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Greetings for November 18.

I have new glasses. I can see more clearly now. In Matthew 13:11-18, just after his disciples ask him why he speaks in parables, Jesus reminds them that they are blessed because they see and hear what the prophets of long ago longed to see and hear. They can see and hear more clearly now. What does Jesus mean? Jesus is talking about himself and the unmatched blessing that comes from knowing him.

This coming Sunday - November 22 - is traditionally known as "Christ The King Sunday". It's the Sunday immediately before the first Sunday in Advent. The Christian annual calendar begins on the first Sunday in Advent. This means Christ The King Sunday is the last Sunday of the year! We are invited to look back and rejoice in all that God has done - the great "story" of our faith: Advent, Christmas, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, and Trinity Sunday - to today. And when we consider all that God has done there is no other declaration than this: Christ is King!

As we approach Christ The King Sunday it's as though we have new glasses - we see Jesus in all his glory. Who the prophets longed to see and hear, we know personally: Jesus Christ.

May you see Jesus in these days, working in your life, among your family, with your friends, at your place of work, in our congregation and beyond. And may we lift our voices and praise him who is King.

視頻內容大意翻譯 (Video content brief Chinese translation):

大家早,今天是星期三11月18日,再次這是我的榮幸可以為我們分享一段靈修。

你注意到了嗎?我有新的眼鏡,我希望這讓我看起來聰明,有教育,有智慧…我讓你來決定。但我肯定可以更清楚看見我面前的螢幕了,我很感恩我有眼睛可以看,耶穌在馬太福音13章也說到眼睛,讓我來為你讀出。這是耶穌在說完著名的撒種的比喻後,人們問祂為什麼要用比喻?” 耶穌回答說、因為天國的奧秘,已經賜給你們了,凡有的、還要加給他、叫他有餘.凡沒有的、連他所有的、也要奪去。所以我用比喻對他們講、是因他們看也看不見、聽也聽不見、也不明白。在他們身上、正應了以賽亞的預言、說、『你們聽是要聽見、卻不明白.看是要看見、卻不曉得.』因為這百姓油蒙了心、耳朵發沉、眼睛閉着.恐怕眼睛看見、耳朵聽見、心裏明白、回轉過來、我就醫治他們。”在16和17節說 “但你們的眼睛是有福的、因為看見了你們的耳朵也是有福的、因為聽見了。我實在告訴你們、從前有許多先知和義人、要看你們所看的、卻沒有看見.要聽你們所聽的、卻沒有聽見。”

耶穌指的是祂自己,先知知道耶穌的再來,但現在門徒面對面親眼見到耶穌,他們可以聽見和看見祂。我覺得這是很棒的鼓勵,不是因為我有新的眼鏡可以看得清楚些,而是我是有福的,因為我認識耶穌,並不是因為我特別,而是因為耶穌自己向我們顯現,並邀請我們憑著信心來回應,我希望你也會這麼做,你認識耶穌,你回應祂,現在祂住在你裡面,每天藉著聖靈在你身上做工。這個周日,是我們進入待降節前的最後一個主日,傳統上我們稱為“基督是王主日”,我希望你記得,基督教的年曆是從待降節的第一個主日開始的,這也意味著這個主日是基督教年曆中最後的一個主日。稱為“基督是王主日”的重點是,當我們綜覽全年,從基督第一次的到來,到化成人身來到我們當中,也就是聖誕節;從祂在復活節十字架上犧牲生命,到復活升天,五旬節賜下聖靈之後一個星期宣告神是三位一體的神,一直到接下來的這個主日,我們看見耶穌! 就好像我們有新的眼鏡,我們可以看得更清楚,而這個主日就是那個高潮,”耶穌是王”!祂是你生命的王,祂是我生命的王,所以你要受鼓勵,受祝福,因為耶穌在這經文裡面說: “但你們的眼睛是有福的、因為看見了你們的耳朵也是有福的、因為聽見了。”我們看見耶穌,我們認識耶穌,我們已見過耶穌,現在耶穌每一天和我們一起。所以當我們接近“基督是王主日”時,願你的心在讚美中被振奮,讚美那位神,祂已經做了所有必須做的事來拯救你,給你生命,願今天你要歌唱頌詠讚美祂,不管我們現在所處的環境或處境,願我們頌讚基督是王。

我邀請大家來禱告,感謝神,我們也為我們當中肢體受苦的禱告,特別是Leona,讓我們禱告。

願神祝福你,願你知道祂的恩典與你同在,願你的眼目看見耶穌。謝謝。

Grace and peace

Pastor Callum