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文章标题:人性最光辉的时刻  文章来源:天天天言  发布时间:2011/8/4  访问次数:1461  文章简介:The crowds on the river bank must have wondered as they saw John hesitate to baptize a young man who had come forward.
 

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人性最光辉的时刻

文章来源:天天天言   发布时间:2011/8/4     访问次数:1461   
  


简介:The crowds on the river bank must have wondered as they saw John hesitate to baptize a young man who had come forward.


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    Bible Reading:  
    Matthew 3: 13-16, John 3: 25-30

    13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.

    14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”
    15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.

    16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He[c] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.

    25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification.

    26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified?behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!”

    27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.

    28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’

    29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.

    30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
 
 
    The crowds on the river bank must have wondered as they saw John hesitate to baptize a young man who had come forward. He had baptized everyone else who came. What was the problem there?
Those who were close enough would have heard, “I need to be baptized by you. Why do you come to me?” There is wonderful humility as well as recognition in those words. It would have been easy to say later on, “I was the one who baptized Jesus.” We are all very human. We often want everyone to know just how much we have done or given.

    But John was different. He knew his position as the messenger. Now the one whose coming he had spoken of was standing in front of him. Paraphrase what John said in your own words, “This isn't right. You are far greater than I am.” It was one of John's finest hours. Perhaps we need to practice a little more of that kind of humility rather than pushing in to do what someone else could possibly do better.

    Some time later John's disciples seemed to have tried to stir up jealously in his heart without success. “Everybody is going to hear this new man, instead of coming to us.” But John's humble spirit was again shown in that occasion. “God in heaven appoints each man's work. My work is to prepare the way for that man.... He must become greater and greater and I must become less and less.” (Living Bible)

    That last phrase shows John in one of his finest hours. Too often we are willing for Christ to become greater so long as we do too. Or the temptation comes for us to even overshadow Christ. What did John say? “He must become greater, I must become less.”

    John preached to thousands. He baptized great crowds. Yet one of the finest lessons he left behind was his humility. Are we learning that lesson?
 


    读经:  
    马太福音三章13至16节,约翰福音三章25至30节


    当河边的群众看见一位年轻人上前来要接受约翰的施洗,而约翰却显出犹豫的时候,他们心里一定充满疑问。每个上前来的人,他都立刻给他们施洗;这次有什么问题吗?
靠近约翰的人一定听见他说:「我当受你的洗,你反倒上我这里来么?」这句话充分显示约翰的谦卑,以及他认识自己的身份。换了另一个人,很容易会在事后吹嘘说:「是我替耶稣施洗的。」这是我们的人性弱点,我们总是很想别人知道自己做过什么、付出了多少。

    但约翰却不是这样。他知道自己使者的身份,他一直预言将会出现的那一位,此刻便站在他的面前。我们可将约翰的话意译为:「这是不对的,你远比我伟大。」这是约翰一生中展示其人性光辉的一刻。也许,我们应该学习这种谦卑,而不是处处都想出风头。

    过了不久,约翰的门徒似乎想让他心生嫉妒,却不成功。他的门徒对他说:「众人都往他那里去了。」但约翰再次尽显其谦卑的态度:「天上的神已预定了各人的工作。我的工作是为那人预备道路……他必兴旺,我必衰微。」

    约翰这最后一句话,再次显出他人性的光辉。许多时候,我们愿意让基督愈发兴旺,但条件却是我们也同时兴旺;什至有些时候,我们内心会有试探,试图盖过基督的光芒。约翰怎样说?「他必兴旺,我必衰微。」

    约翰曾经向数以千计的人传道,曾经替极多的人施洗;然而,他留给我们的最佳身教,就是他的谦卑。我们愿意学习这项功课吗?


 
 

 

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