4.15.2017

Welcome Jesus our King into our hearts

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Welcome Jesus our King into our hearts
Read: John 20:1-18
(See also Four Spiritual Laws)

(3) In the beginning, God created people and asked them to take care of the world that God created.
And these people were able to talk with God and use well what God has given them.

(3) But then sin entered into their hearts.
Then they started to ignore God’s will, and rebel against God’s plan.
They didn't trust God who created them.
So they wanted to be their own boss.
But then they became an evil boss that does not help the poor.
They desired to do their own things out of their stubborn will.
They even submitted to the desire of Satan.
So they continually sinned against God.
Then they were spiritually separated from God.
Meaning their relationship with God was broken.
Then because of their sin, there was a great chasm between God and humans.

Human sin invites spiritual, mental and physical death.
So they experienced spiritual, mental and physical illness: Romans 6:23.
They started to die spiritually, mentally and physically.

Everyone was going through this process of death as all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God: Romans 3:23.
Then because their heart was corrupted now, even if they wanted to know God, they could not.
Even when they repent of their sins, they were faking resisting God’s words, consciously and unconsciously.
Even if they tried to live a good life; even if they tried to have an enlightenment through various philosophy and religion, their hearts could not know God and earn their place in heaven.
Their various effort failed, because their sin has separated them from God.

Now as for them, God was just too holy for them to come near, as God’s holiness prevents sin to come near.
God is too glorious and holy.

(3) But God loved them.
So God wants them to experience the fullness of God’s blessings.
God wants them to experience the fullness of God's love.
So God decided to restore them so that God can bless the world through them.
God decided to help them understand the God who loves them.
God decided to show that God was really for them, even though they were against God.

So God sent Jesus His Son.
God sent Jesus, to teach them and to heal them and to save them.
God sent Jesus to heal them spiritually, mentally, socially, physically and eternally.

So Jesus came to teach people about God.
Jesus did wonderful things in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus did this to show that God loves them and the world: John 3:16.
Then they experience God.
They experience God’s healing and blessings.

Then Jesus said: (John 14:6)
“I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me."
Jesus provided the way to God: Romans 5:8.
To provide this way, Jesus chose to die for our sins on the cross: 1 Corinthians 15:3-6.
When we were sinful, Jesus died in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.
Then we may be able to walk on this bridge and experience the kingdom of God as Jesus forgives us and removes our sins so that we may know and experience God.

Then Jesus rose from the dead.
Then with his heavenly body, he appeared to his people.
Jesus appeared to various people to prove his bodily resurrection.
This is the historical fact: the very important historical fact.

This resurrection of Jesus wakes people up to see the coming kingdom of God and the King Jesus who will establish New Heaven, New Earth and New creatures.
So God’s new days have started from this first Easter.

Jesus himself finished the work for our salvation.
No human being could do this.
So no human beings could boast about their salvation: Ephesians 2:8-9.
They are saved by the the grace of Jesus alone.

Then Jesus gave us this gift of salvation to those who accept him as the Lord of their lives.
Those who believe in Jesus are saved.
Those who believe in Jesus would not be perished but have eternal life.
Those who have the faith of Jesus are saved.
Those who believe in the story of Jesus are saved.
God provides this story of Jesus for us to believe and live forever.
Like this, God restores our souls in the name of Jesus.

To those who receive Jesus, and to those who believe in His name, God gave the right to become children of God: John 1:12.
Meaning, when we follow Jesus, we experience a new spiritual birth:
When we receive Jesus Christ into our hearts, we experience a new spiritual birth by the power of the Holy Spirit: John 3:1-8.
The Holy Spirit helps us to be born again in the name of Jesus and become new creatures in the name of Jesus.
Then we become children of God.
So we experience God and receive God’s blessings as children of God.

Jesus said: (John 10:10)
“I have come that my sheep may have life, and have it to the full.”
Jesus makes our life full and meaningful in God.
So we experience the kingdom of God here today.

The Bible says: 1 John 5:11-13.
"God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
He who has the Son has the life.
He who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”

When we believe in the story of Jesus, Jesus lives in us and that we have eternal life.
Those who believe in the story of Jesus have have eternal life.

