Author: Al Ngu
I have authority to lay down my life and to pick it up again
26 帶他走的時候，抓住一個從鄉下回來的古利奈人西門，把十字架放在他身上，要背在耶穌身後。 27 有一大群人民和婦女跟隨他，為他哀哭哀號。 28 耶穌轉身對她們說，耶路撒冷的女子，不要為我哭，當為自己和兒女哭。 29 因為看啊，日子將到，他們會說：“不生育的人和不生育的人，不吃奶的人有福了！” 30 然後他們開始對山說：“倒在我們身上吧！” 到山上，‘遮蓋我們。’ 31 如果他們在木頭青綠的時候做這些事，那麼當它乾涸的時候會怎樣呢？
距離下個月的聖誕節小說和復活節還有大約三個星期。 所以這是一個非常合適的時間。 我想談談從耶穌口中說出的一個重要聲明，它是如此強大，以至於它真的很公正。 綜合了基督教的許多思想，基督徒應該真正注意他在路加福音第 23 章，起訴書第 26 節起的這段話中所說的話。
好的，這讓耶穌離開了。 投降的西蒙被抓住了十字路口。 第 27 節，他們將跟隨他，有一大群人和婦女為他哀哭哀哭，有一大群人哀哭、哭泣。 大多數人和婦女都在為他哀悼和哀悼。 第 20 節關於轉動。 據他們說，耶穌說耶路撒冷的女兒。 不要等我，而要為你們自己和你們的孩子哭泣。 當我讀到它時，我就像窒息一樣。 和。 你知道嗎？ 當他說的時候，他的頭髮額頭上實際上正在流血。 荊棘已經刺入了他的頭骨。 他被鞭打了很多次。 從字面上看，只有。 帶著鞭子的身體，鞭痕和剛剛從她身上流出的鮮血，從他的身上流了出來。 然後他不得不背著。 十字架現在是西蒙·瑟林幫他背的。 你知道，在這個。 這就像公開遊行，你知道，公開羞辱和人民，大量的人跟隨他，為他哭泣和哀悼，為他。 人們和人們完全混淆了這個我們認為是彌賽亞的人。 死者連水何所養，瞎子睜眼。 扶養殘廢。 淨化豹子。 他還能做什麼，你知道他會的。 他平息了風暴。 他斥責風。 下降;消沉。 他所做的一切都是超自然的。 就這樣，他用兩條魚和五個麵包餵飽了 5010,000 15,000 名男女。 他的講話充滿恩典。
當耶穌說。 耶路撒冷的婦女，耶路撒冷，不要為我哭泣，為你自己哭泣。 你知道那個人在說話。 這是本神。 其實，男人在說。 因為他看到了即將發生的事情。 現在發生在他身上的一切都不算什麼。 與即將到來的相比。 在裡面？ 隨著年齡的末世。 你知道末日何時到來。 將比你在十字架上看到的更可怕 1000 * 1,000,000 倍。 但即使是耶穌在十字架上所經歷的，對任何一個正常人來說也已經是絕對可怕和可怕的了。 他們有點醉了。 釘十字架可能會給這個瘋子當場死去，或者給某個人帶來極度的痛苦。 但是耶穌，你說呢？ 我們為我所熟知。 有種族。 不適合我。 不。 不要為我哭泣。 就像變身一樣。 我相信他能夠接受並做到這一點。 然後轉身，為自己哭泣。 他不尋求憐憫，上帝，他不尋求憐憫。 在他面前展示他的。 同情另外兩個人對我們，甚至在點上。 英語正在受苦。 這實際上是他去世前幾個小時。 他已經半死不活了。 在經濟上，他只是濕透了。 情緒激動。 當眾羞辱，口水灑在身上，渾身是血，羞愧難當。 他經歷過，他可以接受。 太神奇了。 我認為任何具有任何正常人類能力的人都無法承受它。 令人震驚的是超出了人類的能力。 你知道，你現在不能說他是上帝，因為上帝不會這樣受苦。 他是個十足的男人。 所以我只是說他看見了。 輝煌的未來。 這個很有趣。 他會挺過去的。 這就是他是女人的原因。 不要為我哭泣。 別哭。 幾乎讓我想起了阿根廷別為我哭泣的歌曲。 不要為我哭泣。 不要等我。 等你們自己。
耶穌在說：你看到什麼是可怕的，但你沒有看到的是可怕的，甚至比你自己更可怕的事情。 如果你不悔改並相信我現在所做的事情。 十字架給你？ 餐廳底下？ 不再。 三天后，恢復正常，恢復健康。 像往常一樣，再次回到完全的人和完全的神，他仍然是完全的神。 停止。 三天時間她的人類可以起死回生。 他將要宣講福音，使他的門徒有能力回到天堂。 他說事情就是這樣。 再過三天，再給我三天，這就完成了。 哈利路亞。 這就是為什麼耶穌告訴那個告訴我逮捕他並將殺死他的人。 他說去告訴那個。 狐狸在三天內摧毀這座寺廟，我們的餐廳。 這正是它的意思。 他是在自言自語。 他是聖殿。 還有三天。 不要等我。 等你自己，伙計們。 阿門。
上帝的憤怒是如此強烈，因為。 神的恩典。 太厲害了
Let your fountain be blessed,and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children
About three more weeks before Easter coming out next month. So it is a very appropriate time. I want to talk about one major statement that’s so powerfully uttered from the lips of Jesus that that really just. The consolidated a lot of thoughts in Christianity and the Christian should really take heed of what he said in this statement in : Luke 23: 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
They led Jesus away and seized Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross behind Jesus who was badly whipped, wounded, dripping with blood and too weak to carry the cross. And verse 27 they that followed him was a great multitude of the people and women were mourning and lamenting for him.
