Christmas is all about a tree. 圣诞节是关于一棵树。

Christmas is all about a tree. But it’s not the tree that you decorate. There’s another tree that Christmas is all about.

圣诞节是关于一棵树。但并不是你所装饰的那棵树。圣诞节的重点是关于另一棵树。

Even before the foundations of the earth, there was a tree in Jesus’ future, and from the first breath that Jesus took, every step he took was marching toward this tree.

甚至在大地的根基被立以先,在耶稣的未来就有了这棵树,从他第一次呼吸开始,他所迈出的每一步都在向这棵树庄严的进军。

This was not a tree of happiness; this was not a tree of joy. This was not a tree that you would celebrate. Nobody would ever want to be any part of this tree but Jesus. In fact, the Bible says that Jesus approached this tree with joy.

这不是一棵给人幸福树;这不是一棵给人欢乐的树。你不会想为这棵树举行庆祝。除了耶稣,没有人想和这棵树有任何的关系。但是实际上,圣经说耶稣满有喜乐的走向这棵树。

That tree is not an evergreen; it was a cross.

那棵树不是一棵常青树;它是一个十字架。

Jesus knew when he came to earth that the Cross was his destiny. When the angels sang, their song of joy was really about the Cross. When the wise men searched for Jesus, they were searching for One who would hang on a cross.

耶稣知道在他降世时,十字架就是他命中所注定的。当天使唱歌时,他们喜乐的歌实际上是关于十字架的。当博士们寻找耶稣时,他们所寻找的是一个会被挂在十字架上的人。

There was no other way for what was broken inside of human beings to be fixed, other than the Cross. And so Jesus came. He didn’t come as a reigning king; he didn’t come to be celebrated. He came to suffer and to die.

除此之外别无它法,就是对于人类内心中的破碎,想要修好的话,只有十字架能做到。所以耶稣来了。他来不是作统治全地的王;他来不是要受人称颂。他来是要受苦、受死。

Every step he took brought him to the Cross. That cross was an essential part of everything that God had in mind for human beings, because what was broken at the Garden – the separation of sin – had to be dealt with.

他所迈出的每一步都将他带向十字架。那十字架是其中不可或缺的一环,就是在上帝为人类所预备的一切当中。因为在伊甸园中所破坏的-因罪产生的隔绝-必须被修复。

There had to be One who would live perfectly, who would die acceptably, who would rise again conquering sin and death, in order for us to have forgiveness, acceptance with God, power for living, and eternal life.

必须有一个人完全圣洁地生活,他被杀害成为被上帝悦纳的祭物,他将复活战胜罪和死亡,为要叫我们拥有赦免,上帝的接纳,生活的勇气,永远的生命。

My prayer is that when you look at your well-decorated tree, you would remember that other tree on which Jesus hung.

我向上帝祷告,愿你看到装饰精美的圣诞树时,会想起那另一棵树,那颗挂着耶稣的树。

Your tree that you decorate can’t give you life. That other tree is a source of life.

你所装饰的树无法给你生命。而那棵树却是生命的源头。

Christmas is a story about that tree, and the One who came to hang on that tree, to satisfy God’s requirement, so we would know life abundant and life forever.

圣诞节是关于那棵树的故事,也是关于为了被挂在树上而来到世界的那一位的故事,他来是要满足上帝的要求,因此我们可以拥有丰盛的生命、永恒的生命。

Source: http://paultripp.sitewrench.com/articles/posts/look-at-your-christmas-tree-differently

Translated by Thomas Zhang

Close By – Video (with Chinese Subtitles) 在我身边 (中央字幕)

“这是一个很好的传福音的视频。我看了之后觉得很触动我的心,我也想更多的人能够看到:耶稣用他的生命拯救了我们,除掉了我们的污秽,脱去了罪对我们的捆绑,他替我们死了,让我们可以在上帝面前活着。欢迎您下载和转发,愿这个视频祝福更多的人。

This is a pretty good video to share the Gospel of Jesus. I was deeply touched by this video. I wish more people can see it, to see that Jesus saved us by his life, cleaned our filth and released us from the burden of our sin. He died for us, so that we can live in the face of God. Please download or share this video. I wish this can bless more people, give comfort to believers and unbelievers.”

– a friend  一位朋友

 

Used by Permission: Full of Eyes (click for the original video)

 

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