총 게시물 575건, 최근 2 건

There is nothing greater than forgiveness

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-01-21 (월) 20:33 조회 : 113
설교일 : 2019.01.20
설교자 : Rev. Eung Yong Kim
본문말씀 : John 21:15-18

January 20, 2019

 

The Series on Forgiveness #3

 

There is nothing greater than forgiveness

John 21:15-18

 

Rev. Eung Yong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

Forgiveness is not an ethical action, but a matter of spirituality. Therefore, our forgiveness will clearly show what kind of law is dictating our lives.

 

There are three kinds of law for us;

The law of the world, the law of ethics, and the law of God.

Most people live under the law of the world.

Early in my ministry when I was serving in Yang-Pyong, I wanted to evangelize in the neighborhood and met someone living nearby the church. He said, “I live such a clean life that is above the rule of any law. So, I don’t need to go to church.” To someone with no need for the law of the world, I asked this question from the law of ethics; “Do you truly respect and take good care of your parents?” He was so flustered by this ethical question that he didn’t know what to answer. But, the law of God is much loftier than the law of the world or the law of ethics; it asks us to love even our enemies and its standard is beyond our ability to comply. Therefore, we can observe the law of God only when we belong to Him.

 

Which law is dictating your life?

 

< Professor Hyun-Suk Kim’s story.

Professor Kim taught English as a liberal arts course at the Seminary.

With his bald head and kind smile, he shared this story in class and I still remember it well.

Having been an outstanding seminarian, he passed the exam to become a chaplain and he was proud to join the elite group.

With his first lieutenant’s badge prominently displayed, he was assigned to his new post. But a chaplain’s life was not what he had expected. A chaplain’s main role was not being a pastor, but an officer of troop information and education who counseled the soldiers and reported on the troop’s condition to the commanding officer.

 

Then one day, another chaplain was assigned to the same unit, and he was shocked at the appearance of this chaplain.

First of all, this chaplain had no badge of rank but only a cross on him. He didn’t make any military salute, but said ‘Hallelujah’ to everyone he saw, even to the commanding officer of the regiment. He made all the people in that military compound feel uncomfortable, but the whole unit began to change because of him.

This chaplain was eager to pray for anyone at any time of the day at any place. Even at the officers’ meeting, he said to the commanding officer of the regiment, “Please allow me to pray to God before we start.”

As time went by, there was a big change at the unit. Everyone called him ‘Pastor’ not a chaplain and even the commanding officer asked him to pray before starting any meeting for the officers.

 

Prof. Kim, a first lieutenant at that time, was very confused, as he still continued to make the military salute and worked as an officer of troop information and education. But watching this newly assigned chaplain whose actions were so different from his own actions changed his life. I remember his smile when he was telling this story. >

 

We are continuing with the Series on Forgiveness. Forgiveness cannot be explained according to the law of the world, or the law of ethics.

Forgiveness is a spiritual happening that occurs among those who belong to God.

God is asking us to participate in forgiveness, because forgiveness leads the people of God to salvation.

 

In today’s passage, Jesus shows us what a true forgiveness is about.

 

1.  Jesus went looking for Peter.

 

Jesus searched for Peter and went to him.

Who is this Peter?

(Mark 14:66-72)

Peter followed Jesus as He was being taken to the high priest, because he wanted to see what would happen to his beloved master.

Perhaps he didn’t want to let go of his last bit of hope.

 

Jesus looked so shabby, contrary to Peter’s expectation.

Jesus was being interrogated and humiliated, and even struck with fists, but nothing extraordinary happened.

Peter must have felt despair and disappointment.

 

At this time, a servant girl recognized Peter and said to him, “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus.”

What Peter did next is described as follows.

‘But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said.’ (Mark 14:68)

 

Peter denied it.

His denial was not only to the question from the servant girl, but to what he had believed and followed.

 

When Peter was asked for the third time, his entire soul was shaken.

‘He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you are talking about.”’ (Mark 14:71)

Peter cursed and swore and denied knowing Jesus.

 

This was a strict apostasy, the abandonment of his faith.

Peter, Jesus’ beloved disciple, betrayed Lord Jesus.

 

What did Jesus think about Peter’s betrayal?

Did He just accept it, because Peter was originally a common fisherman?

I think Peter’s betrayal tells a lot about our own existence.

Don’t you agree that we are as fragile and as afraid as Peter was, when facing death?

Aren’t we so fragile as to be tempted to forsake our faith, even when facing the possibility of profiting ourselves?

 

Now, Jesus looked for Peter and went to him.

Jesus who had been betrayed went looking for Peter who had betrayed Him.

Jesus who had been hurt by Peter went looking for Peter who had hurt Him.

 

This is just the opposite of what we would have done.

This is the forgiveness that Jesus wants to show us.

 

< During the 150 years of Christianity in Korea, there have been two incidents that caused severe conflicts among Korean churches.

1)  The conflict about worshiping at Japanese shrine during the Japanese occupation of Korea or refusing to worship.

2)  The conflict about staying in Seoul to watch over the churches or evacuating to the south to escape when the Korean War broke out.

 

1)  After Korea’s liberation from the Japanese occupation, those pastors who had participated in the worship at Japanese shrine split from those who did not.

