8.23.2015

John 6:51-58 (6)

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The Body of Christ
Reading: John 6:51-58 (6)
Additional Reading: John 6:56-69
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(3) If we believe in Jesus, we become the body of Jesus Christ.
That means, we can become an expression of Jesus Christ.
That means, we can carry out God’s mission in Jesus’ name.
That means, we may do these activities in the power of the Holy Spirit.

(1) They are leitourgia, kerygma, didache, koinonia, and diakonia.
It sounds like Greek.
And it is Greek.
We see these action words in the Bible.
We are called to do these as the body of Jesus.

It means worship, proclamation, teaching, fellowship, and service.
Let’s think about them together.

First, Leitourgia.
It means worship:

(3) Jesus said: (John 4:19-24)
God is spirit.
So his worshipers must worship God in the Spirit and in truth.

That means, the Holy Spirit has to help us to worship God.
And if we want to truly worship God, we need to understand the truth that Jesus taught through his words.
These miracles have to happen if we want to truly worship God.

God desires that people worship God in the Spirit and in truth.
So we pray that the Holy Spirit may help us to worship and the truth of Jesus may be revealed in our worship.

(3) So in our worship, we also participate in the Lord’s Supper as the truth of Jesus has to be revealed.
In this way we remember Jesus the Christ who died for us and saved us.
In this way, we welcome Jesus into our hearts.
In this way, we proclaim that the world needs Jesus.

God deserves our worship.
We worship God because God is good and kind and merciful.
God makes us spiritually healthy.
God empowers us to live.
God heals us.
God restores us.
Through Jesus the Christ, God saves us from our sins.

So we praise God who comes into our lives and make our lives fruitful.
We praise God who leads us to serve God’s world.
We sing songs to God.

We also worship Jesus, because Jesus is God.
We also worship Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit is God.

As the body of Christ, we worship God like this.
We try to worship God whether we are alone or together.
We try to worship God anywhere and anytime.

(2) Kerygma.
It means proclamation.

As the body of Christ, we proclaim that Jesus is our Lord and our Saviour.
We want to proclaim who Jesus is in the power of the Holy Spirit.

In order to proclaim in the right way, we study and learn about Jesus.
We study to understand who Jesus is.
We talk about the story of Jesus.
We try to get our theology right.
We try to understand who is Jesus so that we may believe him in the right way.
It is important to understand Jesus in the right way.
Then we can proclaim him in the right way.
Then we can proclaim who Jesus is and what Jesus wants to do on earth.

Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus is helping us to understand his idea, his dream and his vision.
If we understand, we may proclaim his vision in the world.
If we understand, we may proclaim his dream, so that people may learn of his dream and join in.
So Jesus asks us to speak for him and proclaim his truth.

(3) We also remember that Jesus died speaking up the truth.
That means, as the body of Jesus, we may also live or die for the truth.
But either way, Jesus is with us and will be with us forever no matter what.
That means, in Jesus Christ, we have eternal life.

(3) Didache.
It means teaching.
In order to help people proclaim, we need to teach them.

Sometimes, we need to explain the truth and the wisdom of Jesus. (Eph 3:10)
We need to explain why Jesus has done what he has done.
That means, sometimes, we need to teach the meaning of his life.
We need to teach so that people may understand what Jesus is all about.
We need to teach so that people may understand why Jesus is the fulfilment of God’s hope.
Why did God raise Jesus from the dead?
Why did God make Jesus the most important person in the world?
Why is God uniting all people under his name? (Eph. 1:10)

In order to help people understand this, we may need to give people a chance to meditate on this and discuss about this.
So we may need to provide small group Bible study.
And we may need to encourages people to read and pray with the story of Jesus.
Then they may understand who Jesus really is.

(4) Koinonia.
It means fellowship.
But Koinonia means more than having a fellowship event.
It is about sharing life.

God has the divine koinonia.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit love each other and have the bond of perfect unity.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit has the perfect koinonia.
We are trying to learn from Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) how to live like that.

(3-4) In the book of Acts 2:42-47, we read an example of how early Christians shared their lives with each other and lived out this koinonia.

Let’s read together:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
All the believers were together and had everything in common.
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.
They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

This is how they have koinonia.
This is how they had spiritual fellowship sharing their possessions.

