将临期灵修 | 12月18日

耶稣通过神迹显现他的荣耀

Rev. Joel Fredrich作/ MLC出版 / Leona译

    这是耶稣所行的头一件神迹,是在加利利的迦拿行的,显出他的荣耀来,他的门徒就信他了(约翰福音2:11)。

    在将临期,我们提醒自己不要被购物、布置装饰和安排各种聚会干扰,而忘了真正的重点是什么。将临期和圣诞节都是关于耶稣的,救主在上帝的话语中向我们表明了这点。

不过上帝的话语本身会不会成为一种干扰呢?

让我们来回顾一下迦拿的婚礼,有些细节值得我们的注意。耶稣出席了婚礼,这说明耶稣教导我们尊重婚姻吗?是的。耶稣为宴会提供了上好的酒水吗?是的。酒水是从恩惠的上帝而来的美好礼物吗?是的。这个故事能让我们对耶稣的母亲玛利亚有更多的理解而不过度揣测她吗?答案依然是肯定的。

这些问题本身而言都有其价值。但如果我们搞不清这个故事的重点的话,这些问题就会成为干扰。为了帮助我们看清重点,使徒约翰用这节经文结束了这个故事:“这是耶稣所行的头一件神迹,是在加利利的迦拿行的,显出他的荣耀来,他的门徒就信他了。”

把水变成酒的神迹显现了耶稣的荣耀。耶稣是完全的人,是我们弟兄这一事实虽然重要,但这一事实本身并不能使耶稣拯救我们。我们还需要这位弟兄使神圣上帝的儿子,他的顺服、死亡和新生命有能够拯救我们的大能。

耶稣施行神迹时,他圣洁的荣耀就会显现,就能产生并坚固我们的信心,使我们与耶稣和他的祝福相连。门徒们信了耶稣,我们也是。信心是将临期预备中的关键。唯有借着信心,我们才能找到并保持圣诞节的祝福。

当阅读或者聆听上帝的话语时,我们不应该寻求不相关的信息,或者寻找我们应该怎么做的点子。我们需要谨记使徒约翰在《约翰福音》20:30-31中告诉我们的:“耶稣在门徒面前另外行了许多神迹,没有记在这书上。但记这些事,要叫你们信耶稣是基督,是神的儿子.并且叫你们信了他,就可以因他的名得生命。”

主耶稣啊,不要让任何事情干扰我们,请让我们的信心之眼看见你的荣耀,好让我们现在能够侍奉你,并在永恒的荣耀里亲眼得见你。阿门。

Jesus Revealed His Glory Through Miracles

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:11

During Advent, we remind ourselves not to let shopping, decorations, and party planning distract us from our true focus. Advent and Christmas are about Jesus, the Savior revealed to us in God’s Word.

But could God’s Word itself become a distraction?

Let’s recall the account of the wedding at Cana and some details that might catch our attention. By his attendance, does Jesus teach us to honor marriage? Yes, he does. Does he provide gallons of excellent wine for the occasion? Is wine a good gift from a generous God? Yes and yes. Does this story help us understand Mary, the mother of Jesus, without making too
much of her? It does.

All of those lessons are valuable in their place, but they would become distractions if we would miss the main point of the story. To help us see the main point, John finishes the story with these words: “What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which
he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.”


The miraculous sign of changing water into wine revealed Jesus’ glory. Important as it is that he is our human brother, that fact by itself would not enable him to save us. We need a brother who is also God’s divine Son, so that his obedience, death, and new life have divine power to save us.


When Jesus does miracles, this revelation of his divine glory produces and strengthens the faith that connects us to him and his blessings. The disciples believed in Jesus, and so do we. Faith is
essential to our Advent preparation. Faith finds and keeps the blessings of Christmas.


When we read or hear God’s Word, we do not seek random bits of information or ideas for a do-it-yourself religion. We keep in mind what John wrote toward the end of his gospel: “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and
that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30,31).


Lord Jesus, let nothing distract us from seeing your glory with the eyes of faith, so that we may serve you now and see you face to face in the glory of eternal life. Amen.

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