圣诞节12天特别灵修 | 12月30日

12月30日

【来1:1】 神既在古时藉着众先知多次多方地晓谕列祖;

【来1:2】就在这末世藉着他儿子晓谕我们,又早已立他为承受万有的;也曾藉着他创造诸世界。

【来1:3】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。

有什么礼物比第一个平安夜在马槽里被布包着的那一位更伟大?对于无知之人的眼睛来说,他看上去只不过是一个婴孩——三四公斤重的血肉之躯——在寒冷中颤抖。他是如此的温和,如此的脆弱。但是外表是会骗人的,马槽里被布包着的婴孩远远超过你看到的。希伯来书的作者显明了他真正的身份——神自己的儿子!他是“承受万有的”,他是万物的所有者;神藉着他“创造诸世界”,他是万物的创造者;他是“神荣耀所发的光辉”,他拥有神一切的神圣本性;他是“神本体的真像”,马槽里的这婴孩不仅像神,他就是神!

当神的话语完全切中要害时,再用“伟大”这个词可能就不正确了。有什么礼物比第一个平安夜在马槽里被布包着的那一位更让人害怕?

他来了——那位藉着他的大能和无限主权创造并掌管万物的真神——取了肉身的样式,住在我们中间。但这是为什么呢?他为什么要来?当我想到自己是个罪人,想到我常常悖逆神、忽视他的旨意、违背他的命令时,关于“他为什么要来”似乎只有一种合理的解释。我本性是有罪的,我每天的态度和行为都证明我有罪,我犯罪得罪的这位神,他除了来惩罚我、审判我、毁灭我之外,还能来做什么呢?多么让人害怕!神终于来让我承担罪有应得的结果了吗?

但是还有另一个关于神儿子的描述我们还没有提到——这也是他来的真正原因。我被罪所玷污,神以马槽里婴孩的样式进入我们的世界……来“洗净人的罪”。这位马槽里的婴孩不是因为我的罪来惩罚我的,而是来藉着他的血洗净我的罪。他不是因为我的罪来毁灭我的,而是来确保我的罪污被去除、得以站在我的神面前。他来是为了洗净我的罪,他已经那样做了!

有什么礼物比第一个平安夜在马槽里被布包着的那一位更让人出乎意料、人更不配得到、更被爱、怜悯和恩典充满? 祷告:天父啊,在圣诞节因为你把你的儿子作为礼物赐给我,所以我现在罪被洗净、得以站在你面前。求你保守我一直在你的话语中,使我在生命的每一天里都珍惜这礼物。奉耶稣的名,阿们。

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 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 1:1-3 (NIV84)

Could a gift ever be more magnificent than what was wrapped up in that manger on the first Christmas night? To the uninformed eye, he looked like nothing more than a baby—seven or eight pounds of flesh and blood—shivering in the cold. So meek, so mild. So fragile, so frail. But looks can be deceiving. The baby wrapped up in that manger was so much more. The writer to the Hebrews reveals him for what he truly is—God’s own Son! As the “heir of all things,” he was
the Owner of all things. As the one through whom God “made the universe,” he was the Creator of all things. As “the radiance of God’s glory,” he possessed the entire array of all of God’s divine attributes. As “the exact representation of God’s being,” this baby in the manger wasn’t just like God, he was God!

When the full magnitude of the holy writer’s words hits home, maybe “magnificent” isn’t the right word to use. Could a gift ever be more terrifying than what was wrapped up in that manger on the first Christmas night?

There he was—the one true God who created and controls all things with his almighty power and limitless authority—taking on flesh and making his dwelling among us. But why? Why did he come? When I think about the sinner I am and how I have so often rebelled against God, neglected his will, and disobeyed his commands, there would seem to be only one reasonable explanation. Sinful by my very nature and proving that sinfulness every day through my attitudes and my actions, could this God whom I have personally offended with my sins have come into the world for any other reason than to punish me? To condemn me? To destroy me? How terrifying! Has God finally come to give me what my sins deserve?

But there is another description of God’s Son that we have yet to mention—the true reason for his coming. Stained with sin as I am, God entered our world as this baby in the manger . . . to “provide purification for sins.” This baby in the manger came not to punish me for my sins, but to bear my sins upon his shoulders. He came not to condemn me for my sins, but to wash my sins away through his blood. He came not to destroy me for my sins, but to see to it that I may now stand before my God with all the stains of my sins removed. He came to provide purification for my sins. And he has!

Could a gift ever be more unexpected, more undeserved, more filled with love and mercy and grace than what was wrapped up in that manger on the first Christmas night?

Prayer:Heavenly Father, because of the gift of your Son that you gave to me on Christmas, I now stand before you purified from all sin. Keep me always in your Word, that I may treasure this gift all the days of my life. Amen.

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