5.31.2009

Matthew 1: 1-17

Reading: Matt 1: 1-16

Matthew is connecting Jesus with David and Abraham.
He does it also by this genealogy.
He is trying to explain Jesus as the promised one of God, through Abraham and David.
Matthew is showing the genealogy of Jesus, for his Jewish readers.
For Jewish readers who know the Bible, this genealogy can be a proof that Jesus is the Messiah. So, in Matt 1: 17, he says, “Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.”
Matthew is trying to prove in this way.
Matthew must have thought this way.
He is saying that historically it was about time for Jesus to come.
Because it was after fourteen generations.

So, it was important for Matthew to explain that Jesus is his Son is a descendant of David as to his human nature. (Romans 1: 3)

But for John, the impressionist, there are other ways that he can prove who Jesus is.

Romans 15: 14-22

Reading: Romans 15: 14-22


Jesus explains a lot about God’s goodness.
You may wonder why?
Why do we need to know the goodness of God?
It is there we learn to be changed.
We experience change.

When you know God’s goodness, you may communicate that with people.
God may be able to show God’s goodness to others through you.
What a blessed job!

Then you also become like God who is good.
You will be full of goodness (Romans 15: 14).
So, learning about God, we enter into God’s innocence.
When we think good thought and when we believe in good God, we are able to influence the world for good God.
Maintaining innocence we can change the world.
What Jesus created is good.

So, Jesus is trying to communicate God’s goodness with us inwardly and outwardly.
Jesus introduces God who is gracious within.
Jesus introduces God who is wonderful.
So, we can be grateful for God.

Jesus is making human beings holy.
When we become holy, our body becomes healthy as well.
Our eyes become clear.
When we become holy, we become stronger.
When we become holy, we are truly free.


5.27.2009

Jesus, the grace

Jesus is here to make all creatures whole.
Jesus is here to give hope.
Jesus is here to reconcile.
Jesus is here to bring about new restoration.
Jesus is here to redeem
Jesus is here to create.

Creating is an ongoing process.
Only God of creation is strong enough to create resurrection.
All creation is a field of God’s operations.
All creatures have sacramental presence of God.

This is recognized in everyone’s life as Jesus’ grace manifests.
Oh yes! We have our human freedom. We are totally free.

But Jesus thinks since he was unconditionally faithful to us, we will be also faithful to him by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We are most peacefully and profoundly free when we live in responses to this grace.
In this place of grace, we find ourselves, too.

5.26.2009

Jesus introduces Trinity


Jesus shows us about Trinity.
Through Jesus, we know the existence of Trinity.

God exists in a dynamic of love: a fellowship of giving and receiving love.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit exist in relationship with each other.
God is Father in the relation to the Son.
God is Son in relation to the Father.
There is one Spirit in God who glorifies the Father in the Son and the Son in the Father. Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one and interdependent.

They are found in these relationships.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit are individuals in relationship.
God’s being consists of a fellowship of three.
They are individuals in a social union.
As a circle of loving relationship, God is dynamically alive.
They are in communion with each other.
They are in perfect peace.

Jesus shows us how this God loves us.
Jesus says that God wants us to be part of this fellowship.
So, God loves human beings in the love that is respectful.

Through Jesus, we see that God is nurturing and gently guiding us.
Through Jesus, we know that God is very protective of us, as a nurturing Mother.
God seeks the well-being of human kinds.
God seeks the good, the well-being of human being.

So Jesus did something only God can do.
Jesus knowing this idea of love gives his life like a Lamb.
This is the way he knows how to seek wellness of others.
His love is practical.

We were not sure whether to love God or not.
But God in the form of Jesus started a mission by being born as a human and paying the price through the cross.
Jesus also desired to heal our nature by the love and humility of Christ, by the Holy Spirit and by the nature of his Father.

Then now, when we love God and Jesus, God accomplishes God’s goal.
This is God’s glory.
Now through the Holy Spirit, Jesus tries to help us to love God back.




5.22.2009

Taize Arts

ppt

Can faith be expressed through an art, drawing or drama?
Can the meaning of the cross be expressed through an art?

(1) Let me show you some examples for you to think about.
What do you think about this picture?
You have seen this art.

