총 게시물 593건, 최근 2 건

The way, the truth and the life that Jesus has shown us

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-07-08 (월) 10:31 조회 : 88
설교일 : 2019.07.07
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : John 14:1-6

July 7, 2019

 

The way, the truth and the life that Jesus has shown us

John 14:1-6

 

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

 

What does it mean that someone is saved? Do you think you are saved?

 

< In the Old Testament, God gave this command to the Israelites in Leviticus 19:9.

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.”

 

The reason for God’s request was to save the orphans, the poor and the aliens. God also makes it clear that only those who leave the gleanings of their harvest will be chosen to be His people. In other words, only those who listen to the Word and follow the Word in their lives will be God’s people.

 

The Bible lets us know that the salvation does not come with your knowledge nor with your confession that you are saved. The salvation for us means following the Word of God in our lives. >

 

< Today’s passage is the conversation between Jesus and His disciples. Jesus gave them an inscrutable statement; “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. I am going to my Father’s house to prepare a place for you.” Then, Thomas asked Him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

 

What Thomas said was that he couldn’t believe the things he doesn’t know and doesn’t see. Jesus was talking about the world of faith, while Thomas was talking about the visible world. In the Bible, we see Thomas continued to have that kind of faith. As soon as Thomas saw the resurrected Jesus, he said he couldn’t believe until he saw the nail marks in Jesus’ hands. >

 

(There are many people in church who act like Thomas did. “Pastor, I know my faith will grow, if only I could see God and have some experience with Him.”)

 

For that reason, Jesus said to Thomas and to all others the following statement.

‘Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

 

What Jesus says is;

If you want to know the way, I am the way!

If you want to know the truth, I am the truth!

If you want to know the life, I am the life!

 

What Jesus means is; “I have shown you the way, the truth and the life with my life.”

Therefore, we have to show our faith with our changed life. With His way, with His truth and with His life, Jesus explains this faith that changes the believer’s life.

 

1.  The way that Jesus has shown us.

 

The problem we have in life is that we don’t know if the path we are on is the right one.

 

A prime example is the woman at the well in Sychar, Samaria. She has had five husbands, but she still doesn’t know about the right husband. In fact, she is living with a man without getting married and without any conviction that she is doing the right thing.

 

How about you? How wonderful would it be if we knew the right way for our future?

As we don’t know the way, we are filled with anxieties and worries. But Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled”. Jesus has shown us the way, so that our hearts will not be troubled.

 

I want to share this well-known story about Stanley Jones, the missionary to India.

 

One day, after preaching the Gospel to a village in a virgin forest, he was lost. He tried many different ways, but all in vain. He was so exhausted and thirsty and hungry that he couldn’t walk another step. On top of that, he was afraid of being attacked by wild animals. After some more wanderings, when he saw a native man cutting a tree in the forest, he was so relieved. He told the man, “I have lost my way. Could you please teach me how to get back to my village?” The man answered to him, “Please wait a little bit” and continued with his job of getting lumber. After 8 hours and nearing the sunset, the man quit his job and said to the missionary, “Please follow me”, and started to walk ahead of him. The missionary asked the native man, “Where is the way?” The native answered, “There is no way. Your step is making the path for you.” Then, he continued to walk straight ahead until they reached the village. Why didn’t the native tell the way to the village? Because he knew the missionary would be lost in the forest jungle and would have lost his life. The dense forest jungle didn’t have any regular path, and the natives were relying on their own sense of direction only to find their way.

 

Isn’t this an amazing story, which is quite similar to the story of our life? How many among us know the right way for their life? 

 

The way Jesus has shown is the way for us to walk together with God. We never saw Jesus walking alone at any moment. He never walked alone. He walked with God throughout His ministry, from the beginning of calling His disciples until the last night at Gethsemane.

 

We are so arrogant that we prefer to walk alone, to succeed alone, and to go ahead of everyone alone, but Jesus has shown us that He always walked with God.

 

In the chapter 9 of Mark, after Jesus restored a boy who had been possessed by a deaf and mute spirit, His disciples asked Jesus, “Why couldn’t we drive him out?” Then, Jesus replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” I used to interpret this as our prayers having the power mighty enough to drive out spirits and wondered how I could pray such powerful prayer.

 

Now, I understand it differently. Jesus was not talking about the power of our prayers, but the way we work and walk with God in our ministry.

 

We want to be bestowed with the special power that can drive out the evil spirit, so we pray to have the power. But Jesus teaches us that we will be filled with the special power, only when we walk together with God. In our life of faith, we are to walk with God, and Jesus has shown us that He walked with Him always.

 

How is your way? Are you walking alone or are you walking with God? Are you walking with God in the way Jesus did?

 

2.  The truth that Jesus has shown us

 

As our life tells the truth about us, we are talking about the life that Jesus has shown us. If someone’s ideas are changed, but not his life, we cannot call that person a Christian. One’s faith will change one’s life.

 

Jesus says, “I am the truth” and what does it mean? Jesus has shown the truth, by living the truth. He did not only talk about the truth, but lived the truth. The truth of Jesus is the truth that He lived; He came down to earth, loved the sinners, died for the sinners, and then was resurrected after three days. His incarnation, His love for us, His death on the cross, and then His resurrection is the truth that Jesus has shown us.

 

Therefore, our lives are bound to change after meeting with Jesus. Those who met Jesus during His time on earth experienced the changes in their lives because of the truth that Jesus has shown.

 

From this month on, our church has embarked on the Word Ministry of Quiet Time. Are you doing the Q.T.? The publishing house of Q.T. is really shocked at the new order of 500 ‘Q.T. in’ from our church and asking us what is happening in our church. What are we expecting to change by doing the Q.T.? All of us are expecting that our lives will be changed.

