The Message

Jude

1-2 I, Jude, am a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James, writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ. Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!

Fight with All You Have in You

3-4 Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish. What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks (our Scriptures warned us this would happen), who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels. Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license—which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master.

Lost Stars in Outer Space

5-7 I’m laying this out as clearly as I can, even though you once knew all this well enough and shouldn’t need reminding. Here it is in brief: The Master saved a people out of the land of Egypt. Later he destroyed those who defected. And you know the story of the angels who didn’t stick to their post, abandoning it for other, darker missions. But they are now chained and jailed in a black hole until the great Judgment Day. Sodom and Gomorrah, which went to sexual rack and ruin along with the surrounding cities that acted just like them, are another example. Burning and burning and never burning up, they serve still as a stock warning.

This is exactly the same program of these latest infiltrators: dirty sex, rule and rulers thrown out, glory dragged in the mud.

9-11 The Archangel Michael, who went to the mat with the Devil as they fought over the body of Moses, wouldn’t have dared level him with a blasphemous curse, but said simply, “No you don’t. God will take care of you!” But these people sneer at anything they can’t understand, and by doing whatever they feel like doing—living by animal instinct only—they participate in their own destruction. I’m fed up with them! They’ve gone down Cain’s road; they’ve been sucked into Balaam’s error by greed; they’re canceled out in Korah’s rebellion.

12-13 These people are warts on your love feasts as you worship and eat together. They’re giving you a black eye—carousing shamelessly, grabbing anything that isn’t nailed down. They’re—

Puffs of smoke pushed by gusts of wind;
    late autumn trees stripped clean of leaf and fruit,
Doubly dead, pulled up by the roots;
    wild ocean waves leaving nothing on the beach
    but the foam of their shame;
Lost stars in outer space
    on their way to the black hole.

14-16 Enoch, the seventh after Adam, prophesied of them: “Look! The Master comes with thousands of holy angels to bring judgment against them all, convicting each person of every defiling act of shameless sacrilege, of every dirty word they have spewed of their pious filth.” These are the “grumpers,” the bellyachers, grabbing for the biggest piece of the pie, talking big, saying anything they think will get them ahead.

17-19 But remember, dear friends, that the apostles of our Master, Jesus Christ, told us this would happen: “In the last days there will be people who don’t take these things seriously anymore. They’ll treat them like a joke, and make a religion of their own whims and lusts.” These are the ones who split churches, thinking only of themselves. There’s nothing to them, no sign of the Spirit!

20-21 But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!

22-23 Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.

24-25 And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes.

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

Yuda

Mimi Yuda, mtumishi wa Yesu Kristo, na ndugu yake Yakobo. Nawaandikia wale walioitwa na kupendwa na Mungu Baba na kulindwa na Yesu Kristo. Ninawatakieni rehema, amani na upendo tele.

Hukumu Ya Watu Wasiomcha Mungu

Wapendwa, ingawa nilikuwa na hamu kubwa kuwaandikieni kuhusu wokovu wetu, nimeona ni muhimu niwaandikieni nikiwasihi mwendelee kuipigania kwa nguvu imani ambayo Mungu amewakabidhi watakatifu mara moja tu kwa wakati wote. Hii ni kwa sababu watu wasiomcha Mungu ambao tangu zamani wamekwisha kuandikiwa hukumu hii, wamejiingiza miongoni mwenu kwa siri. Hawa ni watu ambao wanapotosha neema ya Mungu wetu na kuitumia kama kisingizio cha kutenda maovu. Wao wanamkana Yesu Kristo ambaye pekee ndiye Mkuu na Bwana wetu.

