BETWEEN TWO CHRISTMAS 两个圣诞的之间

Wise men came saying…Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?
When Herod the king heard this he was troubled… (Matthew 2:1-3)

The Chinese have a saying: You can’t have two tigers on the same mountain. Herod felt the same. You can’t have two kings in the land. So, when wise men came seeking the “King of the Jews”, Herod (who was half-Jew, half-Arab) was greatly perturbed. He sought to destroy this threat by ordering the massacre of all infants in Bethlehem. Yet, less than a year later, Herod himself was dead, and Jesus had returned to live in Israel (Matthew 2:23) where He would one day proclaim His heavenly kingdom. Jesus was never a threat to Herod anyway. His kingdom was not of this world.

Fast forward two thousand years, and how times have changed. In Malaysia, we have new “kings”. This past week, we witnessed the monumental crumbling of a political party that ruled the nation unchanged for the past sixty years. Sabah UMNO met its demise with widespread desertion by its rank and file, a situation that would have been totally impossible at Christmas last year. In that time, GE-14 has changed the political landscape of our nation. Harapan came in and our hopes for the eradication of corruption, racism, and religious intolerance are at an all time high. Don’t miss this point. This is our first Christmas under a different government since independence!

So far, things have moved fast on the corruption front with nearly forty charges laid on our ex-Prime Minister Najib and some of his cohorts. All Malaysians, and indeed a global audience will keenly watch the outcomes of their trials. Let us not drop our guard; there is still much to intercede for in our state and nation. But, the story of Christmas tells us that kings will come and go. So will political rulers. Only one Kingdom will remain forever. It is the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. He and He alone will reign forever and ever! This Christmas, have you changed your eternal allegiance yet? Or are you in the same old earthly political party?

有几个博士从东方来到耶路撒冷,说,那生下来作犹太人之王的在哪里?
希律王听见了,就心里不安…(太2:1-3)

华人有句话说,一山不能藏二虎。希律王也深受同感。一个国家里是不能有两个王的。所以,当几个博士前来寻找那“犹太人之王”时,希律王(拥有犹太和阿拉伯人之血统)的心里极度不安。他就想尽办法要除掉给他带来的威胁,并下令屠杀伯利恒里的所有婴孩。但是,在一年之内,希律王却去世了。耶稣也就回到以色列生活,并有一天将在此地宣告祂属天的国度。其实,耶稣对希律王从来都不是个威胁。他的国度并不属于这个世界。

时移世易,让我们看看两千年后的今天。在马来西亚,我们有了新的“王“。过去的一周我们见证了一个连续统治了我们国家六十年的政党分崩离析。被广泛基层党员背弃的沙巴巫统面临着垮台的时刻。我敢说一年前的圣诞节无人会想象到会有今天如此的光景。今年第十四届的全国大选,改变了我们的政治局面。希望联盟的胜出,让我们对铲除贪污、种族歧视和宗教不和谐带来了极大的期望。那就千万别错过这时刻。这可是自从国家独立以来,第一个在新政府下庆祝的圣诞节!

至今,在反腐的前线上,事情发展的很快,我国前首相及一些他的同伙们面临着将近有40项控状的起诉。全马来西亚人民,甚至世界各地的民众,都很迫切的关注他们的审判结果。请不要掉以轻心,我们的州属和国家,还有很多方面需要我们的代祷。但,圣诞的故事告诉我们,历代皇帝兴衰,周而复始。政治领袖也一样。只有一个国度是永远长存。那就是主耶稣基督的天国。唯独祂永远掌权!在这圣诞节,你已选择了那属天的永恒归属了吗?或者你还留在属世的一派呢?

Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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