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Luke 7 – How Do We See Jesus? 路加福音 7 – 我们如何看我们的主耶稣

Thursday, 15th July 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon 

Section One V1-10 The Centurion

How do we lead disciples and pass on the Way of Life? We must receive it ourselves first! Our faith must build upon Jesus, believe everything Jesus said can happen. Upon this foundation, the Centurion showed his faith. Not only that, he also had life, he saw every life is precious. The Centurion heard about Jesus, as a busy leader, he was still willing to beg Jesus to come and heal his servant.

When we seek Jesus, we often want Him to come solve our own problems, but this Centurion wanted to seek Jesus to heal his servant. Not only he cares for his servant, we can see from here that the Jewish elders also were willing to help him, a Gentile, to beg Jesus. The life of the Centurion showed humility and also faith. Even Jesus was amazed at his faith. What does our lives show? Our own gains and desires? Or denying ourselves to benefit others?

Section Two V11-17 The Widow who lost her Son

Jesus saw the lack of the widow and had mercy on her. Jesus told her not to cry. Don’t let our emotions drive our decisions, when we cry and feel sorry for ourselves then we cannot see miracle. Jesus told us to stop following our emotions and start to see what God is doing. Be true to ourselves, do not be afraid and don’t use our emotions to control others.

Are we willing to arise and listen to Jesus? Even the dead person listened to Jesus! When we feel our heart is dead Jesus is still talking to us, telling us to arise from our death, from our fear, from our emotions… only the Word of God can make us alive and live under the Tree of Life. Don’t judge others and don’t judge this world. Arise, speak out the words of authority in Jesus’ Name!

Section Three V18-35 John the Baptist 

What was John’s expectations for Jesus? He sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He’s the One. Even John the Baptist had his own expectations for Jesus. What’s our expectations for Jesus? To give us a perfect marriage, good children, prosperous business, etc? But Jesus didn’t do what John expected the Messiah would do.
Jesus knew what He was doing, He didn’t change Himself because of people’s expectations. He lived under the Tree of Life so He replied to John with the Word of God. We must pass on the truth, not to fulfil their physical or emotions desires. People can never be satisfied, people followed Jesus, Jesus didn’t follow the people. So what about us?

Stop chasing after people, and let God almighty power be revealed in us so people will follow us. The world is in darkness so we need to live in the light and when people see light they will follow!

Section Four V36-50 The Sinful Woman

Why would the people see the woman as a sinful person? Because they lived in the religious spirit, they lived in judgement and their own old mindset. The Pharisees were religious, they judged the woman even before she said anything. But this woman knew who Jesus was and what she wanted to do, to follow Jesus. She cried because she received love.

Do we receive the love from Jesus? How do we see Jesus? He is not our idol, He is living and loving. We need to come close to Jesus and feel His love for us that He died for us. How much do we really love Jesus back?

How do we see Jesus? He is love, let us see His love for us and be willing to love for Him.

2021年7月15日 星期四

-潘锡安牧师-

路加福音 7

我们如何看我们的主耶稣

作者路加倾尽全力将福音完完全全的分享给自己的门徒提阿非罗。我们是如何教导、带领我们的门徒?是否寻求捷径?我们要先领受生命的道才能将其传递下去。圣经说我们要尝尝主恩的味道,我们要花功夫在神的话上,才能真正结出生命树的果子,让人从我们身上看到耶稣基督的生命。

一、v.1-10 百夫长

V1-5 百夫长是一个外邦人,但他相信耶稣。这个见证对同为外邦人领袖的提阿非罗非常重要。我们的信仰是建立在耶稣基督的磐石之上(路6:46-49)。这位来求耶稣的百夫长看自己下面带的仆人都是宝贵的。他不仅有信心,也有生命,于是听了耶稣的到来,就托人来找他。百夫长作为官长,日理万机,但仍在百忙之中为自己所爱的仆人去求耶稣。百夫长不仅爱自己的仆人,也爱犹太人的百姓,给他们建造会堂(v.5)。百夫长的爱是有行动的,甚至献出了金钱。于是耶稣就去到这个愿意爱也愿意给的人那里。我们的期待和祷告是为了自己的事,还是为我们所带领的门徒?

V9 连被神所拣选的犹太人都没有像百夫长这么大的信心。我们的信心呢?我们所求所要的是否都是世界的?我们今天能够来到这里,是因为神的呼召,而我们要回应神的就是像百夫长那样的信心,不仅嘴上说爱,也摆上生命行动出来。

二、v.11-17 丧子的寡妇

V11-12 寡妇唯一的倚靠就是她的独子,所以当这个儿子死去之后,她就失去盼望。“拿因”的意思是漂亮、美丽。耶稣看到这个寡妇对生命的失望、缺乏,于是怜悯她,对她说“不要哭”,因为她若哭了就看不见神所创造的漂亮和美丽。我们在我们的工作和生活中看到的是什么?人最大的问题是恐惧,我们害怕缺乏、贫穷、没有人爱,于是尝试掌控。我们要学习观看神的作为,相信神会看顾我们的“缺乏”。

V13-15 我们跟从耶稣,里面是否已经枯干,如同这死去的少年人一样?我们是否愿意听耶稣跟我们说的话,从我们的死亡、情绪、恐惧、掌控感里“起来”吗?唯有神的妥拉(神的话)才能救我们脱离死亡。那复活的少年人不仅起来了,还能说话 – 我们的话语是有权柄的,让我们在人前能说出带有权柄的话语。

三、v.18-35 施洗的约翰

施洗约翰看耶稣是弥赛亚,能带领犹太人脱离罗马人的统治,然而耶稣没有按照施洗约翰所期待的来做,于是他差派人去问耶稣。我们对耶稣的期待是什么?是美满的婚姻、孝顺的儿女、生意兴隆吗?耶稣没有照着施洗约翰所想象的弥赛亚的形象来做事,因为他活在生命树下。耶稣用神的话语(妥拉)来回应约翰的门徒(v.22)。我们不是刻意去让人看见我们的服事,但我们所做的事能否对人见证神?

       耶稣所做的,是父神要他做的。他知道我们里面的恐惧孤单。我们不要去满足我们所带领的门徒的期待,因为我们永远无法满足别人。我们服事若觉得累,是因为我们跟着别人走。当我们成为光,那些活在黑暗中的人就会想朝光明走。

四、v.36-50 有罪的女人

这个法利赛人请耶稣,他们所思所想都是宗教的东西。他们看到这个有罪的女人就论断她。这个女人知道耶稣的身份和能力,于是愿意做出这一系列的事(V37-38)。这个有罪女人的哭不是因为缺乏,而是感受到爱。我们是否以有求必应的心态来看耶稣,还是感受到耶稣基督在十架上为我们牺牲的爱?神是爱,当我们看见后,我们就不再为自己或这个世界而活,而是为神而活。

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祝福我们每一个弟兄姐妹都能舍去分别善恶树、进入生命树的气息,谦卑顺服、舍己利他,一生跟从主。谢谢主加添我们力量!奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿门!