Sasa nataka kuwakumbusha jambo ambalo tayari mnalijua: kwamba, Bwana aliwaokoa watu wake kutoka Misri, lakini baadaye akawaangamiza wale ambao hawakuamini. Na malaika ambao hawaku tunza madaraka yao wakaacha maskani yao halisi; hao amewafungia gizani kwa minyororo ya milele hadi wahukumiwe katika siku ile kuu. Vivyo hivyo watu wa Sodoma na Gomora na miji ya kando kando yake ambao hali kadhalika walifanya uasherati na kujifurah isha katika matendo yaliyo kinyume cha maumbile, waliadhibiwa kwa moto wa milele kama fundisho kwa watu wote.

Ndivyo walivyo hawa watu. Ndoto zao huwaongoza wachafue miili yao, wasitii mamlaka; na watukane viumbe watakatifu walioko mbinguni. Lakini hata Mikaeli, malaika mkuu, aliposhindana na shetani kuhusu mwili wa Musa, hakuthubutu kutamka hukumu juu ya shetani, bali alisema, “Bwana akukemee!” 10 Lakini hawa watu hushutumu cho chote wasichokielewa; na yale mambo wanayotambua kwa asili, kama wanyama ambao hawawezi kujizuia kwa kutumia fikira, hayo ndio yanayowaangamiza. 11 Ole wao! Kwa maana watu hao wamefuata mfano wa Kaini, na kama Balaamu wako tayari kufanya lo lote kwa ajili ya fedha; na kama Kora wamejiangamiza wenyewe kwa kumwasi Mungu.

12 Watu hawa ni madoa katika karamu zenu za ushirika. Wanak ula nanyi bila kuwa na kiasi, wakicheka na kujishibisha na kunywa bila kujali wengine. Wao ni kama mawingu yanayochukuliwa na upepo huku na huku pasipo kuleta mvua; ni kama miti ya kiangazi iliy opukutika bila kuwa na matunda, ambayo imekufa kabisa na kung’olewa pamoja na mizizi yake. 13 Matendo yao ya aibu ni dha hiri kama vile mapovu ya mawimbi ya bahari. Wao ni kama nyota zinazotangatanga, na mahali pao ni katika lile giza kuu ambalo Mungu amewawekea milele. 14 Henoki, ambaye alikuwa wa kizazi cha saba baada ya Adamu, alitoa unabii kuhusu watu hawa akasema, “Sikilizeni! Nilimwona Bwana akija na watakatifu wake maelfu kwa maelfu 15 kutoa hukumu kwa wote na kuwaadhibu wasiomcha Mungu, kwa ajili ya matendo yao maovu waliyoyatenda na kwa ajili ya maneno makali ambayo hao waovu wasiomcha Mungu walisema juu yake.”

16 Watu hawa ni wanung’unikaji, wakaidi, wenye kufuata tamaa zao, wenye majivuno, wenye kujigamba na ambao huwasifu watu wen gine ili mambo yao yafanikiwe.

Maonyo Na Maagizo

17 Lakini ninyi wapendwa, kumbukeni yale mliyoambiwa na mitume wa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo kwamba yatatokea. 18 Waliwaam bieni kwamba, “Katika siku za mwisho, watatokea watu watakaowad hihaki , watu wafuatao tamaa zao mbaya.” 19 Watu hawa ndio wanaosababisha mafarakano, watu wafuatao tamaa za dunia, wasio na Roho wa Mungu. 20 Lakini ninyi wapendwa, jengeni maisha yenu juu ya imani yenu takatifu; ombeni katika nguvu na uweza wa Roho Mtakatifu. 21 Jitunzeni katika upendo wa Mungu; ngojeeni rehema ya Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo itakayowafikisha kwenye uzima wa milele. 22 Wavuteni wale wenye mashaka. 23 Okoeni wengine kwa kuwany akua kutoka katika moto; wengine wahurumieni, lakini mwogope, mkichukia hata mavazi yao yaliyochafuliwa kwa tamaa zao za dhambi.

24 Basi, utukufu ni wake yeye awezaye kuwalinda msianguke na kuwafikisheni bila hatia mbele ya utukufu wake mkiwa na furaha.