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The Blessing of Anticipating the Arrival of Christ

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설교자 : Rev. Jang
본문말씀 : Luke 2:22~38

November 30, 2014

 

“The Blessing of Anticipating the Arrival of Christ”

Luke 2:22-38

 

Rev. Chan Young Jang’s Sermon at KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

1.

As you know, there are two kinds of time for us Christians; ‘Kronos’ and ‘Kairos’ in Greek. ‘Kronos’ is our usual time that has 24 hours a day, and today is November 30, 2014 according to it. On the other hand, ‘Kairos’ is God’s time that Jesus talked about. We Christians live with two calendars; one is the regular calendar of January to December, and the other is the Christian calendar based on our desire to live our lives following the life of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

 

So, today is the first day of Advent, and accordingly it is the first day of the year in the Christians calendar. We completed the past year with the Thanksgiving and it is the new beginning. The Advent is the season of waiting for the birth of Christ.

 

During these 4 weeks before Christmas, we wait for the birth of Christ while reflecting on his life on earth and the eventual coming of Christ on the last day.

 

On this Advent Sunday, we are reminded of all our waiting for someone or something in our lives. We got started by waiting for 9 months in the mothers’ wombs until born. Then we had to wait to walk. It takes the longest time for humans to learn to walk among all the animals. Even after our bodies are fully grown, we still have to wait for our mental maturity.

 

We spend so much of our time, waiting. We wait for Moms, for school picnic, for school vacations and for also school exams. After adolescence, we wait for dates with the opposite sex, and later for spouses. We wait for the good news of getting into a first- choice college or dream job. Young men in Korea wait for the day of enlisting and then for the discharge from the mandatory military service. After marriage, we wait for pregnancy, then the baby’s birth, then the child’s elementary school, then the child’s marriage and the birth of a grandchild, and then finally we wait for our appearance in front of our Lord.

 

We cannot deny that our lives are the continuation of waiting. Some situations are more desperate than others. When I was a freshman at Seminary, I attended a group blind date session with girls from a women’s college. Afterwards, I received words from a girl that she wanted to see me again on the steps of Sejong Cultural Center in Kwangwhamoon at noon. Of course I was there on time, but how long did I wait for her there? I waited until 8 o’clock in the evening, standing there the whole time, checking everyone’s face, not even taking any bathroom break! What a way to wait for someone! Since then, I never participated in any group blind dates.

 

But I gained some insight into what it is like to wait anxiously for someone, and now I feel the same way, waiting for our Lord Jesus. I pray that this Advent to be the most meaningful time for you while waiting for the birth of Jesus Christ.

 

 

2.

During this Advent season, we meditate on ‘God’s Promise’ and ‘our longing for Messiah’. This man in Jerusalem, Simeon, appears in today’s Bible passage. He was righteous and devout, and waiting for the recovery of Israel. He had been told by the Holy Spirit he would see the Christ and was able to see baby Jesus when he was being presented to the Lord.

 

Luke 2:25  Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

 

There was another person there at the same time that had been waiting for Messiah. Her name was Anna. After 7 years’ marriage, she became a widow, and then until 84 years of age, she worshiped, fasting and praying. After their long waiting, she and Simeon were bestowed the blessing of seeing the baby Jesus at the consecration ceremony.

 

Luke 2:36-38  There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

 

Our Bible is the recordings of how God’s people waited for the realization of God’s Promise. Throughout the Old Testament, people were waiting, and it was their main characteristic, DNA. After 1,000 years, God’s promise to Abraham came to be realized in the united kingdom of Israel by King David.

 

But soon, the unified kingdom was divided into 2 kingdoms in the North and South. Then these 2 kingdoms were destroyed and God’s people were taken to foreign lands as slaves. They were deeply frustrated and disillusioned.

 

The prophets in the Old Testament emphasized that God was still with them and His Promise had not changed. Because of their own disobedience, they were being punished by God, and there was still hope for recovery. And they spoke about future deliverance to be accomplished by the Messiah.

 

“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to the house of Israel and to those of Judah. In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our righteousness.” (Jeremiah 33:14-16)

 

So God’s people of the Old Testament had carried their faith to wait for that ‘Branch of David’, the descendant from Abraham and David, and that is our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Waiting in anticipation was the faith of the Christians of the New Testament. The Messiah described in the Old Testament has come. At the right time God has sent his only son Jesus Christ to this world. Jesus came to light the darkness. His death on the cross took away all our sins, and then his resurrection brought new lives and new inheritance for God’s children. Now we have redemption from our sins and freedom from the curse of Satan. Our Messiah Lord Jesus promised to his disciples to come back for them after preparing a place for them. So, we are looking forward to the day Christ comes back.

 

 

3.

All of us Christians are anticipating the coming of our Christ and in the meantime getting ready for the day when we will stand in front of Him. We want to find out more about those who know the mystery of the Advent and are ready with their anticipation.

 

1) First,these people are ‘very aware of the times and prepare for everything’.

 

This summer a book by a former stewardess for Japanese international airline was published amid quite an uproar. The author, Mizuki Akiko, was the stewardess for the first class section for 16 years and the title of her book is “The First Class passengers will not borrow a pen”. Today’s airline seats are divided by the amount of money spent and marked by their capitalistic nature, but we all have some curiosity about the first class passengers who take the best 3% of all the seats in the airplanes.

