REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
JESUS' VIEW OF LIFE
FOR THE SAKE OF
January 6, 1957 (Sunday)
Chung Pa Dong Church
Father, we thank You for having protected us in the past year. Now,
as we greet the first week of the new year, this hour is the time for
us to offer a full bow before You with joyous hearts.
From this hour on, we want to change our direction from being
inadequate and insufficient in the past. We want to sanctify our minds
and bodies as the Father wishes and fully bow, humbly and meekly,
before You. Beloved Father, please receive us.
If there are any inappropriate principles and subjective opinions
in our minds toward You, please eradicate them. If there are any
blemishes in our bodies caused by Satan's encroachment, please burn
them with the fire of Your sacred spirit, and forgive us With the grace
of compassion. Please sanctify us to transform ourselves into the
original characters You created and to become sons and daughters
who can receive the Father's love of joy. Father, I pray this with
a most sincere heart.
Father, please let the grace of holiness be connected to us from
this day on. Let the power that can subjugate Satan be manifested
through us. Please guide us to move our minds and bodies to harmonize
with all creation in heaven and earth and to be able to please the
Father in heaven. I pray sincerely that You will lead this gathering
of ours to be the true gathering for which You wish.
Now the time has come for us to pour out all of our souls and to
realize the love concealed within the Father. The time has come
for the Father's dispensational work of 6,000 years to be manifested.
Father, please allow Your sons and daughters gathered here to
stand in a sanctified position of their own accord. Please allow
them to be the children who can fathom the heart of Moses who,
with sanctified authority from the Father, separated the Red Sea
with the staff the Father gave. Father, I pray with utmost sincerity.
Father, please bestow Your blessing upon the thirty million people
of this nation in this year, and let the glory and love of the Father
hover over the numerous denominations gathering for the sake of this
people. Allow the work of the dispensation promised to Your unknown
sons and daughters to be unfolded so that the 3,000-ri peninsula of
Korea can quickly become a garden of victory. Father, I offer this
wish from the depth of my heart: that You will guide these people,
who have been asleep, to return glory to the Father and to be able to
do the work of the restorational dispensation in heaven and earth.
Father, we desperately desire that You will allow us to have
sincere hearts like those of the underground faithful believers of the
past and to move the many denominations to awaken the thirty million
people. I also pray that You will allow us to mobilize these people to
awaken the 2.4 billion persons of humanity and to establish the garden
of original nature as quickly as possible. Father, please sanctify
our minds and bodies in this hour with new promises and new rules, and
receive us. Please bestow the grace of the happiness of the Father
upon us. Please allow promises and responses to be formulated here.
I pray that the Father's hands of protection will be with us for a
long time from this time on, so that we can offer ourselves as the
sacrifices of victory before the Father.
Father, I sincerely wish and pray that You allow us to become the
loyal and pious sons and daughters who can offer their minds and
bodies and everything else exclusively to please the Father. There are
throngs of people who are scattered throughout the country even today,
who hold onto Your words of truth and pray ardently, taking charge
of altars in solitude. Please purify them of the elements of Satan.
By establishing the Father's demonstrative power in the face of the
forces of darkness, allow them to become the proud children who will
manifest the glory of the majestic Father. Beloved Father, I pray and
wish this sincerely. Please allow Your sons and daughters to be able
to receive the Father's power of authority everywhere they gather,
and protect them from being invaded by Satan.
Father! Please let the Holy Trinity be mobile in this hour, and
allow the miracle of glorious resurrection to unfold. Soliciting You
to allow the Father's sacred spirit to overflow in our minds and bodies
from the beginning of the hour to the end, I pray in the name of the Lord.
I will speak to you briefly on the topic "Jesus' View of Life
for the Sake of the Restoration."
THE VALUE OF THE LIFE OF A HUMAN BEING
Fallen humankind has not yet found the value of eternal life to
which the world, the earth and heaven, can attest. Therefore,
fallen humankind is left with the mission of restoration to find the
value of individual life, the value of world-level life, and beyond
that, the value of heavenly life.
