John 6:1-21 (1)


Understand God’s way
Reading: John 6:1-21
Blanks: signs, buy, thanks, nothing, withdrew

(3) After healing the sick in God’s power and teaching people about God’s way, Jesus wanted to have a break.

(3) But the people were continually following him.
They wanted to watch him; listen to him and evaluate him.
They had never seen anyone like him.
So they didn’t want to go home.
They wanted more of Jesus.

But Jesus was getting tired.
He wanted to have a break.
So I'm this time, he tried to go up to a mountain.
But many people were following him there.

Then, Jesus thought that these people must be very hungry.
So Jesus wanted to feed them.
(3) Then Jesus asked one of his students Philip who was from these area.
“Where shall we buy enough bread for these people?”

(3) Philip was like:
“Do we have enough money for that?
It would take more than half a year’s wages!”

(3) Then there was a boy who heard what Jesus said.
Then this boy wanted to give his lunch to Jesus.

Andrew, another disciple of Jesus, heard about this boy.
Then, he felt that he should bring this boy to Jesus.
He had a gift of bringing right people to Jesus.
(3) So Andrew was like:
“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish.”

Barley loaves were the cheapest in those days.
These fishes might have been very small pickled fishes or sardines.
(3) Then Jesus was like:
“That is enough.
Let the people sit down.”
Then about five thousand men sat down.
Then there were also women and children sat down.

(3) Then Jesus might have prayed like this in Hebrew:
“Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.”

(3) Then Jesus let his students distribute them as much as they wanted.

Then Jesus gave thanks for the fish and gave to them.
Then everyone had plenty to eat.

Jesus is interested in feeding his own people.
In fact, Jesus is interested in feeding all the people of every generation.
Jesus is interested in every people who was, who is and who is to come.

Jesus is also interested in feeding them with God’s words so that they may live according to God’s words.

But anyway God is interested in feeding people.
(3) So, even today, God is using his people to feed others.
For example:
God has been helping people like Dr, Kim Soon Kwon to develop a better way to grow corn and develop new kind of hybrid corns.
Then people were able to harvest 90% more.
Then he was able to help South Korea to grow corn better.
Then he was able to help Nigeria to grow corn better.
He was able to help North Korea and so on.

(3) God is also using people like you are me to feed others, through the Salvation Army Soup kitchen and Bethesda House of Schenectady.
Some of you have been part of this mission.
May God continually bless you to feed others.

(3) Let’s think about this this boy.
He gave to Jesus, what he had.
Jesus blessed and used what he had and helped thousands of people.
Then he also received even greater amounts.
Sometimes, this kind of miracles happens in our life.

(3) Jesus multiplied the food and fed thousands of people because they were hungry in this remote place.
Then, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gather the leftovers.
Let’s not waste it.”
Jesus would not waste what God has given.
Even though there was plenty, Jesus didn't want to waste.

(3) Then people wanted more.
Then instead of seeking God’s will, or the will of Jesus, they were like:
“Hey, Jesus must be the Prophet whom we are waiting for.
Let’s make him our king.
And let him feed his own nation.”
That was what they wanted, not what God wanted.

(3) As for Jesus, multiplying food was not difficult.
But helping them to understand God was difficult.
Helping them to understand God’s way of thinking was difficult.
Helping them to understand God’s intention was difficult.
Helping them to agree with God’s plan was difficult.
Helping them to have God inside of them was difficult.
Helping them to understand that God has another plan was difficult.

(3) Before starting his public ministry, Jesus learned something in the desert.
Now, he wanted to teach this to these people.
As you know, Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the desert.
(3) There he was tempted to miraculously turn the stone into bread.
But he learned that God wanted something else.
Then he said:
“Human being shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Then, he continually fasted and lived according to God’s will.
Jesus learned at the desert that he needed to choose to do God’s will, having all the power he had.

(3) Since then, Jesus tried to follow the will of God and tried to teach other people to understand God and follow God’s plan for their lives.
So after feeding them, Jesus asked them to go home and think about all this.

(2) Then Jesus went to a mountain by himself. (John 6:15)
There he rested awhile.
Jesus had a break from his ministry.
He rested alone.

(3) Jesus is the king of the universe.
Jesus is God.
Jesus has many angels working for him.
Jesus didn’t need to be their king.
Instead, Jesus wants them to become part of his heavenly Kingdom.