We may be not called to live exactly like that.
But we are called to share our lives.
We are called to live with God's people, have Christian fellowship, pray for one another, take care of each other, and proclaim Jesus together.
In this way, we live as the body of Jesus.

(5) Diakonia.
It means service.
The word, Deacon came out of this word: Diakonia.

When we say that we are the body of Jesus, it means that we are his hands, feet and so on.
That means, we are called to do his works on earth.
That means, we are called to serve others.
The body of Jesus, the church does not exist for itself.
She exists for service.

So, we try to find something that we can do for others.
We cannot do everything.
But we can do something.

What can we do?
(3) In order to do know this, we may need to check what our heart tells us:
We need to check what we can do:
We need to check what we love to do:
We need to think about how God wants to use us.

If we still don’t know, we may watch how other people serve God.
We may watch how God uses them.
We may read about how other people was able to serve God and people.
Then we pray about it before God.
Then we may realize how we may use what we have for Jesus.
Then through us, people may see how Jesus is still alive and still with us.

(3) These leitourgia, kerygma, didache, koinonia, and diakonia are intertwined.
They support each other, as you can see.
Through leitourgia, kerygma, didache, koinonia, and diakonia, we live as the body of Jesus Christ on earth.
But we are not able to do these by our own power.
We need the Holy Spirit to empower us to do these.
Then we may be able to help the world to worship God, proclaim Jesus, teach the wisdom of Jesus, have true fellowship, and serve in the name of Jesus.

As the body of Jesus, in this way, we may continually live the life of Jesus.
Then the story of Jesus may be known, truly, deeply inside out.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, you love us and are interested in our life.
You have given us this community so that we may learn of you .
Help us to be your hand and your feet.
Help us to obey you through our life so that the world will know you and understand you.
We pray this in Jesus name.
Amen.

8.22.2015

Prayers of the people 11

Jesus Christ, thank you for guiding us and working in our life.
Thank you for helping us to know you and experience you.
Thank you for loving and taking care of those who we love.
Thank you for your work in the lives of all people.

Jesus, we remember your story of prodigal son.
Through the story you told us that God loves all those who have gone away from God.
Their leaving didn’t make God love them any less.
You still love them.
Then when they return, you welcome them and forgive them.
Then you proclaim:
“Now you are new creatures in God.
You are the children of God.
You are the heirs of God’s all good things.”

You have empowered us with your faith so that we may live your life.
Thank you for guiding us to come closer to you.
Help all of us to love you back just like you love us and care for us.
May we also forgive all those who you forgive.

May we use our power and energy for you and your people.
May we use our life, mind, thoughts and imagination for your love.
May we offer our hearts and our thoughts and our mind to you.
In this way, may we find your true life.

Today we celebrate your life!
We celebrate what you have done.
We praise you for remembering the way you love all people.
Thank you for investing your life for us.
Thank you for showing us how to use the ability that God has given.

Now we entrust to you our family and friends, all who ask for our prayers and who pray for us.
May you be experienced among them.
May they receive your words today.
May you lead them into the path of righteousness.

May you come and change them for you.
Just like you fed five thousand people with one’s person’s lunch, may you feed them spiritually and physically so that they may be able to love you and serve you.
Touch and heal our minds, and fill them with your joy.
Protect us so that we may make your name known and praised throughout the world.

Today, may we hear your voice.
May we respond to your story in the way you want.
May we praise and worship you in the way you want.
May you be praised in spirit and in truth.
Thank you for hearing our prayer.
We praise you.
We love you.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Amen.

8.16.2015

Luke 14:15-24 (1)

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God's party
Reading: Luke 14:15-24
Additional reading: Matthew 22:2-14, Matthew 6:24-34, Isaiah 49:8-16, Psalm 131:1-3, Philippians 4:6-7, 2 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 21:34
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(3) One time, Jesus was having a dinner with some people.
Then a Jewish man said:
“Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
He knew about the fact that God is preparing a party.

But then Jesus told this kind of story:
(3) There was a man who was preparing a party and invited many guests.

You can already guess this man in this story represents God.
This God is a joyous God.
This God is happy and wants a party.

Anyway, this man sent his servants to let people know that they were cooking to have a party.
His servants went out and invited many guests.

