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The Good Detroiters

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-08-14 (수) 06:57 조회 : 63
설교일 : 2019.08.11
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : Luke 10:30-37

August 11, 2019

Good News Series #2

 

The Good Detroiters

Luke 10:30-37

 

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

 

We are sharing the sermon series on the Gospel, the Good News. It has been said that Christianity is the religion of the Gospel. Then, what is the Gospel, which means the Good News?

 

What is the Good News to you? What is the happiest news to you? Is it the solution to your current problem or the fulfillment of your dearest wish? Some say “God has answered my prayers!” when their long-standing problem is worked out. Some say “God loves me!” when their wish that they had been praying for a long time comes true. But, is it really the Good News for our life-long journey? No, it is not. It is just a solution, not the Good News. The solutions to our problems and the fulfillment of our wishes manifest the grace of God being bestowed upon us. But the Gospel is more essential. The Gospel is the reason why God grants us the solutions for our problems we face in our daily life. Without getting the message of the Good News, our faith will not grow. Therefore, we have to know and understand the Gospel.

 

Today’s passage is well known as the parable of ‘the Good Samaritan’ and this is a good example of the Gospel of Jesus, which can be summed up as ‘the love of people’.

 

“If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” (1 John 4:20)

 

This verse tells us that our love for God should be manifested in our love for the people we see, and that our love for our neighbors is the same as our love for God. This says that if we do not love our neighbors whom we see, we cannot love God, whom we don’t see. But we like to say we love God, when in reality we don’t love our neighbors.

 

The Gospel of Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors and He shows us how to live the life of loving people. To illustrate this Gospel, Jesus is telling this parable of the Good Samaritan.

 

An expert in the law stood up to test Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” This expert just wanted to show off his knowledge of the law, and he was really sneering at Jesus when he was asking “And who is my neighbor?”. In other words, he was asking who were the people he could love.

 

That is the reality. All of us love those whom we can love or whom we can choose to love. But today’s passage says otherwise.

 

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?” (Matthew 5:46)

 

Through this parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus is asking us, “Whose neighbor, are you?”

 

The expert of the law was asking, “Who can be my neighbor?” and Jesus is asking, “Whose neighbor will you be?”

 

 

1.  The man who fell into the hands of robbers

 

A man fell into the hands of robbers on his way to Jericho from Jerusalem. He is described as ‘half dead’, so he needed help immediately.

 

Three people saw him in such a situation and passed by the man. They were a priest, a Levite and a Samaritan. When a priest saw the man, he passed by on the other side. And a Levite did the same. But a Samaritan did not do the same thing.

 

But the real question here is, “Who fell into the hands of robbers?” It was not only the man who had been stripped of his clothes and beaten half dead.

 

< When I was serving as an Assistant Pastor of the Antioch Church in Seoul, every Tuesday was the Relief Day and many homeless people came to the church. I noticed that a young man in his 30s was a regular visitor on those Tuesdays, so one day I told him, “You are too young for this. Go and find some work!” Then, a few days later, he came into my office and thrust a knife to my face and said, “Who are you, asking the church not to give me any money?” I felt like the man who fell into the hands of robbers. >

 

Who fell into the wrong hands? It could be the priest or the Levite, instead.

 

The Bible shows us many who had fallen into the wrong hands or wrong sides. We have met Adam, Cain, Abraham and Jacob and so on in the Bible and learned how that happened.

 

A man who fell into the wrong hands is not necessarily stripped of his clothes and beaten half dead by the robbers.  A man who fell into the wrong hands is really a man who had been stripped of the heart that was originally given by God. The priest was the person who had been stripped of the heart of God, and so was the Levite.

 

On the other hand, there were people who had not been stripped of their hearts by the robbers, and the best example is Joseph. Having been sold as a slave to Egypt and while working for the captain of the guard, Joseph was seduced by his master’s wife, but he did not lose his heart. No matter what his circumstances were, Joseph looked toward God and felt His presence. He sought the guidance from God, so he did not fall into the wrong hands of robbers.

 

What does the regular attendance at church mean to you? Some church members think that all they have to do as Christians is to attend the Sunday worship services, do the tithing and serve at church, but they are missing the mark. By attending church, we are trying to fill our hearts with the heart of God, which He provides for us, so that we can go out into the world holding onto His heart.

 

While I was serving in Korea, on a visit to a church member’s home, I asked the wife why her husband did not attend church regularly. She answered, “My husband is engaged in business that involves many Elders and Exhorters from church, and he says they are worse than the regular folks of the world. So, compared to them, he thinks he is better off by not going to church at all.”

 

I was very hurt by that remark. I wanted to point out to him that we are still trying to become better Christians by attending church regularly. In our life of faith, every day we are fighting to be better than those who fell into the hands of robbers.

 

In ‘2 Corinthians’, Apostle Paul said, “If anyone has caused grief … the punishment inflicted on him is sufficient. …. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.”

