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