Then after awhile, all the food was ready.
Then the man sent out his servants to say to all those invited:
“Everything is now ready.
Please come.”

But those who were invited were making excuses.
(1) The first said:
“I have just bought a land.
I must go and see it.
Please excuse me."

Another said:
“I’ve just bought a nice truck.
I’m on my way to try out.
Please excuse me.”

Another said:
"I just bought new stocks of a company
I think this is a winner.
I am going to study how this company is doing.
Please excuse me.”

Another said:
“I bought a lot of interesting books.
I am going to read them.
Please excuse me.”

“I am trying to have a better grade at school.
I could not come.”

“I have too much church work at the moment.
I cannot come.”

“I am trying to be a professor and a tenure at my university.
Please excuse me.”

“I am trying to be a president of a company.
Please excuse me.”

Another said:
“Finally I have just got married!
So I cannot come.”

They all got what they wanted in this life, on earth.
And it felt good.
They wanted to enjoy their blessing.
So they had no time for God’s party.
They have no time for God.

They wanted stuff and more material possessions.
They wanted more and more.
It was never enough.
They wanted to have everything this life could offer.

So, those servants were, in fact,asking them:
“God or your possession, if you have to choose one, which one would you choose?”
They chose their possession.

In other words, they only think about this life.
They only think about what to eat, and what to wear.
They only worry about their near future.

But God is offering this party saying:
“I am here to give you an infinite and timeless life.
I am here to give you eternal life.”
God is talking about eternal life.
But they were only thinking about their finite or small matter in this world.

So they had no time for God's party.
As for them, attending this party was useless and wasting time.
They were not interested enough to know what God was doing.

Why?
Because it was not their priority.
It was never in their calendar.
It was not in their agenda.

So they were not willing to be part of this party.
They wanted to do what they wanted and not follow the ministry of Jesus.

It is not bad to have a land, trucks, and stocks.
It is not bad to be successful in their profession.
It is not bad to take good care of money and want to enjoy their life.
It is not bad to be well prepared for their future.
It is not bad to be married and have a family.

No, but it is bad to put these things above God who is giving all these gifts for them.
It is bad to love gifts more than the giver of those gifts.

Anyway they were not available.
They have no time to sit with God.
They didn't want to know what God is planning.
They did not want to know why God has invited them to his party.

Who were these who were invited but didn’t come?
Who are these who knew God but refused to attend God’s party?

They might have been those who didn’t seek the goodness of God.
Or they might have been those who seek to be rich without God's help.

They might have been the religious Jewish leaders in the time of Jesus, who thought that God is only asking them to perform better.
So they rather do something for God than spend time with God.
Working for God is much more fun than being with God.

Or, they might have thought that God is harsh and fearful.
So they were like:
“I don’t want to have a party with God.
Does God know how to enjoy a party?”

Or they were those who said they loved God but didn’t want to obey God.
They might be those who said they wanted to do God's will but in fact they didn't do when they got their chance to do God’s will.

(2) Back to the story, the servants came back and said something like this to his master.
"They are all busy doing their own things.
They would not come.
They are fine without you."

Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servants:
“Go out quickly into the streets and narrow back street of the town.
And bring in the poor.
Call the homeless shelters.
Bring all the homeless.
Bring all those who can be in this party.
Bring the crippled.
Bring the blind.
Bring the disabled.”

Now God is inviting everyone.
Everyone is invited.
No one is left out.
God is giving all the people this opportunity to eat and have God’s party in God’s table.
That is why the ministry of Jesus is for everyone.
Everyone can come to enjoy God.

After having done that, the servant came back and said:
“Sir, what you ordered has been done.
But still there is room.”

Then the master told his servant:
“Go out to the roads and check all the country narrow ways.
And force them to come in, so that my house will be full.”

(3) So all those who were unqualified to be in God’s party were invited.
Through the ministry of Jesus, they got to know this God.
The ministry of Jesus was God’s party.
Jesus is inviting people to be part of it.
Then even tax collectors, sinners and outcasts were part of this ministry.
Jesus healed many people.
And they become part of this party.
They were not religious.
They were not spiritual.
But they had time for God.
So they enjoy learning about God through Jesus the Christ.
They spend time with God and get to know God personally.

