耶穌在耶路撒冷_騎驢進耶路撒冷

約翰福音12章36 節      你們應當趁著有光,信從這光,使你們成為光明之子。

先知撒迦利亞曾預言:「錫安哪,應當大大喜樂;耶路撒冷啊,應當歡呼。看哪,你的王來到你這裏!祂是公義的,並且施行拯救,謙和地騎著驢,騎著小驢,驢的駒子。(亞9:9)」

這段經文得如許清楚,將來到耶路撒冷的,猶太人的王將著驢駒子進耶路撒冷,充份表明耶穌知道祂在做什麼,猶太人也明白這件事的含意。可是在羅馬統治下,有沒有人擔心這事的發生呢?一旦羅馬政府聽到有人以猶太人的王,按著聖經上的預言進耶路撒冷,他們會怎麼想?會採取什麼措施?

猶太人的長老之擔心不是空穴來風,猶太人己經有過幾次革命,想爭取獨立和自由,可是每次都被陣壓得死傷無數,傷亡慘重。在耶穌升天後也有革命,猶太人就被逐出耶路撒冷了。這就是百姓和當權者的兩極心態。

因此當門徒歡呼:「奉主名來的王是應當稱頌的!在天上有和平,在至高之處有榮光!」時,幾個法利賽人對耶穌說:「夫子,責備你的門徒吧!」耶穌說:「我告訴你們,若是他們閉口不說,這些石頭必要呼叫起來!」(路19:38-40)

耶穌進耶路撒冷的這天做了幾件事,一是耶路撒冷哀哭,二是潔淨聖殿,三是咒詛無花果樹,又和法利賽人辯駁祂的權柄,以及用比喻教導百姓。在〈約翰福音〉12章裡記載了幾個特別重要的教導:1. 一粒麥子不落在地裡死了,仍舊是一粒;若是死了,就結出許多子粒來。2. 耶穌若從地上被舉起來,就要吸引萬人來歸祂。3. 你們應當趁著有光,信從這光,使你們成為光明之子。4. 信子就是信父。

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Amos 3:1-2 (NIV)
1  Hear this word the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel–against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:
2  “You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.”

On verses 1-2:  The Lord chose Israel especially to be a light to other nations.  However, Israel was not faithful to the Lord, breaking His heart and defaming His name with their continual idolatry.  The fact that God would punish Israel for their sins shows us that with authority from God comes accountability from God.

What can we learn from this?  God holds accountable those to whom He has given authority.  If we are faithful with the authority He has given us, He will reward us.  If we are unfaithful with that authority, He will discipline us.