260靈修 July 22, 2011: 馬太福音第廿七章 Matthew:27

第廿七章

最好能將全章略讀一遍,再專注於以下經文段落:

 

45 從午正到申初,遍地都黑暗了。46 約在申初,耶穌大聲喊著說:「以利!以利!拉馬撒巴各大尼?」就是說:「我的 神!我的 神!為甚麼離棄我?」47 站在那裏的人,有的聽見就說:「這個人呼叫以利亞呢!」48 內中有一個人趕緊跑去,拿海絨蘸滿了醋,綁在葦子上,送給他喝。49 其餘的人說:「且等著,看以利亞來救他不來。」50 耶穌又大聲喊叫,氣就斷了。51 忽然,殿裏的幔子從上到下裂為兩半,地也震動,磐石也崩裂,52 墳墓也開了,已睡聖徒的身體多有起來的。53 到耶穌復活以後,他們從墳墓裏出來,進了聖城,向許多人顯現。54 百夫長和一同看守耶穌的人看見地震並所經歷的事,就極其害怕,說:「這真是 神的兒子了!」

默想:

  1. 基督教信仰的中心,竟是我們的神極致的受辱,並忍受最深的痛苦。祂自己的同胞要求處死祂,祂的朋友離棄祂,連最親密的父都轉面不顧祂。
  2. 花些時間用心與腦來深思,為什麼全能者要選擇這樣的道路。多讀幾遍耶穌的話來貼近祂的經歷。
  3. 我心中此時漲溢的是什麼?死亡?驚奇?難過?漠不關心?把從心中浮上來的,一一告訴耶穌。輕輕地把自己拉回耶穌的犧牲與受死上,再讀一遍經文。讓自己深深地沉浸在整個事件中,繼續體會自己的反應,再繼續與主交談。
  4. 天找個安靜的地方去散步,或靜坐片刻,設好預定時間的鬧錶來作提醒,讓自己忘記時間,放鬆地默想基督為我做的犧牲,並等待祂要我從祂那接受的。

 

禱告與筆錄:

繼續安靜在神面前,與神對話,並聆聽祂對我說的話。將心中的思想(心得),或是與神的禱告,記錄在“靈程筆記”本上面。

 

Chapter 27

If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here. Then focus on the following section:

45From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 47When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah." 48Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him." 50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. 54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!"

Meditation:

  1. The central event of the Christian faith is the immense humiliation of our God. And His anguish is deeper than we can imagine. His own people demanded his death, his friends deserted him. And now even his loving Father has turned away.
  2. Spend time wrestling with why the Almighty would choose such a path. Reread Jesus’ own words a few times to get closer to his experience.
  3. What wells up inside me as I spend time with Jesus’ death? Death? Wonder? Grief? Distractedness? Tell Jesus about what surfaces. Then gently pull my thoughts back to His sacrifice and death, reading the passage again if needed. Allow myself to sink into the event deeply, again being aware of my reaction and talking to Jesus about it.
  4. Find a new place to be silent. For example, walk in a quiet place or sit in an empty church sanctuary. Bring a wristwatch and set the alarm so I can forget the time until it reminds me. Meditate on Jesus’ sacrifice for me, and then wait for what He would have me receive from Him.

Prayer & Journaling:

Stay with God for a little while longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.

 

Family Time:

Disicuss the meaning of the veil of the temple being split in two. No longer must persons go through a priest to talk to God. Jesus’ death on the cross made him our intercessor. Have a time of prayer, encouraging each to thank God for Jesus, whose death on the cross allows us to come to God with our requests.

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