(3) Maybe resting like this, Jesus was saying to them in spirit:
“I want you to be kings and queens and live like me.
I pray that you may understand God and live in God’s way.
I pray that you may live my life.”

(3) Jesus is living in the way of God.
So God is visible through him.
God can teach people through him.
God can feed people through him.
God can love people through him.

If we understand God, and join God and do what God is doing, God will also make God’s self known through us.
That would be the joy of God.
That would be the miracles of God.
Hopefully, this miracle happen in our life.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to understand you and live your life.
Help us to understand your mind.
Protect our mind so that we may also understand God in the right way and live your life.
In Jesus name, we pray.


Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 (1)


Come and rest
Reading: Mark 6:30-34
Blanks: quiet, rest, teaching, went

(1) You heard that Jesus taught his students to teach others.
You heard that Jesus trained his disciples to go out and teach others.
You heard that Jesus trusted that they could teach and heal people.

(3) So, the disciples went out to teach people and heal people like Jesus.
Then they came back and told Jesus that they were able to do the ministry of Jesus.

(3) Then Jesus wanted his students to rest and relax.
This was the rhythm that he wanted to teach them.
They need to serve God and rest before God.

(3) But many people followed them, because they heard their teaching.
They liked to hang out with Jesus and his disciples.

(3) So Jesus said to his disciples something like this:
“Let’s get away from here.
Let’s find a quiet place to rest.”

Jesus determined to teach them this rhythm of serving God and resting before God.
This resting is a very important part of his ministry.

(3) You may think that Jesus was workaholic.
You may think that Jesus was always on the mission and ministry.
(3) Jesus knew how to have a rest.
Jesus knew how to rest alone.

(3) You may think that Jesus always prayed very hard.
You may think that Jesus didn’t sleep very much.
You may think that Jesus prayed alone on a mountain all the nights.

(3) But I hope that you can also imagine Jesus rested alone.
I hope that you can imagine that Jesus had a good time of resting and praying.

(3) This Jesus wanted to find a quiet place to rest for his disciples.
So they sailed by boat leaving other people to find a quiet place.

(3) But people would not let them go.
They realized that Jesus was very special.
He was something.
So they ran ahead and told other people where Jesus was going.
So, when Jesus arrived to the other side, many people were waiting for him.

(1) When Jesus saw these people, he saw that they were like sheep that needed the Shepherd to lead them and guide them.
They like sheep who wanted to Jesus in their life.
They wanted to find rest for their souls through Jesus the Christ.

But even though Jesus tried to have his students to rest quietly, Jesus realized that he has to postpone that plan.
Then Jesus started to teach them because Jesus is their shepherd.

(3) But that was not the original idea of Jesus for his students.
For his students, Jesus really wanted them to rest:

(3) In fact in the Bible, Jesus even said: (Matthew 11:28-30)
“Come to me.
I will give you rest.
Learn from me.
Then you will find rest for your souls.”

(3) I am sure that you are not like that.
But there are some people who don’t know how to rest.
They always work, work and work.
In fact, this mentality of overworking is prevalent in our society.

(3) So even when they want to know more of God, they try to work and work and work to get to know more of God.
They tried to pray early morning for 40 days and tried to attend overnight prayer services.
They tried to fast.
They tried to read the Bible without giving themselves a time of resting.
But without resting, they could not go very far.

(3) If they learn to rest before God, they may learn of God better.
They may learn how much God loves them and wants to be part of their life.

(3) This is true also in sports.
For example, one time, a figure skater Yuna Kim used to struggle because she had practiced too much.
Then because of it, she often fell and got hurt and so on.
She didn’t give herself enough rest.
So her trainer taught her to practice less and practice more efficiently.
Then she didn’t get hurt very often and was able to perform better.

(3) I got a phone call awhile ago.
This person was not a member of this church.
This person had a prayer request that was very important for her.
Then after some conversation, in her desperateness, she asked:
“Should I fast and pray?
What should I do?”
She wanted to do something as if only then God would answer her prayer.

But God is not like that.
God already loves her and is ready to help her.
So I said:
Just try to get to know God.
Try to get to know who Jesus is.
That is all.”

