每日诗歌: 神羔羊配得 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm5mRx-fCtE)
抹大拉的马利亚为失去她亲爱的主人伤心，并在墓外哭泣。 “妇人，你为甚么哭？” 天使对她说。 “因为有人把我主挪了去，我不知道放在那里”（20:13）。她的眼睛仍然被理性的事实所蒙蔽，并且她需要得到安慰。 “马利亚”是从主来的呼唤，她的眼睛就这样的被完全打开。 “我已经看见了主！”（20:18），她的惊叹洋溢着极大的喜悦，她与复活主的相遇给了她极需的安慰。的确，我们的主依然安慰。
多马这个怀疑者仍然很难相信他没有亲眼看到的事（20:25），因为对于一个惯于愤世嫉俗的人，这太令人难以置信了（11:16）。他的信心需要被永远建立。所以，耶稣向他特别显现。 “伸过你的指头来，摸我的手；伸出你的手来，探入我的肋旁；不要疑惑，总要信”（20:27）。 “我的主，我的神！”是他的惊叹。他与复活主的相遇给了他不可动摇的信心。的确，我们的主依然坚立。
Ezra 6 [Read]
Ezra 7 [Read]
Ezra 8 [Read]
John 21 [Read]
The ending of the Gospel of John is very personal. Unlike the other three Gospels which ended with Jesus commissioning his disciples through commandment, John chose to conclude his record of the Lord’s ministry with personal encountering. In each case, the person who encountered the Lord had his or her life changed forever.
Mary Magdalene was sad for losing her dear master, and she was crying outside the tomb. “Woman, why are you crying?” said the angel. “They have taken my Lord away and I don’t know where they have put him” (20:13). Her eyes were still blinded by the rational fact, and she needed to be comforted. “Mary” was the call from the Lord, and that’s all it took to open her eyes. “I have seen the Lord!” (20:18) Her exclamation overflew with great joy, and her encountering with the resurrected Lord gave her the much needed comfort. Our Lord indeed and still comforts.
Thomas the doubter still had difficulty believing something he did not see with his own eyes (20:25), for it was too incredible a story for someone who had a record of being cynical (11:16). His faith needed to be established once and for all. So, Jesus made the special appearance to him. “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe” (20:27). “My Lord and my God!” was his exclamation. His encountering with the resurrected Lord gave him the unshakable faith. Our Lord indeed and still establishes.
Peter needed to overcome his guilt of denying the Lord three times in front of others. “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” was the question Lord asked, not once, not twice, but three times. Not that the Lord needed such confirmation, but it’s Peter who needed to hear himself answering it three times: “you know I love you”. The three-fold command “feed my sheep” showed him that the Lord had forgiven him, and he was giving him the duty to take care of the Lord’s sheep. Our Lord indeed and still forgives.
Three persons, three personal encountering, and three lives, each needed a particular healing by the Lord, were forever changed. The message is clear: anyone who needs comfort, establishment, and forgiveness may come before the Lord who was and still is filled with truth and grace (1:14). Receive him and you will be given the right to become children of God (1:12).
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