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Why?

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-02-27 (화) 10:37 조회 : 268
설교일 : 2018.02.25
설교자 : Rev. K.L. Shin
본문말씀 : John 11:17-35

February 25, 2018

 

Why?

John 11:17-35

 

Rev. Kyung Lim Shin’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

Whenever I read today’s passage, I had a question. When Jesus arrived at the village, Martha went out to meet Him, but Mary stayed at home. Why did she stay at home? This is the same woman who had poured very expensive perfume on the head of Jesus, so she must have been quite bold and courageous with a positive attitude. In addition to that, we know she loved Jesus so much. Then, why didn’t she run out ahead of others to meet Jesus? Why did she stay at home? I asked this question to many people, and here are some possible reasons.

 

1. Her feelings were hurt, so she was sulking. “Lord Jesus, how could you do this to me? You know how much I love you!” How could He neglect to come to help her brother when he was dying? She was disappointed and hurt that He was coming after her brother had died.

 

2. She felt that it was too late. She had given up any hope. She believed that Jesus couldn’t do anything more, now that her brother was dead.

 

There were other theories about why Mary stayed at home, but the reason that I believe explains her not coming to Jesus is as follows.

 

3. She must have felt that she wasn’t needed by Jesus. It doesn’t matter to Him, if I don’t show up. Jesus doesn’t need me, I am not that important.

 

In my case, I got married right after graduating from the Seminary, before I reached ‘the age of discretion’. And before pondering on the possibility of having children, I got pregnant. At that time I was having a very hard time getting adjusted to the married life, especially to being the wife of a pastor, and then I became the mother of a child and soon afterwards the mother of two. On top of all these changes, I had to grapple with the new reality of ‘being poor’. Every time I had to go to market, to save the bus fare, carrying the baby on my back, I walked to the market, while holding the older child’s hand. Going there was easy compared to the way back home, as I had to carry the heavily laden market basket on my other hand. I had to stop many times to take care of the baby on my back and my shoulders felt really sore because of heavy loads. I began to feel that I was not good enough, especially after getting numerous rejections  from job opportunities.

 

Then, my husband came to U.S. to pursue further education and I accompanied him planning to support him by dishwashing. As for myself, I couldn’t dream of getting an education as a foreign student in U.S. As I had planned, I got a job as a dishwasher, but washing huge pots was not possible for my short stature, unless I climbed into the pots.

 

One day I heard that the wives of foreign students were allowed to take one course at the school free of charge, and I took advantage of that opportunity. Then I was invited to a conference for women pastors in L.A., even though I was just a student taking only one course, which was not even a theology class. I didn’t feel like going, but was urged by a senior pastor to take advantage of the free air tickets and lodging. I was reluctant to ask my husband to babysit our two children, but he was willing to take care of them, as long as I would bring back the Korean rice cakes from L.A.

 

At the conference, I found out that the participants were mostly female seminary students, not pastors yet. They all seemed to be so bright and articulate that I could barely open my mouth, very conscious of the fact I was not good enough. I did manage to bring back the rice cakes for my husband. After a while I attended other meetings for woman pastors and began to hear the voice of Martha calling me; “The Teacher is here and He is asking for you.” “Lord Jesus is here and asking for me?” How could it be? He couldn’t be asking for such an unworthy person as I who couldn’t afford to feed her children adequately, who was not articulate enough and couldn’t speak proper English. Then, I read the following verse.

 

John 11:29-30  When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to Him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met Him.

 

Jesus had met Martha and after hearing the assurance from Him, Martha declared that “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” Even after hearing Martha’s confession of faith, Jesus was still not satisfied, but waited at the same place for Mary to come and see Him.

 

Just as Mary got up quickly when she heard Martha’s words and went to see Jesus, I got up quickly to finish my studies at the Seminary and was ordained by the Wisconsin Annual Conference as the first Korean woman pastor. Dressed in my Korean costume ‘Han-Bok’, I cried a lot on the day of my ordination. I had thought I was not worthy… I had believed I was not good enough.

 

Dear congregation, is there anyone here who thinks that he or she is not worthy? Are you just watching others go for it enthusiastically, believing that you are not needed, as you aren’t as good or as smart as others?

 

When I look around carefully, there are too many reminders for me saying that “You are not worthy.” Even now, I get this discouraging message once in a while, and I believe all of us will have to put up with this kind of discouragement throughout our lives. In spite of all those discouragements, we have to focus our attention on Lord Jesus who has been waiting for us. He will be there waiting for us, until we show up. Even if others ignore and disregard us, and even if we feel we are not good enough, Jesus is still waiting for us. I hope and pray that you will notice Jesus waiting for you! I want you to fall at His feet and cry. I know He will hear out all your pains and hurts and give you a new strength and a new hope.

 

There is another message in today’s passage, and that is the role of Martha. We can plainly see that Martha was not pleased with Mary at times. Mary was not helpful when such important guest as Jesus came and she was just sitting at His feet listening to Him. And she poured out the expensive perfume, which was worth a man’s wage for a year, on the feet of Jesus. Now for some unknown reason, Mary wouldn’t go with her to Jesus, but sat at home. She couldn’t figure Mary out, but still she reluctantly left the side of Jesus and went home to Mary to tell her that “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” She had a lot on her mind as she had to prepare for the funeral of her brother and for the visit of Jesus, but she made a special effort to go and see Mary and tell her that the Teacher was asking for her. Why? Martha knew the heart of Jesus who would wait at the entrance to the village until Mary came to see Him.