Where then will God's purpose of establishing the will
of the dispensation and the sought-after value of life be completed?
It is not going to be finalized with only you or the world. Heaven and
earth have to be united. The value of life that God, the world and
the individual can all be happy about at the same time has to be found.
Only then will the dispensation of the providential salvation of Heaven
be completed at last. The worldwide human activities centering
on Satan will be completed, too, and so will the individual-centered
concept of morality. You must know that fallen humankind must take the
responsibility to make their way through such a life course.
You may easily look upon yourselves as individuals, but you
must know that the whole ideal of creation resides within you.
Therefore, you must first manifest the value of worldwide life.
You must know that only after that will the value of your individual
life be established.
You may also know very well that a life of faith is to seek the value
of such a life. Therefore, you must put eternal life in place
of the innate life that you are hoping for through self-analysis.
By uniting the whole ideology of history into one, you must complete
the worldwide life. Furthermore, you must set up a foundation of
life with which you can make a connection with either eternal life
or a worldwide life in the aspect of your individual life. Otherwise,
your life at the present time will not be elevated to eternal life via
a worldwide life. Adam and Eve were to establish such a cosmic life.
Since the human ancestors lost this life by falling, God has been striving
to restore this for the 6,000 years of human history. We call this
history of God the history of providential restoration.
After passing through the course of toil of 4,000 years to set up
the value of such a heavenly life, God sent a man who could represent
the value of the total life. That man was Jesus Christ.
Although Jesus Christ was one body, that body represented the
eternal and infinite worldwide life and the eternal individual life.
Because Jesus came with such a historical background, he had to
reveal the eternal hope in reality and testify to the value of the
life that can exist forever in heaven and on earth.
What kind of standard did Jesus Christ, who came with such
a mission, live centering on? Jesus did not exist to lead his
own life. He existed to lead a life for the world. Going further and
rising above that, he struggled day after day to lead an eternal life.
This was the standard of Jesus' life.
In other words, Jesus' gaze, Jesus' feelings and the life he
lived were not just for himself. They represented the world, and
the individual. They represented God, and the world.
The words of gospel that Jesus spread were not for Jesus himself
but were for the world. Beyond that, they were the words of eternal
life representing God. If Christians cannot perceive this, they
cannot comprehend the true meaning of the gospel of Jesus Christ,
and they cannot fulfill the purpose of Jesus Christ's coming.
You must understand this.
THE STANDARD OF LOVE THAT JESUS ESTABLISHED
What did Jesus do to realize the value of such a cosmic life?
He elevated love. In other words, he propagated new words of the
gospel to complete the value of cosmic life in heaven and earth.
The central point of that gospel was love.
What would be the most important thing for an individual to be
able to connect his own private life to the standard of eternal value?
As Jesus said, he must have such love that he can sacrifice his life for
the sake of others. In fact, Jesus established the standard of value
of life by loving others more than himself.
Similarly, Jesus, who appeared representing the value of heavenly
life, taught humankind to possess such love that they can sacrifice
their lives for the sake of others' salvation. You must understand
clearly that the man who appeared with such a loving heart, who
loved his colleagues more than himself, who loved the world more than he
loved his colleagues, and who loved God and the thousands upon thousands
of saints more than he loved the world was Jesus Christ.
Jesus did not live with an individualistic ideology to find the value
of his own individual life or with individualistic love. Even when
he loved a friend, his love transcended the relationship of
loving friendship. Jesus had the perspective that he loved the
friend representing the world. He also loved that friend with the
heart that represented God.
Likewise, Jesus did not practice love on a one-to-one basis.
When Jesus loved a certain individual, it was with God's love, with
cosmic love, and then with individual love. You must be able to
experience this. Only when you do so can you rightly comprehend the
value of Jesus' life.
Up to what level did Jesus raise the standard of his own life?