(3) God already said in the Bible:
“Be still and know that I am God.”
What does it means?
(3) To those who always try to work, work, work, God was like:
“Let me do some work.
Invite me to work for you.
Allow me to work for you while you rest.
I can do a lot of things without your help.
So I invite you to rest.
Rest for God.”

When I didn’t know how to serve God, I heard God saying this to me many times.
When we don’t know how to serve God, we may hear this from God.

Some people seems to think that in order to serve God, they need to work harder.
Then sometimes, they got tired and burnout.

(3) But the message of Jesus was like this: Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me.
I will give you rest.
Learn from me.
You will find rest for your souls.”

Here is our last example.
(3) Have you heard about Mother Teresa?
She was serving the sick and the poor, for God in India.
She believed that God had called her to do that ministry.

But one time she was not able to do this ministry because she got sick very often.
Then one day a nurse-practitioner asked her to learn to rest regularly.
The nurse said:
“Without resting regularly, without giving yourself a good rest, you will not be able to do this ministry very long.”
Through this nurse, God was saying to her to rest more often.
So she learn to rest more often.
Then she was able to serve God and serve people continually.

(3) Jesus is not saying to us:
“Work for me.”
Jesus is saying to us:
“I invite you to work with me so that you may learn of me.”

So if you want to serve God, or if you are serving God, I hope that you know how to rest before God.
I hope that you you allow God to work in your life.
Then God may be able to use you continually.

(3) I know you guys are busy.
So I want to know:
How do you rest?
What helps you to rest?
Do you know how to rest alone?
Do you know how to rest in the power of God?
Do you know how to work and rest in a good proportion?

I pray that you learn to rest so that you may be able to work with God and rest in God continually.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for helping us to rest in you.
Help us to rest in God, and learn to live quietly before God.

Thank you for helping us to do your work.
May we learn to do you work and learn to rest with you.
Help us to rest in God, and trust in God.

In this way, may we have a good relationship with you.
In this may, may we live our life before you.
May we live a good life with you. (Isaiah 32:17)
In Jesus name, we pray.


Matthew 6:24-34 (1)


God responds according to your expectation?
Reading: Matthew 6:24-34
Additional reading: Isaiah 49:8-16, Psalm 131:1-3, Philippians 4:6-7, 2 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 21:34, Luke 14:18-20
Hymns: 333, 324, 316
Prop: Flower, Bird
Blanks: God, heavenly, Solomon, faith, seek

(3) Jesus knew how to live for God.
So Jesus helped his students to live for God.

So how did he do it?
First, Jesus helped them hear God.
Jesus spoke God’s words to them so that they would be very familiar with the way God speaks.
In this way, Jesus helped them to understand God.

(3) We know that every words of Jesus is like seeds.
When Jesus teaches, he is spreading his seeds.
This each seed is supposed to grow and bear fruits in people’s life.

(3) But there are some obstacles for these seeds to grow.
One of them is worry of this world.
What is worry?
It is a thought.
But it can make people suffer physically, spiritually and mentally.
This thought of worry can disturb one’s mind.
This thought of worry can stop God’s words to grow in them.
This thought of worry can hinder people to bear God’s fruits.

So Jesus didn’t want his students to worry.
Jesus wanted his students to enjoy their time with Jesus.

So because he didn’t want his students worry, Jesus said something like this:
(2) “Think about the birds of the air and how they live.
They don’t work to produce their own food.
They have never invested their money for their future.
But God created the world, thinking about them.
Then God feeds them and provides what they need.
So, they can find food and a shelter in this world.

(3) “Think about the wildflowers and how they grow.
They are pretty.
God gives them good colors.
They are dressed better than Solomon in his splendor.
Because God is a better designer than Solomon.”

(3) Jesus wants his students to notice how God cares about birds and flowers.
Because Jesus wants to help his students to see what God is doing.
Jesus wants his students to see how much God cares for this world.

God is trying to provide something good to this world.
God is trying to help them so that they can help the world.

If they see how much God cares and if they understand how much God cares about them, they may be able to trust in God for their lives.
Then they may live for God and bear God’s fruits.

But if they don’t understand how much God cares, they may live like this.
(3) They may hear God’s words. (Matthew 13:7, 22)
But then they may also worry about their life.
So they may be busy storing up, piling up a lot of money.
Then one day, they may die without doing anything about what God said.
God has given them powerful words so that they may accomplish something positive in this world.
But they may die without even using their money for good.
They may die without doing what Jesus asks them to do.
When people worry about their life, this kind of things may happen.

