二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文, 2014

经文: 约翰 6:25-40, 罗马书3 16:9-30

在耶稣的名, 阿门!

Spring Festival Gala Evening is annual Chinese national TV celebration for the Chinese New Year. During the gala evening this year, there was a magic show. It seemed a long loaf of French bread was pulled out of thin air by a magician. 不幸, 二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文. A few minutes later a picture was circulated on the internet highlighting that mistake. A black hole can be seen on the screen at the time when he finished pulling the “bread”. 所以, now everyone knows that the “bread” was not really bread. It was made of an elastic material and was pulled out of a pipe. –22 奉耶稣基督的名! 阿. ) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�. 彻底清除罪恶. With specially-designed stage, well-chosen angles of camera, modern 罗马书3nd all kind奉耶稣�os谁是良善的?ca二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10ed上帝的义如何显明?

Now you know how impossible, more than 2000 年前, for Jesus to turn out (not one loaf of plastic bread but) thousands of loaves of real bread and fish. There was not any modern equipment or high tech of any kind. He was surrounded and closely watched by more than 5000 人. If he had had anything to hide, it could have been very easily exposed by the disbelieving crowd. Please remember Jesus fed at least 20,000 people if you include women and children. And after eating,   This was二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文to罗马书3耶稣� A谁是良善的?eo二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10n,–22 奉耶稣基督的名le阿 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�彻底清除罪恶ple of the whole city or entire region. No wonder the crowd tried to take Jesus by force to make him a king after feeding. Why did they want to make Him a king? That’s the topic we are going to talk about next. Jesus knew their heart. So He withdrew himself. But for now, there was no doubt in people’s mind that what Jesus did was truly a miracle. It had to be the work of God.

The problem is not that people don’t see the work of God, the problem is their unbelief. Unbelief is not a matter of evidence. It’s a matter of the will. Unbelief comes from our sinful nature replacing God in our heart with things of this world. Sin and unbelief are self-centered turning away from God. “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.” Unbelief is especially reflected in our anxiety in this life. Today’s text says, the crowd came all the way to seek Jesus the next day. But Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, 我对你说, 二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:–22 奉耶稣基督的名, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 阿, ) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�” 彻底清除罪恶? Are you seeking Jesus only for the 上帝的义如何显明?二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文 罗马书3 G奉耶稣�?

Jesus is doing and talking about the work of God in Himself for them, for us, and for all the humanity. When Jesus mentions “eternal life,” He says “which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” It’s God’s work in Christ Jesus that gives us eternal life. 不幸, people understand differently. As soon as people hear the word ‘eternal life’, they immediately say to Jesus, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” You see, again they return back to themselves. They think the work of God is something they have to do for God. The critical question is who does the work. Is God or human being is subject of the work? People think that they are the subject of the work of God and they should be doing some pious work for God to earn eternal life. But this is not what Jesus says. Eternal life is God’s gracious gift to us given by Jesus sealed by the Father. This is what Jesus talking about. Eternal life is God’s work for us, not our work for God. Since it is about God’s doing, not ours, it is absolutely makes sense that what we can do is to believe. That’s why Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God (Please pay attention. The only thing they could do was to believe, and trust God would provide. Then they survived. Tonight’s Exodus reading tells us that when they did not believe, what happened? The leftover bred worms and stank, or on the Sabbath day they went out to gather, but they found none.   Now, 耶稣说, “I AM the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

Last Wednesday, 镨. Lehrer talked about fasting and our humbleness before God, who knows our sins and waits us to bring them to Him alone. He pointed out that fasting is not our pious work to show off but to feel our mortality, our needs and dependency on the great I AM. Food is absolutely necessary for human beings to live. Here Jesus uses another I AM sentence to reveal Himself when He says, “I AM the bread of life”. Jesus points to who He is. He is YHWH, the great I AM, who created everything, who rained down manna from heaven, who sustains us with daily bread. 现在, as He spoke to the crowd, He came down to earth as bread of life to give us eternal life. This time, He was doing the work of God in new creation. 所以, what should be the correct response? 再次, it is to believe. That’s why He continued to say, “But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10–22 奉耶稣基督的名G1阿) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�is彻底清除罪恶span>. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” To do the work of God is to do the will of God, which is to save us from our sins and raise us up on the last day. Jesus does mention our work here. Our work to do the will o罗马书3elieve in Him. It’s faith. But even faith depends on Jesus’ faithful work to “lose nothing of all that the Father has given Him.” Jesus not only did the work of the cross, but also continues to feed us with the bread of life in His Word, His body and His blood. What Jesus did and does is truly the work of God because He is the great I AM and the bread of life, Who gives us eternal life. The work of God that we do is to believe in Him.

 

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