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约翰福音信息之十四(1)---马利亚的信心与顺服

更新日期:7月 10

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约翰福音第二章耶稣变水为酒是家喻户晓的神迹。在加利利迦拿的婚宴上,主人的酒用尽了。母亲马利亚告诉耶稣, 祂就吩咐仆人把六口石缸倒满了水,然后让仆人舀出来送给管筵席的。管筵席的尝了那水变的酒,就叫过新郎来对他说,“人都是先摆上好酒。等客喝足了,才摆上次的。你倒把好酒留到如今。”(约2:10)

The miracle of Jesus turning water into wine in John 2 is a well-known story. At the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, the host's wine was exhausted. Mary, Jesus’s mother, told Jesus, and He instructed the servants to fill six stone jars with water, and then let the servants scoop it out and give it to the master of the banquet. And when the master of banquet had tasted the wine, he called the bridegroom, and said to him “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”


这一家喻户晓的神迹有诸多属灵亮光和现实意义。

This household name miracle has a lot of spiritual light and relevance.


1. 生命中的危机随处可见、随时发生;当酒用尽了,留给人们的只有六口空空如也的石缸。但主的同在可以化危机为转机。

The crises of life can occur everywhere and at any time; when the wine runs out, all that is left is six empty stone jars. But the presence of the Lord can turn a crisis into a turnaround.


2. 无味的水成为甜美的酒(林后5:17);主耶稣可以使空虚的人生转变为丰盛的人生。(约10:10)

Tasteless water becomes sweet wine (2Co 5:17); the Lord Jesus can transform an empty life into a life of abundance. (Jn 10:10)


3. 世俗的快乐何等短暂,转瞬即逝;惟有主耶稣赐的喜乐是真正的满足,而且是历久弥新。故此,空虚与满足、失望与喜乐、外表与内在,都因耶稣而有很大不同。

How fleeting are earthly pleasures; but the joy of the Lord Jesus is true satisfaction and is everlastingly new. Therefore, emptiness and contentment, disappointment and joy, outward and inward, are all very different because of Jesus.


4. 世界总是先给你 “最好” 的,但当你给套住之后,事情就开始越来越糟;但主的赐福是持续不断,最后的才是最好的。”(林前2:9)

The world always gives you the "best" first, but when you are hooked, things begin to get worse and worse; but the Lord's blessing is continuous, the last is the best." (1Co 2:9)


5. 摩西的第一个神迹是变水为血,代表审判 (出7:14-24);主耶稣的第一个神迹是变水为酒(约2:1-11),彰显恩典。

Moses' first miracle was to turn water into blood, representing judgment (Ex. 7:14-24); the Lord Jesus' first miracle was to turn water into wine (Jn. 2:1-11), demonstrating grace.


6. 当年迦拿新郎新娘的婚礼,他们邀请了耶稣出席是明智的、有福的;今天你也可以邀请耶稣在你的婚姻家庭中出席,那么你也将同样是明智的、有福的。

It was wise and blessed for the couple to invite Jesus to the wedding of Canaan back in the day; it will be equally wise and blessed for you to invite Jesus to be present in your marriage and family today.


7. 这一神迹中仆人的顺服与配合,是主赐福的条件。同样,今日信徒的顺服,也是信徒为主使用和蒙福的条件。

The obedience and cooperation of the servant in this miracle is a condition for the Lord's blessing. Likewise, the obedience of believers today is a condition for believers to be used and be blessed by the Lord.


8. 主为人所预备的,总是超过人们的所求所想,因为祂的恩典够用。(林后12:9)

The Lord's provision for man always exceeds what men ask and think, for His grace is sufficient. (2Co 12:9)


9. 主耶稣是时间、空间、自然的主,祂是全能的主,祂完全可以满足你的需要,解决你的问题。因此,遇到问题要首先要寻求祂。

The Lord Jesus is the Lord of time, space, and nature, and He is the Lord Almighty who is fully available to meet your needs and solve your problems. Therefore, seek Him first when you encounter a problem.