So Jesus the Christ has been saying to people and his churches: (Revelation 3:20)
"Here I am!
I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Jesus asks his churches to open the door and welcome Jesus into their churches.
Jesus asks us to welcome the resurrected Jesus into our homes.
Jesus asks us to welcome Jesus into our hearts so that Jesus can guide and teach us.
Jesus asks us to welcome his words into our hearts so that these words may grow in us.
Then they will dwell with Jesus, whether they are family, church, or nation.

(3) Let’s say this circle shows our heart.
This picture shows some people’s hearts:
They sit on the throne of their hearts and try to guide their own lives, putting Jesus Christ outside of their lives and their hearts.
So they make wrong decisions according to their sinful hearts.
They make mistakes, and feel frustrated and not happy.

(3) Even those who invite Jesus into their hearts may also live like that.
They welcome Jesus into their hearts but then push Jesus aside to do whatever they want.
They may even want to use the power of Jesus to do what they want to do.
When they live like that, their hearts will be filled with fear, jealousy, worry, discouragement, unbelief and so on.
Their hearts can not experience God’s full blessings.
So they may need to repent of their sins and ask Jesus to forgive their sins and make them the people that Jesus wants them to be.
Then they may need to go to God in daily prayer; read Jesus' words daily; obey what Jesus says; trust God for their life.
Otherwise, they may feel like this.

Jesus is God.
Jesus is the Lord of all.
Jesus has God’s wisdom and power to help them.
So they better listen to him recognizing him as their good king, lord, master of all.

(3) So we need to ask Jesus Christ to sit on the throne of our hearts.
We need to surrender our lives to Jesus and ask him to guide our lives.
Then our lives will be in harmony with God's plan.
Then our hearts will be filled with love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, and faith.
Then God’s miracles will happen in our hearts and in our lives.
We will experience God’s heavenly blessings.
Then we will be blessed spiritually, mentally, socially, financially, physically and eternally.
Then we may be able to help people to experience Jesus and even to guide them to welcome Jesus into their hearts.

Now let’s think about prayer.
Prayer is simply about talking and listening to God.
Prayer is about having a time with God.
When we pray, we need to remember that we are praying to God who knows our hearts and is listening to our hearts.
So since God already knows, it is very easy to talk to God.

When we pray, God answers our prayer.
So through prayer, we may also invite Jesus into our hearts.
Through prayer, we may open the doors of our hearts, and welcome Jesus Christ into our hearts so that Jesus will come and guide and teach us, and so that his will be done in our lives.

So if you want to welcome Jesus into your hearts, you may pray the following prayer that is suggested:
Let’s me read it to you first:
Jesus, our King, I need You.
Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins and rise again.
I open the door of my heart and receive You as my King and Savior.
Thank You for dying on the cross for me and forgiving my sins and rising again to give me eternal life.
Now take control of my hearts.
Make me the person You want me to be.

If you want to pray this prayer, why don’t you pray repeating after me?
Jesus, our King, I need You.
Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins and rise again.
I open the door of my heart and receive You as my King and Savior.
Thank You for dying on the cross for me and forgiving my sins and rising again to give me eternal life.
Now take control of my hearts.
Make me the person You want me to be.
In Jesus name, I pray.
Amen.

When we welcome Jesus into our church and into your hearts, Jesus will come and dwell with us.
Jesus will accomplish his will in us.
As Jesus says: (Revelation 3:20)
"Here I am!
I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

So we believe in Jesus and his words.
We trust his promises.
We trust as the Bible says:
"The righteous shall live by faith." (Galatians 3:11)

If we welcome Jesus into our lives, the Bible promises that:
1. Jesus Christ came into our life (Revelation 3:20 and Colossians 1:27)
2. Our sins were forgiven (Colossians 1:14)
3. We became children of God (John 1:12)
4. We received eternal life (John 5:24)
5. A new life has begun (2 Corinthians 5:17, John 10:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)

(3) When we trust God’s words, we may not feel right away the power of God’s words.
But we will feel eventually.
As we read about Jesus, we may be able to trust Jesus and his words, and then may feel God’s presence.
This journey starts as we simply read and trust in Jesus and his words.

