12.27.2015

The faith of Jesus

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The faith of Jesus
Reading: John 14:15-21
Blanks: truth, live

Today we are going to study a Greek word, σώζω.
It means “save” in English.
In the Gospels we see this word σώζω a lot.
So let’s study about it.

(3) In Mark 5:21-34, (Luke 8:40-48, Matthew 9:22) we see a lady touched the garment of Jesus, thinking:
“If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed (σώζω).” (verse 28)
In Greek, she was saying:
“If I just touch his clothes, I will be saved.”
She was right.
Jesus said to her:
“Your faith has saved (σώζω) you.” (34)

What does it mean that she was saved?
She was healed completely.
She experienced who Jesus is.
She was restored physically, spiritually, religiously and socially.
And now she could go back to her family and lived a different life.

(3) In Mark 10: 46-52, we meet Bartimaeus:
When Jesus was passing him by, he shouted:
“Son of David, have mercy on me.”

Jesus asked him:
“What do you want me to do for you?”
Bartimaeus said:
“I want to see.”

Jesus said to him:
“Your faith has saved (σώζω) you.” (52)

How was Bartimaeus saved?
He realized who Jesus really is.
He experienced the power of Jesus.
And now he could follow Jesus and lived a different life.

(3) In Luke 19:1-10 we meet Zacchaeus who was a tax collector:
In those days, religious people didn’t go to a house of tax collector.
Because they said that tax collectors were a sinner.
So they didn’t eat with them.

But Jesus came to his house, and ate with him.
Jesus treated as if he was someone whom God so loves.

Then, Zacchaeus decided to live as a God’s child.
He also decided to give his wealth to the poor.
(2) Zacchaeus was like:
“Look, Lord Jesus!
Now I gonna give half of my possessions to the poor.
And if I have cheated anyone, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said: (9-10)
(2) “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man is also a son of Abraham.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Again here, Jesus said:
“Salvation (σώζω) has come to this house.”
“σωτηρία τῷ οἴκῳ τούτῳ ἐγένετο”

Jesus is saying:
‘He is saved.”

How was Zacchaeus saved?
Zacchaeus experienced God who loved him.
Zacchaeus realized that he was loved by God.
So Zacchaeus decided to live for God who blesses those who bless others.

This is how the Gospels used this word “save.” (σώζω)
All these people were saved because they have the faith of Jesus Christ.
As they hear about the miracle stories of Jesus, they experience the faith of Jesus.
The faith of Jesus opens their eyes to see a new possibility for their lives.
Then they acted accordingly.
They reached out to Jesus who has faith.
And they was healed.
They were saved.
When they believe what Jesus believes, they are saved.
They were saved through the faith of Jesus the Christ.

Jesus still saves people through his faith.
So today many people have been saved by saying a sinner’s prayer like this:
It goes like this:
(3) “Lord Jesus, I need You.
Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins.
I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord.
Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.
Take control of my life.
Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Amen.”

Some people may wonder through this one prayer, can we be saved?
Well, there is an example in the Gospels.
There was one person who was saved with one prayer.
(2) It is written in Luke 23:32-43.
You know, two criminals were crucified with Jesus.
Then one of them said: (42-43)
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered:
“Yes, today you will be with me in paradise.”
That is it.
Just like that, this person was saved.
As he was with Jesus, somehow he experienced the faith of Jesus.
Then somehow the faith of Jesus helps him to believe in Jesus.
Then Jesus saved him because he asked him responding to the faith of Jesus.
And so he was saved.

Even today Jesus saves us through the faith of Jesus.
(3) Jesus may say: (John 14:19)
“Because I live, you shall live also.
Because I have eternal life, you will have also.
Because I have the Holy Spirit, you will have also.”

When we believe what Jesus believes, we become one with Jesus.
Then, we are saved.
Then we live like Jesus and talk like Jesus.

So I hope that you learn about the faith of Jesus.
I hope that you have the faith of Jesus.
I hope that the Holy Spirit continually help you to have the faith of Jesus.
Then you live as Jesus lives.