10. 变水为酒是耶稣所行的头一件神迹,彰显祂的荣耀,使门徒看见就信祂;反过来,今日如果你信祂,就必看见神的荣耀。(约11:40)

Turning water into wine was the first miracle Jesus performed to reveal His glory so that His disciples would see and believe in Him; in turn, if you believe in Him today, you will see the glory of God. (Jn 11:40)


11. 开头的“第三日”三个字,预表耶稣基督的死而复活;婚礼预表耶稣基督将来的羔羊婚宴;水变酒预表信徒将来在天上永远的满足和喜乐。(赛25:6;启19:9)

The words, "on the third day", at the beginning, foreshadow the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; the wedding foreshadow the future marriage feast of the Lamb of Jesus Christ; and the water to wine foreshadow the future eternal satisfaction and joy of believers in heaven. (Isa 25:6; KJV 19:9)


12. 变水为酒的神学意义,是它所蕴含的福音真理。耶稣挪去世人因罪而有的耻辱,通过祂的替罪代死,救赎世人脱离罪恶的羞耻和辖制,脱离死亡的桎梏和奴役。

The theological significance of turning water into wine is the gospel truth it embodies. Jesus removed and redeemed the people from the shame and manipulation of sin, and from the shackles and slavery of death through His vicarious death.


今天母亲节,祝所有的母亲们节日快乐,愿主耶稣的平安在疫情肆虐的沉重与压抑中与所有母亲们同在。

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers today and may the peace of the Lord Jesus be with all mothers in the heaviness and oppression of the epidemic.


在母亲节之际再读约翰福音第二章,希望从另外一个视角,看看主耶稣的母亲马利亚值得我们效法的属灵品格。

Reading John 2 on Mother's Day, I hope to see a different perspective on the spiritual character of Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus, worthy of our imitation.


一. 马利亚的爱心 Mary's love.


提到母亲自然让人想到母爱,那是人间最接近神舍己之爱的崇高情感。圣经中记载的那些最平凡的母亲,如撒勒法的寡妇、书念夫人、迦南妇人、甚至扫罗的妾利斯巴,都拥有崇高的、令人肃然起敬的母爱。

Talking about mother, we naturally think of mother’s love, which is the sublime emotion on earth closest to God's selfless love. The most ordinary mothers recorded in the Bible, such as the widow of Zarephath, the Lady at Shunem, the Canaanite woman, and even Saul's concubine Risbah, all possessed a noble and respectable mother’s l love.


约翰福音第二章,没怎么提到、但没有人会怀疑,马利亚对耶稣那深沉的母爱。

The second chapter of John's Gospel does not mention much, but no one would doubt, Mary's deep maternal love for Jesus.


电影《基督受难记》中有一个镜头,当耶稣背着十字架、托着那被鞭打得血肉模糊的身体,艰难地向各各他行走的时候,母亲马利亚瘫坐在旁边一动不动,脸上是一幅僵硬、呆滞、抽搐的表情…但突然当耶稣那虚弱不堪的身体无力承受沉重的十字架而倒地时,那沉重的声响敲击马利亚的心,她飞快地跑过去,拖起耶稣满是血迹的脸说,“我在这里,我在这里…”然后是回忆镜头的片段,儿时的耶稣摔倒在地,马利亚飞跑过去,抱起孩童耶稣说,“我在这里,我在这里…”圣经中并没有这样的记载,但这样的情节是电影导演合理化的安排,显显示马利亚深沉的母爱。

There is a scene in the movie "The Passion of the Christ", when Jesus was carrying the cross on the whipped and bloodied body, and walking to Golgotha with difficulty, Mary was sitting motionless, with a stiff, stagnant, twitching expression on her face... But suddenly, when Jesus' weak body was unable to bear the heavy cross and fall to the ground, the heavy sound struke Mary's heart, she run quickly, pulled up Jesus' bloody face and said, "I am here, I am here..." Then there was a memory shot, when the child Jesus fall to the ground, Mary run quickly, picked up the child Jesus and said, "I am here, I am here..." There was no such record in the Bible, but such a plot was a rational arrangement by the movie director, showing Mary's deep maternal love.