God loves these people and encourage them to follow Jesus.
Then they learn that God loves them.
They learn that God is alive for them.
They learn what God is trying to do.
Then they join God and do what God wants without worrying about their life. (Luke 21:34)
They learn that there is no reason to worry, when they have God who loves them so much.
God is saying to them through Jesus:
“You are my boys and my girls.
I love you.
Do not worry about your life, what to eat, what to wear.
Instead, learn to enjoy your time with God.
Attend God’s party.
Enjoy God’s abundance.
There is plenty of food.
There is plenty of God’s food, heavenly food here.”

(3) This story was told because someone said:
“Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

Jesus is saying that all those who follow him are in God’s kingdom.
Jesus is God’s kingdom.
Jesus is God’s party.
Jesus is enjoying God and wants people to enjoy God with him.
Jesus is inviting all people to have a good time with God.
This ministry of Jesus is God’s party.

Through this story, we know that God is celebrating because of Jesus.
God is having a party because of Jesus.
Then God may be saying to all of us:
“You need Jesus.
Let Jesus be your first priority.
Put Jesus first in your life.
Jesus has come to give you life, meaning, purpose, hope, peace, confidence, and love.
So spend time with him.
Jesus is the most important in the world.
If you have Jesus, you have all, because Jesus can always fill you.
So give Jesus your time.
Be part of this party.
This is what God asks you to do.
Simplify your life enough to do this God’s will.
Then you will have what you need.
You will be truly successful, because God will take care of your future.”

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for inviting all of us to your party.
Thank you for helping us to come and learn of you.
We believe in you.
We come to you.
We know you would use our life.
We know you would provide all we need.
Thank you.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Amen.

8.09.2015

John 17:20-23

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For the unity of the Church
Reading: John 17:20-23
Blanks: believe, message, unity, loved

(3) Today we have about 2.4 Billion Christians in the world.
We, Protestant Christians are about 800 Million.
Roman Catholic Christians are about 1.5 or 1.7 Billion.
Orthodox Christians are about 250 Million.

You know who Roman Catholic Christians are, right?
You know Protestant came out of the Roman Catholic Church about 500 years ago, through a reformation.
Through that reformation, Lutheran church and Presbyterian church and baptist church were formed.

Today we will learn about Orthodox Church.
They are also called Eastern Orthodox Church.
So who are they?
How were they formed?

In order to learn about them, we need to learn about what happened before the year 1054.
Because in the year 1054, the church was divided into Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church.
Catholic Church is saying “we are universal.”
Eastern Orthodox Church is saying “we are right in our theology.”

Why were they divided?
There can be many reasons.
But we can also say that they were growing apart because of their differences:

For example, their languages were different:
(3) The Eastern Church used Greek.
The Western Church used Latin.
The Western Church means Roman Catholic Church:
The Western Church used the Latin Bible, that Jerome translated in the 5th Century.
They used two different languages living in two different cultures

They were politically different:
Between 4-8 Century, the Eastern Emperor were able to vote to elect the Pope in the West.
But in 8th Century, the West ended up having their own empire: Holy Roman Empire (800-1806) and had Charlemagne as their emperor.
So, they elected their own Pope, without consulting the Eastern Emperor.

In the West, the Bishop of Rome, the Pope was more powerful than their emperor.
In the East, the emperor was more powerful than the Bishop of Constantinople.

They were growing apart like this, too.
At the council of Nicaea they decided to celebrate Easter on the same date on which the Passover sacrifice had been offered when the Second Temple stood: on the 14th of the first month (Aviv) or on the 14th day (the full moon) of the Jewish lunar month of Nisan.

The East celebrated Easter on that day.
The West celebrated Easter on Sunday following that date.

(3) Also, the Western churches use statues.
The Eastern churches use icons.
Then the East asked the West to remove statues, because it looked like idols.
The West refused to do so.
Then there was a controversy over using of icons.
Then at the Second Council of Nicaea in 787 AD, the issues of icons were resolved.

(3) The East used leavened bread for communion.
The West used unleavened bread.

(2) Because their location was different, they faced different challenge religiously.
For example:
The Eastern leaders had to deal with those who didn’t recognize the divinity of the Holy Spirit.
The Western leaders had to deal with those who didn’t recognize the divinity of Jesus.