He envisioned himself existing for the sake of the world. Even when
he loved a friend of his, forsaking himself, he kept the perspective
that he loved him for the sake of the world. This was Jesus' standard.
Jesus could establish the standard of love of worldwide salvation on
the cross because he had the heart of love and sacrifice with which he
could die for the sake of an individual and for the whole simultaneously.
You must know that Jesus was the hero of love, life and character.
That was not all. Jesus then prayed toward Heaven, "My Father,
if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will,
but as You will." (Matthew 26:39) Because Jesus wished to live only
according to the will of the Father, he could demonstrate God's love
to humankind beyond the valley of death. Similarly, we must know that
the entire course of Jesus' life was filled with such remarkable love.
Next, what did Jesus Christ, who came with the mission to restore
the cosmic life, raise to find the value of life? That, too,
was love. This love was not meant for individual human beings but
for the world, God and the eternal world -- the spiritual beings who
are in the spirit world.
In order for us, in our daily lives, to realize the value of the life
of Jesus, who represented God's love, we who must take responsibility
for the restoration of the whole life must not deal with whichever
matter we face with transient emotions. We must deal with all things
with the resolution and determination that we will model ourselves
after Jesus' character, who represented the whole on the cosmic level.
Only after we pass through such a day-to-day life can we complete the
worldwide life and make a connection with eternal life.
In other words, if your day-to-day lives have a transient value
that affects only you, you cannot make a connection with eternity.
That is the reason you must lead a life in which you can make a
connection with God's eternal love. Only when you do that will the
eternal God be with you. Because Jesus lived making daily connections
with God throughout his life, though Jesus is dead, the will of God,
who wished it to be completed by Jesus, has been continuously
carried on toward its completion.
THE CENTER OF LIFE FOR THE
TRUE BELIEVERS OF FAITH
What then can we do to make such connections? What is the
perspective that has to be set up at our center while we lead a life of
faith in Jesus? We have to have a perspective like Jesus, who envisioned
that he was born not only for an individual but also for the world
and for Heaven. Only in living the life of sacrificing for others,
in other words, only when you live the life of serving and loving others
can you make eternal connections with God. You must know this clearly.
Today we have faith in Jesus and are grateful for his love, but
that sense of gratitude should not stop at the level of our own selves.
We have to raise it to the dimensions of all humankind. if there is
one who is like this, he will bear the worldwide mission. Furthermore,
he will be responsible for God's mission, too.
If we live focused like this in our lives, we will not be
disappointed. Upon facing any kind of hardship or difficulties, we
will overcome it and stand tall.
Accordingly, in the scriptural reading we just read that Jesus said,
"Do not be worried about anything." In other words, he said not to
worry about what to eat and what to wear. This does not mean
to deny everything. Rather, it means that to establish the value
of the whole representing God's will, before you deal with your own
individual lives, you must first be concerned about solving
worldwide matters. Furthermore, you must be concerned about
heavenly matters. To the person who lives with such a resolution,
his own individual suffering does not mean much.
How then should we who are to fulfill God's will lead our
lives now? Our day-to-day lives should not become ones that deal
only with the internal and external matters of our own selves. Beyond
matters of our own concern, we must connect ourselves with matters
of the whole and take the responsibility to realize eternal value.
Only then can you fulfill the will of Heaven's gospel. When you
take the path of missionary work with such a sense of duty, God
will be with you. Similarly, when you lead your lives with loving
and caring hearts, you will surely witness the miracle of recreation.
You must know this for certain.
Until now, we have lived a self-centered life of religious faith.
We have persevered and loved for our own sake. From here on in, we
should not do thus. Now when we demand love from Heaven, we must do it
for the sake of the whole of humankind, and for the sake of the many
spiritual beings in the spirit world.
The history of humankind seeking the eternal life is the course
of the providential dispensation. The remaining history, in which
humankind will be seeking the worldwide life, is the course of the
history of humankind. To seek the daily life is the course of life.