(3) Jesus says: John 14:21
“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

So in order to maintain our good relationship with Jesus, we may read Jesus' words.
We may obey what Jesus says.
We may live according to what Jesus has done and said.
We may forgive all people like Jesus. (Matthew 6.14-15)
We may help the poor.
We may trust God for our life.
We may allow the Holy Spirit to empower us to live like Jesus.
We may pray always in the name of Jesus.
We may love each other in the name of Jesus.

God wants us to love Jesus.
In this way, we maintain our relationship with God.
Then we will get to know Jesus personally as our friends.
And Jesus will be always with us: Hebrews 13:5.
God’s love will keep us.

God has given us the story of Jesus so that through this story, we may get to know God and be blessed spiritually, mentally, socially, physically and eternally.
Now why don’t we thank Jesus for what Jesus has done?
Thanking Jesus, we may build up our faith in him.
Then through us, many people may also experience God.

I would like to give you about 30 seconds for you to pray and thank God individually.
Then I will close us in prayer.
Let’s pray:

Jesus, thank you for the story of Jesus.
Thank you for coming into our lives.
May you use our lives for your glory.
In your name, we pray.
Amen



4.08.2017

Matthew 21:1-11 (2)

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If Jesus is our president….
Reading: Matthew 21:1-11

About this time, Jesus was ending his public ministry.
Jesus was finishing his earthly race.

But now some people were saying:
“What do you think?
Do you think Jesus will become our king, our Jewish president?

“I hope so.
There is no one like him.
He could heal people and perform miracles.
He is very special.
He should be our king.”

They thought Jesus had everything going for him.
Jesus was famous.
He spoke wonderfully, performing miracles.
Who is better than him?

But Jesus was planning to end his public ministry soon.
His plan was something like this:
Today, on this Palm Sunday, he wanted to march to Jerusalem.
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, he would teach and heal more people.
On Thursday, he would be captured.
On Friday, he would die in Jerusalem.
On Sunday, he would rise up again.

To accomplish this plan, Jesus knew how to enter Jerusalem.
So, Jesus said to two of students:
“Go to the village ahead of you.
You will find a young donkey tied there.
This donkey has never given a ride to anyone.
But untie it and bring it to me.
If someone asks you:
‘Why are you untying it?’
Say:
‘The Lord needs it and will send it back shortly.’”

At the Mount of Olives, the two students went and brought a young donkey.
As Jesus was riding a donkey, his people thought that the Kingdom of God was about appear very soon.
They thought that their dream was finally coming true.
So, they spread their cloaks on the road.
They waved branches as Jesus passed them by.
They had a great parade.

They were like:
“May God bless you who come in the name of the Lord!
May God bless the coming kingdom of our father David!
May God save us from the highest heaven!
Save us now!”

This was a very emotional moment.
Jesus enjoyed as people rejoiced and shouted for him.
Jesus marched with them symbolically to Jerusalem.
His people were excited about him becoming the king.
He allowed himself and his students to rejoice.
Jesus enjoyed the moment.
Jesus agreed that he is their King.
Jesus was riding a donkey like the King of Peace.

But then some were like:
“Yes! Jesus, you have the superpower and authority.
You have God’s power with you.
Be our king to protect us and fight for us.
Make our Jewish state powerful.”

They wished that Jesus would become their military king and get rid of the Romans and make an independent Jewish state that they could be proud of.

But then Jesus went to challenge Jewish leaders who were taking care of the Temple.
Jesus challenged their way of making money operating the Temple.
They were like businessmen rather than lovers of God.
But Jesus wanted to have the house of God to be the house of God.
His kingdom starts from here.
So Jesus was challenging them.
Jesus did that because he was ready to die for this.

Then people realized this:
They expected a military king.
But this king would not even fight with Jewish authority who would not accept Jesus as their king.
When the Jewish authority rejected Jesus as their king, Jesus would not force Jewish authority to accept this kingship.
Jesus didn’t use his superpower to fight back.
Jesus would not fight with them in battles.

Then the Jewish authority eagerly sought to get rid of him.
Then they captured him and handed him over the Romans.
They shouted and cried out:
“Crucify him! Crucify him!”
Then Jesus died on this Friday.

