총 게시물 593건, 최근 2 건

The Gospel of God's one and only Son

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-08-26 (월) 18:40 조회 : 50
설교일 : 2019.08.25
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : John 3:16

August 25, 2019

Good News Series #4

 

The Gospel of God’s one and only Son

John 3:16

 

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

 

This is the 4thsermon in our Good News Series that we are sharing this month. What is the Good News to you?

 

< When I first started my ministry in Yang-Pyong, a female shaman lived behind our parsonage. She would treat me very well by bringing her home-cooked food and cordially request for my small favors. One day, she asked me to give her the unused boiler in the parsonage and said the following; “Isn’t it nice that we are helping each other as fellow believers of religions?” Afterwards, I pondered over her remark for a long time. >

 

Is it true that Christians, Buddhists and shamanists are fellow believers of religions? Church-goers will not be that different from Buddhists in their faithful life, if they do not know much about the Gospel. But after getting to know the Gospel and having stronger faith, our lives are bound to change, due to our new standards based on the Gospel.

 

< Personally, I first heard about the ‘Gospel’ when I entered the Seminary. In my childhood church, the pastor had never used the word ‘Gospel’ in church, so I had to ask my friends about it when they talked about the ‘Gospel’. Have you heard about the ‘Gospel’ and known the Good News intimately? >

 

Today’s passage has been known as ‘the Gospel of the Gospels’ and we want to share what the core message of this Good News is about and how this Good News relates to your life.

 

1.  For God so loved the world

 

The Gospel of Jesus begins with this statement of ‘For God so loved the world’. What does Jesus mean with the word of ‘the world’ that God so loved? The Jews believed that God only loved the people of Israel, so they couldn’t understand what Jesus was saying. But Jesus clearly states that God loved the world.

 

    1) The meaning of the word, ‘the world’

 

    < A pastor planted a new church and has been struggling financially with 5 children of his own. A wealthy church member offered to adopt 1 child among the pastor’s 5 children and promised that he would do his best to bring up the child well. Throughout night, he and his wife mulled over which child they would allow to be adopted; they couldn’t let the first one go, just because he was the oldest, the second one would not work, because he was too sickly, the third one would not work, because he was a difficult child to love due to his stubbornness, the fourth one would not work, because he was too homely, the fifth one would not work, because he was too young. So, they could not make up their minds. The next morning, the pastor went to see the church member and said, “Sorry, it will not work. I cannot let any of our children get adopted, because they are not worthy enough.”

 

< Which one among their children do parents love the most? If they had three children, which one would they love the best? In my family, there are three children and I am the oldest, my sister is the middle one, and my brother is the youngest. My sister and brother continue to insist that my parents love me the most, but I disagree. My sister and I finished the graduate school and have become pastors, while my younger brother dropped out of college. Afterwards, my parents supported his many business ventures with their own financial resources. Consequently, they are worth a lot less financially, but they don’t hold grudge against him. They worry about him always when they are with me, even though he has settled down with a job and a good wife. Why do they worry about him all the time? It is because they think he is not strong enough, nor worthy enough. >

 

The world that God so loved was filled with those fragile people who did not return to God yet. There must have been many reasons for them not to return to God, perhaps due to their ignorant circumstances, their deep hurts, their different ways of thinking, or their committed sins. But, in spite of all, God still loved the world.

 

The reason why it is called the Good News is because of the fact that God still loves the world. God doesn’t just love those who are worthy enough to be loved. And those who have experienced the love of God call it the Gospel.

 

    2) The Agape love   

 

    The love of God for mankind is called ‘Agape love’ and unlike our selfish love, this selfless love of God is not only for those who love Him. God also loves those who are still unrighteous and have not returned to Him yet. God even loves those whom other people do not love. St. Augustine interpreted that ‘God loves each one of us’ and that God’s love is for all of us, whether perfect or not, whether righteous or not. Apostle Paul declared that God’s love enables others to become righteous, unlike our self-serving love. Such altruistic love of God is called the ‘Agape love’.

 

What kind of people do you love? This is very important issue. What kind of people should the church love? Should the church love those who attend the services regularly, do the tithing and serve the church well? No. Evangelistic churches love and embrace those who cannot attend the services regularly and nor give much offerings to church and whose faith is not deep enough yet.

 

Likewise, after experiencing the love of God, we should love and embrace those who oppose us, attack us and make our lives difficult, instead of loving only those who treat us well.

 

That is why we have been given the following verse, 1 John 3:16.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

 

Doesn’t this verse tell us very clearly how we should live our lives after experiencing God’s love and His Gospel?

 

2.  He gave His one and only Son

 

The second message of Jesus’ Gospel is that God gave His one and only Son. Why did He talk about God’s one and only Son?

 

Jesus wanted to tell us what God did for His love of the world. For His love of the world, God gave up His one and only Son, and this was how God showed us His love.God expressed His love for the world by giving us His one and only son.

 

< Are you familiar with the parable of the tenants of the vineyard in the chapter 12 of Mark?

 

A man planted a vineyard and then rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. He sent still another, and that one they killed. He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So, they took him and killed him. >

 

According to the Bible, God did the same thing as this owner of vineyard did. After creating the world, God sent many prophets and then finally sent His own son, being fully aware that His Son would be killed.

 

Therefore, ‘God giving His one and only Son’ means God Himself came down to earth to show His love for the world. This expression of ‘one and only Son’ indicates that God and Jesus shared the same status as Father and Son. And Apostle John described this as ‘The Word became flesh’.

