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Mary: Actively Waiting



Mary: Actively Waiting

John 2:1-11; 19:25-27; Acts 使徒1:12-14

May 13, 2018, Session 11, Unit 1: Women in the Bible

Worldwide Outreach Teaching School 賴美滿 校長


上週Last Week: 我們已查讀故事中的女子,以信心得到上帝的赦免。                                    We looked the story of a woman who received by faith, forgiveness from God.

這週This Week: 我們將查讀耶穌的母親─瑪利亞:勤勉地、神聖地等待                        We will read Jesus Christ’s mother, Mary’s example of spiritual waiting.



今天的故事我們將看到耶穌的母親, 瑪利亞勤勉的等候三事 勤勉地等待水變酒、等待在十字架前看耶穌完成使命、和等待那聖靈的降臨於門徒們好可為任務去Mary waited for Jesus to begin His earthly mission, waited at the foot of the cross as He fulfilled that mission, and waited in the upper room for Him to send Holy Spirit to His disciples who would carry on the mission.


這是今天的故事開始,請讀經文:約翰福音 2:1-11;19:25-27; 使徒行傳1:12-14

This is where today’s story begins. Please read the scriptures:   John 2:1-5,     


A. Mary Waited the Water Changed to Wine (the Wedding Woe) : John 2:1-5,                        

  1. On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there,
  2. and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
  3. When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."
  4. "Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come."
  5. His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

Jewish wedding feasts often lasted a week,   IF TT they were running out of wine, it was embarrassing off the wine. Mother of Jesus informed Jesus of not enough wine, then           she followed the direction of Jesus, waited                  and instructed the servants to obey                whatever Jesus’ direction.

B. Mary Waited Near the Cross:                       John 19:25-27,

25, Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

26, When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son,"

27, and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

Even while dying on the cross, Jesus was concerned about his family. He instructed John to care for Mary, Jesus’ mother. Jesus asked his close friend John, the writer of this Gospel, to care for Jesus’ mother, Mary, whose husband, Joseph, must have been dead by this time. Why didn’t Jesus assign this task to his brothers? As the oldest son, Jesus was responsible for his mother’s well-being. So he entrusted his mother to a person who stayed with him at the cross-and that was John.

Mary, being the mother of the Messiah, she experienced pain and she received the provision of a new “son” to take care of her.                                                 Our families are precious gifts from God, and we should value and care for them under all circumstances. Neither Christian work nor key responsibilities in any job or position excuse us from caring for our families. What can you do today to show your love to your family?

C. Mary Waited with Obedience and  Expectation:  Acts 1:12-14

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day's walk from the city.

13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.

14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

After Christ was taken up into heaven, the disciples immediately returned to Jerusalem and had a prayer meeting. Jesus had said they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days, so they waited and prayed. Mary was with the disciples, as they waited for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Having encountered the risen Christ, this period of waiting was characterized by a strengthened faith. Mary and the others were constantly prying – they were actively waiting.

When we face a difficult task, an important decision, don’t rush into the work. Instead, we first step should be to pray for the Holy Spirit’s power and guidance.


Jesus not only produced wine from water, but that He produced the “best” wine. What does that tells us about what we can expect from Jesus? Is it “safe” to leave the answer up to Him?

We saw the kind of power that Jesus had, can change the very structure of matter-—something modern science still cannot do!

Mary’s Actively Waiting from Cana to the cross to Pentecost we see her persistently waiting. Mary is a model of patient, faithful waiting. It is as if she is perpetually saying to Jesus, “Do as you choose and I will follow.”


We have learned wait persistently in a quiet times when we are waiting for God to answer.   Pray specifically and personally. Remember the faithfulness and trustworthiness of God, who surprises us with unanticipated blessings.


