Sunday Morning – 9 Dec 2018 11:01:48 am
In our mission, many missionaries are despatched to overseas where they have no idea about the country’s culture, language and so on.
One missionary was despatched to Paraguay. When he arrived in the airport, a Korean lady welcomed them. He was so shocked. Later on, the lady said to him. A Korean person worked in the travel agency and they saw this Korean name amongst the travellers and they asked each other in the agency whether they knew the person. And on one knew. So the lady came to the airport to welcome the missionary and truly discovered that he and his family knew no one.
Likewise, one of our missionaries also went to Brazil and he knew no one at all. But as he spoke to someone at the airport, that someone was able to help our missionary and this was the beginning of our Brazil church.
For me, I came to Australia not knowing any English whatsoever. I found this to be so burdensome. Once I was invited to preach in English in Fiji and they did not want any translators. I found this very burdensome. As I told this to pastor Park, he just said “Don’t worry; I’ll pray” and so he hung up the phone. The answer was so simple.
When I actually landed in Fiji, the pastor in charge told me – “We are not here to listen to pastor James’ English, but to listen to the Words of God”. So I realised something very important from pastor Park. Pastor Park knew my predicament and he knew that God would work.
Let’s think about the Words we read today. What did Jesus say to His disciples?
“But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.”
John 6:6 NKJV
Jesus knew what He would do. There is the plan of Jesus. But the disciples could not see what Jesus would see. So if we understand the heart of Jesus, then our lives will be jubilant and happy. We are oblivious from the heart of God and we are living a life that is so different from the heart of God.
Once I asked someone if he knew why God gave us the law. He replied saying that it was because we had to keep the law. The gentleman thought he knew the Word but He did not. The fact is that the bible says that the law was given to us so we have the knowledge of sin.
These days I go to the hospital to preach the Word to an elderly woman from our church who is now hospitalised. As I preached the Word to her, she was free from sin in her heart. I am so thankful. She is 87 years old and I not sure what may happen to her.
We are unsure about many things. But Jesus knows everything.
Our heart may be very uncomfortable. In our spiritual life, it is really not about our performance but it is about the performance of Jesus.
If you try so hard to do things, you will be devoid of things. The bible tells us about these things.
There is Jacob and Esau. After Jacob was blessed, Esau was indignant. He was so furious and wanted to murder Jacob. This was his intention. As the mother heard this, she called Jacob and asked him to go to Laban’s house. Laban was his uncle. On the way, Jacob stopped in a place called Luz and he dreamt that a long ladder went from heaven to the earth. God promised Jacob that wherever he went, He would be with him. When Jacob awoke, he called the place Bethel. Luz means getting lost. So when Jacob was lost, God became the guiding star.
For Esau on the other hand, he ended up marrying someone he did not really love. He tried all ways to please his parents but he failed.
“(for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.””
Romans 9:11-13 NKJV
Jacob was loved but Esau was hated. When you have two sons, can you hate one and love the other? This is very difficult. Jacob represents grace. Esau represents efforts. Who do you represent?
Spiritual life is when heavenly things become yours — then this is spiritual life.
“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”
John 19:28-30 NKJV
In the kingdom of God, there is the providence of God and there is His will to accomplish the things of heaven that is reflected in this world. In the heart of Jesus, He already has plans for everything.
“The LORD has done what He purposed; He has fulfilled His word Which He commanded in days of old. He has thrown down and has not pitied, And He has caused an enemy to rejoice over you; He has exalted the horn of your adversaries.”
Lamentations 2:17 NKJV
God has accomplished His word and has shown us His reflection of it. The world is not really for us to accomplish as it is already accomplished by God.
One day I rang up pastor Park to tell him that I cannot speak English and so I struggled. Pastor Park said “It’s ok”. And I could think a bit further. In his heart, there was a world that was already accomplished. This means that the work of God is already accomplished. Pastor Park has this clear Word and the promise of God. There is nothing left for us to do.
“But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.”
Hebrews 9:11-12 NKJV
There is the tabernacle in the earth and in the heavens. In the earth, our sins are washed through the blood of the lamb. However, in the heaven, our sins are actually washed through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Our sins are written on the horns of the altar and also in our hearts. Through the blood of the lamb, our sins are blotted out which are written on the horns of the altar.
But the sins in our heart is blotted out by the blood of Jesus Christ and by faith in this.
The tabernacle of heaven is something we cannot see with our own eyes. God wanted to sort out the problem of human sins.
When Jesus dies, He said “It is finished”. Why? Because after the death of Jesus and His resurrection, with His own blood, he blotted out the sins on the horns of the heavenly altar. This means that not with the blood of goats and calves but with His own blood, He has obtained eternal redemption. This is why we can say that we have no more sins.
It is not about diligently making offerings, praying, reading the bible, singling and waving of hands.
Although many people say that they believe in God, as I speak to them, in fact, not many believe in God.
When you say that you have attained eternal redemption, it means you believe and accept the fact that Jesus has washed your sins away and you can go to heaven.
God hates the fact that we try to wash our sins and do everything ourselves.
Jesus already knew what he would do but Philip did not.
Spiritual life is thus not about how well you try.
Esau was trying and trying quite hard to please his father. This represents how one’s life is guided by works.
If you accept the love of Jesus Christ and what He has done for you, then you will become one with Him.
In our spiritual life, is it you who is at work or is it Jesus who is at work?
As we read the Words today, “Jesus already knew” — it is not about us working but Jesus working. Then spiritual life will be so easy.
“Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.”
Psalms 2:8 NKJV
This is the Word or promise that was given to pastor Park.
As we look at our surrounding situations, for instance with the Christmas Cantata, we are so lacking. But we cannot help but be on the path to success because we are with Jesus who already knows what He would do.
God would give us unspeakable amount of grace and thankfulness to us all.
In the perspective of God, all of us has been cleansed already. All we have to do is just receive the Word of God.
It does not matter who you are – once you receive the heart of God, then God will teach you. Jesus said “It is finished”. If He did not finish it, then He should not have said that it was all finished. If so, then he should have said “It is partially finished”.
God sent Jesus as a Saviour for us because we are people who cannot save ourselves. Jesus has thus become our master. Jesus is now our master. This means that as slave of Jesus, all our problems are now Jesus’ problems and not ours. If you still say you have problems, it means you despise the master.
Once your heart is united with the heart of Jesus, all problems you have will no longer be your problems but you can refer to Jesus and it becomes His problems. From then on, He works.
When airplane pilots practise, the student sits at the front and the copilot or instructor sits at the back. In passing over control, they say “You got it” and the receiver says “I got it”. Likewise, in spiritual life, who has got it for you? It should be Jesus. Jesus has “got it”. You say “You got it”.
There was a time when we were about to go to church and my son who was still young, wanted to sit on the front. Then he ran out of the car and as he did, a taxi was coming the opposite way and he almost had an accident. The taxi just missed him by a hair. At that moment, I beeped and sounded the horn. At that brief moment, I felt God ask me “Are you the guardian of your son?” And I said I said “NO! Lord! You are!”
Please give all your problems to Jesus. Those who do not work hard and believe that it is they who should work. For such people they are the ones at work.
Please trust only in Jesus.