耶稣降生时是“用布包起来,放在马槽里;”(路2:7)耶稣幼年童年时必是得着马利亚的养育和疼爱,圣经说“(祂)的智慧和身量,…都一齐增长;”(路2:52)童年耶稣在圣殿,马利亚“伤心来找(祂);”(路2:48)成年耶稣出来传道时,马利亚去找祂、心疼祂、关爱祂;(可3:31)耶稣被钉十字架时,马利亚默默站在十字架下,(约19:25)忍受着“你自己的心也要被刀刺头”(路2:35)的剧痛;耶稣被安葬时,马利亚和其他妇女对着坟墓坐着;(太27:61;可15:47)耶稣复活的当日清晨,马利亚也在那里…(太28:1;可16:1)

When Jesus was born, he was "wrapped in cloth and placed in a manger." (Lk 2:7) In his early childhood, Jesus was nourished and loved by Mary, and the Bible says that "(his) wisdom and strength...grew together." (Lk 2:52) When Jesus was in the temple as a child, Mary "came to (him) with grief." (Lk 2:48) When Jesus came out to preach as an adult, Mary went to him, loved and cared for him. (Mk 3:31) When Jesus was crucified, Mary stood silently under the cross (Jn 19:25) and endured the intense pain that "your own heart shall be pierced with a sword." (Lk 2:35) When Jesus was buried, Mary and the other women sat against the tomb... (Mt 27:61; Mk 15:47) On the morning of His resurrection, Mary was there... (Mt 28:1; Mk 16:1)


约翰福音第二章,马利亚的母爱甚至转化为更广博的爱心。

In John chapter 2, Mary's maternal love translates into even more broad love.


在迦拿的婚宴上,马利亚在那里。有让人认为这迦拿的婚宴,很可能是约瑟和马利亚女儿即耶稣妹妹的婚礼。但这种猜测可能性不大,因圣经说,“耶稣和祂的门徒也被请(had been invited)去赴席。”(约2:2)如果是耶稣妹妹的婚礼,据推测此时约瑟可能已经不在人世,作为长兄如父的耶稣是必须到场,不应该是被请去赴席。

At the wedding feast in Cana, Mary was there. Some people speculated that this wedding feast of Cana may well be the wedding of Joseph and Mary's daughter, the sister of Jesus. But this speculation is unlikely, for the Bible says, "Jesus and His disciples had been invited to the seat." (Jn 2:2) If it was the wedding of Jesus' sister, presumably Joseph had been dead by this time, and Jesus, as the eldest brother to take the responsibility of the Father, would be obligated to be there, not by invitation.


因此,很有可能迦拿婚宴是马利亚一个近亲的婚礼。犹太文化与华人文化相似,婚礼通常邀请家境相当的亲友出席。因为马利亚家境贫寒,可想这个亲戚很可能也不怎么富足,所以才会出现婚宴上“酒用尽了”的情形。马利亚急人所难,尽力帮助亲友度过窘境,可见马利亚超越单纯母爱那更为广大的爱心。

Thus, it is likely that the Canaanite wedding feast was the wedding of a close relative of Mary. Jewish culture is similar to Chinese culture, and weddings are usually attended by family and friends. Since Mary's family was poor, it is likely that this relative was not very wealthy, which is why the wedding banquet "ran out of wine". Mary's broad love that goes beyond mere maternal love is evident in her effort to help her friends and relatives through their difficulties.