(3) So in 589 AD, the Western council decided to add “And the Son” to the Nicene creed.
So it is read like this:
“And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.”
So they were saying: through the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit came to us.
In this way, they wanted to emphasize the divinity of Jesus.

They also said Ambrose of Milan (c. 340 – 4 April 397) already said:
“The Holy Spirit is the gift of both the Father and the Son.”

Then one day, the East noticed that the West changed the creed.
The East said that the West could not change the Nicene creed which was established at the Ecumenical Council.

(4) The East also didn’t want to change because the Eastern Churches had taught people like this about Trinity.
The Father is eternal and not begotten.
Jesus is eternal and begotten.
The Holy Spirit is eternal and proceeds from the Father.
In this way, they wanted to distinguish between Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
So they didn’t want to add “And the Son” to their Nicene Creed.

(3) Their religious order was different:
In the West, priests were single.
In the East, priests were married.

Then the Western Church asked the Eastern Church to have their priests be single.
(The Eastern Church was pointing out some Western clergies were having housekeeper who had their children: Nicolaitism)
The Eastern Church pointed out that the Western Church allowed people to buy and sell the clergies positions: Simony.
And sometimes, the one who bought the position never appeared at the churches: Absenteeism.

Then there was a question of: how should we govern our church?
The West wanted to have one Pope over all the churches.
The East wanted to have patriarchs and have them govern together.
The Easy considered that the Pope was one of patriarchs.
But time to time the Pope would insist his authority and would not bow to the will of patriarchs.

(1) Then in 1054, there was an incident.
The Patriarch of Constantinople Michael pointed out something that the West was not doing well.
So he sent out a letter pointing out about that.
Cardinal Humbert (Umberto) read this document.
He was upset and reported to Pope Leo IX.
Then Pope sent Cardinal Humbert (Umberto) to have a talk with the Patriarch of Constantinople Michael Cerularius.
When they met, they ended up having a shouting match.

(3) Then they excommunicated each other.
Humbert excommunicated the Patriarch Michael at the Hagia Sophia on the Easter Sunday.
In return Michael excommunicated Cardinal Humbert and the other delegates.

Excommunication means they didn’t allow each other to take communion at their church.
In this way, the East would not recognize the authority of Pope.
The West insisted his authority saying that the Pope approved this and that.

This kind of excommunication happened before.
But in this time, they took nearly a century to be reconciled.
(2) Then in 1964 the West and the East officially recognized each other.
They were like:
"We are sorry.
We made a mistake.”
Then they try to understand each other.

(4) Since then when they worship together, they decided to use the Nicene creed without “And the Son” clause.

(3) There are many different churches in the world.
There are many cultural differences.
We use different languages.
We have social, religious and political differences.
We may understand the Bible differently.
We may emphasize certain things above the other.
We may explain God differently.
We may have grown differently.
We may be different.
But we need to live together.

(3) When Jesus prayed to the Father God, for all the churches, he was like this:
“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

Jesus was praying that his church may be one like Trinity.
So we pray and try to be one in Jesus.
We know it is difficult.
It is almost impossible.
So Jesus prays for us.
So we pray together with Jesus.
We pray to believe in Jesus together.
We pray that his church may be one through Jesus the Christ.
We pray together and recognize that we are one in Jesus.
Then the world will know that God sent Jesus and God loves us.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to understand ourselves. .
Help us to understand each other, so that we may not judge others.
Thank you for your love for all of us.
In your name, we pray.
Amen



8.02.2015

John 6:24-35 (2)

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Through Jesus, God feed us
Reading: John 6:24-35
Blanks: Capernaum, endures, believe, life, believes

(3) Last week we heard about what happened after Jesus performed a miracle of feeding thousands.
After the miracle, people wanted Jesus to be their king, because he could feed them miraculously.
But Jesus just dismissed them.

(3) Next morning, they started to search for Jesus.
Then they found Jesus at Capernaum.
Then they thought that they could eat the food like yesterday.
Then they wanted more of that kind of food.

(3) But today, Jesus wanted to teach them about the spiritual food that they needed to eat to have spiritual life, heavenly life, eternal life.

