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To preach good news to the poor

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-08-05 (월) 23:14 조회 : 31
설교일 : 2019.08.04
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : Luke 4:16-19

August 4, 2019

Good News Series #1

 

To preach good news to the poor

Luke 4:16-19

 

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

 

In the month of August, we are going to share the sermon series on the ‘Good News’. What is a ‘Good News’?

 

People in general want to be raised up and try very hard to rise above others. But the Bible reminds us a very important fact that rising above others does not just happen, but it has to be accompanied by the depth. Only with depth, one can be raised up. David had such a long period of hardships while running away, being betrayed and entrapped, and many times he barely escaped death, and these experiences made him really deep. Knowing the depth of David, God was able to raise him up.

 

Are you eager to be raised up? Then, you should reflect deeply upon yourself. Do you know the difference between an old man and an elder gentleman? An old man thinks about himself only, while an elder gentleman thinks about others first. All of us should reflect upon ourselves and see if we pursue to rise above others or to be deeply considerate of others, to be just an old person or to be a respected elderly person. This will tell us a lot about our own life story. Whether young or old in age, it is not easy for a self-centered person to become a considerate and mature person.

 

Jesus was 33 years old and still unmarried, so He was a young man physically, but He was the most mature and considerate person on earth.

 

Today’s passage shows that Jesus was thinking about the poor in the world. The poor are not necessarily poverty-stricken. In Isaiah 61:1-2, the poor are described as ‘the broken vessel’ with broken hearts. Their lives are broken and almost impossible to be restored. The Bible tells us that being broken-hearted is the worst problem we can have.

 

But the foremost thought on Jesus’ mind was the restoration of the poor, and it was a revolutionary concept at that time. It was a complete reversal of values of the times when only the successful and the powerful were welcomed in the society. Jesus says that He has been sent for the restoration of the poor, and that is why the coming of Jesus is the Good News, the Gospel.

 

In today’s passage, the poor are described in detail as three kinds of people; the prisoners, the blind and the oppressed. And Jesus, the most considerate person in the world, has been sent to earth for them.

 

1. To proclaim freedom for the prisoners

 

Who are the prisoners? A prisoner is a person who is bound or tied down to something and has lost his self-awareness. He lost his self-esteem under a certain circumstance and also lost his freedom. Some say this is the age of smartphone and there are many prisoners of smartphone nowadays. Also, there are the prisoners of alcohol, of gambling, of stubbornness, or of hatred. Let us think about the case of a prisoner of hatred. This person cannot stand those he hates, so he is the prisoner of hatred, but he is not aware of the fact that he is the prisoner and that his hatred is destroying his life.

 

This prisoner has lost all the joy in his life. While love gives joy to those who love, hatred takes joy away from him. Have you seen any prisoner of stubbornness be happy? Serving others will bring us joy, and sharing also brings us joy, because we are doing what we have been created for.

 

Another characteristic of being a prisoner is that he is no longer yearning for freedom. When someone wants to help a prisoner of hatred, he would resist the help and insist to be left alone. He would rather stay in the state of imprisonment.

 

Do you know the movie called ‘The Shawshank Redemption’? In this movie, there are two completely different characters; Andy and Brooks. Brook is an old man and has been in prison for 50 years. Now that he is going to be released from prison, he is afraid to go out to the real world, so in order to stay longer in prison, he tries to kill a fellow inmate. Eventually he is released, but after he is released and free, he kills himself. On the other hand, Andy is doing fine, after his daring escape from the prison.

 

Jesus came down to earth to proclaim freedom for the prisoners. Let us change the words a little bit. Jesus has been sent to proclaim freedom also for the prisoners of alcohol, of smartphone, of hatred and of stubbornness.

 

But how can He proclaim the freedom? The Spirit of the Lord was on Him to take care of the poor and to free them, and He had to bear the cross to accomplish that. The same formula of the Spirit of the Lord can be applied to us, and when we confess Jesus is our Lord, we are anointed and freed from all that have bound us. The Spirit inside of us frees us from all that have taken us as prisoners.

 

2.  To recover the sight for the blind

 

Who are the blind? Who cannot see? The blind in the Bible does not mean those who have trouble with their eyesight, but those who do not see the right thing and do not have the right point of view. Therefore, they are blind to living the best life for themselves.

 

< Take the case of Moses. He had to live in the wilderness for 40 years. Was it because he had to flee after murdering someone in Egypt? No, there is a more fundamental reason. He didn’t see things in the right way. He blamed the sufferings of the Israelites on the Egyptians’ harsh treatment of them, but in reality, their sufferings and enslavement were the results of their leaving the land of Canaan for Egypt. Moses couldn’t see what the Israelites had done wrong. He blamed the Egyptians only and was blind to the sins of the Israelites. That was why he had to live in the wilderness for 40 years. He was a very unhappy and disappointed man until God appeared to him. Then, seeing that God had remembered him and watched him the whole time, Moses recovered his sight. Afterwards, Moses was restored of everything, and with his new point of view, he lived another 40 years. >

 

Jesus had a definite goal in recovering the sight for the blind. It was for the recovery of the spiritual eyesight and for a different point of view.

 

Philip Yancey talked about ‘the salvation of pain’ in his book. Many people think God allows the pain to accomplish the good, but Yancey says that the pain stays within us to benefit us and that ultimately the pain will save us from our lives. The pain makes us ‘to reflect upon ourselves more’ and helps us with our salvation, so the pain is indispensable in our lives.

 

Apostle Paul said the same thing.

“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)

Jesus came down to earth to help us recover the sight again.

 

3.  To release the oppressed

 

When I saw this news on TV, I was stunned.

 

< There was a shocking news about a pastor stabbing another pastor to death. How can we understand or analyze this? There were tons of comments on Internet about this news. Should we also judge and criticize the pastors? As Christians, we should reflect upon the power of evil in this world. Who is strong enough to withstand the power of evil? Even though they were pastors, they were still led astray by the forces in life. It is so frightening. >

 

They were oppressed and they could not be released from the oppression. I have met some people who are oppressed and hurt by a spoken word, as they can never forget it. They are too weak to overcome it. Some are oppressed by comparisons, such as being compared to a more beautiful woman, or to a slimmer entertainer. Some highly successful people commit suicides because they are oppressed by heavy stress, inferiority complex or feelings of alienation.

 

< The story of Akha Tribe >

After missionaries reached out to the Akha Tribe and preached the Gospel to them, many of the Hill Tribe people now believed in Jesus and changed their lives. They discarded their old bad habits and began to live their lives in the way God wanted. The churches were built and they needed to elect their leaders. The missionary asked them whom they wanted to elect as their leader. One man answered, “We don’t have anyone who has the qualities of a leader.” Then, the missionary asked, “Then, are there many liars in the church?” Many raised their hands. “Are there many drunkards?” Again, there were many raised hands. The missionary asked again, “Are there many lazy people who don’t do any work, but force the women do all the work?” Again, many raised their hands and they began to look very disappointed. Then, the missionary said, “Now, I want to ask you again. Is there anyone who used to lie, but doesn’t lie anymore?” Some raised their hands. The missionary asked again, “Is there anyone who used to drink, but doesn’t drink anymore?” Some raised their hands. “Is there anyone who used to be self-opinionated, but is not anymore?” Some raised their hands. Then, the missionary concluded, “Excellent! You can elect your leaders from these people and they will teach you how they have been released from their previous bad habits.”

 

Jesus came down to us to release us from oppression. The freedom proclaimed by Jesus will help us become the people of God completely.


   

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제목 : The eager expectation of God
설교일 : 2019.08.18
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 9:11-27
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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