双语灵修 | 马太福音 26:31-35 跌倒时他扶起我们

马太福音26:31-35:跌倒时他扶起我们

31那时,耶稣对他们说:“今夜你们为我的缘故都要跌倒。因为经上记着说:‘我要击打牧人,羊就分散了。’32但我复活以后,要在你们以先往加利利去。”33彼得说:“众人虽然为你的缘故跌倒,我却永不跌倒。”34耶稣说:“我实在告诉你:今夜鸡叫以先,你要三次不认我。”35彼得说:“我就是必须和你同死,也总不能不认你。”众门徒都是这样说。

“我永远也不会那么干!”你是否曾经对自己这样说或这样想?你听说某个人做了可怕、悲剧性、或令人讨厌的事情,你会在心里说:“我可不会做那样的事!”也许当你阅读这些文字的时候,你还在想这辈子都不会做的事。

当耶稣告诉门徒他们都会弃绝他的时候,彼得心里就是这样想的。“我可不会那样干,一辈子也不会!”彼得这样想着,然后就大声说出他的誓言:“众人虽然为你的缘故跌倒,我却永不跌倒!”但最终的结果我们都知道,对吧?

事实是,我们的心思意念能让我们犯下难以想象的罪恶。“因为从心里发出来的,有恶念、凶杀、奸淫、苟合、偷盗、妄证、谤讟。”(马太福音15:19)一旦时机成熟,魔鬼知道如何去设置陷阱,让我们犯下原本令我们讨厌的罪行。更可能的是,我们在心里已经犯下这些罪行了。

你明白耶稣说的话了吗?“但我复活以后,要在你们以先往加利利去。”换句话说,耶稣的意思是,即使门徒会跌倒,他仍然会在那里接住他们。我们有一位永活的救主,他活着是为了赦免我们的罪,把他的恩典带给我们。与其相信自己不会做那些事情,不如相信耶稣给你力量去犯罪,即使你犯罪,他也能让你复原。

祷告:主耶稣啊,你是我的力量、我的拯救!我还惧怕谁呢?最让我感到害怕的不是别人会对我做什么,而是我自己会做什么。请你教导我要谦卑、要每日悔改,并相信只有你是我的拯救和力量。当我跌倒的时候,请快快地复原我。阿们!

Matthew 26

Matthew 26:3135:  31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me2 for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” 34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” 35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

        “I would NEVER do that!” Have you ever said that to yourself, or thought it? You hear of someone who has done something tragic and monstrous or disgusting, and you say in your mind, “I would never do something like that!”  Probably, as you read these words, you are thinking of something that you would never in all your life do.

         That’s what Peter thought to himself when Jesus told them that they would all abandon Jesus. “I would never do that, not in all my life!” Peter thought to myself. And then he spoke his pledge outloud. “Even if all fall away on account of your, I never will!”  We know how that turned out, don’t we?

         The fact is that in your heart and mind we are capable of the worst sins imaginable. “For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19). Given the right circumstances, and the devil knows how to set those up, we are capable of those very sins that disgust us. And chances are, we have already committed them in our hearts.

         But did you catch what Jesus said? “But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”  In other words, Jesus said that even though they would fall, he would be there to catch them! We have a living Savior who lives to forgive our sins and return us to grace. Rather than trust yourself not to do these things, trust in Jesus to give you strength to NOT sin and to restore you when you have sinned.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you are my strength and my salvation! Of whom shall I be afraid?  What terrifies me most, Lord, is not what others can do to me, but what I myself am capable of doing. Teach me to be humble and to repent daily and to trust in you alone for my salvation and my strength. And when I fall, restore me quickly!  Amen. 

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