Jesus said daughters of Jerusalem. “Do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” When I read that, I just like choked. And you know what? When he said that he was actually bleeding badly on his hair forehead. The thorns was already pierced into his skull and he was whipped so badly. Literally there were just a body with the marks of the whips and blood just flowing from her body from his body. And then he had to carry the cross but Simon of Cyrene helped him to carry the cross. And you know, and its like public parade, public shame and people, great multitude of people followed him, crying and mourning for him.
And people were just totally confused about this man whom they thought was the Messiah who’s going to redeem Israel and set Israel from the bondage of Rome. He raised the dead even walked on stormy water, and opened the eyes of the blind, raised the crippled cleansed the leprous. What else he can do; you know he will. He calmed the storm. He rebuked the winds. Everything he did was supernatural. He fed 5000 thousand 15,000 men and women with two fish and five loaves of bread just like that. And his speech was full of authority and grace.
This man, Jesus Christ, was full of truth and grace, and people loved him and he loved little children. He said, let the children come to me with the Kingdom of God belongs to people like the little children. He said that unless you become a little children, you can’t enter the Kingdom of God. I mean, listen to this man. Oh graceful words were falling out of his mouth, you know, and he’s teaching us. On the Kingdom of God , he said that the smallest seed eventually become the biggest tree you know. Kingdom of God is always the antidote antithesis to what is perceived strong.
Strong in the world, and he is the man, he said, daughters, and don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. Why?
29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
OK, now this is substantially this is a Jesus is actually quoting old Testament Hosea, saying, this is the time God’s judging the idolatrous Israel to the point that it was judgment so bad that people were crying out to the mountains, “fall upon us, fall upon us”, we can’t take this. This judgment from God is too severe, it’s just they rather just die now.
You know there’s a such horrific so I want to bring a couple of things here number one the end time judgment is going to be so horrific for those people without God who rejected God, rejected the divinity of Christ and rejected his redemption. Is he saying as a Messiah, the savior of the world? I mean, the judgment is going to be absolutely one heck of a horrific incident, the last forever and ever.
The judgement got so strong because the grace of God is so strong. Do you see the contrast? God is not just to pour on such great rough on the day of judgement, if he had not already poured us such great grace on the cross. Because of such horrific wrath coming, Jesus was prepared to die a horrific death for the sake of saving us and opening up an opportunity for us. But many people rejected him today. But many people have received him. The call is yours, the core is ours. There’s not going to be like sort of. I tried. I don’t want it, you know? You just have to believe and trust in him. OK, this first is horrific judgement and wrath of God coming.
The second thing is: When Jesus says, Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, weep for yourself”, you know who is He speaking. This is God-Man.
Because he sees what’s coming. What is happening to him now is nothing compared to what is coming. In the eschatological age, when the end time comes. Is going to be 1000 * 1,000,000 times more horrific than what you see on the cross. And but even what Jesus experienced on the cross is already absolutely horrendous and horrific to any sane person. The crucifixion could have caused any man to be insane and died on the spot, or somebody excruciating pain.
But for Jesus, he was willing to suck it up, endured the deep pain, anguish, shame. Don’t weep for me. It’s like transforming. I believe that he was able to suck it up and turned around, said, “Don’t weep for me, weep for yourselves”. He looks for no pity. In front of his shows his compassion to other people, to us, even at the point of death! This is literally hours before his death. He was already half dead. Physically, he was just drenched. Emotionally drenched. Publicly shamed with saliva on his body, blood all over his body, the shame and pain. He went through, he could take that. It is amazing. I don’t think anybody with any normal human ability will be able to take it. Its astounding, its beyond human capacity. You can’t say he’s God at that moment because God doesn’t suffer this way. He’s fully man. So I’m just saying that he sees the glorious future. He’s going to go through it. Don’t weep for me. Don’t cry. Almost reminds me of the song don’t cry for me Argentina. Don’t cry for me. Don’t weep for me. Weep for yourselves.
Number 3: people must see which is the real number deal: Jesus is saying: You see what is horrific, but what you don’t see is the horrific, even much more horrific things on yourselves.
If you don’t repent and put your trust in what I’m doing now on the cross for you? Under the shame & death?
