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Luke 21 – The Kingdom is Near 路加福音 21 – 天国近了

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-7 To be Vigilant about our Actions

Today when we accept Christ and become Christians, we know the Kingdom is near, so what do we need to do? Jesus came to bring this message to us, the Kingdom is near, we must return and repent, to live on this earth as in heaven. Jesus looks at our hearts, everything we do is it from the heart? Do we put God first, then people then the earth? God wants to see if we have the mindset of Kingdom. The disciples asked what signs to see because they wanted to get ready but they were in a doing mode. If we really believe Jesus is our God, they we will not worry about when He will come, because everyday we will live our lives following His examples.

Section Two V8-24 To be Alert and do not be Confused

What Jesus talked about is already happening around the world, when we look at the history, we also see a lot of the things Jesus mentioned already happened. But the Kingdom is not yet here, because Jesus wants us not to be fearful. We tend to look for the signs and focus on being prepared, but Jesus wants us to be alert and live our lives everyday with a kingdom mindset, do not be afraid and do not worry. We only need to worry about if we are pleasing our Father. Don’t live for this world, but live for God. The world teaches us to live for ourselves but Jesus continues to teach us to be alert and do not be confused!

Section Three V25-33 To Take Heed and do not Forget the Lord’s Teaching

The Lord we follow, Jesus Christ, has power, and when He returns He will have full power and glory. Therefore if we follow Him, we will also receive power, so we don’t need to be afraid, just follow His instructions. We cannot forget the Lord’s teaching, set apart ourselves and draw a line with the world.

Section Four V34-38 To Keep Watch and Guard our Hearts

This is the conclusion of this chapter, we must guard our hearts, do not be influenced by this world, don’t let things of the world distract us from living out the Kingdom lifestyle. We worry a lot and we are afraid, when we lose the heavenly heart then our earthly heart will replace it. What attitude are we using to welcome Jesus’ coming? With a joyful heart or a fearful heart? We must seek to stand firm in front of Jesus when He comes back.

Before Jesus went on the cross, He knew He didn’t have long, but instead of doing His own wills, everyday He went to the Father and to pray. Are we living a Kingdom lifestyle like Jesus? Or are we enjoying too much in the world, which distracts us from walking in God’s Way? God gave us this identity as the royal priesthood, but do we really live it out?

The Holy Spirit is talking to us, today when we live on this earth, why do we do the things we do? Do we do everything for ourselves or for God? Often we feel we have lost the heavenly heart, because we focus too much on the end result, but today Jesus reminded us about His second coming, to see His glory and power come on this earth. Are we willing to offer all we have? Even if we don’t have much? Let go of our worries and self accusation, live out the heavenly heart and the heavenly life.

Prayer & Pursuit

Lord, Your Grace us sufficient for us, Your power and love is with us. We’re weak but You look after us, help us to let go of all the worries and follow You boldly, so we can live out the heavenly lifestyle on this earth. Amen!

2021年8月10日 星期二

-潘锡安牧师-

路加福音 21

天国近了

在前一章最后,耶稣讲到那些会堂内德高望重宗教人士如何虚伪,此时,他看到财主和穷寡妇往库里捐钱,他能看到的,在场的众人也能看见(21:1-2)。我们是否用我们的行为荣耀自己?耶稣不断提醒我们,天国近了,我们要悔改,活出在地如在天的生活。

一、要谨慎我们的行为(v.1-9)

V1-4 大家都看见财主和寡妇投了多少钱,而耶稣用天国的眼光看到寡妇所投的是最多的。我们的行为是否反映出先神后人再大地的法则?罪的定义是“不达标”- 我们若犯罪就是我们的生命没有达到天国的标准。

V5-6 神不会看重外表装饰得如何华丽,他看重的是我们的内心。

V7-9 我们不是因为看到末世的预兆才来行出天国的行为,而是从信主得救那一刻起就要活出在地如在天的生活。

二、要谨慎不要受迷惑(v.10-28)

V10-11 在两千年前耶稣已经警告我们关于末世的预兆, 之后在这个世上也确实发生了无数次大大小小的战争和天灾人祸。我们不是特别为了预备应付这些事情而生活,而是要时时警醒,以一颗天国的心活出天国的行为,对传福音有负担,不为自己而活。这个世界的价值观告诉我们要成就自己的欲望,但耶稣给我们的教导是要谨慎,不放纵自己,爱神爱人,行出天国的生命。

三、要谨慎不要忘记主的教导(v.29-33)

我们知道天国近了,所以不可忘记神的话,因为主耶稣说“天地要废去,我的话却不能废去”。当那一天的时候,耶稣是大有能力的来临的,若我们一直照着耶稣的话去行,我们就不会害怕末世的到来。我们的心是否愿意跟随耶稣,是否活出在地如在天的生命?神的话有权柄、有能力,我们要与这个世界分别为圣。

四、要谨慎保住我们的心(v.34-38)

V34-36 天国近了,所以“要谨慎,恐怕因贪食、醉酒并今生的思虑累住你们的心”- 我们很容易在享乐里面迷失我们的心,或者为现实中的事情担忧,怕自己没有足够时间和金钱做自己想做的事,这许多的事情阻挡我们天国的心 – 就是谦卑顺服、舍己利他。耶稣提醒我们“要时时警醒,常常祈求,使你们能逃避这一切要来的事,得以站立在人子面前”,那“一切要来的事”指的是第27节的时候所发生的事。我们若能像拿了十锭银子的仆人一样时常预备,就不会害怕主人再来的日子。

V37-38 耶稣没有因为天国近了而休息或娱乐,他抓紧时间每一天都来到圣殿教训人,每一晚都亲近父神。我们有从神而来君尊的身份,是否每一天都活出天国的生命?还是走在世界里面?让我们放下属世的缠累,不害怕世上的天灾人祸,只要谨慎是否能以今生所活出的生命站立在主耶稣的面前。

*回应

今天圣灵跟我们讲话,我们在地上所行出来的究竟是为了什么?是为了果效、为我们自己所期望的,还是为主所做?我们失去天国的心,因为我们太看重我们做的事情的结果,但我们当看到耶稣再来的时候是大有能力的降临,要看到自己好像那个穷寡妇一样愿意将自己仅有的一切摆上。让我们放下我们所有的忧虑以及从世上甚至自己来的控诉,将那只爱自己的心交给神,让神给我们力量,行出天国的生命!