A Story of Baby Jesus 一个关于婴孩耶稣的故事

很久很久以前,在一个叫伯利恒的小镇里,有一个年轻的女孩名叫玛利亚。虽然玛利亚只是在家里做些琐事,但是她是一位敬畏上帝、和蔼可亲的人。她已经许配给一个名为约瑟的木匠,他们就要结婚了。

有一天,当玛利亚正在家里打扫的时候,有一位天使突然出现在她的面前。在玛利亚还没有来得及说话,那天使就告诉她,玛利亚是一位蒙上帝恩待的人,而且上帝与她同在。

玛利亚很惊恐,她从来也没有遇见过天使,于是她尽量想让自己镇静下来。事实上,玛利亚只是与你和我一样的一个平常人。为什么这个天使要去看她呢?那个天使想要做什么呢?

很快地,这个天使就按护她,对她说“不要惊慌。你在上帝面前已经蒙恩了。你要怀孕生子,可以给他起名叫耶稣。”

玛利亚就感到糊涂了,因为她还没有与约瑟结婚,怎么可能怀孕生子呢?这天使知道玛利亚不能明白这话的意思,于是又说,“圣灵要领到你身上,至高者的能力要荫庇你;因此所要生的圣者必称为上帝的儿子。”

更让玛利亚惊奇的是,天使又告诉她另外一些令人兴奋的消息。“况且,你的亲戚以利沙伯,在年老的时候也怀了男胎。大家都以为以利沙伯是不能生育的,但是她现在已经怀孕了。因为在上帝没有难成的事。”

玛利亚几乎不能相信她自己的耳朵,惊讶的无言对答。她发觉自己在颤抖,然后跪下了。等到她最后能说话的时候,她就说,“我是上帝的使女,情愿照你说的话成就在我身上。”

说完这些,天使就消失了,只有留下玛利亚一个人在那里。

不久约瑟发觉玛利亚已经怀了孕,于是就很不高兴。但是,有一位天使在梦中向他显现,对他说,“约瑟,不要怕,只管取过你的妻子玛利亚来,因她所怀的孩子是上帝的儿子,你要给他起名叫耶稣。”

约瑟醒了,他记得天使对他说的话,知道所有的事情都不是个问题,心里就再也没有不安了。

 

在那个时候,政府决定要在这个地区统计所有的居民。因此,约瑟就必须带着玛利亚回到他的故乡伯利恒,来登记上册。

他们行走了很长时间才到达伯利恒,因为在那个时候没有车,很可能他们走了很长很长的时间。这对玛利亚来说是很累的,因为她的产期就要到了。

当他们到啦伯利恒这个镇的时候,所有的旅店都已经客满了,他们找不到一个住宿的地方。最后有一个人看到他们这样的情况就可怜他们,让他们有一个地方可以住。

圣经里没有清楚的告诉我们他们住在哪里,但是绝大部分人觉得他们是住在一个小小的、饲养动物棚子里。对于犹太人的王,耶稣来说,没有出生在一个豪华的地方,甚至没有出生在医院里,你是不是觉得有些奇怪?

玛利亚和约瑟,却对有一个地方可以让他们躺下,已经很感激了。那里比较暖和,也有很多草,他们可以躺在上面。

那天晚上,玛利亚和约瑟有了第一个孩子,这是既兴奋有激动的事。这个孩子不是一般的人,而是耶稣 宇宙万物的创造者、万王之王、拯救万人的救世主。

小婴孩耶稣,睡在玛利亚的手臂里;玛利亚用布把婴孩包了起来,把他放在用干净的草垫好的马槽里。

随后,玛利亚和约瑟也睡了。他们非常高兴的接待了这个非常特殊和珍贵的婴孩来的他们的家。



讨论问题:

1. 除了这个故事以外,你是否听到过有关耶稣的故事?如果有的话,请告诉我们你所知道的一些故事。

2. 你认为那天使是不是给玛利亚代来好消息?为什么?

3. 在约瑟和玛利亚正式结婚前,约瑟发觉玛利亚已经怀了一个孩子,约瑟有什么反应?如果你是约瑟的话,你会怎么做?

4. 你觉得玛利亚是一个怎样的人?约瑟呢?

5. 救世主耶稣怎么没有出生在一个宫殿里,反而出生在马槽里呢?你认为这是什么意思的?



A long time ago, in the town of Nazareth, lived a young woman named Mary.  Mary did her chores, was kind to others, and loved God very much.  She was engaged to be married to Joseph, who was a carpenter.

One day, while Mary was at home cleaning her room, an angel suddenly appeared.  Before Mary could say anything the angel told Mary that she was favored by God, and that God was with her.

Mary was surprised.  She was trying not to be afraid, but she had never seen an angel before.  After all, Mary was just a regular lady like you or I.  Why was this angel visiting her?  What did the angel want?

The angel quickly tried to reassure Mary, "Do not be afraid!"  the angel said.  "God has found favor with you.  You will have a baby boy, and are to give him the name Jesus."

Mary was confused, she was not yet married to Joseph, so how could she have a baby?  The angel thought that this might concern Mary so he said, "The Holy Spirit will perform a miracle, and because of this your baby will be called the Son of God."

To Mary's surprise the angel had more exciting news; "Even your cousin Elizabeth is going to have a son in her old age.  Many thought that she couldn't have children, but she is already pregnant.  Nothing is impossible with God."

Mary couldn't believe what she was hearing, she didn't know what to say.  She realized that she was trembling, and knelt down.  When she was finally able to speak she said, "I am the Lord's servant, and I hope everything you have said will come true."

The angel then disappeared, and Mary was left alone.

Soon after, Joseph found out that Mary was going to have a baby.  Joseph was confused and upset by this. But an angel came to him in a dream and said, "Joseph do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.  The child Mary is going to have is God's son, and you are to give him the name Jesus."

When Joseph woke up he remembered what the angel had said.  He knew that everything was okay, and he wasn't upset anymore.

In those days the government decided that they should count everyone that lived in that area of the world.  So Joseph had to take Mary to his town, Bethlehem to register.

It took Mary and Joseph a long time to get to Bethlehem.  They didn't have cars back then, so it probably took them a lot longer to get there.  This was very tiring for Mary because she was soon going to have a baby.

When they reached the town, all the hotels were full and there was nowhere that they could stay.  Finally, someone felt bad for them, and offered them a place to stay.  

The Bible doesn't say for sure where they stayed but most people think that they stayed in a small barn where animals were kept.  In any case, doesn't it seem strange that Jesus, the King of the Jews wasn't born in a fancy palace or even a hospital?

Mary and Joseph were thankful that they at least had a place to lay down.  It was warm, and there was plenty of straw to lay on.

That night an exciting, wonderful thing happened.  Mary and Joseph had a baby!  But it wasn't just any baby, it was Baby Jesus!  The creator of the whole world, the King of Kings, the one who would save the world.

The little baby boy fell asleep in Mary's arms and she wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger on some clean straw.

Mary and Joseph soon fell asleep, they were so glad to have this special baby join their family. 


Discussion Questions:

1.  Have you ever heard any story of Jesus besides this one? If so, please tell us what you know about Jesus.

2.   In your opinion, did the angel bring a good news to Mary? Why and why not?

3.   When Joseph noticed that Mary was with a baby before they were officially married, what was the reaction that Joseph wanted to take? If you were Joseph, what would you do?

4.   What kind person do you think Mary was? How about Joseph?

5.   How come Jesus, the Savior of the world, was born in a manger, not in a palace? What is the meaning of this, in your own opinion?

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