There is a little person on his right.
That is Mary.
A little person on his left is John.
An angel is flowing over his head.

Some people pray looking at this picture.
They pray for peace together with all Christians.
It helps them because they can think about the cross of Jesus prayerfully.
Having a picture like this help you focus and meditate for awhile without distractions.

They use this picture to help them pray.
In the evening service, they lay down this picture at the middle of the church.
Then they place a couple of candles on the top of it.
Then, in turn, about 7 people gather around it for a short prayer.

I like to look at this picture since it helps me meditate on Jesus.
It helps me pray and have a conversion with Jesus.
Jesus is very gentle here.
His face expresses calmness and peacefulness.
The face of Jesus seems to preach a peaceful message.
It shows who Jesus is.
There is no bitterness, even though he is on the cross.
Even on the cross, Jesus shows peacefulness that shows his inner spirit.
Jesus lived among us and gave his life.
I feel like Jesus is praying here.

(2) Here is another simple art.
What do you see in this picture?
Do you see a bird?
Do you see a cross?

Does it explain the cross of Jesus?
Do you see the Holy Spirit coming down from heaven?
This simple art remind me many parts of the story of Jesus.

Does it remind you of the Holy Spirit coming down on Jesus’ shoulder like a dove after the baptism of Jesus?
Does it remind you of the Holy Spirit coming down on the disciples like flames of fire at the Pentecost?

(3) Here is another art.
It explains what the cross of Jesus represents.
It may look a little corny.
But it explains to a simply truth.

The cross explains the love, forgiveness and kindness of God.
The love of God is manifested though Jesus who died for us on the cross.

Do you have some picture that helps you pray and meditate?
Do you have some song that explains the story of Jesus well?
Do you have some dramas that help you have good thoughts in your mind?

Your faith can be expressed through an art.
Your faith can be shown through your artistic expression.

I am sure that some of you are artistic.
Try to make a simple picture, song, and drama that express the story of Jesus.
You may be able to share how you think of the story of Jesus with the world.
Doing so, may change you.

http://www.taize.fr/en_article19864.html

Faith, Trust, Humility and Love

We are called to live a life of faith.
Christ wants you to choose faith.
Christ is seeking faith in the world.
Faith is so precious to him.

Christ empowers and guides us to grow so that we could encourage people to hope again and choose faith.

We need to trust in Christ.
We need to encourage people to trust in Christ.
Trusting in Jesus is a daily process.
We need to make that decision.

In Christ, we humans join God in faith.
Christ who created everything became a man.
Jesus was humble enough to walk in Israel.
Then Jesus became the humble Christ.
Jesus trusted his good Father in that humble process.
Jesus trusted humbly his Father.

In another words, Jesus recognizes the value of humility.
Jesus has faith in goodness and humility.

Christ is love.
Jesus loves you.
Christ loves human beings.
Jesus cares.
You accept this in the faith of Jesus.

We ourselves need to choose love.
It is so important.
When we love our lives, when we work toward our goals, and when we minister to each other, and when we help people to choose life, we serve Christ.
As we follow Christ, we encourage people to choose love.
The strength of Jesus always remains with us.

5.20.2009

Luke 4: 18 - 19

Reading: Luke 4:18-19

Jesus wants to serve his Father.
Jesus likes to do what his Father wants him to do.
So what does he do?
He invites the Holy Spirit into his ministry.
Then he waits for the Spirit.
Then with the Spirit, he starts his ministry.

Do you remember that when Jesus was baptized, the God the Father says, “This is my beloved Son”?
Hearing these words, the Spirit came down on Jesus to serve the poor.
Then Jesus starts to teach and heal.

Also, when Jesus proclaimed his mission statement, he says,
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4: 18-19)

Jesus decides that with the Spirit and his Father, he will teach; heal; bring good news to the poor; proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind; let the oppressed go free; and proclaim the year of Jubilee.

He is not going to do without them.

This is what Jesus Christ shows us.
Jesus is trying to do something today through us.
So, Jesus asks us to wait for the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will be with us.
Jesus promised that.