They rejected God’s way and killed the Son of God.
Then Jesus chose to suffer and die in Jerusalem.
When even Jesus was rejected by them, God would have the final reason why God had to judge them later to establish justice.

So at his first coming, Jesus chose nonviolence.
At his first coming, he came to die in the city where he was supposed to be the king.

That is, at first, Jesus didn’t come to judge people.
He came to save those whom God chose to save.
At his first coming, Jesus chose to explain the love of God and chose to die for the salvation of his people, so that his people could find peace in him.
After he had done the greatest merciful acts for them to see and to be saved.

Then Jesus will come back for the second time to judge nations.
He could do that because no one had done what he had done for people.
So there would be no excuse.
When he will return, he will judge people based on his words that he spoke while he was on earth.
Then Jesus would reign as the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Then his people may also judge various nations with him.
But this would be after his return.

Until then, Jesus simply asked them to follow his way of life that he showed them:
His students were also supposed to speak for God and to be willing to die with Jesus, like Jesus.
Jesus was like:
“If you refuse to give your life for me, if you refuse to be scapegoated for me, you cannot be my disciples.”
Then they may also reign with Jesus.

Now let’s think about some political situation at that time.
In the time of Jesus, the Roman Empire was a powerful nation on earth.
They were prosperous.
Their military power was superior enough to occupy and rule many nations.

They asked other nations to follow their way of life.
Then later, they asked them to worship their emperors as their god and their savior.

They were like:
“We are helping you to have peace in your land.
If you submit to our Roman rule, you will have peace.”

To establish this peace, they killed and crucified those who rebelled against their rule.
On the process, they even crucified Jesus who was wrongfully accused.

In that situation, Jesus chose nonviolence even though his people were ready to fight for him and die for him.
Even his angels were ready to fight for him.
But even on the cross, Jesus chose nonviolence.
In fact, at the cross, Jesus prayed that God would forgive them.
And God forgave them.
Then Jesus finished his earthly ministry at the cross.
Jesus died for God there.

But it was not the end of the story.
Jesus rose again for God!
Jesus rose again to fulfill more prophecies that were written in the Bible.

Jesus shows that human life does not end at their death.
There is the resurrection through Jesus.
There is eternity through Jesus.
There is much much more through Jesus.

Even now, no one can deny his resurrection.
No one can disprove the resurrection of Jesus.
Even atheists accept this fact.
The resurrection of Jesus is the most powerful proof of the existence of God.

Then Jesus ascended into heaven.
His students continually believed in Jesus and followed his way of life.
They proclaimed that only Jesus is their King, their Savior and their God.
So they continually worship only Jesus.
They preach the story of Jesus all over the places, as they experience the peace of Jesus the Christ in their hearts.

They believed in the power of Jesus.
Meaning, they also chose nonviolence.
They didn't believe in using any military power.
Instead, they learned to help the poor and the outcast.
They preached the good news of Jesus the Christ to the poor.
They lived for Jesus and for his eternal life.

But then the Roman Government tried to get rid of these Christians.
They killed them and forced them to worship their emperors.
Then because of this severe persecution, some Christians went to live underground and kept their faith.
But some got caught and were killed like Jesus.
But they were willing to die for Jesus, because they know they live eternally with Jesus.
Some rather choose to die believing in Jesus.
Then their lives witness powerfully the truth about the resurrection of Jesus.
Their lives witness the coming world of Jesus.
This is how Jesus taught them to live before his return.

Then some tried to persuade the Roman officers to believe in Jesus, because Christians were good for their nation, as they serve the poor; they speak the truth; and they live most peacefully.
With them their nation can truly prosper.

Some Christians lived nonviolently obeying these words of Jesus: Matthew 5:39-42
"Do not resist an evil person.
If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.
If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.
If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."

Then one day one Roman Emperor became a Christian.
Then many people followed him becoming Christians.

Then many years later, the Christian church became very powerful.
The church became a dominating organization.
The church judged kings and ruled and dominated.
They used political power and even military power.
In a sense the church became the Roman empire.
They followed the way of Roman empire, instead of following Jesus.
They claimed that they were the church but didn’t followed Jesus.
They persecuted those who disagreed with them.
They killed some people in the name of Jesus, saying that they were heretics.
And many Christians were misled like that.
It was also because many of them didn’t know how to read the Bible that was in Greek or Latin.
So they could not study at home to understand Jesus and his way at that time.