二. 马利亚的信心 Mary’s Faith


“酒用尽了,耶稣的母亲对祂说,‘他们没有酒了。’”(约2:3)

When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”


这是耶稣母亲马利亚所说的第一句话,彰显她了不起的信心,马利亚知道,在这婚宴上唯一可以解决这一难题的人,只有耶稣。

因为马利亚知道耶稣是谁。

These were the first words spoken by Mary, the mother of Jesus, revealing her amazing faith. Mary knew that the only one who could solve this problem at this wedding feast was Jesus.

For Mary knew who Jesus was.


马利亚有着非凡的信心,正因为如此,她被神拣选作为基督---人类救主的母亲。

Mary had an extraordinary faith, and because of that, she was chosen by God to be the mother of Christ, who is the Savior of mankind.


当马利亚还是没有出嫁的童女时,天使向她显现说,“马利亚,不要怕。你在神面前已经蒙恩了。你要怀孕生子,可以给祂起名叫耶稣。祂要为大,称为至高者的儿子。”(路1:30-32)

When Mary was still an unmarried virgin, the angel appeared to her and said, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. " (Lk. 1:30-32)


当马利亚回答“我没有出嫁,怎么有这事”(路1:34)时,看似疑问却恰巧是马利亚的信心。因为马利亚没有像撒迦利亚那样因为不信而求凭据,她只是因为不明白而求问。天使回答说,“圣灵要临到你身上,至高者的能力要荫庇你。因此所要生的圣者,必称为神的儿子。”(路1:35)

When Mary answered, "How will this be,since I am a virgin?" (Lk. 1:34), the seeming doubt happened to be Mary's confidence. For Mary did not ask for proofs because of unbelief, as Zechariah did; she only asked because she did not understand. The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)


所以,马利亚一开始就知道,耶稣是藉着她童女之身而出生的神的儿子,她自始至终都清楚知道耶稣的身份。

Therefore, Mary knew from the beginning that Jesus was the Son of God born through her virginity, and she knew Jesus clearly from the beginning.


马利亚确信耶稣的身份。这样的确信,也是马利亚和约瑟照着神的话语养育孩童耶稣的动力泉源。“每年到逾越节,祂父母就上耶路撒冷去,…按着节期的规矩上去。”(路2:41-42)可见,在耶稣的幼年和童女,约瑟和马利亚给了祂敬虔的榜样和属灵的教导。

Mary was convinced of the identity of Jesus. Such assurance was the motivation for Mary and Joseph to raise the child Jesus according to the Word of God. "Every year at the Passover, His parents went up to Jerusalem, ... going up according to the rules of the feast." (Lk 2:41-42) It is seen that in Jesus' early childhood and childhood, Joseph and Mary set godly examples before Him and gave him spiritual teachings.


因此,当迦拿婚宴上的酒用尽了时,马利亚知道耶稣是解决这一难题的唯一一个人。于是她径自来到耶稣面前,平静地对祂说,“他们没有酒了。”

Thus, when the wine at Cana's wedding feast ran out, Mary knew that Jesus was the only one who could solve the problem. So she went straight to Jesus and calmly said to Him, "They have no more wine."


马利亚出奇的平静何尝不是她信心的体现?她甚至没有告诉耶稣做什么,她只是将问题带到耶稣面前:“他们没有酒了。”

How could Mary's surprising calmness not be a sign of her confidence? She didn’t even tell Jesus what to do, she just brought the problem to Jesus: "They are out of wine."


因此,马利亚的信心,正是今日所有母亲的榜样,也是所有信主之人的榜样:将你的问题带到耶稣面前,祂是唯一的答案!

Mary's faith is the model for all mothers today, and the model for all believers: bring your questions to Jesus, who is the only answer!


马利亚自始至终清楚知道耶稣的身份。今日的母亲们,你是否也清楚知道并确信耶稣的身份?

Mary knew Jesus clearly from the beginning to the end. Mothers today, are you also well aware and convinced of the identity of Jesus?