When this is compared and contrasted with the sense of the values
of humankind, seeking the worldwide life is human duty and seeking
the individual life is moral principle. You must know that all these
matters of concern, from the world to the individual, are connected to
each of us.
If you want to keep the value of life that the Father can
guarantee eternally, you have to study Jesus Christ's view of life
centering on love. What was Jesus Christ's view of life? His view
of life was to have the heart of serving and caring, the heart of the
cosmic master centering on love, and to rule over day-to-day life.
That was the central theme of the view of life that Jesus Christ
established to restore the cosmic life. Therefore, even when you
come upon trivial problems in your daily lives, you must deal with them
with the thought that you have the responsibility of carrying out the
mission to restore the worldwide life. You must also understand that
Jesus Christ was a man who practiced love for the sake of restoration.
WE WHO MUST INHERIT THE MISSION OF JESUS
AND FULFILL GOD'S WILL
To practice love, you must, of your own accord, live a life
of serving and caring for others. When you do that, you can make a
connection to the love of the whole. Then you can establish the
value of life of which the eternal God can approve. Because Jesus came
with the mission to restore the cosmic life, he had to go through
the course of individual service, individual sacrifice and individual
tribulations. As he was bearing such responsibility, he wanted to
be responsible, not just for his generation, but for the life of the
whole of humankind until the mission of total restoration is completed.
In other words, Jesus has carried out the mission of the restoration
of the cosmic life for the past 2,000 years. However, since he
could not fulfill the mission alone, he sent the Holy Spirit to work.
He is even mobilizing the many spiritual beings in the spirit world
to carry out the mission.
Because Jesus came and went without fulfilling the mission to
restore the value of cosmic life, that mission is yet to be
completed. Therefore, Jesus is still working laboriously to complete
the mission on earth until this day.
However, this mission cannot be completed only by Jesus. By whom,
then, can this mission be completed? God wishes us to complete the
mission. In other words, because Jesus could not fulfill the mission
to restore the cosmic life, we have to carry it out. If you feel
responsible for the mission to be completed in your generation,
you need to have a strong determination throughout your lives to fulfill
the mission by any means.
Now, you of today must experience in your daily lives that
Jesus is making laborious efforts in the course of the providential
dispensation to establish the value of cosmic life. Otherwise, the
will of Jesus Christ, who has worked laboriously as a man of mission
to restore the cosmic life, cannot be completed through us.
You must know that first you have to offer yourselves as a
conditional object of pledge before Heaven. Jesus set a condition of
pledge for the world, for heaven and earth and for the whole people.
That was the crucifixion. Through the crucifixion, Jesus could cross
over in one stage the standard set by many saints and sages through
their struggles throughout their lives. Therefore, you must have
a clear concept that you will become sacrificial offerings of pledge
submitted before Heaven, before the world or before an individual to
realize the value of cosmic life.
Wherever you go, wherever you are, whatever you do, you must always
make an effort to set yourselves up as conditional objects of pledge
in any circumstances, every hour and every day. Such a life is the
life of faith. Now you are left with the mission to find the value
of cosmic life in front of the Father. You must set yourselves up as
conditional objects of pledge and lead lives by which you can make a
connection with the life of Jesus. Furthermore, you must have the
resolution that you will build yourselves into worldwide conditional
objects. Further, you must determine that you will become the sacrifice
of pledge replacing the numerous prophets who have made laborious
efforts until now and for Jesus Christ. Only when each one of you
makes such a condition of pledge can you multiply from one to two,
become four, and reach to the world.
You must know that when such circumstances come into being,
the earthly toils to find the true value of life will be concluded.
In other words, unless the foundation that can conclude the earthly
efforts to find life is formed in each of you and expands to the church,
to the society, to the nation, and even to the world, the dispensational
will for which God raised Jesus Christ, restoring the cosmic life, will
not be concluded. You must understand this very clearly. When you
think of yourselves, you who have worked during the dispensation of
the will so far, and also of Christians today, no individual or
family has appeared who represented the value of cosmic life and
comprised a standard in which they connected to society, the nation
and the world. The whole of humankind, each and every one in the
world, was to enter that realm. However, they did not. Unless such
a standard gets established on the earth, Jesus Christ's mission
to restore the cosmic life will not be concluded.
