《復活-最大的神蹟》          04/08/2012 Easter Sunday Gospel
Resurrection – the Greatest Miracle

(1)  21th世紀仍舊有神蹟嗎? - 尤其是在矽谷! (Super nature vs. God’s Act)
Are there still miracles in the 21st century? – Especially in the Silicon Valley!

v 38 當時,有幾個文士和法利賽人對耶穌說:「夫子,我們願意你顯個神蹟給我們看。」 39 耶穌回答說:「一個邪惡淫亂的世代求看神蹟,除了先知約拿的神蹟以外,再沒有神蹟給他們看。 40 約拿三日三夜在大魚肚腹中,人子也要這樣三日三夜在地裏頭。 41 當審判的時候,尼尼微人要起來定這世代的罪,因為尼尼微人聽了約拿所傳的就悔改了。看哪,在這裏有一人比約拿更大!(12:38-41)
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” 39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.” (Matthew 12:38-41)

v 對一個邪惡淫亂的世代-人們最需要的是救恩,不是神蹟!更何況-『萬有的主宰竟肯為受造者死』、『全能的 神竟肯為渺小的人死』、『聖潔的 神竟肯為罪人死』這豈不正是最大的神蹟 !
In an evil and adulterous generation, what man needs the most is salvation, not miracles! Not to mention that “the Lord of all is even willing to die for the created men”, “the omnipotent God is even willing to die for little people”, the holy God is actually willing to die for sinners”… isn’t it the greatest miracle!

(2)  『復活』是基督教信仰的根基與核心內容
“Resurrection” is the foundation and core content of the Christian faith

v 若基督沒有復活,我們所傳的便是枉然,你們所信的也是枉然…(林前15:14)
And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. (1 Corinthians 15:14)

v 基督若沒有復活,你們的信便是徒然,你們仍在罪裏…(林前15:17)
And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! (1 Corinthians 15:17)

(3) 要講『復活』,就得先講『死亡』-與人人都有關、且極其有關
To talk about “resurrection”, one needs to first talk about “death” – It is relevant to everyone, extremely relevant

v 罪是從一人入了世界,死又是從罪來的;於是死就臨到眾人,因為眾人都犯了罪。 (5:12)
… Through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)

v 罪的工價乃是死;【惟有 神的恩賜,在我們的主基督耶穌裏,乃是永生。】(6:23)
The wages of sin is death; (but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord). (Romans 6:23)

v 22 神的義,因信耶穌基督加給一切相信的人,並沒有分別。】23 因為世人都犯了罪,虧缺了 神的榮耀。 (3:22-23)
(22 … the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;) 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:22-23)

v 按著定命,人人都有一死,死後且有審判。(9:27)
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)

(4) 為何基督的復活如此重要? 【除了上述(2) 以外】
Why is the resurrection of Christ so important? (Besides (2) above)

v 兒女既同有血肉之體,他也照樣親自成了血肉之體,特要藉著死敗壞那掌死權的,就是魔鬼,15 並要釋放那些一生因怕死而為奴僕的人。(2:14-15)
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Hebrews 2:14-15)

v 3 論到他兒子我主耶穌基督。…. 4 按聖善的靈說,因從死裏復活,以大能顯明是 神的兒子。(1:3-4)
3 Concerning His son Jesus Christ our Lord, … 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:3-4)

v 30 世人蒙昧無知的時候, 神並不監察,如今卻吩咐各處的人都要悔改。 31 因為他已經定了日子,要藉著他所設立的人按公義審判天下,並且叫他從死裏復活,給萬人作可信的憑據。(17:30-31)
30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead. (Acts 17:30-31)

v 3 願頌讚歸與我們主耶穌基督的父 神!他曾照自己的大憐憫,藉耶穌基督從死裏復活,重生了我們,叫我們有活潑的盼望, 4 可以得著不能朽壞、不能玷污、不能衰殘、為你們存留在天上的基業。(彼前1:3-4)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. (1 Peter 1:3-4)

v 23 「算為他義」的這句話不是單為他寫的, 24 也是為我們將來得算為義之人寫的,就是我們這信 神使我們的主耶穌從死裏復活的人。 25 耶穌被交給人,是為我們的過犯;復活,是為叫我們稱義。(4:23-25)
“It was accounted to him for righteousness.”  Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. (Romans 4:23-25)

(5) 衪不只成為賜生命的主,祂自已就是我們的生命
He does not just become the life-giving Lord, He Himself is our life

v 耶穌對她說:「復活在我,生命也在我 …(I am resurrection, I am life)(11:25)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life …” (John 11:25)

v 9 我就是門;凡從我進來的,必然得救,並且出入得草吃。 10 盜賊來,無非要偷竊,殺害,毀壞;我來了,是要叫羊(或譯:人)得生命,並且得的更豐盛。 11 我是好牧人;好牧人為羊捨命。(10:9-11)
9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. (John 10:9-11)

v 14原來基督的愛激勵我們;因我們想,一人既替眾人死,眾人就都死了; 15 並且他替眾人死,是叫那些活著的人不再為自己活,乃為替他們死而復活的主活。 17 若有人在基督裏,他就是新造的人,舊事已過,都變成新的了。(林後5:14-15, 17)
14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again… 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 17)

v 3 豈不知我們這受洗歸入基督耶穌的人是受洗歸入他的死嗎? 4 所以,我們藉著洗禮歸入死,和他一同埋葬,原是叫我們一舉一動有新生的樣式,像基督藉著父的榮耀從死裏復活一樣。(6:3-4)
3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4)

v Paul 對亞基帕王: 神叫死人復活,你們為甚麼看作不可信的呢? (26:8)
Paul said to King Agrippa, “Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?” (Acts 26:8)