총 게시물 511건, 최근 2 건

'The Peacemakers'

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-08-22 (수) 00:09 조회 : 92
설교일 : 2018.08.19
설교자 : Rev. Hoon Kyoung Lee
본문말씀 : Matthew 5:9, Galatians 5:22-23

August 19, 2018

 

‘The Peacemakers’

Matthew 5:9, Galatians 5:22-23

 

Rev. Hoon Kyoung Lee’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

I am so thankful to be here and see your faces again! I was really sad and distressed when I received the news that Rev. Young Bong Yoon, the founding pastor of this church and emeritus pastor, had passed away, especially because I knew I couldn’t help with the funeral services for him due to my previous commitments. It has pained me tremendously to learn about the long-term illness of Rev. Chan Young Jang, the 3rd pastor of this church, and his subsequent disability retirement. I am really grateful to Rev. Kyung Lim Shin, the Interim Senior Pastor, for taking over the responsibility of officiating Rev. Yoon’s funeral services in California. I regret deeply that I have not visited him more often while he was still with us.

 

Most of my classmates from our Theological Seminary in Korea are retired and had been planning a trip together and I happen to be in charge of organizing the whole trip, which coincided with the passing of Rev. Yoon. So, I had to miss his funeral and realize once again that we cannot foresee the future even one inch ahead of us. My heartfelt thanks to the grace of God for granting me this opportunity of coming here and attending the memorial service for Rev. Yoon! Sorry my wife is not here with me, but she is doing well and sending her best regards to all of you.

 

During my elementary school days, at every early morning service that I went with my mother, we always prayed for three things; for the unification of North and South Korea, for the young people of Korea, and for the faithful life of 7 brothers and sisters in my family. Until I left home to attend the Seminary, I used to hear often in my church the fervent and crying out prayers for the unification of North and South Korea by our senior members, as most of them carried personal heartaches from the tragic division of Korea. Lately I am beginning to think that the time may have come for God to answer our prayers.

 

Hoping that God may grant us our wishes for unification after 70 years of division, like He freed the Israelites from captivity after 70 years and He allowed the collapse of the Soviet Union 70 years after the Communist revolution, I am praying more fervently for the unification of Korea every day. At the time of the summit meetings of U.S. and Korea, I was hopeful that by cooperating for the purpose of the peace in the world, they would fulfill a historic peace-making mission.

 

I want to share this imaginary story about the peacemakers. When Soviet Union Premier Khrushchev and U.S. President John F. Kenney were standing in front of God, each was allowed to ask one question. Khrushchev asked first; “God, will there be a peace between Soviet Union and U.S.?” God answered, “Not in your lifetime!” Then, President Kennedy asked, “God, will the black and white people live in peace in U.S. and the world?” God answered, “Not in your lifetime!” This story is to show how difficult it is to accomplish peace by political leaders of the world.

 

Thomas Aquinas, philosopher and theologian, said that to keep the peace, we have to know how to bring the peace in the first place. He suggested the four things we can do for peace. The first is to do the will of others rather than your own. The second is to choose to have less rather than more. The third is to look always for the last place and seek to be beneath all others. The fourth is to always wish and pray that the will of God be fully carried out in you.

 

In today’s passage of Matthew 5:9, Lord Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers…” The Greek word for peace is ‘Eirene’ and the Hebrew word for peace is ‘Shalom’. Our Korean greeting has the meaning of ‘are you well in peace?’ The Jews greet each other with ‘Shalom’ and Shalom has two meanings; one meaning is ‘the personal peace’ and the other meaning is ‘the world peace’.

 

The peace that Lord Jesus was talking about in Matthew 5:9 and the peace that Apostle Paul was talking about in Galatians 5:22 has the meaning of having these two kinds of peace. Those who believe in Jesus Christ have ‘the personal peace’ in themselves and will strive to accomplish ‘the world peace’ throughout their lives.

 

Then, why is it so hard for the humans to keep the peace? Romans 1:28-32 describe those wicked souls who do not have the peace, and “Since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done” (Romans 1:28). Those who do not want to retain the knowledge of God are separated from God and will do unrighteous things. Therefore, they cannot keep the peace under any circumstances.

 

On the other hand, those with faith in God can keep the peace, no matter what the situation is. For example, I heard the testimony of the missionary Kenneth Bae who had been detained in North Korea and he said that he was able to endure the detention because God had provided him the peace. All of us know what the heavenly host said to the shepherds about the birth of Jesus; “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests” (Luke 2:14).

