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The Life-giving Authority (4)

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-09-23 (월) 19:23 조회 : 61
설교일 : 2019.09.22
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : Mark 7:31-37

September 22, 2019

Life-giving Authority Series #4

 

The Life-giving Authority (4)

Mark 7:31-37

 

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

 

I was very touched by the Q.T. meditation on the book of James last week.

Apostle James talked about ‘our two weaknesses’.

 

The first is our weakness to criticize our brothers and sisters. Some of us are quick to judge others, but James says that God should be the only one who judges, not us. Our criticism of others comes from our mistaken belief in our righteousness, and that is the problem. In our life of faith, we should experience the righteousness of God and hold onto it. We have become the children of God thanks to Jesus’ love and sacrifices, but we are still the under the grip of self-righteousness, and not yet under the righteousness of God completely.

 

The second is our weakness to brag about vain things of the world. Some of us are eager to brag about their possessions or successes, and Apostle James says that we should not be proud of those things, but we should be proud of doing good deeds according to the wishes of God. Then, why do we brag about vain things we have? It is because we are under the worldly authority.

 

These two weaknesses have remained in me. I am still quick to judge others and to believe that I am right and others are wrong. I hate to admit it, but I am still proud of some vain things, which shows that I am still under the authority of the world.

 

Let us go to today’s passage.

 

When Jesus came down to the Sea of Galilee, some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk. This ‘deaf and hardly talking man’ is the main character of today’s passage. Who is this man? Because of his deafness, perhaps he could not learn to speak properly. But he was not afflicted with the physical ailments only.

 

Due to a single problem, he was suffering in all aspects of his life.

 

A single problem in our lives never remains as a single problem, but brings darkness into all aspects of our lives.

 

Then, Jesus enters our lives in the midst of the darkness and sufferings.

Today’s passage shows how Jesus does that.

 

 

1.  Jesus took him aside, away from the crowd.

 

‘Jesus took him aside, away from the crowd.’ (verse 33)

 

I am really glad that ‘Jesus took him aside, away from the crowd’.

 

Why did He do that? Jesus understood what the deaf man, as an insignificant nobody, had to suffer and endure among the crowd. The man’s life was meaningless under the worldly authority.

 

< There is a similar story in the Gospel of Luke about Zacchaeus.

Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector in Jericho and wealthy. He was successful in the eyes of the world as he held a high position, but he was alone in front of his tax office. Why was he alone? The Bible only states that he ran ahead and climbed a tree, because he really wanted to see Jesus. He was thirsty for Jesus, as he needed Him in spite of his wealth and high position.

 

Then, Jesus saw him and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” Even though a big crowd had gathered to see Jesus, He went to seek Zacchaeus and reached out to him. >

 

We are wondering why Jesus didn’t go to this deaf man to cure him in the midst of the crowd. By healing him among the crowd, more people would have been able to see what Jesus was doing and be impressed with His ministry, but Jesus didn’t do that. Jesus didn’t come to seek the popularity and acknowledgement from the world. Jesus had come to change the worldly authority under which this deaf man and Zacchaeus were and also to change the worldly authority we have been under. That was the reason why Jesus took him aside, away from the crowd.

 

Away from the crowd, ‘Jesus put His fingers into the man’s ears. Then, by spitting and touching the man’s tongue’, He cured the man.

 

Jesus touches the man. He puts His hand upon the original spots of the man’s ailments, reversing the traditional teachings of the law that forbade any Jew touching the unclean, so that he would remain clean himself.

 

< The story about the father of Rev. Joong-Pyo Lee

 

Throughout his childhood, Rev. Joong-Pyo Lee was subjected to whippings from his drunkard father and because his father squandered all his money on alcohol, his family had a hard time to pay for his school expenses. His father drank and became violent every day. He hated his father with all his heart. Then, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and got to experience the love of God. Still, he couldn’t get rid of his hatred for his father, so he began to pray to God to be restored to his father. One day he received a call informing him that his father had collapsed on a street. He went over and got his drunk father on his back, and this was the first time for him to do that. Then he realized that his father didn’t weigh much at all. He used to be so scared of his violent father that he never went near him. Now he saw an old man who became very weak and powerless.

 

Rev. Lee wrote in his book that while he was walking with his father on his back, all his hatred disappeared and his heart was filled with compassion. Then, he made a decision, “Father, you don’t have to live alone anymore. From now on, I will take good care of you.” When he touched his father’s frail body, his old wounds were healed.

 

How did Jesus cure the deafness of this man? He did it by His touches.

By the touches of Jesus, the man was able to feel the loving hand of God.

By the touches of Jesus, the man was able to gaze into the loving eyes of God. 

 

When Jesus began to touch him, all the ailments of the deaf man were cured.

 

Jesus comes into our lives and gets to know us and touches us tenderly and deeply.

Then all the worldly authority we had been under begins to disappear and we begin to experience God intimately.

 

 

2. Jesus had a deep sigh.

 

‘He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means, “Be opened!”) (verse 34)

 

Today, we meet with Jesus who sighs deeply.

 

Then, why did Jesus sigh so deeply, while healing the deaf man?