(3) So it is one thing to hear God.
And it is another thing to obey God and bear God’s fruits.
Not all those who hear God’s words can produce God’s fruits.
Because the thought of worry can stop God’s words to grow in them.
So only those who learn to trust in God can bear God’s fruits in their lives.
Those who learn to live boldly for God can bear God’s fruits in their lives.

(3) When they stop worrying and start allowing God to work in their lives, they may have God’s fruits.
They may have a good result, a good product, and good fruits.

Meaning, they may be able to know God and make God known.
They may pray to find out what God wants to say to this world.
They may be able to listen to what Jesus is saying and understand.
Then when they obey God, they may bear God’s fruits.

(3) The students of Jesus tried to follow Jesus.
They tried not to worry about what to eat and what to wear.
They tried not to worry about their lives.

Then following Jesus, sometimes, they were well fed.
But sometimes, they were hungry.
Sometimes, they were well dressed.
Sometimes, they needed a nice shower and a clean dress.

But still they have a good health and enough money to serve God.
(3) And Jesus encouraged them:
Jesus was like:
“Live for God.
Live boldly for God whether you live or die.
Don’t worry about your life.
God will take care of you.”

(3) “God is guiding you.
God is leading you.
You will receive all you need, because God cares about you.
So try to live according to God’s will.
Because God is trying to bear good fruits through your life.
So trust in God.
Trust in me today.
And follow me and do what God wants you to do.”

(3) There was a new Christian in Jordan.
Someone taught him how to trust in God.
So he tried.
He tried for the people of Jordan and Iraq.
And let's watch to what happened when he tried to trust in God:
Video: https://youtu.be/uHnTikHkP4Q?t=19s

God was ready for him to pray and seek God’s will.
God was ready for him to offer one of his dream to God.
Then God provided all the money.
That is, God showed up and did what he asked.

(3) In order to have this kind of faith, we may need to read about those whom God has guided and taken care of.
We may need to read about how God helped people to live according to God’s will.
We need to read about how God helped people to follow Jesus.
Then, we may also learn to have faith.
We may learn to believe in God.

(3) But if you have been hearing God, then Jesus may say the same thing to you:
Jesus may say:
“You have heard God.
Pray and trust God who can help you in your life.
And grow with God’s words.
Trust God who can provide.
Trust God who can accomplish God’s will through you.
Then you will see God’s fruits in your own life.”

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for giving us your words.
Help us trust in you and obey you today.
Help us to bear God’s fruits in our life.

We pray this to you because you are the God of our life.
You are the Savior of our life.
You purchased our life for God.
So we believe that you can help us to bear God’s fruits in our life.
So we pray that may all of us be able to see God’s fruits in our own life.
We pray this in Jesus name.


Mark 6:1-13 (5)


Jesus and his hometown people
Reading: Mark 6:1-13
K-hymns: 492, 489
Blanks: teach, prophet, send, welcome, leave

(3) The Bible is not interested in telling how Jesus lived when he was a child. Because he was just like anybody else.
Jesus was not much different from his friends.
When he was young, Jesus was not very different.
Jesus was not known as the smartest and wisest young man in the village.
Jesus had just a normal relationship with his friends and with his family.

That is, Jesus didn’t use his divine power very much.
Jesus didn’t share his divine wisdom very much with his people.
It is even possible that Jesus didn’t speak very much.

Then, just like anybody else, he also had a job.
He was trained to be a carpenter.
Then he became a local handyman.
Jesus was good at making things, building things and fixing things.
So his hometown people hired him when they needed to fix their home and build something up.
Then doing this kind of work, he earned his living and supported his mother and family.

(3) But when Jesus knew he was the Messiah, the Christ, and God, he was different.
When Jesus received the Holy Spirit, he was totally different.
Then Jesus started his public ministry.
He preached God's messages.
He performed God's miracles in Israel.

(3) Then his hometown people didn’t know what to think of him.
They heard Jesus was a miracle worker in Galilee.
They heard Jesus was challenging the Jewish religious leaders.
So they worried about him.
But some of his hometown people even thought Jesus had lost his mind.