 

The message says that the birth of Jesus means ‘peace’ to all of us. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Therefore, those who have faith in Jesus have peace through Him. I believe that all of you have the peace through our Lord Jesus Christ and are enjoying the peace ‘as peaceful people’.

 

But, Lord Jesus says in Matthew 5:9 that “Blessed are the peacemakers”. What He means by the ‘peacemakers’ is that these people are actively working to make peace and they are not just satisfied with having peace for themselves. Now that we have ‘peace through our Lord Jesus Christ’, we have to work actively to bring peace. We cannot be just happy with being in peace, but work actively to make peace as the peacemakers. My beloved congregation, I hope and pray that all of you be bestowed with the blessing to be the peacemakers.

 

Ephesians chapter 2 says that Jesus has brought us closer to God and reconciled us to God through the cross, and for that reason Jesus had come down to earth. Colossians 1:20 says, “Through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” Because we have been brought closer to God through Jesus Christ and we are the disciples of Jesus, we have been given ‘the job of making peace’ as the peacemakers.

 

2 Corinthians 5:18 says, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” This means we have to work for the ministry of reconciliation, no matter where we are. As Christians, we have the job of peacemaking at home, at workplace, at church, and for the country. We should never be the troublemakers at any place.

 

Therefore, I pray that you will be blessed to keep the peace for yourself and be able to work for peacemaking anywhere in the world. What kind of blessing is waiting for these peacemakers? Let us go back to today’s passage. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). What a tremendous blessing it is to be called a child of God! I pray that this blessing will be bestowed upon the whole congregation.

 

There are several Native American tribes living in the state of Arizona where I now live. Mostly they are the Navajos or the Hopis, but the Shoshones used to live in Wyoming before moving to Arizona. While in Wyoming, they were evangelized by Rev. Joe Roberts. When he came to them as a missionary, the chief Washakie had just lost his son in the conflict between white soldiers and Native Americans, and the chief declared to take his revenge on the white people for the killing of his son.

 

Just before the battle began, Rev. Roberts went to see the chief and said, “Please take revenge by killing me and stop your battle.” Chief Washakie took him into his tent and asked, “Where does your courage come from?” When Rev. Roberts explained the Gospel that Jesus Christ had died on the cross for all the people, he was converted and all the members of his tribe became Christians.

 

We the Christians are peaceful people who are at peace on the personal level. Additionally, we are actively engaged in peacemaking as the peacemakers of the world. Among the 9 fruits of the Spirit mentioned in today’s passage of Galatians 6:22, today’s message is about the peace. I want you to ask yourself this question seriously; “Am I a peacemaker?”

 

If you are at peace with yourself and engaged in the ministry of peacemaking everywhere, you are bearing the fruit of the Spirit already. I hope and pray that all the members of KUMC of Metro Detroit will be called by the good nickname of ‘the Peacemakers’.


   

총 게시물 511건, 최근 2 건
번호 설교일              제목 본문말씀 설교자
511 2018.11.18  Where do you find your happiness? Matthew 13:44 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
510 2018.11.18  행복은 어디에 마태 복음 13:44 신경림 목사
509 2018.11.11  The Forgotten Identity John 1:14 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
508 2018.11.11  잊혀진 정체성 요한 복음 1:14 신경림 목사
507 2018.11.04  'After reaching the mature age of 40' 2 Kings 2:1-14 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
506 2018.11.04  마흔 즈음에 왕하 2:1-14 신경림 목사
505 2018.10.28  Reformation Sunday Matthew 11:29-30, Ephesians 2:8 Rev. Dr. McAllister-Wilson
504 10.21.2018  The testimonies of our lay people James 1:12 3 Lay people
503 10.21.2018  평신도주일 간증 야고보서 1:12 평신도 3인
502 2018.10.14  Plan G!! Matthew 16:21-27 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
501 2018.10.14  Plan G!! 마태복음 16:21-27 신경림 목사
500 2018.10.07  'Must be born again to enter the kingdom of God' John 3:1-8 Rev. Se Jin Bae
499 2018.10.07  거듭남과 하나님 나라 요한 복음 3:1-8 배세진 목사
498 2018.09.30  'The Actively Working Faith' Luke 24:13-27 Rev. Sun Hyung Jo
497 2018.09.30  '작동하는 믿음' 누가 복음 24:13-27 조선형 목사
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제목 : Where do you find your happiness?
설교일 : 2018.11.18
본문말씀 : Matthew 13:44
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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