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  • Jan 05 / 2014
  • Comments Off on Yes, Lord! (Matthew 9:27-38)
Matthew: The Book of Kingship, Pastor Heo, Sermons

Yes, Lord! (Matthew 9:27-38)

01.05

01.05.2014 Bulletin

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Jesus Heals the Blind and Mute

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. 32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” 34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”

The Workers Are Few

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”


Amen.

This is the Word of God. Happy New Year. 

Let us give thanks to God for the New Year.

Bible says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Yet also, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has come, the new has come.”

We remember Jesus’ first miracle – turning water into wine. After that miracle, the master of the banquet testified “Everyone else brings the cheaper wine out second – but you have saved the BEST wine until now!” What is the message we can get from this?

First, for wine: The older the better. 50-year-old wine is better than 20-year-old wine. How many years do you need to make the BEST wine in your lifetime? A: We cannot make the best wine in our lifetimes no matter how long or hard we try. We cannot make the best things no matter how hard we try.

Best joy, best peace, best freedom, best salvation – we cannot make these in our lifetimes. 

But, Jesus can make these things in the twinkling of an eye! 

He gives us the best salvation, the best joy, the best freedom.

John “Whoever hears my Word and believes in the One who sent me will not be condemned. He has crossed over from death to life.”

  • From meaningless to meaningful.
  • From purposeless to purposeful.
  • From hell to heaven.
  • From death to life.
  • Without Jesus, life is flat, dull, uninteresting. 
  • When Jesus comes, life is FULL – exhilarating, joyful, wonderful.
  • The joy Jesus gives is ever-new, ever-satisfying – from eternity to eternity.

God bless us all in 2014 – this year to be MUCH BETTER than last year – every TODAY to be much better than yesterday – because IN CHRIST “the old has gone, the new has come.” 

Now, here, Jesus is healing – and he is looking for workers who will do what he has done. 

v. 27-31

“Yes, Lord!”
Let’s say it together. “Yes Lord you can!” “Yes Lord I believe!” “Amen” = very many meanings, including this “Yes, Lord!”

Last time, Jesus was at Jarius’ house to raise his daughter. Today, Jesus went on from THERE – from Jarius’ house and he was walking on the street when these two blind men followed him and called out to him “Take pity on us!”

Strangely, Jesus didn’t give them an immediate response on the street, until he got to the house at which he was staying. So, the two men had to follow him until he got to that house.

  1. Jesus wanted to be sure that these two men sincerely, honestly wanted the healing he could give them.
  2. They needed to be alone. All humans must go home and be alone at some point. And we must confront Jesus Christ alone at home.

It’s easy to make a decision for Christ in a spiritually-charged, emotional, passionate environment. The real test, what really matters is when we are alone. Not what we do in the crowd, in the multitude, but what we do when we are alone with Jesus Christ. 

Jesus faced these men alone and asked them only ONE question. 

The only one essential for a miracle = faith.

“Yes, Lord!”

Jesus touched their eyes and said, “According to YOUR faith, it will be done to you.” Immediately, their sight was restored. Blindness = a symbol of spiritual blindness. Even though they could not physically see, they COULD see who Jesus was. Sadly, there are many people around us today who can physically SEE, but cannot really see WHO JESUS IS.

1. Is Christ Savior? YES. 

Whether we agree or not, whether we accept it or not, He is.

2. Is Christ Lord? YES.

Whether we agree or not, whether we accept it or not, He is.

3. Is Christ YOUR personal Lord? Yes?

Is He? Is He Lord of EVERY area of your life?

  • Time?
  • Thoughts?
  • Actions?
  • Behavior?
  • Feelings?
  • Passion?
  • Dreams?
  • Purpose?
  • Materials?
  • Money?
  • Talent?
  • Treasure?
  • Wallet?
  • Credit Card?
  • Eternity?

You don’t need to answer aloud for all to hear, but we must be very careful, sincere, honest, with Jesus Christ alone, in private, not in the crowd.

Is Jesus the Lord of every area of my life?

  • Romans 9:10 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
  • “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” 

LORD = personal Lord

This is not Savior here – but Lord.

Many people want to receive Christ as Savior, but NOT many people want to receive Christ as LORD. 

  • We cannot receive what Jesus GIVES and refuse who He IS.
  • We cannot receive His salvation and refuse His Lordship.
  • We must confess his Lordship – it simplifies service.
  • We cannot accept his Lordship and serve other masters. “No one can serve two masters.”

Did you choose/decide on Jesus Christ as Lord?

