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In these days after Easter we remember how Jesus gave many convincing proofs of his resurrection to the apostles. Acts 1:3 says:

"After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive."

What did this mean for the apostles and what does it mean for us?

We can think of proofs of the resurrection in two ways. The first is the historical evidence for the resurrection: the empty tomb, the grave clothes, the preaching of the first apostles, the transformation of the early church, the willingness of the first Christians to be persecuted and martyred for their faith, even the comments by non-Christian writers in the Roman world. The historical evidence for the resurrection is vitally important - it is on this evidence that our faith stands.

But there is a sescond type of "proof": the change in our lives as Jesus changes us. In Colossians 3, Paul writes to people who probably never saw Jesus alive after the resurrection. Their faith in Christ is because they believed the Gospel. Paul reminds them that they have been "raised with Christ" (Colossians 3:1) - their lives have been transformed by the truth of the resurrection. What does this mean for them and for us? Because Jesus is alive, we can put off our old self and put on the new creation in Christ (Colossians 3:9-10). The proof of the resurrection, therefore, is the change in our lives: our compassion, humility, grace, and love for one another and for the world.

Today, in our conversations and activities, may we be conscious that we display the truth of the resurrection by how we live. May we live for the glory of the risen Lord.

And may the Lord fill us with his Holy Spirit today.

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大家早,歡迎大家再次來參加今天的靈修,今天是周三4月14日。我們延續復活節記念耶穌的復活。 在使徒行傳開始時,路加寫說” 他受害之後、用許多的憑據、將自己活活的顯給使徒看、四十天之久向他們顯現、講說 神國的事。”這個季節,我們現在就是處在早期教會耶穌復活後重複出現在門徒當中,如1:3所記的” 用許多的憑據、將自己活活的顯給使徒看”。

所以當我們想想約2000年前, 耶穌復活後出現在門徒面前,他會給甚麼樣的憑據呢? 這對我們今天又有甚麼意義呢?

我們可從兩方面來看這憑據。第一個,也是最重要的,就是歷史上的證明。我們可以看到墓穴的石頭被移開,留在墓穴當中的裹屍布,我們可以看見早期教會的信仰,他們如何傳這福音,因為他們看見了耶穌的復活並改變了他們的生命。我們可以看見他們準備殉道,我們是不會為不真實的事情犧牲生命的,這些都是歷史上的證明;福音書的證明,或保羅書信中關於復活的記載,還有羅馬帝國中非基督徒認出那些宣稱耶穌復活的門徒們做好事的證明。有太多復活的憑據和證明,而歷史上的證明是我們宣稱耶穌復活最重要的基石。

但第二方面,我們來看看歌羅西書3:1-2 “所以你們若真與基督一同復活、就當求在上面的事.那裏有基督坐在 神的右邊。你們要思念上面的事、不要思念地上的事。”這裡保羅寫信給那些沒親眼看見耶穌復活的人,告訴他們他們所接受的不是一個空的理論,問歌羅西教會耶穌復活改變他們生命的證據是甚麼? 3章9-10節保羅繼續說,” 因你們已經脫去舊人、和舊人的行為、穿上了新人.這新人在知識上漸漸更新、正如造他主的形像.” 意思就是說你為自己穿上憐憫、良善、謙卑、溫柔和耐心。

耶穌復活的證據是甚麼呢? 就是當耶穌改變我們生命時我們生命親身的經歷,然後我們越來越像祂。 這個季節,當我們在思想約2000年前耶穌升天之前,在復活節之後,用許多的憑據、將自己活活的顯給使徒看,意思就是說我們可以回顧歷史上的證明,但我們也知道耶穌在我們的生命中活著,因為祂改變了我們,更新我們,讓我們能別人分享祂的信息。

所以,今天我的禱告,耶穌是活著的,而我們也將在我們的生命中展現出來,我們如何的生活,我們如何對待我們的朋友、同事、鄰居和家人。我們每天如何談吐,如何展現我們的愛和憐憫。這些每日生活的細節都是耶穌復活的證明。 讓我們禱告。

Grace and peace to you all
Pastor Callum