(3) Then one day, Jesus came to his hometown people and preached to them.
His hometown people were amazed at his message.
(3) But then they were like:
"Where did he get all these?
Listen to his wisdom!
See all his miracles!”

(3) But still in their mind, Jesus was their handyman who could fix their home.
And they could not believe that this handyman was the Messiah.
So they doubted him and his works.

(2) They could not believe that God became a man and dwelt among them.
They could not believe that God became their neighbor and was their handyman and now is their Messiah.
They didn’t believe.
They didn’t understand.

But still Jesus cured a few people and then left them.
When they refused to believe, Jesus just left them alone.
Like this a good opportunity passed them by.

(3) Jesus who is God left for other villages and helped other people.
Jesus didn’t stop and pause his ministry because his hometown people could not believe in him.
No, he just left and moved on.

(3) Then he helped other people.
He healed many people.
Many people believed in him.
So Jesus helped them to live according to God's will.

(3) His hometown people knew a bit about the human side of Jesus.
But they were not able to understand or refused to believe in the divinity of Jesus.

But other people got to know his human side and the divine side of Jesus.
Then they believed in him.
They listened, and learned that Jesus is God.
They followed Jesus as he taught them God’s way of living.
Then they also was able to help other people to believe in Jesus.

(3) In those days, some religious teachers or Rabbi traveled with his students to teach other villages.
Jesus also traveled with his students to teach other villages.
They all left their hometown to follow Jesus.
They all left their friends and family to follow him.
Then without worrying about what their friends and family would think of them, they just focused on practicing what Jesus had taught them

Through these teaching and miracles, Jesus opened their mind to understand God.
Jesus asked them to simplify their life and seek the kingdom of God.
Jesus asked them to simplify their life and move on with God's plan.
Because that was their calling in life.

(3) Then when they were ready, Jesus decided to speed up the process.
Jesus gave his students the heavenly power.
Jesus was like:
"I am going to give you my power so that you may do what I do.”
Then Jesus sent them, two by two to preach, and make people well.

(3) In the Middle East, people had a great hospitality for those who traveled or for those who passed by their village.
So Jesus could ask his students something like this:
"Keep moving.
Keep reaching out.
Keep traveling.
Don't take anything for the journey: no bread, no bag, no money.
And keep things very simple.
Because God will be with you in this journey.
God will provide everything.

“So when you enter a village, if some people welcome you and listen to you and invite you to stay, then stay there until you leave that town.

“But if the people of that village don’t understand you, and didn’t want to know more about the truth, then stop trying but leave that town.
Keep moving to next town.
Keep reaching out.
Keep traveling."

So they went out teaching people to follow the way of God.
They drove out evil spirits.
They anointed the sick with oil and healed them.

(2) After this, they went to new locations and did the same.
They saw what Jesus did.
So they did the same.
They were doing the ministry of Jesus, because God had called them to do this ministry.

(3) Then one day, they might have went to their own hometown and shared the faith of Jesus.
Then, their hometown people might have believed in Jesus.

(3) Maybe, Jesus was also thinking:
“If I am helping many, many people, maybe these people can help my hometown people to believe in me.”

(3) We can imagine that during his three years of ministry, his hometown people heard about Jesus and his followers.
They talked about Jesus and what Jesus was doing.
Then some of them might have realized that Jesus was the Messiah.
Some of them might have realized that Jesus is God.

(3) In various forms Jesus asks us to continue this kind of journey of Jesus.
So Jesus may ask us to keep traveling and keep reaching out.
Jesus may ask us to move to new location.
Jesus may ask us to move with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus may ask us to leave our old friends and find new friends.
Jesus may ask us to begin anew.
Find a new family of God.

Jesus may try to bring two people together to reach out more people.
Jesus may try to use us to help other people to believe and follow the way of Jesus.
As Jesus work in us like this, we may be changed.
We may be changed and understand Jesus.

If God helps you to spend time with Jesus and believe in Jesus, and if God helps you to love God, then you may be able to do this kind of ministry.
Jesus will empower you to preach his message.
Jesus will empower you to start something new.
God will empower you to move with Jesus and do his ministry.
May this miracle happen in our life.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for your ministry.
Thank you for helping us to do your ministry through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Help us to follow you and live according to your will.
Help us to live in your way experiencing your power.
In Jesus name, we pray.