But still there were some Christians.
When they heard the words of Jesus, they humbly obeyed.
They became more like Jesus, even though they didn’t have many resources that we have today.

Now we have many resources to use to understand the gospel.
We may learn how to pray to know the will of God.
We may learn and understand Jesus.

But still today, some people try to persuade their young people to “gloriously” fight for their nations.
But Jesus didn’t promise any glory in human war.
Jesus didn’t encourage his people to fight and kill to possess a piece of land or oil.
Jesus simply says one soul is more precious than land, money or oil.

In fact, Jesus said to Peter who wanted to fight for Jesus: Matthew 26:52
"Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”
Jesus asks us to follow Jesus like this:

The same Jesus may be saying today:
“Those who use guns will die by guns.
Those who use military weapon will die by military weapon.
Those who use violence will die by violence, either by their enemy or by their own hands.”

Even though the United States of America is a powerful nation on earth, there were some painful facts about US veterans:
There are more Vietnam vets who have committed suicide than were killed in combat.
This continues:
About in 2013, every 80 minutes of every day, a US veteran takes his or her life.
There are more Iraq and Afghanistan vets who have killed themselves than have died in those conflicts.

We may think that many of combat veterans may really need to find peace in their hearts again.
They might have experienced something totally inhuman.
So they really need to meet God and be forgiven and be healed by the blood of Jesus.
So someone may need to go and say some of those who struggle:
Give God a chance.
Then you find peace in your heart again: Philippians 4:7, Colossians 3:15.
There is hope in God.
As they find God, and as they are found by God, they may experience God’s peace.
They may feel peaceful as they welcome Jesus into their hearts.
Then they may feel peaceful as their sins were forgiven.
They need to see Jesus their King, die on the cross for them.
Then they may see that their lives could be used for Jesus this time.
As they choose to serve God humbly, they may experience God’s love.

Now what if Jesus becomes the president of USA, how would he guide his nation?
What if Jesus becomes the president of South Korea?
Will Jesus allow any military budget to go through?
Will Jesus choose to spend those money for the poor?

How about illegal immigrants?
How would Jesus deal with them?
How would Jesus deal with refugees and migrants?
Would Jesus be very kind to illegal immigrants and refugees so that they would know the truth and be really free?
How would he do that?
Would Jesus preach the good news to the poor?

Jesus will come one day to judge nations, because Jesus is the kings of kings and the president of presidents.
His coming kingdom will be eternal.
The kingdom of God is eternal.

So Jesus may say to many people or nations today:
“Preach the gospel.
Then God will bless you and make you powerful.
But when that happens, you don’t use the power to judge or rule others.
You use the power to serve.
You use the power to help other other and other nations in the name of Jesus.”

Jesus asks us to serve Jesus instead of nationalism.
Jesus is asking us to wait for the eternal reward that Jesus is preparing for us.
Jesus is asking us to wait the Kingdom of God that is coming for his people.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for showing us how to follow you, the King of peace.
Thank you for teaching us your way of life and peace.
Thank you for creating peace in our hearts.
May your peace guide us to humbly serve you.
Thank you.
In Jesus name we pray.
Amen

4.01.2017

John 11:1-45 (1)

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The dead will rise
Reading: John 11: 1-45
Additional reading: Psalm 130: 1-8, Rom 8:6-11
Hymns: 464, 391 (v.1-4), 276 (or 276, 391, 538)

About this time, some Jewish people were trying to kill Jesus.
They were blaming Jesus for dishonoring and blaspheming God.
So they wanted to stone Jesus to death.
But they were greatly mistaken about who Jesus is.

Anyway, Jesus ran away at that time, because he didn’t want to die yet.
He planned to die during the feast of the Passover.
And if he didn't want to die, he could get away anytime.
If he refused to die, no one could kill him.
He had all the power for his own life.

(2) But anyway after some incidents, Jesus left Jerusalem with his students and stayed there for awhile.
But some of his friends who were near Jerusalem were looking for him.
Because his friend Lazarus got very ill and was about to die.
So Martha and Mary sent a man to Jesus to come quickly and heal him.