This is your LAST independent decision you ever made. If you say, “Yes, Lord! You are my Master!” you have no more personal choice. If you say, “Yes, you are my master!” then you also say, “Your will is my will! Your pleasure is my pleasure!”

v. 32-34

“It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.” What a curse on them…

To this ONE event, there were two reactions:

  1. The crowd: Amazed and shouted “Woah! Amazing!”
  2. Pharisees: “He is a devil! A servant of devils!”

Can you say like that to Jesus? Never.

At least 3 times the Pharisees criticized Jesus in just this chapter Matthew 9.

  1. When Jesus said to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven.” “Blasphemy!”
  2. When he ate with sinners, “You are a sinner!”
  3. When he cast out demons, “You are a devil!”

What a curse they were storing up against themselves. What more, we should not follow them, their example.

1. The Pharisees were too set in their own ways to change.

To them, all the great things belonged in the Past. To change anything was a great SIN. Anything NEW was wrong to their eyes. 

Jesus came with a new interpretation of what real religion was, they hated him as they hated the prophets long ago.

2. They were too proud and self-satisfied to submit.

If Jesus was right, they were wrong. They were so proud that they could not see. They saw no need to change, no need to repent.  

  • Do you like change?
  • Do you like repentance?

Jesus’ first message was “REPENT! For the kingdom of God is near!” 

  • Repentance = change of mind, attitude, behavior, actions, belief.
  • This is the first gate by which we enter heaven.
  • This is the first step to salvation.
  • We accept that we are wrong and we accept change. 

They hated anyone who wanted change. Jesus wants to change us. Will you hate him or love him?

3. They were too prejudiced to sin.

They were so blind that they could not see the truth in Jesus Christ. They could not see the power of God. 

If we accept change, we can see the wonders of God in our lives. 

Do you want to change? Do you accept change? This means spiritual growth. 

I cannot change you. You cannot change me. Husband cannot change wife. Wife cannot change husband. ONLY Jesus Christ can change. Why? Only Jesus is unchangeable, immutable in his power. 

  • I cannot change you because you are changeable. 
  • You cannot change me because I am changeable.

v. 35

Jesus did many things in his earthly ministry, but all can be summarized by:

  1. Teaching
  2. Preaching – commitment
  3. Healing – wholeness

These prove that he is from God, he IS God.

v. 36

Even today, Jesus is filled with compassion (pity) for us – inner, deep mercy. He was moved to compassion by the world’s pain, sorrow. He was filled with a great desire to wipe every tear from our eyes. He was moved to compassion by our hunger – he fed 5000+ with his compassion.

No Christian can be satisfied to have TOO much while others have TOO little.

Jesus was moved to compassion by our bewilderment, confusion. 

So, even today, he is looking for workers to continue his job even today.

v. 37-38

Therefore = conclusion – because his heart is filled with compassion for the sinners outside.

Jesus = the Lord of the Harvest

John 3:16 “God so loved the world that he sent his one and only son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

If we open our spiritual eyes and look outside, this world is FILLED and RIPE with lost sinners who are wandering without rest, without peace, without joy – only with confusion, doubt, pain, suffering. That’s why Jesus is looking for workers.

At this moment, I’ll give you the SAME question. 

Is Jesus your PERSONAL Lord? 

Be very careful, very honest with Him.

IF he is not YET, you MUST accept him – NOW! Quickly! We have no time to lose!

But if He IS your personal Lord, there is no doubt, no question, the WORLD is your mission field. You are a missionary in the world and you are a minister in this church – in AICF!  

If he is my Master, I am his Servant.

Can you imagine a servant who is doing NOTHING for his Master? No, it is IMPOSSIBLE. 

  • So, we must be able to see what Jesus has seen.
  • We must feel what he has felt.
  • We must do what he has done for world salvation.

If you are DOING something in AICF (the body of Jesus Christ) – outside, inside – do not think you are doing it for me as pastor – No, you are doing it for your Lord, for your Master. We are merely co-workers for HIM.

God bless us all to be faithful, diligent, honest workers.

Let’s pray.

  • Aug 26 / 2012
  • Comments Off on What Must I Do to Be Saved? (Acts 16:16-34)
Acts: The Church Grows, Pastor Brian, Sermons

What Must I Do to Be Saved? (Acts 16:16-34)

8.26

Bulletin_08.26.2012

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When it was daylight…the jailer told Paul “The magistrate ordered the jailer to release Paul and Silas…”when they heard Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed…after they came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house where they met and encouraged the brothers. Then they left.

At this point in history, the group has arrived in Europe, they had been in Troas, now onward to Macedonia (Europe). Paul = apostle, Silas = prophet, Timothy = Paul’s mentee, Luke = physician.

