大发热心,看见耶路撒冷原本是神居住的地方,然而那里的人不再专注在神里面,所以耶稣难过得哭了。他看见圣殿里面的人没有敬拜神,却把这里当成做买卖的地方,心里更加哀痛。

我们知道要跟随、学习我们的神,但我们真的愿意为主而活吗?

*追求祷告

我们真的相信我们的主给我们有使命吗?是否真的相信耶稣会回来,还是觉得时候未到,要再拖一下?我们的主耶稣让我们知道,他虽是神的儿子,仍然为神的国度大发热心,不愿一人沉沦,只愿万人得救。我们是否愿意有主耶稣一样的心,单单将一切献给他?耶稣提醒我们要舍下,要努力活出得人如得鱼的生命,这不是自然就做出来的,是要刻意才能行出来。求神帮助我们,让我们将那些放不下、缠累我们的人或事完全放下,能刻意行在神国的道路上。

主 我们只愿意跟随你的道路和脚步,帮助我们放下这世上一切缠累我们的人事物,学习耶稣的样式,为神国度大发热心,不再看着我们眼前紧紧所抓住的。让我们得到新的启示,运用神你给我们的恩赐,走主你要我们走的道路。奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿门!