Where can you find this faith of Jesus?
I usually find reading the Bible and praying believing that Jesus can do everything.
What about you?

Some of you have this faith of Jesus already.
I hope that you use the faith of Jesus for your family and for your world.
Then they may also be saved.
Then they may also live in the faith of Jesus.
They may also believe what Jesus believes for them.

So before we end, I would like to ask:
What does Jesus encourage you to do today according to his faith?
What is Jesus saying to your life according to his faith?
What is Jesus saying to your family according to his faith?
What is Jesus saying to this world according to his faith?

I hope that we hear it and live accordingly.
Then our family and our world and we will be saved.
Amen.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to understand you.
Help us to have the faith that you have.
May your faith nourish our souls so that we may live as you live.
Help us to discern well so that we may live your life on earth.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Amen.

12.24.2015

Prayers of the people 5

Jesus, our joy and delight!
Thank you for your birth.
Thank you for your life.
Thank you for your words.
Thank you for giving us your peace.
Thank you for giving us a childlike faith.
Thank you for giving us your faith to simplify our life.
Thank you for giving us new future.
Thank you that we are new creatures in you.

We pray that you use Korea, and this nation and this world for your name sake.
May these nations hear your voices and follow you all the way.
May your story inspire these nations to serve the world.
May all nations serve each other.

May you bless all the churches in the world and all the ministers of your ministry.
May they share the story of Jesus so that all the world may understand you and welcome you.

Jesus, you are encouraging us and say:
“I have overcome the world.
I am giving my Spirit to you.
Be courageous.
Everything will be alright.
God is with you.
God is for you.
God will be faithful to you.
Trust me and live my life.”

We respond and say in the faith of Jesus:
"Jesus, you are our God, our king and our CEO.
You are in control!
You rule humbly in the right way.
May we move and work with you in the power of the Holy Spirit."

Now we bless our families and friends.
We pray for all who have asked for our prayers, and who pray for us.
We bless our coworkers in our job places.
We bless all those who we remember and are remained in our heart.
Jesus, bless them, as we pray for them and bless them in this silence.

Jesus, may you bless them giving them healing and peace.
May they live your life on earth.
May they hear your your words, experience your love and live having your faith.

Jesus, you have shown the way of life so that we may follow you.
Help us understand better so that we may live your life today.
Fill us with your Spirit.
And help us to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
May we find you in our life.

To you who love us, all the glory, all the praise, all the honor forever and ever.
In your name, we pray.
Amen.

12.06.2015

Matthew 18:21–35 (1)

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Forgive to be forgiven
Read: Matthew 18:21–35
Blanks: servants, pay, patient, patient, prison, pay

(2) Jesus talks about forgiveness a lot.
And Peter knew about it.
So he tried to forgive a friend.
But it was difficult, especially when he was mad at someone.

But often, as a matter of fact, he didn’t want to forgive that person.
(2) He wanted a revenge.
He wanted to get rid of this person from his life.

So he was wondering:
“How many times do I need to forgive before a revenge?”
How many times is enough?”

Then he thought about it all night.
Then Peter thought that 7 seemed a good number.
You know, 7 seemed a very Biblical number:

(3) God created the universe in 6 days and rested on 7th day.

God had asked them to keep the Sabbath holy.
And that is the 7th day: (Lev 23:1-3)
God asked them to keep the Sabbath year.
That is the 7th year: (Lev 25:1-7)
God had asked Jewish people to celebrate 7 different feasts.
God had asked Israelites to celebrate the feast of Passover (Lev 23:4-5) and the feast of Weeks (Lev 23:15-22) for 7 days.

(3) Elisha told the military commander Naaman to be dipped in the Jordan River seven times to be healed. (2 Kings 5:10)
And after that, he was healed.

(3) God designed a menorah to be placed in the temple.
This menorah has 7 branches.
And this lampstand was supposed to signify that God shines God’s light into this world.
And so, 7 seems like a good number.
Maybe 7 is a number of completion in the Bible.