This is one of the “we” sections of Acts.

Phillippi was a Roman colony, usually there was a synagogue, but perhaps there wasn’t one here, so they went to the place of prayer by the riverside. Paul preached to them, and Lydia’s heart was opened. She became a Christian. She asked the group to lodge at her place, and they did (she was fairly well-off, a seller of expensive purple cloth).
Now, here we are.

Acts 16:16 – Luke says, “when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl with a (python) spirit.” Apollo spirit – python was slain by Apollo in mythology.

She had a spirit of divination, fortune-telling, and made a LOT of money for her masters. She followed them around prophesying about them “they preach THE way to salvation.” Even so, she wasn’t condoning or encouraging them, likely mocking them.
Same thing happened to Jesus in Capernaum – a spirit cried out, “We know who you are, the holy one of God.” Jesus rebuked it and it came out.

Paul tolerated it for a few days, but eventually, cast it out. Oops…angry masters…

The HS (Holy Spirit) was working through Paul as the enemy tried to destroy this spreading of the gospel.

Interesting – the Occult, any form, is emnity against God and his will.
Fortune telling is forbidden in Deuteronomy 8:13?
Any Israelite who sacrifices his son to pagan gods must be killed, no one can be a wizard, do black magic, etc – it’s disgusting to God.

Isaiah 8:19, “so why are you trying to find out the future by consulting wizards…can the living find out the future from the dead? Why not ask your God.”

Warnings of the Occult.
Perhaps even we have read horoscopes, played with a Ouiji Board – it seems harmless, but God says, “it’s not.” It may be a stumbling block to grow in grace with the Lord – maybe it’s time to renounce the works of the enemy, even if you haven’t done it for years – renounce the works of the enemy.

So, now the demon was gone, and so was all the MONEY! So, the masters were upset, grabbed the two and took them to the authorities.

Acts 5 – Ananias and Sapphiara,
Acts 8
Also, BarJesus, Paul gets involved with spiritual warfare and exorcises demons, and claims more territory for the Lord.

Many MANY instances in which people were interested in financial gain, but their motives were uncovered by the truth of the gospel. Luke uses the same word for “leaving” when the spirit leaves the girl, and as the girl leaves her master.

But why only grab Paul and Silas? Probably pretty obvious who were Jews. Timothy was half-Jew (on his mother’s side), and Luke was a Gentile doctor.

So the slave masters are using anti-Semitism to get Paul and Silas in prison. There was already some anger toward the Jews, general prejudices.

Acts 16:10
“We know what kind of trouble makers these are because of what’s been going on in Rome.”

So, they appeal to the anti-Semitism and patriotism in Phillippi, so the mob rises against them and beat them with rods, then throw them into prison. The magistrates instruct the jailer to guard the prison securely. So, he put them in the back room, with ankle shackles – solitary confinement in the deepest part of the dungeon.

Luke emphasizes this imprisonment to show how miraculous the rescue will be.

Then, at midnight, through prayers and singing, despite physical discomfort, their souls were at peace, even joyful – likely this had a profound effect upon the other prisoners. This is similar to Acts 5, when Peter is imprisoned and an angel rescues him.

Gamaliel – a Pharisee, Paul had studied at his feet. He had said, “You know, other religions have come up before. If this is of man, it will come to nothing. But, if it’s from God, it will succeed anyway, and we will be fighting against God.” So, he said, just let them be.
Then, the apostles were beaten and told to leave. And they rejoiced that they had been counted worthy to be persecuted for his name.

Here is a similar situation, their spirits were free, though their bodies were imprisoned.

“And can it be that I should gain an interest in my Savior’s blood?” Charles Wesley
“my chains fell off, my heart went free, I went and followed Thee.”

Acts 16:26, The Lord’s response to their prayers and praises, an earthquake shakes all the locks open – doors and chains. The jailer awakes, and thinks they’ve all fled.

In Roman law, if a guard lost his prisoner, he would be subject to the punishment of his lost prisoners. He thought he would die.

“We are all here.”

So, why didn’t the other prisoners run off? Perhaps there was a sense of the presence of God. Perhaps they were awestruck by Paul and Silas thinking they were magicians.

The jailer came, brought a light, brought them out. “What must I do to be saved?”

His physical life had already been saved because Paul prevented his suicide. So, what did he mean, and what prompted this question? Had the presence and power of the Holy Spirit simply convicted the man of his sins? Jesus said, “When the HS comes, he will convict man of sin and unrighteousness and judgment.” Where the HS is, there is a conviction of the need of a Savior.

This is a question everyone needs to ask.

