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A SIGN 一个记号

(2010-12-20 20:58:46)
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A SIGN

"She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger." Luke 2:7

Why does the gospel writer Luke make a point of mentioning cloths and a manger? Note that later the angel says to the shepherds, "This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." What do the cloths and manger signify?

When Winston Churchill heard someone described as modest, he replied, "Yes, but he has much to be modest about." But that’s not the case with Mary’s child. He is called Savior, Lord, and Messiah. Each title signifies great dignity, worthy of royal purple and a gold crib.

The poverty of Jesus’ surroundings shows his solidarity with humanity. Despite all our pretensions, the truth about us is that we are poor. Like grass, we flourish briefly and then die. To be our representative, Jesus had to become like us in our poverty. (See Hebrews 2:17-18.)

Luke also describes the birth scene this way in parallel with Jesus’ burial scene. Here we are told that Mary "wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger." In Luke 23:53 we read that a man named Joseph took Jesus’ body down from the cross, "wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock." Later some Christian artists noticed this connection and portrayed the birthplace of Jesus like a sepulchre.

In his coming, Jesus shared not only our poverty but also our death. He was born to die for us.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, you became like us in every way so that you might become a merciful and faithful high priest and cover our sins. We thank you. In your name, Amen.

 

一个记号

「用布包起来,放在马槽。」 路2:7

路加福音的作者路加为甚么特别提到布和马槽呢?留意后来天使对牧羊人说:「你们要看见一个婴孩,包着布,卧在马槽里,那就是记号了。」布和马槽究竟代表甚么?

当丘吉尔听见某人以谦逊见称时,他回答说:「他谦逊也是应该的,毕竟人是没有甚么可夸的。」不过,马利亚的儿子并不是这样。祂被称为救主、主,和弥赛亚;祂每一个名衔都象征着尊贵,令祂配得穿着君王紫袍和睡黄金造的婴儿床。

然而耶稣出生时环境简陋,表明祂完完全全地成为卑微的人。我们虽然时常装上丰足的外表,但其实我们是贫乏的;我们像草一样,只生长片时便枯萎了。为了要成为我们的代表,耶稣必须像我们那样贫乏。(参看希伯来书2:17-18)

路加这样描述耶稣出生的情景,是要与祂埋葬的情景作比较。作者告诉我们,马利亚把祂「用布包起来,放在马槽里。」我们从路加福音23:53知道,有一个名叫约瑟的人从十字架上把耶稣取下来,「用细麻布裹好,安放在石头凿成的坟墓里。」后来有些基督徒艺术家留意到这两件事相通之处,便把耶稣降生的地方塑造成坟墓的样式。

耶稣降临,不单与我们同受贫困,祂亦与我们同死;祂降生,是为我们牺牲。

祷告

主耶稣,祢在凡事上都取了我们的样式,好使祢成为怜悯和信实的大祭司,来遮盖我们的罪,我们感谢祢。奉祢的名求,阿们。

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