祂是基督,祂是神的儿子,祂是人类救主,祂是唯一的道路、真理、生命。这样的确信,正是约翰福音这本书的目的。“但记这些事,要叫你们信耶稣是基督,是神的儿子。并且叫你们信了祂,就可以因祂的名得生命。”(约20:31)

He is the Christ, He is the Son of God, He is the Savior of mankind, He is the only way, the truth, the life. Such assurance is the very purpose of the book of John. " But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." (Jn 20:31)


作为母亲,你不仅自己知道耶稣的身份,也要殷勤教训你的儿女。“你要尽心,尽性,尽力爱耶和华你的神。…也要殷勤教训你的儿女。无论你坐在家里,行在路上,躺下,起来,都要谈论。”(申6:5-7)

As a mother, not only should you know Jesus yourself, but you are also diligent in teaching your children. " Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. ……Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." (Deuteronomy 6:5-7)


马利亚对耶稣身份的确信,支撑着她的一生,使她可以度过一切的误解、诽谤、艰难、痛苦,以及最后站在十字架下任凭自己的心被刀刺透。

Mary's conviction of Jesus' identity sustained her throughout her life so that she could get through all the misunderstandings, the slander, the hardships, the pain, and finally standing under the cross and allowing her heart to be pierced by the sword.


如果今日的母亲(也包括任何人),如果你有对耶稣基督身份的确信,祂也可以成为你任何境遇下的动力源泉。

For today’s mothers ( also include anyone ), if you have the certainty of the identity of Jesus Christ, He can be a source of motivation for you in any situation.


三. 马利亚的顺服 Mary's obedience


“祂母亲对用人说,‘祂告诉你们什么,你们就作什么。’”(约2:5)

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”


这是耶稣母亲马利亚所说的第二句话,显明马利亚完全的顺服。

These are the second words of Mary, which reveal Mary's complete obedience.


除了非凡的信心,马利亚完全的顺服,是神拣选她作为弥赛亚母亲的另一个因素。

In addition to extraordinary faith, Mary's complete obedience was another factor in God's choice of her as the Messiah’s Mother.



当天使告诉马利亚说,她要“怀孕生子,”(路1:31)并且“所要生的圣者必称为神的儿子”(路1:35)时,马利亚回答说,“我是主的使女,情愿照你的话成就在我身上。”(路1:38)

When the angel told Mary that she would "conceive and give birth to a son," (Lk 1:31) and that "the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God" (Lk 1:35), Mary replied, "I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled." (Lk 1:38)


马利亚的完全顺服,令她自己承受怎样的代价?

What did Mary's complete obedience cost herself?


她很可能被未婚夫约瑟遗弃,被父母赶出家门,被犹太人用石头打死。实际上,她的未婚夫约瑟正打算这样做。“马利亚已经许配了约瑟,还没有迎娶,马利亚就从圣灵怀了孕。她丈夫约瑟是个义人,不愿意明明地羞辱她,想要暗暗地把她休了。”(太1:18-19)

She was likely abandoned by her fiancé Joseph, thrown out of the house by her parents, and stoned to death by the Jews. In fact, her fiancé, Joseph, was planning to do just that. "Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. ”(Mt 1:18-19)


马利亚很可能一生背负淫乱的丑名。约翰福音第八章,犹太人与耶稣辩论时不无挖苦地说,“我们不是从淫乱生的,”(约8:41)可见马利亚所承受的羞辱和诽谤。

Mary is likely to carry the scandal of adultery for the rest of her life. The humiliation and slander that Mary endured can be seen in John 8, where the Jews not without sarcasm said in their debate with Jesus, " We are not illegitimate children”(Jn 8:41).


除了背负羞耻和辱骂以外,马利亚还要付出什么样的代价呢?

What price did Mary have to pay besides carrying the shame and insults?



