December 30 - 亚拿和西面——坚忍的信心

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December 30 - 亚拿和西面——坚忍的信心

Postby `char » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:39 pm

路加福音 2:25-26
25在耶路撒冷有一个人,名叫西面;这人又公义又虔诚,素常盼望以色列的安慰者来到,又有圣灵在他身上。26他得了圣灵的启示,知道自己未死以前,必看见主所立的基督。

西面究竟看到了什么?那不过是一个小孩子在他怀里,一个还不会说话的初生婴孩。无论这个婴孩将带来怎样的救恩,都还只是个应许和盼望。但西面站在那里,感恩期待于他手中捧着的未来。然后女先知亚拿出来了,同样是年老而接近生命的终点。她的出场又为当下增添更多喜乐和赞美。
当耶稣长大成人时,西面和亚拿应该已经去世了。他们不会亲眼看见耶稣这位人类的救主所作的一切。但怀着一个坚忍的信心,他们已经看到神是忠于祂曾应许的。
今天,我们比他们知道得更多,因为我们知道了接下来的福音故事。我们也盼望更多,因为尝过天国的滋味后,我们便渴慕耶稣再来,天国完全来到。
但现在,愿我们坚定在这坚忍的信心中,就像西面和亚拿一样说:“我们已经看见了祂,这已经足够了。我们知道,并深信主会持守祂的应许。”



Luke 2:25-26
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

What has Simeon seen, really? It's just a little child in his arms, a speechless newcomer to the world. Whatever salvation this baby might work is still only a promise and a hope. But Simeon stands there in grateful anticipation at the future he holds in his hands.
Then there is the prophet Anna, also old and approaching the end of her days. She adds to the joy and praise of the moment.
By the time Jesus becomes a grown man, Simeon and Anna will have died. They will not be able to see with their own eyes what Jesus does as the Savior of the world. But in their patient faith they saw enough to know that God is true to his promises.
Today we know more than they did, for we have the rest of the gospel story. And we hope for more. Having tasted the kingdom's presence, we hunger and thirst for its coming completely when Jesus comes again.
But for now, may we stand here in patient faith, like Anna and Simeon, and say, "We have seen him, and that's enough for now. We know and trust that the Lord will keep his promises."
~Jesus wasn't held onto the cross by nails, He was held onto the cross by His love for you and me.
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Re: December 30 - 亚拿和西面——坚忍的信心

Postby chengling » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:18 am

Amen~
Faith is what brings us hope~
Unlike us who gets to know the entire gospel, Simeon and Anna was only able to see the birth of Christ.
However, without seeing or hearing any miracles of Jesus, they put their hope in Him as an infant, that's faith.
For us, we've heard His story and the great things He had done.
Thus, all the more we should trust in Him and His promises.
May we strengthen our faith in God and in return receive peace and hope from Him.

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Re: December 30 - 亚拿和西面——坚忍的信心

Postby Cindy.qi02 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:11 am

感触的经文:
"Was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. "

联想语录:
Perseverance -> Character -> Hope

Reflection:

What makes him so eager to wait for the Messiah? What allow him to believe God will rescue Israel? Hope.

To get to hope, we need character. To get character, we need to persevere during storm.

May we spark interest with God every single day - be it prayers or reading His words. And to not fail to continue to love the life of live.

Maybe today we don't see God, don't hear Him, can't touch Him. Then again, count our blessings. Maybe probability of miracles happening is very little, but God made it all possible.

As we take on the challenge, we are actually closer to God if we don't face the storms. Hope is something we are certain even though we cannot see. But Faith is never by sight. So is God, we cannot see Him, cannot hear Him but He is with us.
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Re: December 30 - 亚拿和西面——坚忍的信心

Postby Perry » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:36 pm

当时,西面和亚拿所看见的耶稣只不过是一个还不会说话的婴孩,
他们却能够有那坚忍的信心,相信这位就是带来救恩的主。
今天我们已经知道主耶稣所做的事,
我们知道主耶稣为我们所做的一切,
但是我们的信心是否有比亚拿和西面那样坚忍吗?
我们看见现在虽然很多人都已经知道主耶稣的救恩,
知道主耶稣为我们的罪而被钉在十字架上,
但是许多人却是视而不见听而不闻,
认为这些只不过是神话故事,不能够当真。
圣经的可信度是许多查考家能够证明,
甚至我们周围所发生也跟着圣经的记载所应验。
若当时亚拿和西面在没有什么真实的印证下都能够坚忍的相信,
我们已经看到主的作为的,不就应该更下更新主已经为我们预备了吗。
Let God's Word make a home in your heart today - Pastor Rick Warren
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Re: December 30 - 亚拿和西面——坚忍的信心

Postby Yvonne » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:09 pm

Faith is trusting God without seeing.
2 Corinthians 4:18
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Again and again, being reminded of focusing on what is unseen and eternal because they are our ultimate goal.

The least we can do is to seek Him when we are faithless.
For when we are faithless, He remains faithful...

Dear God,
Thank You for a whole year of faithfulness...
Lord we want to be faithful to You for You were faithful to us first.
In a new year of struggles, let us fix our eyes on You and grow rooted in You!
In the name of Jesus' I pray, Amen.
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Re: December 30 - 亚拿和西面——坚忍的信心

Postby XuanHong » Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:22 am

耐心等待必要欢呼

He is such a devoted guy and one who is righteous.
When Jesus is born,
A new era is here.
People will be saved by Grace,
A Mercy that is given to us just like that.

As Simeon was 'waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on Him.'
And because of that, His Faith has been strengthened.
He is going to see Jesus,
And at that time, who knows who Jesus is and how He looked like.
However, by the Holy Spirit,
His Faith of waiting and wanting to see Him became real and all He wanted is given to Him.

It is the same as our lives.
When we really wanted something,
Firstly we should think how righteous is that?
Would that be pleasant to God?
Then if it is, how much faith do we have that God will give us?
If we were to wait, will we wait patiently for Him?
The training is a everyday thing.
Faith can be asked and i believe it wil be given.
I shall not waver, In Christ my faith stands.
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