So, we are called to walk in the Spirit.
Then you can show the world about who God is.
When we experience the Holy Spirit in the depth of our hearts, then we can understand the teachings of Jesus.
When we recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit in us, we can live according to the desire of Jesus.

Let’s have a look at how Jesus served God.
The bible says that Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. (Matthew 4:23)

Jesus didn’t do whatever he felt like.
When he teaches and heals, he is in tune with the Holy Spirit.
Then the Holy Sprit is preparing his students’ hearts to be united with Christ Jesus.
With the Holy Spirit, Jesus has loved them.
Through the love that exists in Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Christ transforms the world.
Our Redeemer, our Creator makes all things new being perfectly united with God.

Then because he knows the heart of God, Jesus is able to proclaim that we are forgiven.
In order to proclaim this message, his responsibility was to die for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, to be buried, and to be raised on the third day. (1 Corinthians 15:3-7)
In this way, the love of God flows and covers sins of the world and embraces us with his forgiveness. We are forgiven.
Since we are forgiven, we can look at God and meet God face to face one day.

I don’t think there are not many people who would ever say “I have nothing wrong in my life.”
So, Jesus also asks us to forgive.
When we forgive, we maintain our personal relationship with God.
In forgiving, we maintain our union with God.

When we know God, we have eternal life. (John 17:3)
When we know God, we cannot help but to have a loving relationship with God.

Listening to the teachings of Jesus, we get to know of God.
In this knowing, we become united with God.
Learning about Jesus Christ, we become reconciled with God in spiritual level. (Romans 5:11)
That is what it means to eat and drink God during our communion.
When we eat God, we may not understand everything in a cognitive level.
But God is already part of us, and who we are.
God is in us.
God’s live force is living out through our body and thoughts.
In this deeper knowing, Jesus wants us to eat God.
God is shooting for a deeper union between God and us.

The reason that Jesus teaches is also because we need to eat God cognitively.
That is why Jesus wants us to continually make God known.
Ultimate purpose of all this endeavor, is that we may know that just like God loves Jesus, God also loves us and so that we may know God is in us and we are in God. (John 17: 26)

For human and God’s perfect unity, God became a human so that humans might become part of God.
We trust that this grace is for us.
We have faith in Jesus Christ for this. (Rom 1:17; 3:28; 5:1)

Through faith we are united.
For this unification, we are saved.

Then just like Jesus enjoys God’s presence in his life, we enjoy his presence is in our life.

5.17.2009

Jesus the Leader

Now you can read Jesus the Leader in PDF format. Click here, here, or here to read.

The Gospel of John



The story of Jesus is to be remembered.
Why?
When we look at the Jesus lives and thinks, we come to realize there is possibility.
When we look at the way Jesus teaches, we realize that there is something that we don’t know still.
This creates humility.

When we look at Jesus heals the sick and raise the death, we see possibility realized.

Jesus also shows how good God is.
When we realize how good God is, we experience a psychological healing.
When we look at Jesus, we can overcome.
When we look at Jesus again and again, we always see Jesus in a new way.

Jesus is a Jewish man.
But Jesus healed the son of Roman officer, by saying, “Go, your son lives.”
Jesus wants everyone to have faith like this Romans soldiers and be healed.

Jesus of Nazareth

This movie, Jesus of Nazareth carries many imaginations.
The teaching of Jesus is so well organized through their imaginative illustrations.

I remember this.
They portraits Peter and Matthew in this way.

Peter’s brother, Andrew who brought Peter to Jesus.
Simon Peter, after a miraculous catch of a lot fishes, became the student of Jesus.
Then, Matthew, the tax-collector, appeared.
He is the one who collected tax from Peter.

Peter is struggling with Jesus’ decision to love everyone, including Matthew.
Then eventually, they both embrace the teaching of Jesus: love one another.
It is well explained in this video: Jesus of Nazareth

5.16.2009

About Jesus school

Welcome!
Welcome you in Christ.
If you are here for the first time, I am glad you are with us today.

This is Jesus’ school.
We learn here about the story of Jesus.
Our curriculum is the story of Jesus.

There is a deep meaning in his life.
Through the story of Jesus we learn who God is.
Through the story of Jesus we learn how God thinks.