 

Q. T. is not our meditation upon the Word only. By doing Q.T., our life style will be changed.Our life will be changed, so that we stand before the Word every day in order to hear the voice of God, and then to obey His voice. At Cell Group meetings, we will share the changes in our lives and notice the changes in the lives of others, and we call this ‘the Q.T. Life’.

 

During the past week, while having the Quiet Time upon ‘1 Corinthians’, I heard God’s voice confirming that we are doing the right thing.

 

The church in Corinth was divided into four jealous and quarrelsome factions. To them, Paul wrote the following.

“I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.” (1 Corinthians 3:2)

 

What did Paul mean? Having faith means we become the adults who read the Word on our own, listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and obey its voice, in order to please God with our work and life.

 

But the members of the church in Corinth were like mere infants who were fed only milk; they still didn’t pay attention to the voice of God to obey Him. They only promoted their own ideas and proposals, which caused jealousy and strife among the people in the church.

 

I am really thankful for doing the Q.T. in our church. God wants to raise up our church and fill it with the adults who are on solid food diet and who live by the Word.God wants to see our church be full of those members whose lives are changed by the Word in order to obey and serve God.

 

Just before today’s passage, Jesus gave a new commandment.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

 

This message has three steps.

1)  Love one another.

2)  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

3)  Then all men will know you are my disciples.

 

Jesus says that “As I have loved you”, we should love one another, and this is the truth of Jesus. Jesus loved us first and He is asking us to do the same to others.

 

What Jesus has shown us is the love of the unqualified people, which is ‘Hesed’ in Hebrew. His love is the love of mercy and the love for those without any qualifications. Jesus died on the cross to demonstrate His true love and His truth for the unqualified people like us.

 

The cross is the truth of Jesus that He loves the unqualified people. Therefore, whoever has met Jesus and His truth should change from his love of the qualified to the love of the unqualified. That is the first step for us to become Jesus’ disciples.

 

In the church, each of us has different opinion on the truth and on the role of the church. But how many of us really live the life of truth and love?

 

The truth of Jesus is that He has shown His true love for us by His life. Now He is asking us to do the same.

 

3.  The life that Jesus has shown us.

 

In today’s passage, Jesus said “No one comes to the Father except through me”. What does it mean?

 

During His last prayer at Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me: yet not my will, but yours be done.” This shows Jesus was fully aware of the humiliation and misery of the crucifixion, as well as the sufferings. He was asking God, “Does it absolutely have to be this way?”

 

There are times in our lives when we are in the dark about the way of God. We may find out the answer later, but at the time of our decision, we are not sure, so we pray desperately, like Jesus did.

 

As soon as I arrived here, someone said to me, “I am not impressed with you, Rev. Kim, because I heard that you resigned your Senior Pastor position at the previous church, after only 2 years on the job.” I was hurt so much by that remark, which was similar to the remarks I had heard from many people close to me, after my decision to come to U.S. for this church. They said, “The members of your current church will have a very difficult time and blame you a lot”. I was certainly aware of that and I agonized over that aspect. I prayed to God fervently, but He gave me the same specific answer. My final prayer to God on this matter was; “Yet not my will, but yours be done.”

 

This painful prayer of Jesus is called ‘the glory prayer’, as He was praying for the glory of God, not for His own glory. Only when the glory of God is manifested, the people and the world will be also glorified.

 

For this reason, Jesus said “No one comes to the Father except through me.” His last act of obedience was His humiliating death on the cross, following the will of God for His glory.

 

Jesus did it so that we may have life. This life is not the usual life span of ours, but is referring to what Jesus said in John 10:10. “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The reason for His coming down to earth is to offer us ‘the life of spiritual relationship with God’.

 

My beloved congregation!

Have you started to walk with God, like Jesus did?

Are you living the truth in your life, like Jesus did?

Are you living the life of deep spiritual connection to God? 


   

총 게시물 593건, 최근 2 건
번호 설교일              제목 본문말씀 설교자
593 2019.09.15  The Life-giving Authority (3) 1 Samuel 17:17-27 Rev. Eungyong Kim
592 2019.09.15  생명 권세 (3) 사무엘상 17:17-27 김응용 목사
591 2019.09.08  The Life-giving Authority (2) Malachi 3:7-12 Rev. Eungyong Kim
590 2019.09.08  생명 권세 (2) 말라지 3:7-12 김응용 목사
589 2019.09.01  The Life-giving Authority John 4:10-14 Rev. Eungyong Kim
588 2019.09.01  생명 권세 요한 복음 4:10-14 김응용 목사
587 2019.08.25  The Gospel of God's one and only Son John 3:16 Rev. Eungyong Kim
586 2019.08.25  독생자의 복음 요한 복음 3:16 김응용 목사
585 2019.08.18  The eager expectation of God 1 Samuel 9:11-27 Rev. Eungyong Kim
584 2019.08.18  하나님의 마중 사무엘상 9:11-27 김응용 목사
583 2019.08.11  The Good Detroiters Luke 10:30-37 Rev. Eungyong Kim
582 2019.08.11  선한 디트로이트 사람 누가 복음 10:30-37 김응용 목사
581 2019.08.04  To preach good news to the poor Luke 4:16-19 Rev. Eungyong Kim
580 2019.08.04  가난한 자에게 복음을 누가 복음4:16-19 김응용 목사
579 2019.07.28  The invisible aspects of the Sabbath Matthew 12:1-8 Rev. Eungyong Kim
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제목 : The Life-giving Authority (3)
설교일 : 2019.09.15
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 17:17-27
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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