총 게시물 593건, 최근 2 건

The Life-giving Authority

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-09-03 (화) 10:00 조회 : 27
설교일 : 2019.09.01
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : John 4:10-14

September 1, 2019

Life-giving Authority Series #1

 

The Life-giving Authority

John 4:10-14

 

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

 

This month I want to share with you my sermon series on ‘the Life-giving Authority’.

 

We are under two authorities; the worldly authority and the life-giving authority. The worldly authority belongs to the world and the life-giving authority belongs to God. Which authority are you under?

 

In chapter 18 of Luke, Jesus told the Parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. This Pharisee thought he was righteous and a better man, after comparing himself to others, while the tax collector saw himself before God and became so ashamed of himself that he couldn’t even lift up his eyes to heaven. This parable is really about the authorities these two men were under. Who was under the worldly authority and who was under the life-giving authority?

 

Most of you have not given much thought about the authority you are under. When we didn’t know about the life-giving authority, we used to build up the worldly authority, while living under that authority. But Jesus tells us about the life-giving authority from heaven and invites us to be under the life-giving authority.

 

In today’s passage, this Samaritan woman had suffered under the worldly authority. According to the Bible, she had been divorced five times by her husbands, as only husbands could ask for divorces from their wives in the Jewish society at the time. Why was she abandoned by her husbands? What was the cause of this tragedy? Perhaps she was not worthy, smart or strong enough by the standards of the world.

 

Then, this woman encountered Lord Jesus at the well. What happened to her, who had been suffering under the worldly authority, after meeting Jesus? Now she was under a different authority. After meeting Jesus, her life was changed to be under the life-giving authority of Jesus and no longer under the worldly authority.Jesus came down to earth and changed the authority for the people. Those who follow and build up the heavenly, life-giving authority are called the Christians who have been saved.

 

1.  Jesus breaks down the authority.

 

The most important thing we should notice in today’s passage is the fact the Jesus was there at the well. Why was Jesus at the well? The well was for thirsty people and the woman was thirsty. The fallen people in life are always thirsty, even at the well. She was thirsty for life and for people, but she couldn’t find the true satisfaction and peace in anyone she met.

 

Now, Jesus was at the well where no one came to visit, and not only that, He came there before she did. We are so glad to have Jesus there at the well, which is also the well for us who are lonely, weary and in despair, just like the woman.

 

God is at the well, even before we get there to quench our thirst. After realizing this, our faith will grow and then we can confess that Jesus is at the well for us.

 

This is the Good News for us. The world criticizes those who are thirsty, but Jesus is at the well waiting for those thirsty people to get there.

 

Now, we want to ask why Jesus was there. He was not there by accident, but planned to be there, as He wanted to meet the woman at the well.

 

She was a foreign woman in Samaria, and the Jews tried their best not to go through Samaria, as they didn’t want to associate with the people there. Furthermore, she was such a failure even among the Samaritans that she was shunned by everyone. She was aware of her status, so she chose to come to the well when there was no one else. We notice her despair and frustration, when she answered to Jesus, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” But Jesus was there to look for her and meet with her.

 

Why did He do that? He wanted to teach the life-giving authority from heaven to the woman who had been wronged by the worldly authority. Therefore, the worldly authority over the woman began to crumble, when Jesus came to see her. All the lofty and great things of the world began to lose power over her, when she met and understood Jesus.

 

Apostle Paul went through the same thing.

“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”(Philippians 3:8-9)

 

After meeting Jesus, Paul began to consider all the great things of the worldly authority as rubbish. And all the worldly authority began to lose power over him.

 

When the kingdom of Jesus comes, the world will be broken down, as no worldly authority can be compared to the authority of Jesus. And the heavenly authority is life-giving and uplifting authority. It is the authority that loves people, unlike the worldly authority which compares, discriminates and disappoints people.

 

After meeting Jesus, the woman is no longer under the worldly authority, but now under the uplifting and life-giving authority of Jesus. Jesus went to the well for this purpose of breaking down the worldly authority. He comes to our wells to provide the life-giving authority to us.

 

2.  Jesus takes down the barrier.

 

The conversation between Jesus and the woman makes us reflect upon many things. In my opinion, this woman would have liked to talk to no one and could have refused to talk to Jesus.

 

Having experienced many church members who say to me “Pastor, I don’t want to say anything”, I know that people can be robbed of all their hope and then pushed into utter despair.

 

But this woman opened her mouth and her heart. How did this happen? Taking down the barrier is never easy and opening one’s heart is very difficult, but Jesus was able to do that by having a conversation with her. How did He accomplish that?

 

Jesus did it with the life-giving authority.

 

    1)  He tolerates and accepts

 

Jesus was really tolerating and accepting this woman in His conversation with her. That was the reason why she began to talk to Him and opened her heart. The life-giving authority tolerates and accepts people.

 

Today’s passage shows Jesus tolerating and accepting the woman, and we know that Jesus will do the same with us to save us and to raise us up with His life-giving authority.

 

She began to talk and opened her heart, because she realized that she was being accepted by Jesus. Otherwise, Jesus couldn’t have healed her. By the acceptance of Jesus, the worldly authority over her was taken down and the life-giving authority was raised up.