2)  After the Korean War, those pastors who evacuated to the south split from those who stayed behind in Seoul.

 

Korean churches were tragically broken up and divided because of these conflicts and because of their unforgiving hearts.

But conflicts are not restricted to these historical events.

What about this conflict that is happening in our church today?

Are we witnessing the same kind of forgiveness that Jesus had shown us?

 

Jesus went looking for Peter.

He tracked down Peter, the apostate.

He searched for Peter, the imperfect man who had abandoned his faith.

 

That is why forgiveness is a great step towards belonging to God and becoming a person under the law of God, like Jesus.

 

“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32)

Jesus Himself made it clear that the reason for His coming was to call sinners to repent.

 

2.  Jesus asked questions to Peter.

 

Jesus went to Peter and asked him questions.

“Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” (John 21:15)

 

Why did Jesus ask this question?

 

1)  Why did He call Peter ‘Simon son of John’?

Why didn’t He call him Peter?

 

At this moment Peter had really low esteem of himself, after having denied and betrayed Jesus.

He was so ashamed of himself that he didn’t have the nerve to face Jesus.

But Jesus was calling him, “Simon son of John”.

 

< Some theologians interpret that Jesus was calling Peter ‘Simon son of John’ to remind him of his former self and to rebuke him, but I do not agree with their interpretation. >

 

In my opinion, Jesus was calling Peter as Simon to let him know that “I am calling you again for the second time”, as Simon was Peter’s name when Jesus called him the first time.

Jesus wouldn’t have gone to look for Peter just for the purpose of rebuking him.

 

Jesus wanted to remind Peter of the first time He had called and of Peter’s own excitement at that moment.

He wanted to say, “I don’t remember your failures or your fall, but I remember you being in the good grace of God.”

 

- Between the possibility of Peter’s sinning or winning the grace of God, Jesus held onto the possibility of Peter’s winning the grace of God.

And Jesus had gone to Peter because He believed in him.

 

2)  Jesus asks the question.

“Do you love me?”

Why did Jesus ask this question?

Shouldn’t He instead ask the question of “Why did you betray me?”

But Jesus was only asking Peter about his love, not his betrayal.

Peter must have suffered a lot at this question.

He could only answer, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

If Jesus had rebuked Peter and called him a betrayer, what would have happened?

But, instead of rebuking Peter, Jesus was only asking about his love.

 

Why was Jesus asking to Peter about his love?

Jesus had a purpose.

His purpose was to restore Peter and to raise him up.

 

Only love, without any rebukes, could raise Peter up.

 

< During a harsh winter in Korea, a missionary was crossing over a bridge and heard a child’s cry coming from under the bridge. He went down to investigate and was shocked at the scene. He saw a young woman’s naked frozen body and realized that she had taken off her clothing to bundle her baby and to keep her warm. The missionary decided to adopt the baby girl.

 

When this girl reached adolescence, she kept pestering the missionary for the whereabouts of her mother. The missionary promised to tell her about her mother when she became 20 years old. At last she became 20 years old and as he had promised, the missionary took her to Korea and to the bridge. He took her under the bridge and in front of a small grave he told her all about her mother. After hearing the story, she asked the missionary to please stay away for a while. He saw from a distance that she took off her clothing one by one and put it on top of the grave saying, “How cold you must have felt! I was so miserable because I thought you had abandoned me. But now that I know what you did for me, I am OK. Mother, I love you! You are the greatest mother!”

She came back to U.S. with a completely different outlook on life and began to do her very best. >

 

We are so touched by what Jesus did to Peter; Jesus chose to forgive Peter instead of rebuking him. Jesus raised Peter up to be the leader whom all of us know well.

 

Forgiveness is the way of God to raise people up.

 

3.  Feed my lambs.

 

The last words Jesus spoke to Peter were; “Feed my lambs.”

Jesus went looking for the disheartened Peter, forgave him and gave him the assignment.

 

Why did Jesus say “Feed my lambs”?

Jesus went to Peter to ask him to work for Him and also to forgive him.

 

Jesus asked Peter to feed his lambs, which are immature and therefore in need of daily care as well as feeding.

 

To whom did Jesus want to assign this amazing mission?

To Peter who had denied and fallen, who had failed and in despair,

Jesus gave this important commission of feeding His lambs.

 

Who can take care of the little lambs in the church?

Who can be in charge of the fragile members of the church?

Who can be the father to them?

Only those who had fallen and who have been forgiven can do the job, Jesus said.

Those who have been forgiven can take care of the fragile members.

 

They don’t have to be specially gifted.

They don’t have to be well recognized.

They don’t have to be extremely smart.

Only those who have been forgiven can serve others.

 

The forgiveness of Jesus is a great example to us.

Jesus didn’t only raise Peter up by His forgiveness, but with His forgiveness, Jesus has also raised us up so that we can forgive others.

This is the role of the church. For this purpose, Jesus had gone to Peter and forgave him.

 

Now, it is the time for us to make up our minds.

Are you going to forgive?

Or, are you going to continue with your accusations?

Are you still planning to come to me with your criticism of someone in the church?

Or, are you willing to forgive that person in front of the Lord?


   

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