No more. Three days later, back to normal and back to health. Back to fully human and fully God again, as usual, he’s still fully God. And in three day’s time he’s human and came back to life. And that he’s going to proclaim the Gospel, empower his disciples and then go back to heaven. He said that’s what happened. Three more days, “Give me three more days, it shall be done.” Hallelujah. That’s why Jesus told the messenger who informed Jesus that Herod wanted to arrest him and kill him, “Go and tell that fox to destroy this temple, and in three days, I will raise it up.” This precisely what it means. He is speaking by himself. He is the temple. Three more days. Don’t weep for me. Weep for yourself, folks. Amen.
The beginning of wisdom is to decide to get wisdom
Let not steadfast, love, and faithfulness leave you
Knowing the Sacred order
We need great scholars—but a thousandfold greater need is a multitude of preachers, not professors
“We need great scholars—but a thousandfold greater need is a multitude of preachers, not professors. Preachers who know the English Bible, and who scorn not simple folk—who know how to get down off the theological and scholastic stilts, and preach with heart-power to plain people, a simple, old-time gospel.”—–B.H. Carroll, “Opening Address” (1905)
These words resonated with me and hit me hard. I started seminary school late unlike most of my classmates. Thank God I have developed a passion in studying theology, especially those I enjoyed tremendously like Pauline Theology, History of Christianity I & II, Intro Pastoral and Reformed theology, Christology etc., p/s definitely not Hebrew and Greek sorry. And during the course of my 5+ years now in Seminary, having done 80 credit hours, some of my classmates have already graduated with MABS (MA Biblical Studies, 66 credit hours) in NYC, while I stuck out my neck for my love of theology and practical/applied ministry, dived into hybrid MDiv Orlando RTS. RTS is one of the few seminaries in the country that insists on 100+ credit hours for MDiv. I have to salute RTS for that for making a standard of what Dr Ligon Duncan said “Pastors need more theology, not less.”I certainly pray, and hope that this extra of 40 credit hours to get to MDiv from MABS will bear much better and more fruit in the ministry that follows.
Southwestern Baptist Theological seminary, or Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, requires 88 credit hours to get an MDiv. Go figure. In RTS, I will still need a whopping 26 credit hours (on top of my 80 hours) to get my MDiv. And coming from a background of church planting in Malaysia and schooling in the UK, and now working and studying pastorally in the US, I constantly try to find a place where I can land my feet and my ministry. Sometimes I look with envy the professors with the PhD’s lecturing and teaching without the pastoral concern. That’s why this line is powerful and encouraging to me.
“We need great scholars—but a thousandfold greater need is a multitude of preachers, not professors
We need scholars, 1000 greater need for a multitude of preachers not professors according to Dr BH Carroll. He’s saying that we need a multitude more preachers who know how to get down off the theological and scholastic stilts, and preach with heart power to plain people a simple old gospel. Now it is good to hear that, what he saying is that we need theologically and scholastically trained pastors to preach the gospel message with heart power of the Holy Spirit obviously. He is not saying that you don’t need theology to be a preacher of the word of God, because he said “Get off your theology stilts so that you can come down to the real world and preach to the real world, people without theological jargons and thinking at the high level. What he is saying is not to fail to carry the theological words package into the real world, in other words to be able to intersect theology with real life or everyday life today. On the other hand there are many pastors and preachers today are not theologically trained, but with just good heart to preach the gospel and make disciples. While in the reformed world in particular we have a lot of training of credit hours upon credit hours of theological training, however many still stay with the stilts of theology and not coming down to the real world. That’s what BH Carroll said.
We ought to preach with heart passion in the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit
I’m so encouraged that we need both, we need theology and also translate that to everyday life. But not only the ability to translate to the everyday life, but also be able to preach with good heart to preach the gospel and make disciples.
I certainly want to add to what he said, indeed we ought to preach with heart passion in the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. You know well trained theology does not necessarily translate to well passionate heartfelt preaching. That’s where the heart passion that’s only ignited by the Holy Spirit will do the job. However to get that heart ignition by the Holy Spirit, we need that theology and the reflection of the word of God in our hearts and souls so that this can be translated into heart passion preaching.
You have seen sometimes how well trained students preaching, you can see how their sermons are well arranged, chronologically arranged, theologically sound, however it just sounds a little rigid and a lack of life. Coming from a charismatic church planting movement background myself without much theological training albeit planted a few churches, preaching with the hot passion of the power of the Holy Spirit is everything we want from the Holy Spirit.
I do sense that the Baptist seems to have a greater passion to reach the lost and make disciples, with a more evangelical outlook, compared to many churches in the Reformed world. I I’ve seen so many great books and articles written in the Gospel coalition, the First Thing, that were mostly written by pastors and scholars related to reformed theological training especially those from the Baptist and southwest Baptist theological seminaries and some from Reformed theological seminaries, however that passion to reach the lost is not tangibly felt in the like of exhorting the congregation and audience to be soul winners passionately.
The sermon by Dr Malcom Yarnell III of SWBT on the founders day in SWB TS just a couple of days ago carries that unction of the passion of soul winning Baptist is clearly palpable.
He’s preaching for nothing less than revival in the Founders day called “Soul winning Evangelical Baptists.” The passion that came forth from a professor with such Christ centered theology solidly backing him up is astonishingly refreshing. He captured some of the keywords that I loved my ministry like Spirit filled, Christ centered, revivalist passion outreach.