A. 瑪利亞:勤勉地等待水變酒

               婚禮中的不幸 約翰福音 2:1-5,

  1. 第三日、在加利利的迦拿有娶親的筵席.耶穌的母親在那裡。
  2. 耶穌和他的門徒也被請去赴席。
  3. 酒用盡了、耶穌的母親對他說、他們沒有酒了。
  4. 耶穌說、母親、〔原文作婦人〕我與你有甚麼相干.我的時候還沒有到。
  5. 他母親對用人說、他告訴你們甚麼、你們就作甚麼。                     

猶太人的婚禮是整週慶祝的,  酒喝完了是很羞恥之事。耶穌的母親向他報告說已沒酒了,耶穌表示時候未到, 她就尊行不再提起,而叮嚀工作人員要等待和順服從耶穌來的指示。

B. 瑪利亞:勤勉地等待於十字架旁:  約翰福音19:25-27,

25, 站在耶穌十字架旁邊的、有他母親、與他母親的姊妹、並革羅罷的妻子馬利亞、和抹大拉的馬利亞。


       26, 耶穌見母親和他所愛的那門徒站      在旁邊、就對他母親說、母親、〔原文作婦人〕看你的兒子。

       27, 又對那門徒說、看你的母親。從此那門徒就接他到自己家裡去了。

即使在十字架上臨死之際,耶穌仍關心他的母親,叫祂最接近的門徒,就是那寫約翰福音的作者約翰,照顧祂的母親瑪利亞, 這時瑪利亞的丈夫約瑟極可能離世。耶穌生為長子,把母親託付給自己最親密的朋友, 為什麼他不叫他的弟弟照顧呢?他認為長子要付起照顧的責任,因此他託付母親給仍在十字架旁伴隨他的人,那就是約翰。

瑪利亞, 作為彌賽亞的母親,她經驗到苦不堪言, 但她接受這供應,就是一位新的“兒子”照顧他。




C. 瑪利亞:勤勉地順從與期待:                  使徒行傳  1:12-14

12 有一座山名叫橄欖山、離耶路撒冷不遠、約有安息日可走的路程.當下門徒從那裡回耶路撒冷去。




當耶穌升天後,門徒立刻回到耶路撒冷,並舉行禱告會。耶穌說他們在幾天內就會受聖靈的洗,所以他們邊等候、邊禱告。瑪利亞門徒等候聖靈降臨與升天後的耶穌相遇,在等待之這段時間,是必有強烈的信心. 瑪利亞門徒們是不段的禱告 他們是勤勉地等待







我們看到耶穌的能力,能完全改變結構的實體 是現代科學界不能作到的。

瑪利亞等待自迦拿、到十字架、到聖靈降臨節 (猷太教的五旬節),我們看到她持續的等待瑪利亞忍耐的典範和信任是一直持續的她且不段的向耶穌說,做如你的選擇,我將會跟隨.” (from Rhonda L. Carrim, the Faith Connections Bible Study Guide)

結論 :

  1. 我們已學到當我們在等待上帝的回答時,要安靜且持續的等待。
  2. 要親自做細節的禱告。記住! 信實和值得信任的上帝,祂的供應是無可預料的祝福


Wait with Patience 忍耐等待

Patience takes away worry.

Patience takes away your weeping.

Patience takes a way all weakening.

Patience takes away all wobbling.

Let (all these phases of) patience have perfect work (2x)

While you wait,

And you will find great enrichment.

Arranged from Feb. 21th of Streams in the Desert & James 1:4

荒漠甘泉二月二十一日 & 1:4


忍耐等待 ()

忍 耐 能 挪 去 愁 煩,

忍 耐 能 去 你                                                                               忍 耐 挪 去 一 切 軟 弱;                                                               耐 挪 去 一 切 猶 疑。

 讓 一切 你忍 耐 我 們 成 全 完 備,(2x)

當 你 等 候, 你 會 發 現 , 有 極 大 充 實 。


忍耐等待 ()

忍 耐 會 移 開 煩 惱,

忍 耐 能 擦 去 你

忍 耐 拿 去 一 切 軟 弱;

耐 移 開 一 切 猶 疑。

叫 一 切 你 忍 耐 互 恁 成 全 完 備,(2x)

 當 你 等 候,




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