 

For the past two Sundays, I noticed some unoccupied seats and felt sad. Of course I felt bad about the smaller number of attendance, but I was more concerned about those who were missing from this church, whom Jesus had been waiting for. It was like a feast for parents when some of the children were missing. No parents could be happy with some of their children unaccounted for. Lord Jesus is sad when anyone He expects to see does not show up. The heart of Jesus compels Him to go out and look for one lost sheep, leaving 99 sheep in the open.

 

Who are those missing from this holy place? Who are those that should have been here, but somehow disappeared while we were not paying enough attention? Jesus is still waiting for them, so we, the people of Jesus, should go out to those staying at home and invite them back by saying, “Lord Jesus is here and is asking for you. He is waiting for you.”

 

Some Christians say that they cannot find anyone to evangelize, as all the people they know are already church-goers. Perhaps they could not see ‘those who stay at home’, but we cannot give up on them, even if preaching the gospel to them is not going to be very easy.

 

Who are those staying at home like Mary did? Very likely they have been hurt, disappointed and felt neglected by church. Some may have lost the will to go on another day, they may feel they don’t own any decent clothing for Sunday’s worship service or they will not be welcomed to the service. They may feel alienated or not holy enough for the church, or they have never heard from anyone that Lord Jesus has been waiting for them. Whose responsibility are they?They are our responsibility!

 

When I met a former ‘Comfort woman’ who had been brought into Korea from Japan where she continued to live after the war ended, I asked her, “Why didn’t you come back right away? Didn’t you miss Korea and your family?” She answered, “I thought Korea, my home country, was a holy place and I couldn’t disgrace it with my soiled body.” How shocked and hurt I was when I heard her reply! We should do our best not to make our church to be such a holy place that people are afraid to come in.

 

During this Lent season, let us have the heart of Jesus! Let us go out and find those who should have been here and tell them Jesus is calling them and waiting for them.

 

I want to point out that even though Mary knew Jesus and Jesus knew Mary well, Mary still needed the urging of Martha that the Teacher was asking for her. Like Martha, we still need to go to those who are familiar with the church and may even have the positions of deacon, exhorter or elder, but do not attend the church now. Why? Those are the people Jesus has been waiting for. We should not choose only those we like, but we should go to all of them, now that we have the heart of Jesus.

 

Please do not put it off. You may think you are too busy to do it now and put it off, but that is not the way Jesus does. Jesus is waiting at the entrance to the village until he or she comes to Him. Therefore, we have to rush to go and tell them. Martha was also in a rush, having to prepare for the funeral of her brother and wanting to serve Jesus and His disciples with the best possible care. But, in spite of all, Martha went to her sister Mary and urged her to go to Jesus right away.

 

Soon after we arrived in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a Korean man was killed in a car accident. Shocked and saddened, all the Koreans there got together for the funeral. After the funeral, we shared a meal and there was an older man sitting across from me. As the wife of a pastor, I invited him to our church. He replied, “I am going to attend a church soon, especially after seeing this great funeral service for the deceased. As soon as I retire in near future, I will come to your church. ” I was new to that area and being the pastor’s young wife, I felt I shouldn’t be rude by insisting further, so I said, “We will wait for you.” One week later, during the night we received the news that the old man had been killed in a car accident at a spot not far from the previous accident scene. I was shocked and felt remorseful. I should have been more insistent with my invitation for him to come to church. I felt so sorry to him and to God, and then I made up my mind to be more insistent and forceful about inviting people to church, even if some might think I was ill-mannered.

 

There are some things that can wait, and there are other things that have to be acted on right away. Evangelism is one of those that cannot wait. Some people quote the Ecclesiastes and say that there is a time for everything and that ‘there is a time to weep and a time to laugh’. But evangelism, the saving of souls, cannot wait for the right time. Apostle Paul said, “Either you have the right time or not, always do your best.” We will do our best to preach the gospel at all times and then God will decide the outcome. Therefore, we should not delay our work, not get disappointed at the results, and not give up on our own. Let God decide on His own! We cannot expect others to accept what we preach immediately, how could they? There are times we may get very frustrated with the poor results, but we should never give up. When we are tempted to give up, please remember Lord Jesus is waiting for us! There may be many people better than you, but Jesus is still waiting for you, until you come to Him.

 

My dear congregation, let us go out to Jesus. Just as Mary got up quickly and went to Him at the urging of Martha, we should go out to Him and tell Him all about our pains, hurts, disappointments and even our own wrongdoings. When Jesus saw Mary weeping, He was deeply moved and He wept also.

 

Let us gather our strength and with the heart of Jesus, let us go out to those whom Jesus has been waiting for. Let us hear their complaints and weep with them and then tell them that ‘Jesus has been calling them and waiting for them’.

 

Let us remember those who should have been here, and then go to them this week with the heart of Jesus. Let us pray for them and bless them now!


   

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