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【林后9:15】感谢 神,因他有说不尽的恩赐。

请用信心的眼睛看那令人无以言表的礼物,这礼物被无以言表的场景所环绕。不仅是牧羊人围着马槽,不仅是马利亚和约瑟在神迹面前谦卑的低下他们的心思和意念。请用大能的圣灵所赐的清澈的眼睛去看,你看到神的子民——所有时代所有地方数不清的灵魂,今天和你一同站在马槽边。藉着福音、在圣灵的带领之下,信徒们在信心中和你一同跪在这伟大礼物面前。神持守了他的话语,他的儿子来了,你和所有信徒迫切的注视他的脸。今天我们看到了对于人类的眼睛和心灵来说,真正无以言表的事。

你跪在马槽边,向里观看,你凝视着;圣经已经告诉你要期盼的事,但是你仍然感到吃惊,甚至说不出话来。是的,你看到童女所生的那一位,他看上去就像其他任何婴孩一样,但是圣经告诉你要看到的不止于此。你看到的这一位,他是被父差遣,由圣灵感孕的,在他身上,你开始思考在基督里显明的三位一体。你看到女人的后裔,他被差遣来伤蛇的头。你继续凝视马槽,不用着急,所有神的子民都在祷告中驻足。你看到一只羔羊,神的羔羊,除去世人罪孽的。在你的脑海里,回响着一句令人惊奇的经文:神使那无罪的替我们成为罪。那婴孩要受刑罚,这看起来不公正,但是对于所有的罪,神要求的公正必须被满足。父差遣他的儿子作为我们的替代者,他要死去,使我们可以活。这是多么大的恩典,这对罪人来说是多么无限和深刻的爱。确实无以言表。

请你再看。你看到犹大支派的狮子,他已经得胜,他配展开那启示,确保神的子民不会感到意外。请你再看,你看到掌管天使天军的耶和华神,那位造物主,他不仅创造那无法数算的星星,他还创造无法数算的圣天使,藉着服事我们来服事他。请你再看,你看到阿拉法和俄梅戛,虽然这婴孩降生在时间里,但他却是无限的,他创造宇宙和时间;我们可以被喜乐充满,因为我们的时间在他手中。请你再看,你看到那婴孩是真理,是生命;这真理对于人类的智慧来说,是无以言表的;神藉着他的儿子白白的、完全的赐下这真理。当罪性的内心遇见恩典的事实,它感到奇怪,它尖叫不认识恩典。但是除非圣灵介入,否则恩典无法被理解。请你再看,你看到万王之王、万主之主,你看到好牧人,他带领和供应你。你看到生命的粮,使你饥渴慕义的心得饱足。你看到千百年来信徒们对神的应许所说的“阿们”,因为无论神说了多少应许,这在基督里都是“一定”。你看到你的盼望,你的帮助,你的天堂——这一切都包裹在襁褓中。这伟大礼物无以言表,我们藉着圣灵相信这伟大礼物。“神为爱他的人所预备的,是眼睛未曾看见,耳朵未曾听见,人心也未曾想到的”——但是神已经藉着他的灵向我们显明了。这真的令人无以言表。

祷告:主耶稣啊求你就近我,求你永远爱我、与我亲近。求你祝福所有在你看顾之下你亲爱的孩子,求你带我们去天堂,使我们和你永远同活。阿们。

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV84)

Look with eyes of faith upon the indescribable scene surrounding the indescribable gift! More than the shepherds surround the feed trough. More than Mary and Joseph humbly bow their heads and hearts at the miracle before them. Look with eyes given clarity by the Spirit’s omnipotence. See the people of God, countless souls from all time and place, joining you at the manger this day. Led by the Spirit through the gospel, believers in faith kneel with you before the Gift. God kept his word. His Son has come. You and all believers are eager to gaze upon his face. This day we see what for human eyes and hearts is truly indescribable.


Kneeling, you look into the manger. You gaze and stare. The Scriptures have taught you what to expect, but still the sight takes your breath away. It causes a lump in your throat. Yes, you see the Virgin-Born. He looks like any other baby. But the Scripture teaches you to see more. You see the One conceived by the Spirit and sent by the Father, and you ponder the Trinity revealed in the Christ. You see the Seed of the woman sent to crush the ancient serpent’s head. You keep staring into the feed trough. There is no rush. All God’s people can prayerfully linger. You see a Lamb, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In your mind echoes a startling Scripture: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us. It seems unjust for that Child to be punished. Yet God’s justice will be met for all sin. The Father sent his Son as Substitute. He will die that we may live. Such grace. Such infinite and profound love for sinners. Indescribable.


Look again. You see the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He has triumphed, and he is worthy to open the revelation that guarantees no surprises for the people of God. Look again, and see the Lord God of heavenly hosts, the Creator who called forth not only the countless stars but the countless ranks of holy angels that serve him by also serving us. Look again. You see the Alpha and the Omega. Though a baby born in time, he is the infinite One who called forth the universe and created time. And joy-filled we can be that our times are in his hand. Look again. You see the Child who is the Truth. He is the Life. Indescribable for human intellect is this truth that God gives freely and fully in his Son. How strange is the reality of grace to the sinful heart that screams always for recognition. But grace cannot be fathomed unless the Spirit intervenes. Look again and see the King of kings and Lord of lords. See the Good Shepherd who guides and provides. See the Bread of life that satisfies your hunger and thirst after righteousness. See the “Amen” to all the promises God made throughout the centuries. For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. See your hope, your help, your heaven—all wrapped up in swaddling clothes. Indescribable this Gift we believe through the Spirit. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love
him”—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. Indescribable.

Prayer: Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay Close by me forever and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in your tender care, And take us to heaven to live with you there. Amen.

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