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马太福音 16:24-26背起十字架来跟从

Matthew 16:24-26: 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

马太福音 16:24-26 于是耶稣对门徒说:“若有人要跟从我,就当舍己,背起他的十字架来跟从我。 因为,凡要救自己生命(生命:或译灵魂;下同)的,必丧掉生命;凡为我丧掉生命的,必得着生命。 人若赚得全世界,赔上自己的生命,有什么益处呢?人还能拿什么换生命呢?

What does it mean to take up the cross and follow Jesus? What does it mean to lose our life for Jesus and follow him? A lot of people will say they have a “cross to bear.” They may be describing a handicap or illness or even a cantankerous spouse.  Carrying the cross of Jesus means more than that.

背起十字架跟随耶稣是什么意思? 为耶稣舍命而跟从他又是什么意思呢? 很多人会说他们有一个“要忍受的十字架”。他们可能是在描述一个不容易逾越的障碍或疾病,甚至是一个脾气不好的配偶。其实,背起耶稣的十字架的意义远远不止这些。

When you live beneath the cross of Jesus, you die every day. You die to your sinful nature. You die to the desires of your old self. That doesn’t happen easily. Our sinful nature does not go without kicking and screaming, and he does not go easily. In fact, he comes back tomorrow with a vengeance, and we must die to our sin and rise with Christ all over again. We die the pleasures of this world, the comforts of this world, the praise of this world. We lose that life for Jesus’ sake, and we find a better life in him.

当你活在耶稣的十字架下,你每天都在死去。在你的罪性和老我的欲望中死去。但这一切并不那么容易,如果你不去坚决抵制和斥责它,它绝对不会轻易放过你。事实上,它明天就会来报复你。所以,我们必须向我们的罪死去,并再次与基督一同复活。我们向着属世的快乐,属世的舒适,属世的赞美死去。当我们为耶稣丧掉生命时,我们也在他里面找到了更好的生命。

Dying to sin and living for Jesus is not easy. It’s like carrying a cross for Jesus. Only the cross we carry is not so heavy as the cross Jesus carried for us. He carried the heavy load of our sins so that we could lay those sins aside and live for him.  Yes, I have a cross to bear, every day, and I am glad to bear it for Jesus!

向罪而死,并为耶稣而活并不容易。这就像背着耶稣的十字架。只是,我们背负的十字架远远没有耶稣为我们背负的十字架那样沉重。因他背负了我们所有的罪,所以我们可以放下一切的重担,为他而活。没错,我们每天都要背着这个十字架,并且,我们甘心乐意背负耶稣的十字架!

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, this world means nothing to me. Yes, my sinful nature clings to the treasures and pleasures of this world. But what my sinful nature desires is not what I desire. Give me strength for this battle every day. Let me take up your cross and follow you.  And thank you, for taking up your cross and dying for my sins!  Amen.

祷告:主耶稣,这个世界对我们来说毫无意义。没错,我们的罪性让我们深深迷恋这个世界的财富和享乐。然而,我们的罪性所渴望的并不是我们真正渴想的。求你每天加添我们的力量,让我们能与之争战。让我们背起你的十字架来跟从你。感谢你为我们的罪受死并背负了十字架!奉主耶稣基督的名。阿门!

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