But Jesus didn’t come.
So, Lazarus died.
And people were complaining about Jesus.

But Jesus didn’t come because it was not God’s timing for him to come yet.
So Jesus waited for God’s timing.

Then some days after Lazarus died, Jesus was coming.
God asked him to come because God wanted to prove that it was God who sent Jesus to them.
And God wanted to receive his glory through his friend Lazarus.

Knowing he could raise Lazarus from the dead, Jesus arrived there.
But Martha was like:
“Master, Lazarus was dead for four days!
If you were here, Lazarus, my brother wouldn't have died.
(Then looking at his eyes)
But even now, I know whatever you pray, God will give it to you.”

Jesus was like:
“I will raise your brother up as I can raise the dead to life.”

Martha was like:
“I know!
He will rise again in the day of resurrection, at the last day???”

Jesus was like: (v 25-26)
“I am right now the Resurrection and the Life.
The resurrection is in God.
The resurrection is in me.
The resurrection happens through God.
The resurrection happens in me and through me.

“So, those who believe in me will live, even though they die!
All those who die in believing in me, does not really die.
They live forever.
And Lazarus who believe in me, can experience the Resurrection, even right now.
Do you believe this?”

Martha could not understand because it was beyond her imagination.
So, she said what she thought that Jesus was saying:
“I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

Then she called her sister, Mary, thinking Mary might understand what Jesus was saying.
But Mary said the same:
“Master, if you were here, my brother wouldn't have died.”
Then she cried with her friends.
So Jesus wept:
Jesus feels for them when his people cry.
Jesus feels for them because he loves them.
Meaning, Jesus does not want you to cry.
So, on the contrary, when you cry before him, it becomes a powerful prayer.

But at this time others were still complaining.
They were like:
“Hey, if he loved him so much, what’s up with coming so late?
Lazarus died.
He could have healed Lazarus, just like he opened the eyes of a blind man.”

But Jesus didn’t come late!
Jesus never comes late!
He always comes in God’s timing.
So Jesus always trusts in God’s perfect timing.

Then Jesus came to the tomb and asked them to remove the stone, in front of the tomb.
Martha was like:
“Every burial process has been done.
Lazarus was already dead.”

But Jesus was like:
“No.
He is asleep.
If you believe, you would see the glory of God.”

Then, Jesus prayed something like this:
“Father, I know you are listening to me.
But I speak aloud so that these people may hear and then believe that you sent me.
Thank you for listening and answering my prayer.”

Then, Jesus was like:
“Lazarus, wake up and come out!”
Then Lazarus came out.
He came back to life because Jesus called him to live for God again.
The words of Jesus has power in heaven and on earth.
What he says happens always.

Jesus does not say an empty word like other human beings.
Because Jesus is the Word of God.
His word has authority and power in heaven and on earth.
So he speaks to change the world and to judge the world.
So we pay attention to his words since it is true.
And because everything happens according to his words.

Lazarus died later in his old age.
So this was not a full resurrection.
But one day Jesus will call him again to live forever with his physical body.
Meaning, Jesus will return to prove Jesus is the Resurrection and Life again.
But even now if Jesus wants, anybody could experience the Resurrection and life that Lazarus experienced.

Today we hear Jesus speaking this simple but very power words:
“Lazarus, come out.”
He was able to speak like this because he was in the realm of the Spirit.
In the realm of the Spirit, he spoke to bring Lazarus out of the dead.

The mind that is governed by the flesh could not understand this.
Because the mind that is governed by the flesh is death.
That kind of mind is hostile to God.
It does not submit to God’s law.
So those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

But the mind that is governed by the Spirit can do what God says.
So the mind that is governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
They experience eternal life and eternal peace.
So when we are in the realm of the Spirit, we could also speak to raise the dead to life if that is God’s will.

When we welcome the Spirit of Jesus into our hearts, we belong to Christ.
When we have the Spirit of Christ in us, this Spirit of Jesus teaches us and guides us.