But then some teacher said three times would be enough.
But Peter knew better.
He doubled the number and more.

And Peter thought that with this number, Jesus might be happy.
So Peter came to Jesus ask something like this:
“You know, it is difficult to forgive another person.
How many times do I need to forgive before a revenge?
Is seven times enough?”

Jesus was like:
“I see.
I am glad you are trying.
But in terms of forgiveness, seven is not a good number.
(3) Seventy seven may be a good number.
Yeah, why don’t you forgive seventy seven times?”

Jesus was not asking Peter to be abused by his friends.
But Jesus was asking Peter not to have a heart of resentment.

Nelson Mandela also said:
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
He also learned that in order to live well, he need to be free from any resentment even though some people put him in prison unfairly.

Then in order to help Peter understand, Jesus told this story to explain how many times God forgave Peter.
You know, Peter also sometimes sinned against God.
Peter also made mistakes.
But God was forgiving him over and over.
And Peter forgot about that or didn’t understand.

So Jesus started to teach that in order to be forgiven, he must forgive.
Jesus told this kind of story:

(1) Once upon a time, there was a very generous king.
People loved to come and borrow his money.
But some people have never paid back.
So, this king proclaimed a date.
And before this date, everyone should pay back their debts.

Then, everybody came to pay their debts.
Then a man had come.
He owed the king many millions of dollars.
And he was not ready to pay back now.

So, the king ordered to sell him, his wife, his children and all he had to repay the debt.
(3) Then this man asked the king:
“Please.
Be patient with me.
Wait for me.
I will pay it all back.”

Then the king changed his mind
He was sorry for him.
So, he canceled his debt and let him go.

(2) The king felt good about it.
This guy was thankful.
This was a great day for him.
He got a new chance in life.

But as soon as he got out, he saw his friend who owed him a few dollars.
Then suddenly, he grabbed his friend and demanded:
“When are you going to pay me back?
Pay up now!”

His friend said the same:
“Please.
Be patient with me.
Wait for me.
I will pay all back.”

(3) But he was mad at his friend.
And he put his friend in prison.

(3) When the king heard about this, he called this man in and said:
“What happened?
This was a great day for you.
I forgave all your debt.
I feel good about it.
You feel good about it.
But how could you treat your friend like that, today?
Don’t you think you should have forgiven your friend who owed you so little?
Then this could be a good day for him, too.
But you know what?
You ruined it.
Now we are going back to our original story.
You should also pay back all my money all over again.”

Then, the king put him in prison to be punished.

(5) So now two persons are in prison.
He put himself in prison.
Before that, he put his friend in prison.

Now he and his friend were in prisons.
So no one could work to pay back any money.

This happens when people don’t forgive each other.
This happens because people could not forgive their friend like the king.

(3) You know, in this story, the king is God.
God forgives, whenever we ask.
And God asks us to forgive others like God.

(3) Telling this story, Jesus is encouraging Peter to forgive.
Jesus is saying that as he forgives, he will continually experience God who forgives him.
God is patient with him.
And God asks him to be patient with his friends.
That is, God forgives us and at the same time, asks us to forgive.

Jesus knew that Peter also made mistakes or sin against God sometimes.
Jesus knew that Peter also need to be forgiven.
(3) In fact for his sin, Jesus the innocent Son of God would die on the cross, for him.
Then his sins and mistakes would be forgiven forever.
This is the price that Jesus would pay for Peter.
And Peter could not pay him back.
It is just too much.

(3) Jesus is asking him to follow him.
If he wanted to follow Jesus, he needed to forgive everyone and bless everyone.
When he tries to live like that, Jesus gives him the Holy Spirit so that he could live like this, forgiving others.
Then God would continually use him to help many others to forgive and be free.

Now Jesus is asking us to forgive and live like God.
This is the merciful way of God.
This is the way of Jesus.
Right?

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for forgiving us.
May we live like you.
In your name, we pray.
Amen.