 

She has observed there are many common traits among the first class passengers. The first is that they usually bring their own books to read. Therefore, there are few requests for newspaper or magazines. They are eager to learn something new. In conversation, instead of their own success story, they listen to others with sincere interest, like “then what happened?” or “now, what are you going to do?” When asking for favor, they are not arrogant, and usually start with these words, “I know you are busy, but may I have?” This is very efficient way for them of making friends not enemies, and they always want to pay attention to the opinion of others.

 

The second trait is that they will not borrow a pen, as they already have their own pens with them.  They are usually habitual memo-writers as they don’t want to miss the spontaneous inspiration from real world. In other words, they are ‘waiting for’ some new ideas and inspiration all the time.

 

If the top 3%, the executives of big companies, are so eager for inspiration to make the right decision, then think about us the Christians who work for the Almighty God. We need to be always prepared and discerning for the right time, God’s time.

 

Let us go back to today’s Bible passage. Luke 25b  “Simeon was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.”He was waiting, and he was righteous and devout. He had the help of the Holy Spirit to discern God’s time.

 

Jesus said this to us. Matthew 24:32-33  “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.” We need to have the ‘spiritual acuity’ to discern the right time.

 

Mark 11:13  Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. It seems to be outrageous and illogical, but this makes us think about our time compared to God’s time. We should not do things according to our time, but live our lives according to God’s time.

 

Jesus gave us this parable about the ‘wisdom’ and ‘preparedness’, showing 5 wise virgins and 5 foolish virgins.

 

Matthews 25:1-5  “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.”

 

While waiting for the coming of Christ, we have to have the ‘spiritual acuity’ and ‘preparedness’. The sheep know the voice of their shepherd. When we pray, we tell our hopes and requests to our Lord, and listen for His voice. We don’t want to be led astray by our lack of discerning ability. We want to be ready for His voice.

 

I want you to have the blessing of this ‘spiritual acuity’ and ‘preparedness’, especially this Advent season.

 

2) Second,these people have ‘perseverance even when things are really difficult’.

 

When you are anticipating, you have to persevere, never losing your faith. “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” (Hebrews 10:36)

 

When you are waiting, you need to have perseverance, as you will have to endure many difficult and lonely hours as well as the jeers and contempt from others. Anna in today’s Bible passage had endured a long time without losing her faith.

 

Luke 2:36b-37  “She had lived with her husband seven years after marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.”

 

Luke 2:38a  “Coming up to them at that very moment,”

 

Waiting is never easy. Apostle Paul explained that true love can persevere.

 

“Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)

 

I want to quote from a book with the title of “Waiting opens the door” by Rev. Junmin Kang in California. This book tells us about his theology in the midst of “Waiting”.

 

“Waiting forces us to live with the grace/ Waiting prepares us to dream/ Waiting allows us to be aware of God’s rescue/ Waiting is trusting/ Waiting calms down our anger / Waiting makes to respond with thanks/ Waiting supplies us with new energy/ Waiting helps us to experience the presence of the Holy Spirit/ Waiting makes us to discern God’s time/ Waiting brings forth hope/ Waiting makes us to be more like God in our hearts and minds….”

 

In conclusion, only those who endure and persevere in difficult times will learn to discern God’s time.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11a  “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

And here is a hymn based on this verse, “In His time”.

 

In His time, in His time/ He makes all things beautiful in His time

Lord, please show me everyday/ as you’re teaching me your way

And I’ll do just what you say/ in your time.

 

We are very blessed to be together at this Advent season. I want you to spend time with our Christ that has come, with the Holy Spirit that our Christ has sent, and with the anticipation of the coming Christ who will bring judgment and glory. I want to wish that you have the blessings of insight and preparedness to persevere in your lives. May the blessings of the Advent season be abundant upon you!

 

Let us sing this hymn, “In His time”, in Korean and English.

   

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번호 설교일              제목 본문말씀 설교자
156 2015.01.11.  Do your best to touch our Lord’s heart! Mark 2:1~12 Rev. Woo
155 2015.01.04.  Godliness, an Invitation to the Holy Life 1 Timothy 4:7~8 Rev. Jang
154 2015.01.04.  경건, 그 거룩한 삶에로의 초대 디모데전서 4:6~11 장찬영 목사
153 2014.12.31.  오직 나와 내 집은/For me and my household 여호수아(Joshua ) 24:14~18 장찬영 목사 (Rev Jang)
152 2014.12.28.  Beautiful Knots Galatians 3:1~7 Rev. Jang
151 2014.12.28.  아름다운 매듭 갈라디아서 3:1~7 장찬영 목사
150 2014.12.21.  May It Be as God Wishes Luke 1:26~38 Rev. Jang
149 2014.12.21.  말씀대로 이루어지이다 누가복음 1:26~38 장찬영 목사
148 2014.12.14.  What to do while waiting: Share your field of hope Acts 2:43~47 Rev. Jang
147 2014.12.14.  기다림 속에서 해야 할 일: 희망의 밭을 나누라 사도행전 2:43~47 장찬영 목사
146 2014.12.07.  The Foundation of Anticipation: Buying a Field of Hope Jeremiah 32:6-15 Rev. Jang
145 2014.12.07.  기다림의 근거: 희망의 밭을 사라 예레미야 32:6~15 장찬영 목사
144 2014.11.30.  The Blessing of Anticipating the Arrival of Christ Luke 2:22~38 Rev. Jang
143 2014.11.30.  기다림의 축복 누가복음 2:22~38 장찬영 목사
142 2014.11.23.  Remember our Almighty God! Micah 6:1~5 Rev. Jang
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