Our, and everyone’s eternal destiny hinges on the correct answer. Paul has the correct answer.

“Believe in JESUS – and you and your household will be saved (a personal decision from each person in the house, not just the head of the household can save everyone).”

Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to his whole household, and they believed.

It was customary for Roman prison guards to be veterans of the Roman army – they were non-Jews, Gentiles, pagans. So, Paul would have directed his teaching to reveal God as the Creator of all, and Jesus as his son and the way to salvation. He couldn’t preach ONLY the Old Testament, because the man couldn’t relate. Preach to them where they are at. Address an atheist from an atheist’s point of view. Address a Buddhist from that direction, and so on. Not everyone is familiar with Christian doctrine.

So then God gives a change of heart in this Roman veteran, and he wants to demonstrate that, so he got baptized, he and his whole family. He set food before them in his house, and rejoiced. He was a new creation.

It’s important to see that ALL the members made their own decisions to believe in God.

God’s design is household salvation.
Roman centurion Cornelius, Acts 10, also he and his whole family were saved.

This is encouraging to note. If there are members of our own families who are not saved, or not following closely, we should continue to hold them up in prayer and trust that God ALSO desires for them to be saved.

Later, Paul said, “no no, you can’t just let us go sneakily – we’re Romans.”
“OOPS!….”
“Please…Please….just go….”
Paul, “we’ll go, on our own time.”
So, they went back to Lydia’s house to encourage the brothers there and they went on about their own time.

We can look to the Lord for our own salvation and the salvation of the members of our families.

Let’s pray.

  • Jun 17 / 2012
  • Comments Off on If Christ is Your Savior and Lord, He is Your Example (John 13:1-17)
John: The Book of Life, Pastor Heo, Sermons

If Christ is Your Savior and Lord, He is Your Example (John 13:1-17)

6.17

Bulletin_06.17.2012

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Verse 15 is the KEY verse.

Please memorize this verse.

In the Bible, there are 4 farewell messages:
Deut 31-33 – Moses
Joshua 23-24 – Joshua
Acts 20 – Paul
John 13-17 – Jesus

Jesus style is unique compared to other 3.
Jesus began with the action of washing (chp 13)
Chp 14 – Let not your hearts be troubled.
15 – I am the true vine, you are branches.
16 – I have told all these things to you, so that you may have peace in me. I have overcome this world.
17 – Closed with prayer (himself, disciples, ALL believers in the future – including YOU! Jesus prayed for YOU!)
(14-17 = messages)

Jesus washed 24 feet.
God washed 24 ugly, dirty, stinky feet.

All power and authority are in his hand, but he took off his outer clothing and wrapped a towel around his waist and poured water into the basin and began to wash their feet.

Can you imagine it?

In Palestine at that time, no paved roads – only dirt, also, very thin sandals. So in the dry season, tons of (yellow?) dust. In the rainy season, tons of mud.

At that time, washing feet = a slave’s job.

Verse 12-15 When he finished
Do you understand? I am Teacher and Lord, I am your Example. No servant is greater than his master.

Jesus is our example. The greatest example!

Is Jesus really, truly your personal Savior. Be honest before God, not before me.

IF he is, then there is no question that he is our example. One of his main purposes in coming into this world was to be our example – our role-model – he modeled the behavior we should follow.

Phil. 2:15 –
Hebrews – Fix your eyes
Eph – Fix your eyes on Jesus
“Jesus suffered for us, leaving an example for us.”

Who is your example?
In the Bible, there are many “good” people. Of course we can learn from them. But NOBODY is our final example – besides Jesus. Who suffered for you, gave his life for you? ONLY Jesus.

Make sure ONLY Jesus is your final, true example. Not even other human mentors. ONLY Jesus is the final example.

Share 5 Characteristics of Jesus: hoping, praying for us to be like Jesus more and more.

#1: Jesus is a person of absolute holiness.
(v 10). Cleanliness = godliness.
(v 11).
Jesus washing their feet symbolizes Jesus cleansing, purifying, and making them holy. He is holy, and holy person maker.
He is the ONLY absolute holy one.
“Holy and Righteous One.”
Jesus has also been tempted in every way, but is without sin (Hebrews 4?)
He was holy in nature and conduct.
Only Jesus is sample of holiness.

If you like Jesus, you will be like Jesus.
If you behold Jesus, you will be holy like Jesus.

Moses in Exodus, his face shown (shining) after meeting God – he was transformed and becoming holy more and more as he spent time with God.

Christians = Saints = “Holy Ones”

Because we are justified and saved, we must “work our your salvation with fear and trembling” – work out your holiness in your conduct, your personality, your MOUTH.

