2019年11月20日
基督如何滿足人的實際需要

粵語 國語

第20天


讀經:   

約翰福音二章1至11節

1第三日,在加利利的迦拿有娶親的筵席,耶穌的母親在那裡。

2耶穌和他的門徒也被請去赴席。

3酒用盡了,耶穌的母親對他說:“他們沒有酒了。”

4耶穌說:“母親(註:原文作“婦人”),我與你有甚麼相干?我的時候還沒有到。”

5他母親對用人說:“他告訴你們甚麼,你們就做甚麼。”

6照猶太人潔淨的規矩,有六口石缸擺在那裡,每口可以盛兩三桶水。

7耶穌對用人說:“把缸倒滿了水。”他們就倒滿了,直到缸口。

8耶穌又說:“現在可以舀出來,送給管筵席的。”他們就送了去。

9管筵席的嘗了那水變的酒,並不知道是哪裡來的,只有舀水的用人知道。管筵席的便叫新郎來,

10對他說:“人都是先擺上好酒,等客喝足了,才擺上次的;你倒把好酒留到如今!”

11這是耶穌所行的頭一件神蹟,是在加利利的迦拿行的,顯出他的榮耀來,他的門徒就信他了。

新約福音書並沒有詳細記載,耶穌每到一處事奉,要走多遠的路。這裡只簡單地說「第三日」,我們就突然發現基督已到了加利利,離昨天的場景至少一百公里以外。兩地之間的距離取決於約翰施洗的確切地點;但無論如何,迦拿是在加利利的西面,離北面路途相當遙遠。

從第1節所示,耶穌在早前已被邀請參加這個婚筵;可能這就是他從南部匆忙趕來的原因;與祂同行的,還有最早跟從祂的四位門徒。當時的婚筵往往持續七至十天,在婚筵進行的期間,出現了一個意想不到的危機:酒用盡了,主人再沒有酒款待客人。試想像廚房的主管會是何等慌亂!

每個基督徒的生活中,都會有些時候感到自己沒有餘力解決面前的問題。但當我們發覺基督與我們同在,就可以欣然喜樂,正如祂正在婚筵當中一樣,祂能滿足我們一切的需要。

留意他對僕人的意想不到的吩咐。祂並沒有追問是誰的失職,祂只是確認這危機,並伸出援手,解決危機。那些水缸可盛超過五百公升(或120加侖)的水。僕人要到哪裡取水?附近的水井?他們要頗費一番功夫才能盛滿水,但最終卻證明他們的努力沒有徒然。

請留意,僕人在此之後,還要作出另一個信心的行動。基督吩咐他們「現在可以舀出來,送給管筵席的」,他們會怎樣想呢?他們可能會說:「可這只是水啊!」但他們依然順服,神蹟便發生了。基督足可以面對任何情形,但祂卻要求我們相信並順服祂。唯有這樣,祂才會施行神蹟。今天將你的需要告訴祂,然後讓祂來處理一切。

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HOW CHRIST MET A REAL NEED
Day 20


Bible Reading:   

John 2: 1-11

1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.

2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.

3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”

4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”

5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.

7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.

8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it.

9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.

10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

The New Testament Gospels pass over the long walks Jesus constantly faced in carrying out His ministry. Here it simply says “on the third day” - and we suddenly find Christ in Galilee, at least 100 kms or 60 miles from the scene in yesterday’s reading. The distance depends on exactly where John was baptizing, but Cana is in western Galilee, a long way to the north.

It would seem from the wording of verse 1 that Jesus had previously been invited to the wedding. Possibly that was the reason why He had hurried back from the south. He was accompanied by His first four disciples. The wedding feasts of those days often lasted from seven to ten days. At this wedding there came an unexpected crisis. The wine ran out and there were no reserves. Imagine the panic in the kitchen!

There are times in the life of every Christian when it seems our reserves have run out. It is right then we are glad that, just as He was there at the wedding feast, Christ is here with us and He can meet every need which may arise.

Notice His unexpected command to the servants. He didn’t ask whose fault it was. He simply identified with the crisis and set about resolving it. Those water pots held a total of 120 gallons - over 500 litres.

Where did the servants get the water? From a nearby well? It took real effort on their part but it proved to be so worthwhile.

But notice there was a step of faith on their part even after that. What were the servants’ thoughts as Christ said “Take some to the master of the feast”? They could have said, “But it’s only water.” They were still obedient and the miracle happened. Christ is sufficient for every situation but what He asks for is our faith in Him and our obedience. This leaves the way open for Him to work - and when they are present He can still perform miracles. Tell Him your need today and then let Him work it all out in His own way.