将临期灵修 | 12月25日

圣子是神荣耀所发的光辉

Rev. David Gosdeck作/ MLC出版

他是 神荣耀所发的光辉,是 神本体的真像,常用他权能的命令托住万有。他洗净了人的罪,就坐在高天至大者的右边。希伯来书1章3节

谁能拒绝一个婴孩呢?他的笑容俘获你,他的温暖邀请你。你就是想抱着他。

西面也想抱着一个婴孩,而这是一个非常特殊的婴孩。当他把这个婴孩抱在怀里时,他浑身颤抖。当他看着这个婴孩的脸时,他承认,“我的眼睛已经看见你的救恩”(路加福音2:30)。

他看到是因为圣灵打开了他的眼睛。他被这同一位圣灵感动,回想起祖先的祝福:“愿耶和华赐福给你,保护你。愿耶和华使他的脸光照你,赐恩给你。愿耶和华向你仰脸,赐你平安”(民数记6:24-26)。

西面做梦也想不到,主扩大了那个祝福。藉着他怀中的这个孩子,主向他仰脸、光照他。多少代人的等待,西面抱在怀里,看着他。

藉着这同一位婴孩,主使他的脸光照我们;因为我们也已经看见了主的救恩。看见他就是看见了天父慈爱的脸,他的爱如此深,以至于他差遣自己唯一的儿子和我们在一起。他差遣他来,藉着他在十字架上的牺牲,除灭了罪和死亡,藉着他的复活,他胜过它们。罪和死亡已经失去了他们的权势,如今他坐在天父右边的荣耀和权能之中。

在这个节期短暂的时光里,我们仍然把他看作一个婴孩。今天他已向你伸出手,把他抱进你的怀中,紧紧抱住他,看着他的脸;你看到了天父慈爱的脸,不仅如此,你还看到了那位兄弟慈爱的脸。你感到温暖、感到安慰。我们常听人说圣诞节是关于家的节日,确实是这样。你属于一个家,所有人都深深爱着你。愿你为那位基督婴孩保留一个特别的位置,在你心里为他存留一个地方。然后你就不用担心了,你永远不再是孤单一人。

啊,亲爱的耶稣,圣洁的婴孩,愿你在我心里预备一张柔软的、洁净的床,使我的心洁净更新,为你保留一个安静的房间。

The Son Is the Radiance of God’s Glory

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews 1:3

Who can resist a baby? Its smile captivates. Its warmth invites. You just want to hold it.

Simeon too wanted to hold a baby, but a very special baby. He trembled when he took that child in his arms. When he looked into the child’s face, he confessed, “My eyes have seen your salvation” (Luke 2:30).

He saw because the Spirit opened his eyes. Stirred by that same Spirit, he recalled the ancient blessing: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).

In a way Simeon had never dreamed of, the Lord had enlarged that blessing. In this child, the Lord had turned his face toward him and shined on him. What generations had waited for he had held and seen.

In this same child, the Lord has made his face shine on us. For we too have seen the salvation of the Lord. To see him is to see the face of a Father’s love, a love so deep, so profound, that he sent his only Son to be one with us. He sent him so that, by his sacrifice on the cross, he might destroy sin and death. At his resurrection he triumphed over them. Sin and death have lost their power. Now he sits in glory and majesty at the right hand of his Father.

But for a short time during this season, we still see him as a child. Today he reaches out to you. Take him into your arms. Hold him close. Look into his face. Look into the face of a Father’s love—even more, a Brother’s love. Be warmed and comforted.

We often hear that Christmas is about family. It truly is. You belong to a family, all of whom love you dearly. Reserve a special place for the Christ Child. Make room for him in your heart. Then take heart, for you will never be alone.

Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child, prepare a bed soft, undefiled within my heart, made clean and new, a quiet chamber kept for you. (CW 331:13)

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