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The interval between one Christmas to the next Christmas

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-12-24 (월) 08:00 조회 : 138
설교일 : 2018.12.23
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
본문말씀 : Isaiah 9:1-7, Ephesians 5:8-14

December 23, 2018

 

The interval between one Christmas to the next Christmas

Isaiah 9:1-7, Ephesians 5:8-14

 

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

 

What is there between one Christmas to the next Christmas?

 

Christmas season is really wonderful, as it makes us do unusual things like sending specially picked Christmas cards along with our love to those whom we like and are thankful for, and whom we often think of. And our hearts are more generous than usual at this time of the year, so we tend to exchange loving gestures with strangers, and it is easier for us to express love and to forgive others’ mistakes during this season.

 

But this Christmas season is going to end soon. The beautiful Christmas decorations we have been admiring will begin to remind us to take them down and all those lovely people will begin to look like regular folks, and those credit card bills that show how much we have spent in December will remind us not to be so generous any more. We cry and laugh with the heroes in the movie in a movie theater, but once the movie is over and the light comes back on, we have to come back to reality. Likewise, after December 25th, we have to close down our generous hearts and go back to our usual life until the next Christmas. Is it right for us to sing praises and perform cantata with more zeal than usual, live more generously and more lovingly, and then return to our usual life after Christmas? Did Lord Jesus come down to us just for one month of special events? Is it all right not to have anything special during the interval between one Christmas to the next Christmas?

 

Let us look into the Old Testament. In Isaiah, the birth of Jesus is described as follows. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2) On Christmas Day Jesus came to us as a great light. He couldn’t let the people go on walking in darkness, committing sins, hurting others and being hurt by others, and perishing without realizing it, so Jesus Christ came to this world as a great light.

 

Now, let us look into the Ephesians of the New Testament. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8) Now that Jesus has come to us, we have become the light and we should live as the children of light!! This is our role and our task after Christmas. God’s drama does not end with our singing ‘Joy to the world, the Lord has come’, but continues with us as main characters who make sure the people of the world do not go back to walking in darkness again.  

 

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”  We should not overlook this essential message, but hold onto it and observe it. We should never forget this important message, even while we are absorbed in the gifts, parties and programs for Christmas season. At next Christmas, we can relight the candles which we light now and which we will soon put away in boxes, but we should not be put away into any boxes after Christmas, as we have to continue with this drama of light that was started by Jesus Himself. Therefore, during the interval between one Christmas to the next Christmas, there should be us living as the children of light.

 

God does not ask us to become the light, as He says we are light already. We should realize and believe that we have become the light in Jesus Christ. Now we can live proudly as the light that is shining bright and that chases the darkness away wherever we are.

 

The Ephesians continue with the following verses. “For the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth.And find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.” (Ephesians 5:9-12)

 

The fruits of the light are goodness, righteousness and truth. The light drives out the evil and bears good fruits. The light does not make compromises with unrighteousness and always walks with righteousness. The light does not accept the untruth and exposes the untruth even if it has to suffer a loss. The Bible tells us to have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness. Then, why do people have anything to do with them? It is because people make the mistake of thinking those fruitless deeds are indeed the fruitful deeds. Whatever we want to do may look like fruitful deeds at times, but those fruitless deeds of darkness will harm us in the end.

 

The Bible offers a simple method to differentiate the fruits of the light from those of darkness. “Find out what pleases the Lord.” We should find out what pleases the Lord, as those are the fruits of the light. My beloved congregation, I want all of you to please the Lord. I want you to have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness and not to do anything shameful in secret which the Bible warns us about. I hope and pray that all your dedication and devotion will bear fruits that will bring blessings to your descendants for generations.

 

To bear the fruits of the light, we should not be afraid of the darkness, as light is never afraid of darkness. If we are afraid of the power and threat of darkness, that proves the fact we do not believe we are the light. Today, this Christmas season, I want us to have the conviction that we are the light, so that we will not be afraid of the temptation and threat of the darkness. The light always wins over the darkness. Actually, the darkness does not even have its own identity. As soon as light comes in, darkness has to disappear. The lack of light is darkness and darkness does not exist on its own. Therefore, darkness can never win over light, no matter what happens.

 

The only time we may lose to the darkness is when we give up being the light. Only when we no longer shine the light, we are conquered by the darkness, as the darkness can never really defeat the light. So, we should not be afraid of the darkness and go out proudly and brightly in order to conquer the darkness. I hope and pray that during the interval between one Christmas to the next Christmas, all of us live as the true light that shines brighter and stronger than the darkness to conquer it and drive it out.

 

The true light does not complain about the darkness surrounding it, for it will not be needed, if there were no darkness. On the contrary, when there is more darkness in the world, the existence and role of the light will be more intensified. Therefore, we don’t need to complain about the darkness of others, but just continue to shine more brightly. The need and appreciation for the light will increase, as the darkness increases around you. The place that needs light the most is where there is the most darkness. During the interval between one Christmas to the next Christmas, we should go to the darkest place and shine our light there without any complaints, blames or hatreds. The more darkness there is, the more we should shine our light. When there is the light, all the hidden and bad things will be shown and the hurts and pain will also be exposed. At the same time, the righteousness and love of God will be manifested to correct the errors and to heal the wounds. Between this Christmas and the next Christmas, I pray that you will live the life of bright light. I hope you will become the heroes of history by accomplishing the righteousness of God while driving out the evil, and by embracing the hurts and pain of others with the love of God in order to restore them.

 

There is one thing we should make it clear in our lives. That is to differentiate between the things we should do and the things God is doing. On our world stage, we can only decide how we are going to live, and God decides what the outcome will be. In other words, we should do a good job of living our lives as the children of light as commanded by God, and let God decide on the outcome. But we have done the opposite often. We often ask to God to do what we want Him to do, and we want to decide on the outcome ourselves. Because of this confusion, the world is covered in darkness again, and the same thing is repeated. Therefore, we should always remember to hold onto God’s commands in our lives and live the way He wants us to live. When we let God take care of the outcome, He will never fail to do the right thing.

 

If we are going to let God take care of the outcome entirely, we need to have the right faith. What we need the most is the essential faith that God’s will would be fulfilled, not the faith that our prayers should be answered. At all times, God’s will is greater than any of our will and it is righteous always. And the final victory belongs to God. In a soccer game, if your team wins, no matter how battered or injured you are, you will be a winner, and if your team loses, even if you didn’t get hurt at all, you will be a loser. As our God always wins, we are the winners.

 

The conclusion is this. When we let God take care of everything, we can shine brighter. No matter what trials and difficulties we face, we can endure them, as long as we believe in the good outcome that God will bring in the end. And we will not be swayed by any appeasement or temptation, because we know that the blessings from God is greater than any other benefits. And even when we are threatened or intimidated, we can hold out against them in style, because we know that God will win in the end. When we are misunderstood, criticized, attacked, or shunned, we are not afraid, because God knows what we are doing.

 

My dear congregation, the conclusion of Christmas is the final victory of righteousness. Jesus came to show us the victory of righteousness and when He comes back at the end of the world, He will accomplish the dramatic salvation with the final victory of righteousness, and I really want you to believe this. Now, I want you to go out to preach the Gospel and to witness for the evangelism.

 

Between the first Christmas and the next Christmas, between the birth and the second coming of Jesus, here we stand!


   

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설교일 : 2019.07.14
본문말씀 : Genesis 25:27-34
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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