Luke 10: 25-37 (3)

Jesus: according to Luke
Reading: Luke 10: 25-37 (3)

Jesus was generating sensitive, adorable and socially beneficial stories.
Jesus reconciles various social boundaries.
Jesus was international about this.

Luke, the gospel writer suggests that every Roman should copy him, because the views and values of Jesus open doors for a grand peace.

The contemporary of Jesus was surprised by how Jesus freely interacted with various people. (Luke 19: 1-10)
For Luke, following Jesus means to love everyone without boundaries.
Love people even whether it is socially acceptable.
Live for the love of God, even if it is against social norm. In this way, the story provides a great social value.

Here is an example.
This is a unique story that only Luke tells us.
Luke must have loved this story.
It is the Good Samaritan story.
It explains something about Luke and about Theophilus to whom Luke is writing.
I modernize the story so that you can feel what the audience of Jesus might have felt.
I therefore rename it as the story of a Good Muslim man.

“Yes. Yesterday, a pastor came to Jesus and said:
"Doc, how can we be saved?" Jesus said, "What is your opinion?"
“The pastor said, "We got to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind; and love our neighbor as ourself."

“Jesus answered:
"That sounds nice. Why don’t you do just that? You will be fine.”
“Then, the pastor asked:
"But ... er ... but ... just who is my neighbor?"
Then, Jesus told a story.
"A man was going home, and some gangsters held him up.
They not only rob him but also beat him up and drove off in his car, leaving him unconscious.

"Then a Muslim man traveling that way came, and what he saw moved him to tears.
He stopped and bound up his wounds, drew some water to wipe away the blood and then laid him on the back seat. He drove on and took him to the hospital and said to the nurse, 'Take good care of him.
Here’s the twenty I got, but you all keep account of what he owes, and if he can't pay it, I'll settle up with you when I make a pay-day.'
"Now if you had been the man held up by the gangsters, would you hope to have this Muslim man, as your neighbor?"
“The pastor said, "Why, of course, the terroris - I mean, er ... well, er ... yes."

“Jesus said, "You are right. Live accordingly. You will be fine.”

In the Gospel of Luke, John the Baptist also talks about social response of the believers. John the Baptist basically says:
“Share!” (Luke 3:11) It is John the Baptist’s way of saying:
“Love God and love your neighbors.”

Jesus is the one who teaches the way: the eternal way.
The way of Jesus is explained in this simple formula:
“Love God and Love people” even though a story: the Good Samaritan.


Assurance of Pardon

Leader: Jesus our hope, when there are frailties in us, we would like to welcome your word that tells us: “My peace I leave you; let not your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

People: Christ Jesus, like the apostles, it is hard for us to grasp your offer of being transfigured with you. But as we look towards your light and listen to the voice from heaven, a transformation in us has already begun.

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These prayers are collected from various sources, such as Songs from Taizé (Taizé, France: Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, 1999).

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Mark 6:1-13 (2)


You are the equipment
Reading: Mark 6:1-13
K-hymn: 383, 384

Jesus called people to follow him.
Then they are able to have faith to follow Jesus.
Following Jesus, they looked at what Jesus was doing.
Soon, Jesus asked them to baptize people, simply because they can baptize people.

Then Jesus has them observe him more.
Jesus taught his students very closely.
Jesus showed them how to heal people.
Healing is part of the manifestation of the Kingdom of God.

Now they can go out and preach the gospel the gospel.
Now Jesus didn’t want to do what they can do for themselves.

Then one day Jesus asked them to do what he was doing.
When they know Jesus enough, Jesus wants to send them out.
Jesus wants to send them out in pairs.
As they go, Jesus gives authority and power to deal with the evil spirits.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Now you go out and say to people, ‘the kingdom of God is very close.’
Then you heal people.”

They believed that Jesus could heal people.
Now Jesus believed that they could heal people.

As Jesus sent them away, Jesus explains what he was doing:
"You don’t need any extra equipment/letter for this job.
You are the equipment/letter.
Keep it simple.
You don’t need to ask for money/donation.
You may not get to stay in luxury hotels.
Get a place and be content there until you leave.
If you're not welcomed, not listened to, quietly leave.
Don't make a scene.
Shrug your shoulders and be on your way."

Jesus is sending them.
They are the products of his ministry and love.
They need to be on the road.
They need to be welcomed.

They need to speak and live out this life of Jesus.
They need to preach joyfully that life can be spiritually different.
They need to anoint their bodies and pray for wellness of the sick.
They may send the demons away to heal their spirits.
They can heal their inner illness.
These people can be comforted and strengthened by looking at this people who are like them.