#2: Jesus is a person of genuine love.
(v. 1 second sentence)
Can you understand this picture?

Many times we notice the word “knew”
He is original God, omnipotent. He knew and knows now and the future.
Also in this time, Jesus KNEW:
1. Judas would betray
2. Peter would betray
3. Disciples would scatter – lack of trust, laziness, fear of Man.
4. The gravity of his own situation, about to die.

In this time, what did disciples do? They argued…
They never deserved Jesus’ love, but he loved them to the end, to the full.

By nature, we are not better than the disciples, than Peter, than Judas.
We were dead, and Christ died for us.
Romans 8:35? What can separate us from the love of Christ – nothing in ALL creation!

Remember the ground, the foundation of our salvation, our assurance = the love of Christ in death for us.

“A new command I give you, ‘Love one another’ as I have loved you.”
Paul: “The love of Christ compels me.”

Love of Christ should be the strong, forcing drive for each of us.
1 Corinthians 13 – “If I speak with the tongues of angels, but have not love, I am a [meaningless noise]. If I have faith that can move mountains, but not love, I have nothing. If I give all I have, even my body to the fire, but not love, I give nothing.”

We must be serious about this.
EVERYTHING done without love = NOTHING in God’s eyes.

1 John 1 “Perfect love casts out fear.”
Do you have fear in your life?

Love is the power to drive out all fears.
May God bless us all to be a person of love. God can do even if we cannot do.

#3: Jesus is a person of true humility and meekness (not weakness)

Jesus is very true GOD, yet he kneeled down and served and washed their feet.

In his earthly life, he did not quarrel, did not shout on the street, did not have a place to lay his head. He emptied himself totally, humbled himself totally. “He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped…”

The same Peter here (proud), later in 1 Peter admonishes us to “clothe yourselves with humility, for God gives grace to the humble, but opposes the proud.”

Humility is going down to the bottom to SUPPORT others.
We become poor of our own accord to MAKE others rich.

Meekness is NOT weakness.
See the ball pen – hear the sound.
The podium is not meek.
The cloth is meek. (no sound)

Meekness is the power to accept, maturity not to be hurt, state of being tamed all the time, completely in being used by the Lord.

Would Jesus feel comfortable, convenient in using you? If Jesus would feel that way, you are meek. If Jesus would not feel comfortable, convenient to use you, you are not meek. Consider.
God bless us to be meek.

#4: Jesus is a person of the Father’s job.
For one person to prepare water and wash 12 men’s dirty feet and dry them with a towel at one time is not a small job – it’s a BIG job.

He was a faithful, hard, passionate worker. But his job was not his, but his Father’s
John 5:17
John 9:4 – As long as it is day, do the work of the Father.

Yes, Jesus saved the lost, preached, healed, opened eyes, raised the dead, calmed storms, fed the hungry, trained workers. Sometimes he didn’t even eat or rest because he was so busy. But ALL that work was the Father’s work.

Romans 12:11 – “Never be lacking in zeal. Continue in spiritual passion.”

1 Corinthians 15 – Therefore my brothers, let nothing move you,

Colossians 3 – Do all you do with your whole heart as working for God, not for men.

Teaching English is not YOUR work, it is the Lord’s work! If you think it’s YOUR work, then it is a source of stress and tiredness. If you think it’s GOD’S work, it is a source of rest and peace.

To the slave, there is not his own work, it is all his master’s work.

#5: Jesus is a person of full prayer

He closes this goodbye message with prayer in chp. 17. He prayed often, for everyone, habitually, regularly.

In Luke, there are at least 11 occasions that Jesus prayed. Sometimes ALL night, sometimes dawn prayer (dawn prayer started with Jesus), prayed before mission, prayed before Calvary, even after his greatest successes.

Jesus prayed for killers, for enemies, earnestly, honestly, patiently, believingly, submissively.

Luke – Jesus prayed SO honestly, he sweat drops of blood
Hebrews 5:7 – He offered up LOUD cries and tears

On the cross, he finished his life on earth with prayers for his killers. “Forgive them.”

Still now, Jesus is STILL praying for us.
Romans – “He is at the right hand of God and INTERCEDING for us!”
In heaven.

He is in his nature GOD.
If he needed to pray, how much more do we need to pray?

Not to pray = arrogance, unbelief, against God. “God, you do your thing, I’ll do mine.”

The more we surrender before God, kneel before God, the more we can stand in this world.

“Get on your knees and fight like a man!”

God is very happy to hear your living voice. “God, help me, make me a person of holiness, love, humility, your work, a person of prayer.”

Let’s pray.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Listen