 

    1)  The ears that could not hear

 

Jesus sighed, because He felt sad about those people who cannot hear. He was thinking about those with physical and spiritual deafness.

 

What is the spiritual deafness?

Can you hear everything including the hearts of people and the voices of God? Jesus was concerned that we are not hearing these things.

 

< The story of Rev. In-Joong Kim of An-San Dongsan Church.

 

Even though he came from a very poor family, Rev. In-Joong Kim studied really hard and got admitted to the prestigious Seoul National University. How excited his parents and siblings were and how great their expectations were for him! But while attending Seoul National University, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior through the evangelism of CCC (Campus Crusade for Christ), and then decided to become a pastor. He had been approached by a CCC member who proclaimed the Gospel and the love of God to him, when he was sitting on a bench in the campus, dressed in a shabby recycled army jacket, exhausted and very hungry for food. Then, his whole world was changed by this encounter. His family had been expecting him to enjoy worldly and financial success after finishing college, but the amazing love of Jesus opened his eyes. When he told his family that he wanted to become a pastor, all of them were shocked and his older brother was vehemently against his plan. While attending the theological graduate school, he tried his best to evangelize to his older brother, but failed. Then sometime later, he woke up early at his brother’s home at the usual time for his early morning prayers, and he began to pray for his older brother wholeheartedly. With tears flowing down his cheeks, he prayed sincerely for each member of his brother’s family. He had to stop praying when he heard his sister-in-law going to kitchen to prepare the breakfast. Then at the breakfast table, his brother said to him, “In-Joong, I didn’t know you have been praying for us for so long. From now on, we are going to attend church also.” >

 

The prosperity in our lives is not the wealth of material possessions, but having our ears opened.

 

    2)  The lips that could hardly talk

 

When a person is hard of hearing, it is very likely that he has difficulty in speaking. Without hearing anything, how can anyone learn to talk?

 

We know how important it is to express our thoughts and opinions. We can imagine the misery this deaf man must have gone through without the benefit of speech. When Jesus saw him, He said to him, “Ephphatha!”, which means, “Be opened!” Knowing his circumstances, Jesus wanted to have blessings bestowed upon the man, by opening his ears and lips.

 

What do you wish to have opened in your life? What should be opened for your salvation? What should be opened for your blessings?

 

This is a very important question.

Jesus knew that by opening the man’s ears and lips, he would be under the power of life-giving authority. And Jesus opens the door for us so that we will be also under the power of life-giving authority.

 

Do you have your ears opened? Do you have your lips opened?

What should we hear, when our ears are really opened?

 

< When we visited Deaconess Eun-Sook Park at the hospital, after hearing the news about the relapse of her leukemia, she said to me, “Pastor, I have this fear of not being allowed to enter the heaven, because of my meagre faith.” I asked her, “Who said that kind of nonsense to you?” She answered that the thought kept coming back to her. I said to her, “There is no one who can enter the heaven because he was justified by his own deeds. All of us have such a weak faith that Jesus had to die on the cross for our salvation. When you believe Jesus died on the cross for you, you will enter the heaven.” Then, she cried and said happily, “Pastor, you are right. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sake.” I assured her, “Don’t ever pay attention to the voice of Satan who says you don’t have strong enough faith. You just tell Satan, “I believe in the precious blood of Jesus Christ!” >

 

She is not the only one who worries unnecessarily. Aren’t we paying attention to the words of Satan that we shouldn’t listen?

 

We are truly blessed when our ears and lips are opened to the life-giving authority.

 

 

3.  Jesus commanded them not to tell.

 

‘Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more He did so, the more they kept talking about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (verses 36-37)

 

Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. Why did He say that? What was His real purpose? Jesus wanted to lead people to God one by one, and He wanted to stop those who oppose His ministry. Jesus came down to earth to save the lost souls, not to receive the applause from people.

 

This was the way of Jesus’ ministry to support the life-giving authority.

 

< Jesus never sought to meet with a big crowd, nor tried to change the crowd. After the miracle of ‘5 loaves of bread and 2 fish’, the big crowd was wildly applauding Jesus, but He dismissed the crowd immediately and went on to Gerasenes to heal the demon-possessed man there. >

 

This is the way of kingdom of heaven and the way of life-giving authority. Jesus wants to meet each of us, one by one, and then helps us hear and talk and then enables us to live our lives as the people of God.

 

At every early morning prayer service, I think of our church and pray, “Heavenly Father, please raise up the life-giving authority in our church! May we be the church that meets each member, one by one! Please open the ears and lips of each one and then help our church be the church that opens the door to the life-giving authority!”

 

Last Sunday, the welcoming party for new families was held at our church. When our new family team informed me that as of the end of August, 50 new families had registered at our church, I was just amazed. But the most important thing is if we can embrace these new families and lead them to Jesus and to the life-giving authority. If we cannot do it, the large number of new families that God sends to our church would not mean much.

 

The more Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone, the more people kept talking about Him and His life-giving authority. I pray for the same thing to happen in our church, so that more and more people will keep talking about our church and its life-giving authority. 


   

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