Find Jesus in the Present Reality of Today
In this week's sermon Pastor Hyung Jin explains how goddess worship always leads to sexual abuse of women. This ultimately leads to the entrapment of women in sexual abuse. God and Christ, on the other hand, promote sexaul abstinence before marriage and faithful marriage as the true way of women's liberation: https://vimeo.com/186181250
13I am against you, Jerusalem,
you who live above this valley
on the rocky plateau, declares the Lord—
you who say, “Who can come against us?
Who can enter our refuge?”
14I will punish you as your deeds deserve,
declares the Lord.
I will kindle a fire in your forests
that will consume everything around you.’ ”
1I will sing for the one I love
a song about his vineyard:
My loved one had a vineyard
on a fertile hillside.
2He dug it up and cleared it of stones
and planted it with the choicest vines.
He built a watchtower in it
and cut out a winepress as well.
Then he looked for a crop of good grapes,
but it yielded only bad fruit.
3“Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard.
4What more could have been done for my vineyard
than I have done for it?
When I looked for good grapes,
why did it yield only bad?
5Now I will tell you
what I am going to do to my vineyard:
I will take away its hedge,
and it will be destroyed;
I will break down its wall,
and it will be trampled.
6I will make it a wasteland,
neither pruned nor cultivated,
and briers and thorns will grow there.
I will command the clouds
not to rain on it.”
Why Does the Lord Have to Come Back?
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
May 26, 1957
The course of Jesus, from the time he came to the earth to the time that he passed away, is not the same life course of the human beings who are living on earth today. He passed through the life course that is more difficult and lonely than anyone else's. Moreover, Jesus emerged as the one person of the one sphere of the generation and sphere of time, holding the will of God and ideals of human beings in himself. There was not even one person on earth who recognized the value of Jesus with the same value that heaven attributed to him. Not only that, human beings could not serve Jesus as the central being of love who can connect all humanity with the love of God.
Consequently, Jesus led an unspeakably miserable life. Jesus did not have anyone to consider as a friend and discuss his own sorrow. Similarly, today you have to understand that he lived a more pitiful life than anyone else.
Jesus' coming to fulfill the will of God and for the sake of God's glory should have been the joy of the Israelite people, the joy of Judaism and humanity. He, the only son of God, should have emerged as the master of all humanity. Yet, why did Jesus lead such a miserable life of hunger and sadness?
Although the time has changed and history has passed, you should be able to experience the sorrow and loneliness that Jesus felt while he was alive, and take to heart his misery. However, if you cannot become the sons and daughters who can return glory to God by vanquishing Satan on behalf of heaven and earth, then there is no way that you can alleviate the deep-rooted sorrow and loneliness of Jesus.
Jesus' hope was not in satisfying his own desires, but even by sacrificing himself to actualize God's ideals of creation. Because human beings who were raised as the central beings of the created world fell, God has been guiding the dispensation of restoration for 4,000 years to realize the ideals of creation. Jesus, taking responsibility for the errors of the fallen human ancestor, appeared with this will of God as his own ideology and purpose.
However, the Israelite people did not understand this Jesus. This is not all. The Jewish people also did not know that, while Jesus represented the historical hope, at the same time he represented the entire will of God.
Although Jesus was an individual who stood in lofty solitude, he could represent history, and, while representing the present reality, he also possessed the eternal ideal of God that can represent the will of the heavenly laws. However, the Israelite people and the Judaism who had been faithful to the will of God did not realize that he was such a figure. So, rather than helping him in his path, they obstructed his way and persecuted him.
Then, what is the sorrow of Jesus who was looking down upon the Israelite people and humanity? That was not the sorrow that mourned over the environment that he could see. The sorrow of Jesus represented the painful heart of God who has been leading the dispensation of restoration for 4,000 years since the fall of Adam, and represented the countless prophets and sages who exerted themselves while upholding the will of God and passing through the long 4,000-year historical course. You today must feel that Jesus was this kind of man.
Then, what was the depth of Jesus' sadness? Because Jesus came while bearing the sorrow of God's 4,000 years and the sorrow of many millions of prophets and sages in heaven, God, the many millions of believers, and the heavenly soldiers and angels understood the anguish of Jesus.
Jesus' grief was not for his own sake, but was for the sake of the Israelite people who killed him, and was the sorrow that carried concern for the Jewish faith and the path of the will. Although the Israelite people and the leaders of Judaism should have learned about this heart of Jesus, reflected upon it and repented, among them there was not even one person who understood the grief of Jesus.
Since the Jewish people could not attend Jesus as Messiah, who came with the historical heart of grief and the yearning for human beings, his sadness was magnified. In addition, we must know that because the Israelite people and the Jewish faith who should have fulfilled the will of God centering on Jesus completely forgot the desired will of God and betrayed Jesus, Jesus had to live a life of shedding infinite tears of grief on behalf of God's tears for some thirty-odd years of his life. You must know that to complete his mission to introduce the situation and heart of the Father who held high hopes full of desires, he endured through the gushing forth of grief during the toilsome three years of public life, and had to suffer through the miserable and wretched anguish of being chased through the Garden of Gethsemane to the hill of Golgotha.
Then why did Jesus offer the prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, "My Father, if it is possible, please let this cup pass from me. However, do not as I will, but as thou will" (Matthew 26:39)? That was because he was concerned who would take responsibility for the grief of God, countless believers and all human beings. It was because he knew that if he died on the cross, then the many believers who followed him would also walk the path of death. So, he was filled with a mournful heart and made that appeal to Heaven.
Jesus who acted on behalf of the sorrow of God and human beings, who sadly died on the cross on behalf of the sorrow of the countless living things of the future generations. You are not to see this Jesus only as an historical Jesus, but you must find Jesus who might be in the same situation in the present reality of today, and become the heirs of Jesus who can reveal him to the world. Otherwise, there is no way to resolve the bitter grief and sorrow that have been tightly intertwined in history. The believers who have believed in Heaven until now have been striving to become the heirs of Jesus. Furthermore, we must remove Jesus' deep sorrow, and even remove the sadness that will be passed down to the descendants.