Saturday, March 24, 2018

2018 Passion Week

Daily Devotion

Passover is a festival set by Jehovah for the Israelites to commemorate that God had freed them from the Egyptians. “… And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. ‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.” (Exo 12:13b-14) Jews never have thought that the blood of the lamb symbolizes Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became the Lamb of the Passover. He bore the sin of this world, was crucified on the cross and rose from the dead on the first day of the week. From then, churches began to commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. According to church traditions, the week before the resurrection is known as Passion Week or Holy Week.

           According to the Four Gospels, Passion Week began with Jesus riding a colt into Jerusalem. He purged the temple, had The Last Supper, and went to pray at the Garden of Gethsemane. Then he was betrayed, arrested, tried, humiliated, crucified, buried, and resurrected on the third day. Friday is the most important day in Passion Week and is called Good Friday.
  •  Hope we can use this designated time to worship Jesus Christ our Savior, with our hearts and actions, and practice walking with Him through Scripture reading and meditation.
  1.   By grace through prayer offer yourself in “Holiness Unto the Lord”
  2.   Designate a quiet time before the Lord to pray and meditate upon Scripture passages and hymns selected by the church. Write down any thoughts and experiences from your fellowship with God as a an offering unto Him.
  3.   With a thankful heart, choose to “fast a meal, love a neighbor – experience the love of Christ with your heart and share this love with your actions. (note 1: e.g., care for the homeless, support local missions, etc.)
  4.   During this period practice: not giving in to anger, not complaining, not judging, not being discouraged, not talking negatively, speaking only edifying words, not indulging in entertainment, not playing video games….
  5.   In the light of the Holy Spirit humble ourselves and keep from unclean things, repent and let the blood of Jesus wash away all of our sins. Bring any objects associated with idols to the church on Friday to be incinerated during the “cleansing fire” gathering  along with the confession list.


逾越節是耶和華 神親自吩咐以色列人要守的節期,記念 神救贖他們脫離埃及免於死亡。“……這血要在你們所住的房屋上作記號;我一見這血,就越過你們去。我擊殺埃及地頭生的時候,災殃必不臨到你們身上滅你們。你們要記念這日,守為耶和華的節,作為你們世世代代永遠的定例。”(出12:13b-14)以色列人無論如何也想不到,抹在門口羔羊的血正預表 神的兒子耶穌基督,祂成為逾越節的羔羊,為除去罪孽甘心背負世人的罪被釘在十字架上,並在七日的第一日從死裡復活。後來眾教會逐漸開始每年都會記念耶穌基督的受難與復活,根據教會傳統,從復活節的前一個主日開始算起這一週,被稱為受難週(Passion Week) 或「聖週」(Holy Week)。
    根據四福音的記載,受難週是從耶穌騎驢進耶路撒冷,潔淨聖殿,最後的晚餐,來到客西馬尼園禱告等,後來被賣、被捕、被審、被辱、被釘死在十字架上,埋葬,到第三天 神叫他從死裡復活。週五是受難週最重要的一天被稱為受難日(Good Friday)。

  • 盼望我們藉著這個指定的時間,用敬拜的心和行動來記念愛我們的救主耶穌基督,透過讀經默想操練與祂同行。
  1. 在恩典中藉著禱告先將自己“分別為聖歸給 神”。
  2. 在 神面前固定一個時間,安靜禱讀默想當天教會預備的經文和詩歌,將自己與 神相處的感想心得寫下作為禮物獻給 神。
  3. 在感恩中選擇“一餐禁食,一份關愛”,用心體驗基督的愛、用實際行動分享基督的愛。
  4. 在這段時間操練:不生氣、不抱怨、不論斷、不沮喪、不講負面的話、不講不造就人的話、不過多的娛樂消費、不玩遊戲……。
  5. 在聖靈的光照中來謙卑自潔、認罪悔改,讓耶穌的寶血來洗淨我們一切的罪。將有關偶像的各類物品,週五帶到教會,在當晚的“焚燒聚會”時和認罪清單一起焚燒殆盡。

Daily Scripture - Mar 24

Romans 1:16-17
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

16 我不以福音為恥,這福音本是神的大能,要救一切相信的,先是猶太人,後是希臘人。 17 因為神的義正在這福音上顯明出來,這義是本於信以至於信,如經上所記:「義人必因信得生。」

Friday, March 23, 2018

Daily Scripture - Mar 23

John 6:35
35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

35 耶穌說:「我就是生命的糧。到我這裡來的,必定不餓;信我的,永遠不渴。

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Daily Scripture - Mar 22

Psalms 29:10-11
10 The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.
11 The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

10 洪水氾濫之時,耶和華坐著為王;耶和華坐著為王,直到永遠。
11 耶和華必賜力量給他的百姓,耶和華必賜平安的福給他的百姓

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Daily Scripture - Mar 21

Isaiah 51:12-13a
12 “I, even I, am He who comforts you.
Who are you that you should be afraid
Of a man who will die,
And of the son of a man who will be made like grass?
13a And you forget the Lord your Maker,
Who stretched out the heavens
And laid the foundations of the earth;

12 「唯有我,是安慰你們的。你是誰?竟怕那必死的人,怕那要變如草的世人,13a 卻忘記鋪張諸天,立定地基,創造你的耶和華。...」

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Daily Scripture - Mar 20

Proverbs 9:10
10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

10 敬畏耶和華是智慧的開端,認識至聖者便是聰明。

Monday, March 19, 2018

Daily Scripture - Mar 19

Ephesians 4:15-16
15 ...speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

弗4:15-16 15 惟用愛心說誠實話,凡事長進,連於元首基督, 16 全身都靠他聯絡得合式,百節各按各職,照著各體的功用彼此相助,便叫身體漸漸增長,在愛中建立自己。