 

Jesus made His dwelling among the lowest, after being born in a dirty stable as the son of an ordinary carpenter, in order to save the lowest people in the world. Father God’s love of the world resulted in the active ministry of His one and only Son.

 

Therefore, Jesus had the same characteristics and mind as God, being the Son to the Father God. Jesus began His ministry of preaching the Gospel, healing the sick, chasing away demons, forgiving the sins, saving and restoring the dead, feeding the thousands with five loaves of bread and two fish, walking on the water, healing of the paralytic and cleansing of the lepers, and then He died on the cross to be later resurrected and ascended to the heaven for the glory of God. The ministry of the one and only Son was the same as that had been promised by Father God.

 

This has been described in John 1:14; “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” God was glorified by the ministry of Jesus, the One and Only Son, and God’s grace and truth were manifested.

 

The Gospel of Jesus is never just words, nor thoughts only, but full of actions. Jesus said that He loved us, and He really loved us in His actions. The Christianity is based on the belief that Jesus gave up His life because of His love for us and for the salvation of our souls, and this is the Good News.

 

From the early days of Christianity, there had been a heretical point of view about ‘the adoption of Jesus’; Jesus was a perfect human being who had been adopted by God. This view was advocated by the followers of Evius and Arius and they were called the humanists. They only looked at Jesus in humanistic point of view and consideration.

 

Even among us, there are some people who think of Jesus in humanistic terms. They consider Jesus a good, capable person whom they want to emulate, instead of accepting that Jesus came down to earth to save us by giving up His life. If we don’t accept that He gave up His life in order to save us, we cannot live evangelistically like Jesus did.

 

Jesus, the One and Only Son, came down to earth to save us and He glorified God until His death on the cross, and this is the Good News for us.

 

Jesus, the One and Only Son of God, came down to help the godless people on earth have an intimate relationship with God and be bestowed with the eternal life. And this mystery is the Gospel of Jesus for us.

 

3.  Whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

This Gospel has a definite purpose; God so loved this world that He gave His one and only Son.

 

And God’s purpose is that whoever believes in Jesus shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

Then, what is ‘to perish’ and what is ‘eternal life’?

 

The most amazing event in the Christian history was the legalization of Christianity by Emperor Constantine in 313 A.D. He issued the Edict of Milan to stop the persecution of Christians and to allow them the freedom of worship. Consequently, countless people became Christians and the age of Revival for Christianity arrived. But later Christian historians claim that the legalization of Christianity in Roman Empire robbed the Christians of the most important element of their faith. The Christianity used to be a personal religion for experiencing God and transforming individual life, but after it became the national religion, anybody could come into the church and become the leader, without going through the personal conversion process. The result was that the Christianity lost their unique life force and began to decline, a case of blessing turning out to be a curse.

 

The situation is the same with the Korean churches. What has brought the decline of Korean churches? There must have been many reasons, but one reason I know is that after the early persecution of the Christians in Korea, when the age of Revival for Christianity arrived in the 60s-70s, the Korean churches chose to raise up the worldly successful people as the church leaders. By emphasizing the prominence in the society more than their strong faith, the Korean churches began to be secularized and they catered to the authorities and to the political power. Consequently, the churches lost their life force.

 

< While I was ministering in the Philippines, I saw many mission teams come there for a week or two. They were very touched by the mission experience, which made them reflect upon their own lives.

 

Then, after I became the Senior Pastor of the church in Korea, I learned a very important fact that most church members think of mission activities only in terms of going overseas, or going to the most under-privileged areas in Korea. They are not completely wrong, but the real mission should be preaching the Gospel to those who are nearby and close to you.

 

The Korean churches are enthusiastic about overseas and domestic missions, but the Christians are not eager to evangelize to those close to them. Perhaps they themselves don’t live the life of the Gospel, so they cannot preach the Gospel to their acquaintances. Don’t you think it is more important for you to live evangelistically with your family and people close to you than going overseas for mission activity? The Korean churches are very proud of having sent out more than 20,000 missionaries overseas. But I am sad to notice that ironically, the churches in Korea are losing its members and facing a decline. >

 

Jesus gave us this Good News.

1)  God so loved the world that

2)  He gave His one and only Son, Jesus

3)  So that whoever believes in Jesus shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

The purpose of this Good News is allowing us to have the eternal life, and not to perish. Then, what is ‘perishing’, and what is eternal life for us?

 

‘Perishing’ according to Jesus means to remain worldly, not knowing the love of God, living to satisfy our own desires and living by the standards of worldly success and glory. We may not agree on this definition of ‘perishing’ completely.

 

On the other hand, what is eternal life for us?

The answer is found in 1 John 3:16.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

 

Thanks to the Gospel, now that we know the love of God, we should be willing to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. And this is the eternal life for us as the people of God.

 

How is your life? Can you tell the difference between the way to perish and the way to eternal life? By distinguishing between the two ways, we will be led to the blessed life. The Gospel is the only thing that can help us distinguish between the right and wrong way.

 

My dear congregation, have you accepted the Gospel today? Have you realized the love of God and do you understand why God sent His one and only Son? Are you now familiar with the life of love that Jesus requires from those who have accepted the Gospel?

 

Come out to the Gospel, experience the Gospel and then live the life of the Gospel. 


   

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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