Jesus said, in fact, they need to do what Jesus is doing.
They do what they see Jesus doing.

As they preach, they had to remember what Jesus had said.
As they serve, they remember how Jesus did in this situation and think about how Jesus would do this in this situation.
They can live like this now because they were with Jesus and saw how Jesus lived.

The power is manifested as we look at Jesus.
Then, we can show the peaceful presence of Jesus to people.
In this process we build a church.

Still today, Jesus is building a group of believers who can do what Jesus is doing.
Jesus is building a group of people who can extend the ministry of Jesus.
The secret of participating in this ministry is to observe Jesus.
That is why we ask you to read the story of Jesus.

Doing so, may we live healthy life spiritually, physically and emotionally.

Their limit becomes their opportunity.

Matt 4: 1-4

Jesus, are you really committed?
Reading: Matt 4: 1-4

Jesus has the goal for his life.
What is it?
It is to do the will of his father.
His propose and his level of commitment was tested throughout his life.
But today it was tested in the desert.
Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

Jesus might have been thinking about his coming life:
“Is it really what you want?” “Am I really committed?” “Do you really want to do this as your father wants it? It is going to tough.”

Then Jesus said to himself, “I am going to do just that.”

Like these he spent forty days and forty nights, fasting.

When Jesus was hungry, the tempter came to Jesus and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

By now, Jesus knew the way of Christ.
He understood the way.
So, Jesus refused.
He was able to discern that this was the voice of the tempter.
It was different kind of voice.
He knew what the will of his Father God was.

Jesus was like, "I don’t live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of my Father"

Jesus was hungrier to use his life for God.
Because he was so committed to one thing, he was able to be joyous.
Our right commitment to life may lead us to have this kind of joy and peace.
So, this morning, as you pray think about what you are committed to do.
What do you think it is the will of God for you today?

Luke 8:1-3

The Traveling Savior
Reading: Luke 8:1-3

Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another.
He proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God.

The Twelve were with him.
There are also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others.
These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

Jesus is living a life in a certain way.
When everybody is looking for him, Jesus constantly travels.
Then he reaches out new people.

By constant traveling, he can reach out to new people who cannot possibly leave everything to follow him or search for him.

In this way, Jesus can help people.
Jesus can have a personal connection with these people.

When they saw Jesus next time, they were more ready to hear him.
Jesus came back and visited them over and over.
Jesus is moving in and out of their lives.
Jesus is giving them enough time to think and meditate who Jesus really is.

Usually Jesus travels with his disciples.
So, his disciples were able to observe.

When they get together, there will be Jesus.
When two or three are gathered together in Jesus’ name, Jesus is there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)



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1 Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
2 Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
3 Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
4 High King of heaven, my victory won,

1 Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
2 I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
3 Thou mine In -heritance, now and al - ways:
4 May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun!

1 Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
2 Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
3 Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
4 Heart of my own heart, what-ever be - fall,

1 Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
2 Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
3 High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
4 Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Ancient Irish folk song
Translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne, 1905
Tune: Slane, Irish traditional
Public Domain


John, the gospel writer and love

How to read the gospel of John (John, the gospel writer and love)

John likes to tell the selected stories that were important for him.
He wants to share how much Jesus loves.
That is what he wants to say.
That is what he felt about Jesus: love.
John remembers that Jesus loved him.
That is what he remembers.
So, John likes to help you fall in love with Jesus.


John 16: 23-24

Reading: John 16: 23-24

Jesus says: “Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you. . . . Ask, and you shall receive.” (John 16: 23, 24)

In Matthew 7: 7, Jesus says basically the same thing.
But he didn’t add “in my name.”
But in the gospel of John it is added.
Maybe it is because John experienced Jesus in this way.
So, he likes to express in this way so that other people can love Jesus, and practice prayer.

But the main idea is the same.
It asks you to pray for what you think about.
Jesus was asking us to pray.
It is also because we become what we think about.

When you pray, you believe something possible.
We think in faith.
So, Jesus says, “You ask whatever you will, and it will be done to you.” (John 15: 7) Jesus is faithful and keeps his promise.

John is writing these after many years later.
John experiences the truth and still says, “Christ grants us more than what we pray for.”

Again, it is very important to note that after all these years John was able to repeat this simple teaching. “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you. . . . Ask, and you shall receive.” (John 16: 23, 24) John is really sure about this.

Yes, Jesus can help you. He is able.