Sunday, April 5, 2020

Daily Scripture - Apr 05

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

Today is Palm Sunday. In this upcoming week when we remember and honor the passion of Jesus Christ, we recall once more the complete salvation that Christ has accomplished through his suffering on the cross. On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and the crowd shouted, “Hosanna” (which means “save us”), in hopes that Jesus would deliver them from being subjugated by the Gentiles of Rome. No one knew, however, that Jesus came into Jerusalem to obey the will of God and to give himself as a sin offering so that people everywhere can be set apart from sin, death, and eternal judgement. As Christ was nailed to the cross in His bare flesh, he withstood pain and shame, and with a face covered in blood, he looked to the heavens and prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” This is the first sentence spoken by Christ on the cross. Let us consider that Jesus was not only referring to the Jews and Roman soldiers who put in the nails, but it is our sins too that have nailed Jesus to the cross. He forgave the sinners standing before Him and He too forgives us our sins from the inside out. His forgiveness is for all of time, unconditional, and complete.

Let us spend a little time today to repent and be still before the Lord. Meditate on: 1) It was for my sins that Christ was nailed to the cross, and through entering his suffering on the cross, may I become more sensitive to my own sins. 2) His forgiveness is always present, unconditional, and complete.

What we can do:
Confess that I am a sinner and thank God for the riches of His grace, so that I have the redemption in Christ through His blood and the forgiveness of sins. (Eph.1:6)

Accept in my heart His complete forgiveness. Allow the Lord also to prune me through the work of the cross, and rid me of everything, including hobbies and habits, that do not please Him, so that the life of Christ may reign in me and that I may bear much fruit for His glory.

Song: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross


“父啊,赦免他們,因為他們所作的,他們不曉得” (路 23:34)

今天是棕櫚日,在記念主耶穌受難和復活的這一週,我們回憶並記念主在十字架上的痛苦經歷和為我們所成就的全備救恩。主耶穌在棕櫚日騎著驢駒榮耀的進入耶路撒冷,百姓高喊“和散那”(​和散那是​「請​救​我們」​的​意思),盼望主耶穌救他們脫離外族奴役。誰也沒有想到,祂來是要順服 神的旨意,將自己獻上成為贖罪祭,救每一個人脫離罪,死亡,和永遠的審判。當主赤身露體的被釘在十字架上,祂忍受著痛苦和羞辱,仰著滿是血污的臉對著天祈求,“父啊!赦免他們,因為他們所做的,他們不曉得”。這是主在十字架上的第一句話。主耶穌不僅僅是在對釘祂的猶太人和羅馬的官兵說這話,同時這也是對我們每一個罪人說這話,因為是我們的罪將主耶穌釘在十字架上。然而主卻赦免了我們,還為我們代求。所以,當我們每想到這點的時候,我們的心就會為此震撼。感謝主,因著羔羊的代罪,我們都得以稱義!

讓我們今天花一些時間,帶著悔改的心安靜在主面前, 思想:

承認自己是個罪人,感謝 神豐富的恩典,使我可以藉基督的血得蒙救贖,過犯得以赦免。(弗1:6)

從心裏接受主完全的赦免,並願意讓主修剪的手藉著十字架工作在我的身上,除去一切不討主喜悅的東西、喜好和習慣,使基督的生命在我裡面掌權,多結果子,使 神得榮耀。

詩歌:H69 我每静念那十字架

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