葉長老 風美小組信息 / 高雄 錦泰 摘錄回應
This chapter is Jesus’s prayer before He leaves this world. It is the intercession of the High Priest. A prayer that is filled with love and concern. The Lord Jesus knows that in the last days the devil will pillage, deceive and disunite people. Our enemy is a wolf in sheep’s clothing; he approaches us in disguises so that we lose our caution and are thoroughly unprepared. Therefore, Jesus warns us to be watchful. Jesus knows our weakness as well, so He prays to our Father in Heaven for His children’s escape from the devil. The world will hate us, because we live in this world but we do not belong to it. We are separated by the Truth of God, and the Truth is God’s Word.
Jesus also prays for us to live in the love of God, to love each other, and to unify. Christians are often divided by churches or denominations; I belong to another church or another group. This classification displeases God, because there is only one church in this world—the church of Jesus Christ. We all belong to the same church, we just gather at different places.
It’s difficult, if possible, for us to describe “glory.” The original word for glory in Hebrew means weighty. Glory is a character of God. God has given glory to Jesus, and Jesus has bestowed glory upon us. Followers are God’s gifts to Jesus, and Jesus is God’s gift to men. We are unified, and we can spread the Gospel of the Christ and serve the non-believers because the God’s glory is among us.
People often say that Elder Yeh’s pace is too fast. To this, Elder Yeh’s response is that it is a matter of attitude and understanding. He also gives us an example: suppose we are all firefighters, when someone’s house is on fire, do we slowly finish our meals, take a bath, and reply messages before we leave for the scene of fire? Or do we set out immediately? What if it’s your house that’s on fire, with your families still in there? Will you hesitate or wait for a split second? Of course you won’t! It’s a matter of professional ethics; people who has good professional ethics won’t be slack or perfunctory. Those who love others as themselves would not be indiscreet or neglectful. In God’s threshing floor we are all workers. We should all tighten our belts and be faithful. We should hold good professional ethics. Saving people is like fighting a fire. We are already in the ark, but people around us are still in the flood. They are drowning! Can we still talk ourselves into taking it slowly? Can we convince ourselves there’s no rush?
Message by Elder Yeh / Summary and response by Jim Lin