There were some church members in Corinth who had attacked Paul and given him a difficult time. They had spread false rumors and disrupted their church. Now that the truth has come out about their false lies and conducts, the congregation of the church wanted to punish them. But Apostle Paul said the punishment would please Satan instead. Even though Paul had suffered the most and probably had wanted to punish them, he chose not to be severely grieved, but hold onto the heart of God. We should be changed to have the heart of God and follow His heart, in order to live our lives as better Christians.

 

2.  The Good Samaritan

 

The person whom Jesus shows as a good example did not fall into the hands of robbers, and he is the good Samaritan.

 

At the time of Jesus’ ministry, the Samaritans were persecuted badly by the traditional Jews. The Samaria region had been the territory of the northern kingdom of Israel until their defeat by Assyrians, who forced their policy of mixed marriages upon the Israelites. Since then, the pure-blooded Jews looked down on the Samaritans and treated them ‘unclean’ almost like the Gentiles. That was the reason for the Jews not to enter the land of Samaria but go around that area, when they had to go north. The Samaritans were despised and treated contemptuously by the Jews.

 

Who are today’s Samaritans? Very likely they are those without good education, good jobs, good possessions, good health, or good reputation. Aren’t those who are not recognized by the world the Samaritans of today?

 

But Jesus is talking about the Samaritans, especially about the Good Samaritan. Then, who are the good people Jesus is talking about?

 

    1)  They have the heart of God

 

In today’s passage, the Samaritan took pity on the man who had fallen into the hands of robbers, while neither the priest nor the Levite took pity on him. But the Samaritan, who had been persecuted and alienated in the world, took pity on the poor man.

 

How could he do that? It was because he had the heart of God, and Jesus called him the good Samaritan, who had the same heart as that of Jesus, so he was a good person in the eyes of God.

 

Even though this Samaritan had been persecuted in his life, he didn’t live his life as a persecuted person. Having the heart of God inside of him, he took pity on another person who had fallen into the hands of robbers. Isn’t our faith supposed to hold us tight onto the heart of God?

 

    2)  They are obedient to the heart of God

 

There is an important reason this man is called ‘the Good Samaritan’, and that is because he ‘went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.’

 

Taking pity on someone and doing all these things for him are two different things. There are many people who feel sympathy for others, but usually they don’t do anything for them. This Samaritan was different. He obeyed God’s urge to help the man and God was pleased with him. Not only that, on the next day before going on his way, he gave money to the innkeeper and said, “Look after him, and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you many have.” Even with the heart of God, most of us would pay attention to the poor man for a short while and follow God’s order for a little while, but this Samaritan obeyed God’s order completely, and that is why he was called the Good Samaritan by Jesus.

 

After attending church for a while, most of us learn how to act in a kindly manner, speak nicely, not get upset easily, not get in a fight and be patient. But this is only being very passive in our faith. Instead of being so passive, we should follow and obey the heart of God more actively.

 

3.  The good Detroiters

 

My dear congregation, the good Samaritan is Jesus Himself; born in Nazareth, persecuted by the Pharisees and died on the disgraceful cross. Why did He have to suffer so much? He wanted to teach us how to follow the heart of God in our lives, because He is really the Good Samaritan.

 

Now is the time for us to follow and obey the heart of God and become the good people of God, the Good Detroiters. I hope and pray that at this age, at this time, here in this KUMC of Detroit, there will be many good Samaritans who have the heart of God and follow the heart of God obediently.

 

Some members ask me, “Pastor, how can we be like that?”

 

< I have heard that about 5,000 families in Kang-Nam and Boon-Dang in Korea get to eat fresh chemical-free organic salads, delivered every morning directly from Japan. Are you impressed? Some may say, “They must be crazy!”

 

When I heard this news, I was shocked that I was not the only one that gets to eat the best possible food delivered every morning. But mine is much better than those imported from Japan, and I get it free and directly from heaven to my heart. And this food fills my heart and enables me to live as a man of God. >

 

The life of the Good Detroiter does not mean feeling sympathy and doing good deeds only once. In order to live as a good person, each of us should receive the message from God every morning and stay under the grace of God every day.

 

There are some who believe that their life of faith depends on their own ability and are proud of it. Some people brag that they have been attending church for 30 or 40 years. I met someone who is the 5th generation Christian, and I was envious of him, as I am the 2nd generation Christian. But I have better things to brag about; the grace of God within me at all times and the voice of the Holy Spirit that is guiding me throughout my life.

 

During the Q.T. session last week, the message given to me was; “Pastor Kim, you should become a holier vessel!” At first, I thought that I was given this message from God because I didn’t have sufficient caliber yet. I felt ashamed that my life was not holy enough in the eyes of God. Then, after a lot more meditation, I was given this message during my prayers, “You have to lead my holy flock!” Now I know why God is demanding me to be holier. He wants me to become holier so that I can lead the Lord’s holy flock in the church. I say Amen to that.

 

It is so important for me to listen to the voice of the Lord, as it shows the power of God to make me complete. We cannot just become good people by our own ability. But I believe we can become good when we remain as the branches that remain in the good vine of God.


   

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본문말씀 : Genesis 13:1-13
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