圣诞节12天特别灵修 | 12月26日

12月26日

【多3:4】但到了 神我们救主的恩慈和他向人所施的慈爱显明的时候,

【多3:5】他便救了我们,并不是因我们自己所行的义,乃是照他的怜悯,藉着重生的洗和圣灵的更新。

【多3:6】圣灵就是 神藉着耶稣基督我们救主厚厚浇灌在我们身上的,

【多3:7】好叫我们因他的恩得称为义,可以凭着永生的盼望成为后嗣(或作“可以凭着盼望承受永生”)。

故事是这样的:一个小男孩在圣诞节早晨拆开一个长方形的小木头盒子,当他打开盖子的时候,迎接他的是一张100美元纸币上本杰明富兰克林的笑脸。小男孩很意外也很激动,他抓着这张纸币吃惊的凝视着。然而,他刚把纸币抓在手里,就注意到盖子内侧有一行字,上面写着,“每天都会有一张新钱来支持你的生活,尽情享受吧!因为这个神奇的盒子是一个礼物,它会不断的给与!”这可能吗?果然,接下来的每一天,每当这个男孩打开盒子的时候,就会看见又有一张100美元的钱。无论他去哪里或者他做什么,这个神奇的木头盒子一直不断的给与。

可以肯定地说,这样的礼物不存在。每天生钱的神奇盒子属于幻想故事,与飞翔的小猪、精灵和白雪公主是一类的。然而,对于我们基督徒来说,神真的已经赐给我们一个礼物,这礼物会不断地给与。使徒保罗在他给提多写的信里描述了这个礼物,这礼物不是奇幻而是神迹,不是包在纸里而是包在神的恩典中,不是用木头做的而是用水和圣道做成,不仅支持生命还拯救生命!这礼物是什么?洗礼。

当我们受洗的时候,圣灵完成了那不可能的事,他把神的仇敌变为神的孩子!信心被创造,关系被恢复!一个破碎的、有罪的人被宣告为公义和完全!啊,这就是洗礼的祝福!

但是当洗礼结束时,这祝福并没有结束。更新和重生的洗并不是一件一次性的礼物,洗礼是一件不断给予的礼物。你曾经停下来想过神藉着这礼物赐给你的难以置信的祝福吗?每一天神都不断的用他的良善、慈爱、怜悯和恩典包围我们,每一天我们里里外外的罪都被洗去,每一天我们都确信这个世界及其一切悲伤和忧愁,并不是我们的归宿,我们拥有天堂的确信!

圣诞节过后的日子,有时会在很多人的心思意念里产生一种失望的感觉;有一种麻痹大意会进来,让很多人想要更多。而作为基督徒的你和我不应如此,当我们在伯利恒的婴孩那里找到那无以言表的礼物,我们沉浸在这礼物的喜悦之中;藉着洗礼这个不断给与的礼物,基督婴孩的祝福已经属于我们了,我们为此而喜悦。

祷告:良善和恩慈的主啊,感谢你藉着洗礼的水赐给我的美好祝福,求你帮助我看到,洗礼这个礼物每天都给与我赦免和恩典的安慰。祷告奉耶稣的名,阿们。

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:4-7 (NIV84)

The story is told of a young boy who on Christmas morning unwrapped a small 3×7-inch wooden box. As he opened the lid, he was greeted with the smiling face of Benjamin Franklin on a $100 bill. Surprised and excited, the boy quickly grabbed the bill and gazed in amazement. Yet, no sooner had he clutched the bill in his hand, did he then notice an inscription inside the lid. It read “A new bill every day to sustain your living. Rejoice! For this magical box is a gift
that keeps on giving!” Could it be? Sure enough, the very next day and every day following, the boy was welcomed with another $100 bill each time he opened it. No matter where he went or what he did, the magical wooden box continued to give.


It’s safe to say such a gift does not exist. A magical box that produces money every day belongs in the same category as flying pigs, genies, and Snow White—fiction. Yet, for us as Christians, God really has given us a gift that keeps on giving. The apostle Paul describes this gift in his letter to Titus. This gift is not magical but miraculous. It’s not wrapped in paper but in God’s grace. It’s not made of wood but of water and the Word. It doesn’t just sustain but saves! What is this gift? Baptism.


At the moment of our baptism, the Holy Spirit did the impossible and turned an enemy of God into a child of God! Faith was created and a relationship was restored! A broken, sinful human being was declared righteous and perfect! Oh, the blessings of baptism!

But the blessings do not end when we leave the baptismal font. The washing of renewal and rebirth is not a onetime gift. Baptism is a gift that keeps on giving. Have you every stopped to think of the incredible blessings that God gives through this gift? Each and every day God continues to generously flood us with his kindness, love, mercy, and grace. Each and every day we have washing of sin both inside and out. Each and every day we have confidence that this world, with all its grief and sorrow, is not our home. We have the certainty of heaven!


At times, the days following Christmas can produce a sense of let-down in many hearts and minds. There is a lull that sets in and leaves many people wanting more. Not so with you and me as Christians. As we bask in the joy of the indescribable gift found in the babe of Bethlehem, we also rejoice that the blessings of the Christ Child are made ours through baptism—the gift that keeps on giving.

Prayer: Good and gracious Lord, thank you for the wonderful blessings you give through the waters of baptism. Help me to see that baptism is a gift that daily gives me the assurance of your forgiveness and grace. Amen.

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