 

< The life-giving authority is tolerating, while the worldly authority does the opposite. We should be under the life-giving authority. What authority are you under? >

 

    2)  He leads to life

 

Jesus asked her to go and bring her husband. What a surprising and difficult thing to say to this woman! Nobody likes to be exposed of their shameful past.

 

As a pastor, I am fully aware of this difficult step of acknowledging one’s own past. Nobody likes to face or be exposed of their sins or wrongdoings, so it is very difficult to point out what they have been doing wrong, as we may alienate them from us with our criticism.

 

< The testimony of Rev. Hak-Joong Kim

 

A faithful deacon in his church came to my friend, Rev. Hak-Joong Kim, and requested for the prayers on his behalf; “Pastor, please pray for me. My business is not doing well and I need God’s help badly. I cannot even afford to do the tithing. With the help of your prayers, I want to make a new start!” Rev. Kim prayed for him fervently and as time went by, the deacon’s business grew and the amount of his tithing grew also. But this man became just too busy to attend the services. First, he was missing from the early morning prayers, then from the Wednesday evening services, and then occasionally absent from the Sunday services. One day  Rev. Kim made up his mind, called him and told him, “I called you here to pray to God again on your behalf” and then he prayed, “Lord, this deacon used to be such a sincere servant of yours, but now he is losing his faith and becoming a slave of money, all because of my wrong prayers to you on his behalf. Please take away the material wealth from this deacon and restore him to his former life of sincerity and beauty.” Even before Rev. Kim’s prayer ended, the deacon cried and said, “Pastor, it is true that I have changed. By gaining wealth, I almost lost God. Thank you for your prayers, now I am returning to the Lord.” This deacon regained his zeal and now he is an elder of my friend’s church. >

 

In today’s passage, Jesus talked to the woman in specific detail, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

 

Why did Jesus choose to be so specific? It was because we all need to face our shameful past before we can enter the new life. Jesus wanted to lead her to a new life, so He was going through her past. That was the only way she could be saved after living her whole life under the worldly authority, without knowing God. So, Jesus had to go over her past in detail.

 

< We often carry on conversations without opening our hearts. When there was a conflict in the church, nobody could find the solution. Then, one deacon shouted, “Let us talk about the specifics without mentioning the Lord, the grace or Amen.” Everyone was shocked and then quietly reflected upon the specific cause of the conflict. Who are we and why are we arguing? And who am I? >

 

The way Jesus took care of the woman makes us reflect upon our own behaviors. Am I under the influence of the life-giving authority or the worldly authority?

 

In order to break down its influence on her, Jesus showed the woman how much she had been under the worldly authority and then guided her to the new life.

 

3.  Jesus raises us up.

 

What Jesus wants and what God also wants is to raise us up, after breaking down the authority and taking down the barrier. Jesus wants us to be under the life-giving authority.

 

< Recently we had the Quiet Time meditation on ‘1 Kings’ about the well-known trial of Solomon. Two friends who lived in the same house had babies at the same time. But when one baby died, the mother secretly swapped her dead baby for her friend’s baby. These two women argued endlessly at the court in front of Solomon, until his judgment was announced; “Cut the baby in half and give each half to two women.” Immediately, the real mother said, “I will give up. Please give the baby to the other woman.” Then, Solomon said, “This woman is the real mother. Give the baby to her.” >

 

Was it an example of Solomon’s wisdom? I think this was about two people, who were either under the worldly authority or under the life-giving authority.

 

This demonstrates an example of those under the worldly authority. Even though they had been good friends before, when her baby died, she swapped her dead baby for the friend’s living baby, and then continued to insist that it was her own baby, even at the risk of death to the other baby. The worldly authority can be so deadly.

 

On the other hand, the real mother is a good example of life-giving authority. She was doing her best to save the baby, even to the point of giving up the baby to the other woman. Solomon was able to discern the life-giving authority working inside of this mother.

 

This is not just a story about two women in ‘1 Kings’, but a story about us that we can be under the worldly authority and at other times under the life-giving authority. People used to be only under the influence of the worldly authority, but Jesus came down to earth with the life-giving authority in order to save us and raise us up. After doing His best for our salvation, Jesus even died on the cross for our sake.

 

I think the verse 10 of today’s passage has the most important message.

‘Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.”’

 

What He meant is that “I am the gift of God that has come to you.”

 

She needed to pay attention to this message, the saving grace for her. We should pay attention to this message, the saving grace for us. Jesus came to give us the gift of God, which is the life-giving authority.

 

Then Jesus says, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

This changed the woman from being under the worldly authority to being under the life-giving authority.

 

This message about God’s gift is meant for all of us.

 

The biggest disappointment in life is when we are disappointed in us and crumbled by us, all due to the big influence of the worldly authority. But Jesus approached the woman with the life-giving authority, which was a gift of His grace. When we meet Jesus, we are raised up by His life-giving authority.

 

Have you reflected upon which authority you are now under?

 

1.  Have you met Jesus who comes to the well to teach us about life-giving authority?

2.  Have you witnessed the worldly authority that Jesus is breaking down?

3.  Have you thought about the gift of God that Jesus is giving us to raise us up? 


   

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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