自分のレースを走れ Run Your Race (ヘブル12:1-2 ESVからの直訳) このように、多くの証人たちが、雲のように私たちを取り巻いているからこそ、私たちも、全ての重荷とくっついてくる罪をふり捨て、私たちの前に置かれているレースを忍耐をもって走り抜く。(2)信仰の創始者であり、完成者であるイエスを見て。イエスは、自分の前に置かれた喜びのゆえに、恥をものともせず十字架にかかり、神の右の座についているのだ。 (Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (2)looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 1. 自分の前に置かれているレースは? What Is The Race Set Before You? (ルカ 12:13-21 ALIVE訳) 「先生!どうか親父の遺産を分けるよう、兄貴に言ってくれッ!」人だかりの中から、イエスに叫んだ男。(14)「いつ、俺がおまえたちの裁判官や仲介人になった?」 「・・・・・・」(15)「気をつけろ!自己中心的な欲望から自分を護れ!!持ち物を増やしても、心の足しにはならない。(16)ある金持ちが、良い作物のとれる肥えた畑を持っていた。(17)“こりゃ困った!稼ぎ過ぎて、収穫物が倉庫に納まらん!”(18)あれこれ考えたあげくに彼は言った “そうだ!倉庫を取り壊して、新しい大きな倉庫を建てればいい!そうすりゃあ俺の財産は納められる。(19)もう心配いらん!一生食っていけるだけ蓄えたんだ。食って、飲んで、ゆったり生きよう♪” (20)しかし、彼を見て、神はこう言った。“この愚かもんが!!!誰がおまえに明日あすを約束した?今夜他界するおまえの財産は一体誰のものになる”(21)これが自分のためだけに財産を築きあげる人の末路だ。人の目には豊でも、神の目には貧しい。天国に来たら一文無しだからだ」 (Luke 12:13-21 ERV) One of the men in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, our father just died and left some things for us. Tell my brother to share them with me.” (14)But Jesus said to him, “Who said I should be your judge or decide how to divide your father’s things between you two?” (15)Then Jesus said to them, “Be careful and guard against all kinds of greed. People do not get life from the many things they own.” (16)Then Jesus used this story: “There was a rich man who had some land. His land grew a very good crop of food. (17)He thought to himself, ‘What will I do? I have no place to keep all my crops.’ (18)“Then he said, ‘I know what I will do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger barns! I will put all my wheat and good things together in my new barns. (19)Then I can say to myself, I have many good things stored. I have saved enough for many years. Rest, eat, drink, and enjoy life!’ (20)“But God said to that man, ‘Foolish man! Tonight you will die. So what about the things you prepared for yourself? Who will get those things now?’ (21)“This is how it will be for anyone who saves things only for himself. To God that person is not rich.” 2. 何が邪魔してる? What Is Hindering You? (ルカ 13:23-29 ALIVE訳) その道中だった。「師匠!救われる人って何人いるんだ?やっぱりごくわずかなのか?」(24)「天国の門は狭い。入場できるよう、神経を研ぎ澄ましとけ!誰もが入りたがるが、入れずに終わるからだ・・・!!!(25)主人が戸を閉めてからでは遅い。外に立って戸を叩いても開けてはくれない。“すみません!開けて下さい!”と叫ぶと、“どこのどちら様ですか?”と返ってきた。(26)“ご、ご冗談を!!同じ釜の飯を食った仲じゃないですか!ほら、うちの町で色々教えてくれたのを覚えてないのですかッ!!” (27)そしてこう返ってくる。はて?誰だ。過ちを犯したヤツが来る場所じゃあない・・・聞こえたなら、とっとと失せろ!(28)神の王国では、アブラハム、イサク、ヤコブから全ての預言者にまで会える。選択次第では、外に取り残され、泣きわめいて歯ぎしりすることになる。(29)東西南北から人が集まり、神の王国の食卓に着く・・・! (Luke 13:23-29 ERV) Someone said to him, “Lord, how many people will be saved? Only a few?” Jesus said, (24)“The door to heaven is narrow. Try hard to enter it. Many people will want to enter there, but they will not be able to go in. (25)If a man locks the door of his house, you can stand outside and knock on the door, but he won’t open it. You can say, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you. Where did you come from?’ (26)Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you. You taught in the streets of our town.’ (27)Then he will say to you, ‘I don’t know you. Where did you come from? Get away from me! You are all people who do wrong!’ (28)“You will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in God’s kingdom. But you will be left outside. There you will cry and grind your teeth with pain. (29)People will come from the east, west, north, and south. They will sit down at the table in God’s kingdom. 3. イエスを見る Look To Jesus (ルカ 14:26 ALIVE訳) 「俺の元に来たが、家族離れできない者はいるかッ?!父、母、妻、子、兄弟、姉妹、また、己(おのれ)を嫌っているとさえ思われるほど、この俺を愛さなければ・・・」――「俺についてくる資格はないッ!!!」 (Luke 14:26 ERV) “If you come to me but will not leave your family, you cannot be my follower. You must love me more than your father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters—even more than your own life! (ルカ 17:5-6 ALIVE訳) とある日―― 「俺たちの信仰を強くしてくれ!!!」 熱い眼差しでイエスに詰めよる十二使徒。(6)「おまえたちがからし種ほどでも信じるなら、あの大木を根こそぎ海の中へ放り込むぐらい朝飯前だ・・・!!!」 (Luke 17:5-6 ERV) The apostles said to the Lord, “Give us more faith!” The Lord said, “If your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Dig yourself up and plant yourself in the ocean!’ And the tree will obey you. コネクトグループでの質問と祈り Connect Group Questions & Prayers 1. あなたの前には何が置かれてる? What is set before you? 2. そして走るのに何が邪魔をしてる? What hiders you to Run? 3. イエスを信じて祈ろう。Let’s believe in Jesus and pray.