(3) So Jesus said something like this to them:
“You are searching for the food that you ate yesterday.
But today let’s talk about the food that gives you eternal life.
I can give you the food that gives you eternal life, because God has approved of me."

(3) So they asked:
"What do we need to do to do that words that God requires?
What is God’s requirement?"
They thought Jesus was asking them to do something to get this food.
They might have thought that they needed to do something to get from God.
They thought if they did what God asked, they could have this food from God.

(3) But Jesus was like:
"It is very simple and profound.
The work of God is this: believe in me whom God has sent.
Believe in me because God has sent me."

(3) Then they turned around 180 degrees.
They were like:
"Then perform some miracles.
Then we will think about it and believe you.
You know, a thousand years ago, our ancestors ate the manna in the desert.
Moses gave them in the desert.
Can you do this?
Can you give this food everyday.”

(3) Jesus was like:
"Moses didn't give you that bread.
God gave you the true bread from heaven:
God’s bread gives life to the world.”

(3) Then they were like:
“OK, OK.
Give us this bread."

(3) Then Jesus was like:
"I am the bread of life.
Those who come to me will never go hungry.
Those who believe in me will never be thirsty.
God is offering me so that you may have eternal life.”

(3) Then they were like:
“What are you talking about?
How can you be our bread?
That is impossible.”
Then they left.
They went home to eat their own food.

(4) Today, Jesus determined to teach them about the spiritual food that gives the heavenly life.
This is the food of heaven.

(3) Yesterday Jesus gave them food because they followed Jesus without caring about whether they had food or not.
Yesterday, as for them, being with Jesus was very important.

(3) But today as for them, eating became more important than understanding Jesus.
So they wanted Jesus to use his power and feed them everyday.

(3) But today Jesus is here to give new food for the eternal life.
They need the living bread who is Jesus.
So Jesus would give of himself so that they could have this eternal life.
Jesus wants to help them to believe in him so that they have eternal life.

(3) So Jesus was like:
"Eat me.
You cannot have eternal life without eating of me.
You cannot have eternal life without believing of me.
So eat me.
Believe in me.
I am your spiritual food."

(3) If they believe in him, they can understand God and even become like God and have God’s character and kindness.
For this mystery, Jesus gave his life for many.

(3) When people believe in him, then they say:
Yes, Jesus speaks to us.
Jesus heals our mind and body.
Jesus provides the right kind of thinking.
Jesus helps us become kind and gentle.
Jesus spiritually empowers us. .

(1) But then how can we believe in Jesus?
We become a believer of him, when we do these things.
We read about him.
We hear about him.
We think about him.
We meditate on him.
We talk about him.
We try to understand him.
In this way, we become a believer of Jesus in the right way.

(3) How can we go on believing in Jesus?
We go on believing in Jesus by putting Jesus first in our life.

(3) God also puts Jesus first, because as for God, Jesus is everything.
As for God, Jesus is the most important person in the world.
Jesus is more important than everything that God created.
In fact, God created everything through Jesus the Christ.
Then even today God is creating good things through Jesus the Christ.
So we find all the good things through Jesus the Christ.
We find inner peace through Jesus the Christ.
You find inner healing through Jesus the Christ.
You find spiritual freedom and joy through Jesus the Christ.

(3) So God is asking people to love Jesus more than food.
God is asking people to love him more than money.
God is asking people to love him more than anything else.

A songwriter got this message.
Then she wrote this song.
(3) Lord you are more precious than silver.
Lord you are more costly than gold.
Lord you are more beautiful than diamond.
Nothing I desire compare with you.

(3) Then I may add:
Jesus, you are more precious than Mother Teresa.
Jesus, you are more important than all the ministry of the church.
Jesus, you are more important than all the ministry for the poor.
Jesus, you are more important than anything that we do here.
Nothing can be even compared with you.

(3) In your life, in various ways, God will say these words over and over and over:
“Talk about Jesus.
Believing in Jesus.
Put Jesus first in your life.
Eat Jesus.
Love Jesus.”

God will say these things over and over.
May you hear and accept this invitation and go on believing, putting Jesus first in your life.
Amen.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, you are the number one.
Help us to believe in you.
We believe in you.
We want to believe in you.
You are our living bread for eternal life.
Thank you for guiding our life.
Thank you for helping us live according to your will.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Amen.