Jesus school also uses a prayer method of reading the story.
That is, we read in repetition.
It is because we want to read the text prayerfully over and over.
Then we can experience the richness of the story.
The Spirit of Christ may enrich your mind and heart.

You may pray along with the story of Jesus.
As you pray, the story of Jesus may come alive for you.
As you meditate the story of Jesus, you may be able to go deeper into the life, teaching, signs, death and rise of Jesus.

We also suggest that you notice how Jesus is working in your life through these questions: http://e-kpca.blogspot.com/2011/10/some-questions-you-may-ask-to-get-to.html

We suggest that you also try to rewrite the story as you understand like these.
This is part of learning process:
Jesus the Leader, an imaginative story

Lastly, I will be sharing my personal reflection on the story of Jesus here.
That is, I will add new posts here.

May you learn to think about the life of Jesus!
Have a wonderful journey of faith.
May you live out the story of Jesus.
May you gain more understanding of the story.
May this be spiritually enriching.
May Jesus be your joy.
May the story of Jesus come alive, be proclaimed and be celebrated in your life.
May you learn about the story of Jesus daily.
May you learn about Jesus' habits, his methods of teachings, and his mind.
May you learn how salvation comes through the life, teachings, suffering, death, resurrection of Jesus.

Note: Jesus school 5 weeks course contains:
- Jesus in the desert
- Sermons of the Mount 1
- Sermons of the Mount 2
- The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus
- The Resurrection of Jesus

5.15.2009

What does Jesus believe in?

Jesus believes that healing is part of the manifestation of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus believes that he can heal.
Jesus believes that his students can heal, too.

Jesus believes that faith works beyond oneself.
It is contagious. Faith communicates spiritual truth.

The presence of Jesus created massive faith among people.
The faith of Jesus transmits to people around him.

When Jesus teaches, divine faith is generated within the minds of people.
His healing also generates “faith” in the hearts of people.
Whenever they heard about Jesus, they sense a faith.

People try to find and come to Jesus because they sense that through him the divine faith is given to them.
So, after healing those who trust in him, Jesus validates their faith, saying, “Your faith heals you.”

People were paying attention to Jesus: his doings and teachings.
While they observed him, they were transformed by faith of Jesus.
Thus, Jesus recognized and said, “Your faith heals you.”

Jesus said “if you have just a little faith, you can move a mountain.”
Why would Jesus talk about moving a “mountain”?
It is because Jesus creates everything through his faith.
Imagine Jesus who creates mountains and then places this mountain over here and that mountain over there.

Faith is what makes the world move.
Faith is what makes the world created.
Faith is divine.
You want to have the faith of Jesus to live a life that you dream of.

5.14.2009

He is able, more than able

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He is able, more than able
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to accomplish what concerns me today.
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He is able, more than able
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to handle anything that comes my way.
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He is able, more than able
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to do much more than I could ever dream,
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He is able, more than able,
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to make me what He wants me to be.


© Copyright 1990 by Maranatha! Music
Words and Music by Rory Noland and Greg Ferguson



5.13.2009

The mind of Jesus

Reading: Philippians 2:1-13, 1 Peter 4:1-8

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5)
"Arm yourselves likewise with the same mind" (1 Peter 4:1)

To have the mind of Jesus is the ambition of angel.
They cannot soar higher than that.
This mind reveals the holy Character which shows his understanding and will.

His mind is the mind of heaven!
If we want the mind of heaven, we need to learn to think like Jesus.
When we think like Jesus, we will live like Jesus.
This is the desire of God for us from all eternity.
But there has to be a voluntary consent.

We want to be like Him!
But we cannot do it on our own.
We always fall short.

Why?
This is the manifestation of divine character:
Jesus humbles himself even though he was the true God.
He became a man.
Then he was more approachable.

He was fully God.
He was the God whom we could see.
He is the light to the world.
But he became a man.
The timeless and infinite God became the Man Christ Jesus.
Then he became like our best friend.

So we study the Mind of Christ.
We study about his holy acts.
We may not be able to be adequately and fully like him.
It is impossible.
But we want to understand more so that we may be his company.
We want to learn more that we may be transformed into his image.
While on earth we may be a bit assimilated to him.

