神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16)

​【双语灵修】葛培理:​王者归来(2017-10-18)

作者: 葛培理 来源:基督时报 蒙允转载2017年10月18日 20:40

王者归来 The Coming King

读经

“看哪,他驾云降临! 众目要看见他, 连刺他的人也要看见他; 地上的万族都要因他哀哭。 这话是真实的。阿们!”  启示录 1:7 

Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him— even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him. Yes! Amen!  R E V E L AT I O N 1 : 7

默想 

你们读过J. R. R. Tolkien的《指环王》吧,其中第三部叫《王者归来》。里面说的是预言中的英雄Aragorn回到故国Gondor ,带领他的人民奋战邪恶势力,最后加冕成王。他的人民重新开始安居乐业。

这个故事让我们想起了主耶稣的使命。耶稣是先知预言的新生王,而且要战胜罪恶,完成使命。耶稣被称为阿拉法和俄梅嘎,是开始也是结束(启1:8)。他发起的,他也会成就。他说要回来带我们一起跟他去(约 14:1–3)。基督既然一次被献,担当了多人的罪,将来要向那等候他的人第二次显现,并与罪无关,乃是为拯救他们(来9:28)。他要我们预备他意想不到的来(太 24:44)。 他应许我们,他再来时,找寻他的都要得救(约6:39–40)。

J. R. R. Tolkien’s third volume in The Lord of the Rings series is called The Return of the King. In the story, the prophesied rescuer, Aragorn, returns to the land of Gondor, fights victoriously against evil forces, and is joyouslycrowned king. As a result, the land is restored, creatures return home, and refreshing peace reigns over the land.

Tolkien’s story had Jesus in mind. The prophecies spoke about Jesus’ coming to launch his rescue mission, but they also promised he would return to fight an apocalyptic battle to destroy evil and complete his restorative work. Jesus is called the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end (Revelation 1:8). What he started he will finish. He has promised to return to

gather us—all of us—to him once again (John 14:1–3). Having once carried our sin, he has promised to return to save us absolutely and finally from it (Hebrews 9:28). He wants us to watch for him (Matthew 24:44) because he has promised to fight for those who look for him (John 6:39–40).

祷告

耶稣,你回来的时候,我一定要见你,不要被世俗干扰。阿们。

Jesus, when you return, let me not be caught looking for something other than you. Amen.

行动

仰望耶稣。期待耶稣的回来。感受圣灵的带领。参与耶稣的工作。不要失去耶稣。

Look for Jesus today. Look for glimpses of his coming and anticipate the stirring of his Spirit. Be aware of his work. Don’t miss him.


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