Thursday, 25 March 2021
Title: An Easter Story
By Dr. Tho Lye Mun

The palace grounds of Eternia was packed, a sea of noblemen and noblewomen in shining armour and resplendent regalia met the eye at every corner. Right at the front, near the throne, gathered His Majesty’s top generals, battle-hardened warriors, wise as they were fierce. They had never been defeated in battle and were feared throughout the nations. They were led by His Majesty’s own Son, Jesus, some called him the Lion of Judah.

It seems His Majesty was about to make an announcement today, an important one, one which clearly required all His subjects to be in attendance. Rumour had it that it would concern General Lucifer. Many moons ago, General Lucifer led a rebellion against the King which did not succeed and he was banished to a far away colony. General Lucifer had gone on to ruthlessly conquer the colony, he ruled it in cruelty and enslaved all its inhabitants. He was reportedly gathering his forces to challenge the King once again.

As His Majesty spoke, a deadly silence befell the crowd, “I am concerned about the colony General Lucifer has taken over. Much evil is coming from the land.”

Immediately, General Michael spoke up, “Your Majesty, I fully agree! It is time we wipe them out before their evil spreads and infects the rest of our nation!” A roar of agreement arose.

“Michael, you are my trusted warrior. No army can stand against you. But this is a rescue mission.”

A rescue mission? Bewildered faces stared at each other.

His Majesty continued, “We need to save my people. Most of them have gotten so used to life under Lucifer, they don’t even remember they belong to Eternia.” He added, “The few who do remember, have sent us urgent requests for help, I have heard the cry of my people.”

The crowd murmured in anticipation, “Who will He send?!” This would be the most dangerous mission ever conceived. Surely, He will send His fiercest warriors.

“I will send Jesus.”

“Your Majesty, we will prepare the batallions at once. We will select only the best men, and they will be equipped with the best weapons and armour. No harm will come to your Son, Your Majesty. We will make sure of that!” General Michael assured the King. “I will personally lead the way.”

The whole gathering of generals stood to attention. “Yes, Sir!”

His Majesty was quiet. He looked at Jesus, who sat beside Him.

“No, Jesus will go alone.”

The generals were in disbelief. “But, Your Majesty, if Jesus goes alone… Your Majesty… they will harm Him.”

The King was silent for a moment. Pain was in His eyes, but strength came through His breath. He looked at Jesus, who now stood straight and tall, head bowed in obedience. “Yes, I know.”

“I know they will harm my Son. But Jesus will succeed. And He will bring my people home.”

General Michael looked hard at the King. “Your Majesty… Why?”

The King replied, “Because I love them.”

Reflection:

This Easter may we reflect on the words of the Book of John Chapter 3 which tells us “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

2021年3月25日,星期四
题目:复活节的故事
作者:陶乃文医生
翻译:吴淑娉姐妹

永恒之地(Eternia)的宫殿今天人山人海,每个角落都可见衣著华丽,或穿着闪亮盔甲的男女贵族。国王的宝座前,一众高级将领及战士齐立,这些骁勇善战、百战百胜的将军战士,深受国内及各国人民的敬畏,他们由国王的儿子,有"犹大之狮"称号的耶稣亲自带领。

看来国王将有一项重要宣布,所以召集囯內所有臣民前来,传说这与魔鬼将军( General Lucifer )有关。多个月前,魔鬼将军在境内发动叛乱,但不成功,国王将他放逐到一个遥远的殖民地。魔鬼将军以残酷的手法征服该地,继而采用铁腕政策,劳役当地居民,据报道,他正在鞏固实力,再次图谋作反。

国王致词时,众人都保持肃静,国王续说:"我很关注魔鬼将军佔领殖民地一事,他使这地充满邪恶。"

迈克尔将军立即接道:"陛下,我完全同意!现在该是消灭他的时候了,以免邪恶继续蔓延,势力在国內扩大!"附和之声如雷贯耳地响起。

"迈克尔,你是我信任的战士,没有任何军队可以和你抗衡,但这是一项救援任务。"

救援任务?众将军茫然对望。

国王续说道"我要拯救我的子民,他们当中大多数已习惯了魔鬼统治下的生活,甚至忘记了自己本属于永恒之地。"他补充说:"只有少数人还记得,更向我发出紧急救援请求,我听到人民的呼求哀嚎!"

众人低声议论纷纷:"他会差遣谁?"这是有史以来最危险的任务,他一定会差遣最勇猛的战士。

"我将差遣耶稣。"

"陛下,我们立即准备军营装备,选拔最精壮的兵士,配以最好的武器和盔甲,我们担保,你的儿子不会受到絲毫损伤!"迈克尔将军向国王保证:"我会亲自带军!"

众人肃立,齐说:"遵命,将军!"

国王默然,凝视坐在身旁的耶稣。

"不,耶稣将独自前往。"

众將军觉得难以置信:"但是,陛下,如果耶稣独自一人……陛下…..他们会伤害他。"

国王静默片刻,眼中满是痛苦,看着耶稣,现正挺直地站着,服从的低着头一一坚定的说:"是的,我知道。"

"我知道他们会伤害我的儿子,但是耶稣会成功,他将带我的人民回家。"

迈克尔将军深深地看着国王:"陛下……为什么?"

国王回答说:"因为我爱他们。"

反思:
复活节期间,我们可以思考约翰福音13章16、17节经文的真正意义:16" 上帝爱世人,甚至把他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,不至灭亡,反得永生。17因为上帝差他的儿子到世上来,不是要定世人的罪,而是要使世人借着他得救。"