Then one day, our body may die because of sin, but the Spirit gives life because of the righteousness of Jesus that is formed within us.
When His Spirit lives in us, this Spirit of Jesus can give life to our mortal bodies.
Then we will rise again one day: Romans 8:6-11

Jesus will return one day to gives eternal life and heavenly peace in its full measure.
Those who believe in Jesus, those who welcome Jesus in their hearts, will live with him forever.

When we have his hope, the Bible encourages us to seek the Lord and his righteousness and his humility; and do what he commands: Zephaniah 2:3
Then God will save us on the day of the Lord’s anger.

The Bible also encourages us to pray like this: Isaiah 26:20-21
“Enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you.
Hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.
The Lord is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins.”

So when Jesus returns, he will separate the righteous and the unrighteous.
He will separate those who believe in Him and those who do not believe.
He will separate these two, based on their belief and their life.

But historically, some misunderstood about Jesus’ return.
Or they misused this concept of Jesus’ return to deceive many people.
They taught like this:
They separated Jesus from his spirit.
Then they said that Jesus sent his spirit to their cult leader to act like the returned Jesus.

But in a sense all Christians received his spirit.
Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to his people.
Jesus sends his spirit to us so that we Christians could be his body together and live for Jesus together and live like Jesus together.
As we receive the Holy Spirit, we become like little Jesus.
We become his body.
BUT we are not the returned Jesus.

When Jesus talked about his returns, he talked about his physical return.
Jesus talked about his second coming like this: Luke 17:24
“For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.”
“At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory: Luke 21:27-28
When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Jesus will return physically.
In his second coming, he would be back with his physical body.
And everyone can see him right away.

Just like, Jesus was raised from the dead with his physical body.
Just like, Jesus ascended into heaven with his physical body.
Jesus would come back with his physical body.

Jesus didn’t promise to send another messiah for each generation.
Jesus didn’t promise to send another messiah to rewrite another book claiming that they are God.

But just like, Jesus rose from the dead physically: (Luke 24:39)
Just like, Jesus ascended into heaven physically: (Acts 1:9; Luke 24:50–51).
Jesus himself will return physically.

What does it mean?
Jesus became fully and completely human.
So Jesus didn’t just look like a human.
He didn’t just have some aspects of humanity.
He has a human body, a human mind, and a human soul: Luke 24:39, Luke 2:52, Matthew 26:38.
He possess full humanity.

Then what happened, when Jesus ascended to heaven?
Did he throw away his body and stop being a human when he arrived in heaven?
Did Jesus become only God again?
No, Jesus is and will be fully human forever.
Jesus is right now still fully human.
Jesus will continue being human with his physical body forever.

And yet Jesus is fully and completely God as he said:
“I and my Father are one!” (John 10:30)
Meaning, “I am God.”

So the church reminds people that Jesus has two natures.
Jesus is fully divine and fully human.
Jesus is God and human.
Jesus is 100% God and 100% human forever.

His human nature does not become divine in some ways.
His divine nature does not become human in some ways.
His each nature remains distinct.
Each nature does not change.
That is, in Jesus, all the fullness of God dwells in a human body: Colossians 2:9.

And even though Jesus is God and human, he is one person, forever.
Jesus is not two persons.
There are no two persons within Jesus.
Jesus is one person who has two nature.
Jesus has two natures that are united together to be one Person.

Now when Jesus returns, Jesus will transform our bodies into his glorious body: Philippians 3:21
He will transform our bodies to be like his.
What kind of body is this?
What is this body of his glory?

His body is free from sins.
So our body will be free from sins.
And this new body cannot die: (1 Corinthians 15:42)
It is eternal: (2 Corinthians 5:1)
So Jesus and his people will live together in their bodies forever.
God has the power to save people like this.

Today Jesus shows us the power to raise his people to life.
We see Jesus has the power in heaven and on the earth.
Jesus has the power to give eternal life and eternal peace.

Those who welcome Jesus into their hearts will live with him and be with him forever.
Those who believe in him and live according to his will will be with Jesus forever.
If we ask, Jesus will help us to believe and live according to his will so that we may see the glory of God.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for your coming.
Thank you for your teaching.
Help us to believe in you.
Help us to believe that you are the resurrection and life.
Help us to forgive all people.
Help us to live in your power.
We pray in your name.
Amen