马利亚忍受身孕已重的艰难,长途跋涉到伯利恒。产前到了,没有接生婆,客店里又没有地方,只能将耶稣生在马槽里。不久之后,为逃避希律王,和约瑟带着耶稣逃难埃及,后来又小心翼翼地回到拿撒勒。耶稣降生时马利亚很可能还只是个十几岁的年轻少女,马利亚和约瑟又家境贫寒。马利亚是否担心过如何将神的儿子耶稣抚养长大?

Mary endured the hardships of being heavily pregnant and made the long journey to Bethlehem. There was no midwife and no room in the inn, so Jesus had to be born in a manger. Shortly afterwards, to escape the prosecution of Herod, Mary together with Joseph took Jesus to Egypt, and later carefully returned to Nazareth. Mary was still a young lady at the time of Jesus' birth, and Mary and Joseph were poor. Did Mary ever worry about how she would raise Jesus, the Son of God?


然而,马利亚将这一切都置之度外,单单顺服神的旨意。

Mary, however, put it all aside and simply obeyed the will of God.


马利亚对耶稣说,“他们没有酒了。”但耶稣回答说,“母亲,我与你有什么相干?我的时候还没有到。”(约2:4)耶稣等于告诉母亲,祂的一切行动日程都要遵循天父的旨意和时刻表。

Mary said to Jesus, "They have no more wine." But Jesus answered, "Mother, why do you involve me? My hour has not yet come." (Jn 2:4) Jesus is to tell His mother that all His agenda of action is to follow the Father's will and timetable.


于是,马利亚对用人说,“祂告诉你们什么,你们就做什么。”(约2:5)

Mary said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”


因此,耶稣究竟要做什么,或者祂要怎样做,马利亚把主权交给耶稣,而不是她自己做主。但她所坚定确信的,是耶稣的身份以及耶稣的能力。

So, what exactly was Jesus going to do, or how He was going to do it, Mary gave sovereignty to Jesus, not herself. But what she was firmly convinced of was the identity of Jesus and the power of Jesus.


“祂告诉你们什么,你们就做什么。”(约2:5,和合本)

“祂吩咐你们什么,就作什么。”(约2:5,新译本)

“Do whatever He tells you.”(John 2:5,NIV)

“Whatever He says to you, do it.”(John 2:5,NKJV)


有人说,这是马利亚给今日母亲们、也是所有人们的一句话讲道信息:“Whatever He says to you, do it.”(祂无论对你说什么,照着去做!)

It has been said that this is a sermon message from Mary to mothers today, and to all people: "Whatever He says to you, do it."


今天的母亲如果能够时常对儿女说,“无论耶稣基督对你说什么,你都要照着去做。”那她就是一位称职的母亲。

Today’s mothers would do well to say to children from time to time, "Whatever Jesus Christ says to you, do it." Then she is a competent mother.


主耶稣对我们说过什么呢?---太多了。

What did the Lord Jesus say to us? --- A lot.


悔改:“神的国近了,你们当悔改,信福音。”(可1:15)

Repent: "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:15)


相信:“摩西在旷野怎样举蛇,人子也必照样被举起来。叫一切信祂的都得永生。”(约3:14-15)

Believe: " Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him." (Jn 3:14-15)


跟从:“若有人要跟从我,就当舍己,天天背起他的十字架来跟从我。”(路9:23)

Follow: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." (Lk 9:23)


安息:“凡劳苦担重担的人,可以到我这里来,我就使你们得安息。”(太11:28)

Rest: " Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Mt 11:28)


连结:“我是葡萄树,你们是枝子。常在我里面的,我也常在他里面,这人就多结果子。因为离了我,你们就不能做什么。”(约15:5)

Connect: " I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (Jn 15:5)


相爱:“我赐给你们一条新命令,乃是叫你们彼此相爱。我怎样爱你们,你们也要怎样相爱。”(约13:34)

Love: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." (Jn 13:34)


待人:“无论何事,你们愿意人怎样待你们,你们也要怎样待人。因为这就是律法和先知的道理。”(太7:12)