So we consider Christ Jesus. (Hebrews 3:1)
We study the Righteous One.
When we look at him long enough, when we look at his life that is bright and glorious, we may be able to see also differently.
We may see with a spiritual vision.
Remembering his goodness, we learn a great model.

In this way, we learn of the mind who produced the work of salvation.
Jesus is the Savior.
He showed us how to live.
His doing and dying is the central virtues of God’s holy life.

The Bible encourages us to walk in his footsteps empowered by the Holy Spirit.
When we have the Spirit of Christ, we are his!

Each one of us can become like our Savior.
What does it mean?
We may truly show his holy character and his heavenly behavior on earth.
As the Holy Spirit works within our heart, we may be like Jesus.
This is the new miracles that are happening in this world every day.
Sometimes, it may look like a poor imitation.
We may feel sometimes, so imperfect.
We may be sad for our poor imitation.

But at least we can look for the day when the full vision and fruition of the Glorious Original, Jesus reappears.
Then we will be totally changed.
Then we may be able to say:
Now we have the mind of Jesus the Christ.
















5.07.2009

Matthew 4:1-11 (3)

Reading: Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus was taken into the wilderness by the Spirit for the Test.
Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights.
The Confuser took advantage of it and said:
"Since you are God's Son, order these stones into nice bread."
Jesus answered by quoting the Bible:
"It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes every word from God's mouth."

For the second test the Confuser took him to the Holy City.
He sat him on top of the Temple and said:
“Okay, let's suppose you're God's Son; now then, jump! For the Bible says, “He has placed you in the care of angels. And they'll carry you along on their hands, before you touch the ground."
Jesus said quoting the Bible:
"Don't you dare test the Lord your God."

For the third test, the Confuser took him to the peak of a huge mountain and points out all the nations in the world and their splendor.
Then he said:
"They're yours. Just go down on your knees and worship me, and they're yours. In another words, if you just let me be the boss, I'll turn all this over to you."

Jesus refused saying: "Get out of here, Satan! The Bible said: Worship only the Lord your God! And let your God be the boss!"

The Test was over. The Confuser left. And angels came and took care of Jesus' needs.

John 21

(If Jesus were telling his own story, it would have been like this.)

After my resurrection, I appeared to my students again and again.

Once, it was like this. Simon Peter (Rock), Thomas, Nat, John and James, and two other students were together. Simon said, “I'm going fishing.”
The rest said, “We're going with you. That will be fun.”

They went out and got in the boat. They caught nothing that night. When the sun came up, I showed up standing on the beach. But they didn't recognize me who was about a hundred yards away.
I said, “Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?”
Simon said, “Not yet!”
“Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.” They did what I said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it. They weren't able to pull it in.

John said, “It's our Leader!”

When Simon Rock heard that it was me, he threw on some clothes, and dove into the sea. The other students came in by boat, pulling along the net full of fish. When they got out of the boat, they saw a fire laid, with fish and bread cooking on it.

I said, “Bring some of the fish you've just caught.” Simon Rock joined them and pulled the net to shore.
It is 153 big fish! And even with all those fish, the net didn't rip!

I said, “Ok! Breakfast is ready.”
While they were coming, none of my students asked, "Who are you?" They knew it was me. I then took the bread and gave it to them. I did the same with the fish. This was now the third time I had shown myself alive to the students since being raised from the dead. I was having a really good time with them.

After breakfast, I said to Simon Rock. “Simon Johnson, do you truly love me more than these?”
“Yes, my Leader, you know I love you.”
I said, “Feed my lambs.”

“Simon, Johnson, do you truly love me?”
“Yes, Sir, you know that I love you.”
“Shepherd my sheep.”
“Simon, Johnson, do you love me?” Simon Rock was getting embarrassed because I kept on asking. But I was making sure that the only credential that he has to be my Rock is to love me more than these. Also I am saying your love is enough for me.

“My teacher, you know everything. You must know that I love you.”
“Feed my sheep.”
“Rock, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted, but when you are old, someone will lead you where you do not want to go.” In this way, I sort of indicate the kind of death by which Rock would glorify me.
“Rock, Follow me!”
Turning his head, Rock noticed John following right behind.

