双语灵修 | 马太福音 26:43-46 为疲倦的灵魂找到安宁

马太福音26:43-46:  为疲倦的灵魂找到安宁

43又来见他们睡着了,因为他们的眼睛困倦。44耶稣又离开他们去了。第三次祷告,说的话还是与先前一样。45于是来到门徒那里,对他们说:“现在你们仍然睡觉安歇吧(吧或作吗)?时候到了,人子被卖在罪人手里了。起来,我们走吧!看哪,卖我的人近了。”

今天早晨我的思绪飘向那些门徒,经过了精疲力竭的一天,他们肚腹饱胀,睡眼昏沉。他们无法睁开眼睛,无法警醒,无法和耶稣一起祷告。我的眼目被门徒吸引,因为我知道上床睡觉的时候很难祷告,因为眼目疲倦,睡意很容易袭来。

我的思绪纷飞,但这个故事中我想说的是耶稣。他也吃了筵席,而且度过了更长的一天。你们当中如果有任何人整天站着教导别人,如同耶稣站在殿中教导一样,肯定能体会那种精疲力竭的感觉。但今夜耶稣无法睡觉。他第二次、第三次回到天父身边祷告。他的祷告也践行了他对我们的教导:祈求、寻找、叩门。祷告完毕,他的心里已经明白天父的旨意,并做好准备坚持到底。

当他吩咐门徒:起来,我们走吧!看哪,卖我的人近了,他的声音中似乎有某种兴奋。他既害怕这个时刻,也盼望这个时刻。他一出生就背负这个使命。这就是为什么上帝的儿子道成肉身,住在我们中间。他来就是为了把全世界的罪担在自己的肩上,这样,我们因着相信他,就能为我们的灵魂找到安宁。

祷告:主耶稣啊,在你里面我为自己疲倦的灵魂找到了安宁。我不用纠缠在罪恶中,因为我可以在你面前自由地承认我做过的错事。请带走我的罪和羞耻,并带给我安宁,只有你的赦免才能带来这样的安宁。我的祷告是奉你的名求,阿们!

Matthew 26

Matthew 26:43-46:  43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

        My thoughts this morning are drawn to the disciples, those sleepyheads whose stomachs were full and exhausted after a long day. They just couldn’t keep their eyes open. They didn’t have it in them to watch and pray with Jesus. My eyes are drawn to them because I know how hard it is to pray when I go to bed, because my eyes are tired and sleep comes too easily.

My thoughts want to go there, but the person in this story that I should be looking at is Jesus. He ate, too, and his day was even longer. Any of you who have stood and taught people, as Jesus did in the temple, know how exhausting that can be. But there was no sleep for Jesus on this night. He returned to his heavenly Father in prayer a second and a third time. He practiced what he taught us when he said that we should ask, seek, and knock. And when he was finished, he knew the Father’s will in his heart and was ready to go the distance.

There seems to be excitement in his voice when he tells his disciples, “Rise, Let’s go! Here comes my betrayer!”  He dreaded this moment and he also longed for this moment. This was what he was born to do. This is why God’s Son took flesh and lived among us. He came to bear the sins of the world on his shoulders so that, by faith in him, we can find rest for our souls. 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in you I find rest for my tired soul! I do not have to obsess about my sin and guilt because I can freely confess all my wrongs to you.  Take away my guilt and shame.  Give me the rest that only your forgiveness can give me. I ask this in your name.  Amen. 

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