Treat others:"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." (Mt 7:12)


宣道:“你们要去,使万民作我的门徒,奉父子圣灵的名,给他们施洗。凡我所吩咐你们的,都教训他们遵守,我就常与你们同在,直到世界的末了。”(太28:19-20)

Preach: " Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Mt 28:19-20)


永生:“认识你独一的真神,并且认识你所差来的耶稣基督,这就是永生。”(约17:3)

Eternal life: " Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." (Jn 17:3)


所有这些,还有福音书中更多的记载,都是耶稣吩咐我们所当行的。因此,我们的义务,就是顺服祂,照祂所说的去做。

All of this, and much more in the Gospels, is what Jesus commanded us to do. Our obligation, therefore, is to obey Him and do what He says.


因着马利亚的信心和顺服,主耶稣孝敬祂的母亲,答应了母亲的请求。耶稣吩咐仆人将六口石缸都倒满了水,直到缸口。每个石缸盛两三桶水,差不多二十到三十加仑,总共是大约七百公升的水。若按每瓶500毫升分装,可以装够1400瓶比茅台还要好的上等美酒,远远超过当日婚宴上所有人的尽情享用。主的恩典何等丰盛!

By Mary's faith and obedience, the Lord Jesus granted her request. Jesus instructed the servants to fill all six stone jars with water to the brim. Each stone jar holds two or three barrels of water, almost twenty to thirty gallons, for a total of about seven hundred liters of water. If divided into 500ml bottles, that's enough for 1,400 bottles of fine wine better than Maotai, far more than anyone at the wedding party could enjoy that day. How abundant is the grace of the Lord!


神之所以拣选马利亚做基督弥赛亚的母亲,除了马利亚的爱心、信心、顺服外,还有她的圣洁、敬虔、默想、祷告等属灵品格。故此,马利亚是今日敬虔爱主母亲们的典范。

In addition to Mary's love, faith, and obedience, the reasons God chose her to be the mother of Christ the Messiah, also include her spiritual character of holiness, godliness, meditation, and prayer. Therefore, Mary is a model for today's godly mothers who love the Lord.


从圣经记载看,每一个神所重用的仆人,神都首先预备一位敬虔爱主的伟大母亲:如摩西的母亲约基别,撒母耳的母亲哈拿,施洗约翰的母亲以利沙伯,提摩太的母亲友妮基,主耶稣的母亲马利亚等。同样也包括在教会历史上神所重用的仆人,如奥古斯丁的母亲莫妮卡,约翰卫斯理的母亲苏珊娜等。

From the recording in Bible, for every valued servant God has used, God has first prepared a great mother who loved the Lord godly: such as Moses' mother Joachim, Samuel's mother Hannah, John the Baptist's mother Elisabeth, Timothy's mother Eunice, Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus, etc. The same applies for God's valued servants in the history of the church, such as Augustine's mother Monica, John Wesley's mother Suzanne, etc.


坎伯.摩根(George Campbell Morgan)牧师是英国伟大的布道家,他的四个儿子也都是牧师。有一天,有人问他儿子,你们家谁是最伟大的牧师,他儿子脱口而出,“我的母亲。”

The Rev. George Campbell Morgan was a great English preacher, and all four of his sons were ministers. Once, someone asked his son, who is the greatest pastor in your family, and his son came out of his mouth, "My mother."


愿今日普天下的母亲,能够效法这些敬虔爱主母亲的典范。

May all mothers today follow the example of these godly and loving mothers.


最后,让我们引用保罗对提摩太的劝勉,作为对所有敬畏爱主母亲们的勉励:“但你所学习的,所确信的,要存在心里。因为你知道是跟谁学的。并且知道你是从小明白圣经。这圣经能使你因信基督耶稣有得救的智慧。”(提后3:14-15)

Finally, let us quote Paul's exhortation to Timothy as an exhortation to all mothers who fear and love the Lord: " But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." (2Ti 3:14-15)


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