“My teacher, what's going to happen to him?”
“If I want him to live until I come again, what's that to you? You follow me.”
Then later, a rumor got out that John may not die. But that is not what I said. I simply said, "If I want him to live until I come again, what's that to you?”

That is it! There are other things I did, while I am with them. But let’s stop here, because if I explain everything, it will take a long time. So, good night! See you soon.

(Jesus walks away. He is going to come back.)

5.06.2009

John 6:1-14

ppt

Miraculous meal
Reading: John 6:1-14

Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee or Tiberias.

A great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs Jesus had performed by healing the sick.

Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
At this time Jesus is about to provide a communion meal.

Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him.
He said to Philip:
“Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”

He asked this only to test him.
He might want to know how far Philip has come as a student.
Jesus had in mind what he was going to do.
He already knows how to solve this problem.

Philip answered him worrying:
“It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” ($20,000~30,000)

Another disciple, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter felt something.
So he spoke up:
“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish.
But how far will they go among so many?”

Jesus said:
“Have the people sit down.”
There was plenty of grass in that place.
They sat down.
There were about five thousand men were there.

Jesus took the loaves, and gave thanks.
Then he distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.
He did the same with the fish.

They all had enough to eat.
Jesus showed that he had a plenty of grace and power in him.
Jesus had more than enough power to feed them for the rest of their lives.

Then people might wonder why God doesn’t perform this miracle daily.
But Jesus wants people walk by faith, not by sight.
People need to learn to live by faith.
Facing some unexpected situation, they learn how to use faith and sound mind.

It is strangely true.
Then through pain or suffering, people come to God.
Through paint and suffering, people become wise.

God gives them a good mind.
God gives them a hope.

People may want God to perform this miracle daily.
It is like this:
Let says a child does not want to study for exam.
Then he prays that he would have a good grade.
Can he have a good grade?
God will help them but they need to study also.
They cannot expect God to provide everything while they don’t do anything.
They need to find joy in studying for God and in God.
Just like they need to study, people may need to find joy in living in God.

As they serve God and move in faith, God will help them.
God has more wisdom than us.
God knows something that we don’t know.
Where we could not go, God can go.
What we cannot do, God can do.

Then why did Jesus perform this miracle?
What is his purpose?
It is to help his students know who he is.
Jesus needs to express who Jesus is.
So, looking at those who don’t have anything to eat at this mountain, he feels compassion.
Then he acts because God is compassion.
He feels God wants to express God’s self.
He responds to God in faith.
It shows of who Jesus is.

Why did Jesus perform this miracle?
God through Jesus wants to open our eyes of faith.
We need to learn to give our problem to God.
God can be trusted.
This world may look big but it isn’t.
You don’t have to be afraid of this world.
God wants us to see that through faith.
Also, God gives what we can see in faith.

Anyway, after this, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”

They gathered 60 pieces of barley loaves.
It was 12 times more: the amount that the disciples could carry.
It is true that God can take care of us.
God can supply all your needs according to God’s glorious riches.

When Jesus performed this sign, people began to say:
“Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

If this food is the sign of who Jesus is.
Jesus is God’s sign.
God has given us Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
Jesus is more than enough.
In him, there is more than enough spiritual food.
Can we understand that?

Today, Jesus shows that he can produce food without much.
But because he has wisdom, he does not multiply food all the time.
Instead Jesus invites us to look at the one who does multiply food.
It is a sign.
When we serve God in faith, this kind of things can happen.
Jesus is like that.

5.04.2009

Psalm 78:1-4

Reading: Psalm 78:1-4

“Oh my people, hear my teaching.
Listen to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth with parables.
I will utter hidden things, things from of old: what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us.

“We will not hide them from their children.
We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”


As if Jesus wants to carry out these words, Jesus starts his ministry proclaiming the mind of God through parables. Telling parables was his public speaking style.

What is parable? It is a story that explains a message.

Jesus might have been thinking in terms of those parables, because he was able to explain the heart of God through those stories.

But often it wasn’t easy to understand.
That was another purpose of him.
He can hide things in parables.

In order to understand them, you need to come to God and speak with God. You need to be changed by God in order to live out those teachings.