神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16).

双语灵修丨葛培理布道团:基督带来的喜乐​(2019.12.06)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2019年12月06日 19:40

他们看见那屋,就大大地欢喜。太2:10

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. Matthew 2:10

每年都有人写信给我,说他们多么害怕过圣诞节。一般来说他们都是抱怨忙得要命,而且要花好多的钱。想想,那几个东方来的博士,翻山越岭来朝拜主基督,用了好几个月的时间,也花了很多钱购买黄金、乳香和没药。在精疲力尽之余,他们没有抱怨,而是大大地欢喜!为什么他们会有不同的体会?因为他们的注意力都在耶稣那里,那个被称为以马内利的上帝(太1:23)。

不要让圣诞节成为你的负担。不要觉得你要事事操心。更不必为了一个圣诞节让自己背上债务。聚焦耶稣。每天阅读圣经,查考关于基督降生的预言,关于基督降生的见证。让圣诞节成为你真正大大欢喜的日子。

Every year people write me saying how much they dread Christmas. Often their complaint stems from how busy they will be, or how much money they will spend.  

Did those wise men who journeyed hundreds of miles across the desert to seek out the infant Jesus ever feel that way? After all, it took months to make the arduous trip, and they had gone to great expense to provide gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the new child.

I doubt it. In fact, as their journey neared it ends we read they had “exceedingly great joy.” What made the difference? Their focus was totally on Jesus, the One who would be called “Immanuel, . . . God with us” (Matt. 1:23).

Don’t let this Christmas season overwhelm you. Don’t feel you have to do everything, or go into debt just to impress other people. Focus instead on Jesus. Take time every day to read the prophecies of His coming, and the wonderful story of His birth. Make this Christmas one of “Exceedingly great jpy!”


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