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE THAT BELIEVERS OF FAITH
MUST HAVE IN THE LAST DAYS
You should know that although Jesus Christ was a true individual
being, he has not expanded to the level of the family, the society,
the nation and the world in stages. Thus, the sorrow of Jesus Christ
has escalated into that of the cosmos, of God and of Heaven.
Therefore, humankind has wished for the day to come when they
could moderate such sorrow and accomplish the eternal victory of Heaven.
You must testify throughout your lives to the value of the
whole dispensation of heaven and earth, and have the determination to
manifest the love of heaven and earth.
However, there are differences between your view of the value of
life you wish and God's view of the value of the cosmic life He wishes
for in order to complete the whole dispensation. Therefore, you must
equip your minds with the attitude that you can lead a worldwide and
cosmic life even in your individual lives, throughout your life course,
setting the heavenly principle of hope as the standard. If you maintain
such an attitude in your mind, then even when you do not completely
realize the will, you can continually make internal connections with
That is why Jesus said, "Heaven exists in your mind." What is
the meaning of this? Jesus, who came as a man of cosmic love and
perfect truth, with the value of cosmic life, said this to mean that the
kingdom of Heaven will appear only when each person fulfills the whole
value God blessed him with and maintains it as his foundation.
When individuals belonging to the realm of Heaven gather in
unity to launch the worldwide life campaign and let the many good
spiritual beings in the spiritual world make connections with the whole,
the will of cosmic life on earth that Jesus tried to restore will be
concluded for the first time. You must know this.
Jesus came with the mission to restore the cosmic life. When the
people of that time received Jesus without understanding his
mission or position, Jesus scorned them and told them that they
must not be more concerned about what to eat, drink and wear than
about God's nation and righteousness. He told them not to adopt these
concerns as the standard of their lives. If there is a person who
lives with the determination to lead his daily life on behalf of God
and Jesus Christ and to fight for the world, he will not be alone.
God will be with such a person and Jesus and the Holy Spirit will
also be with him until the end of the world. On the other hand, the
people then led their lives concerned only about their own well-being,
without understanding such relations. That is why Jesus scorned them.
What then is the purpose of your faith in Jesus in the last days?
It is not for the sake of receiving some external worldly blessing. It is
not for the sake of your individual well-being or good life either.
Our good life is for the sake of Jesus and God. When that purpose
changes its direction, things may appear fine, but as days go by,
things will go awry. On the contrary, if humankind lives for the
sake of Jesus, God and the world, Jesus said that God will bear the
responsibility for everything.
By the way, while you have the responsibility to fulfill the
will of God, the question is how much and how far you can sacrifice
yourselves toward its fulfillment. If you sacrifice for your own
sake, you will become an individual hero. if you sacrifice for the
benefit of the world, you will become a worldly hero. If you sacrifice
for heaven and earth to establish the victorious standard of life,
you will become a hero who will govern heaven and earth. That is why
Jesus has been striving behind the scenes until now to make humankind
resemble his character, to find and establish the value of life.
It is so indescribably important for each of you to raise yourself
and launch a restoration campaign for such a life. When viewed
from the aspect of human history, in the sense of the realities of
the world or in the perspective of the eternal hope of the future,
this is vitally important. You have a great responsibility.
Your standard of life, including eating and all aspects of living,
must be for the sake of restoring the whole life in the place of
Jesus Christ. Moreover, you must become the one who proceeds forward
with a sense of responsibility to realize the value of the whole
life God is looking for, centering on the love that Jesus set up.
Only when you become such persons will God's will of restoring
the cosmic life be completed through you. You must understand that
the place where such people gather to live is heaven. The more such
people there are, the more God will be with them and the more God will
We have come to understand in our hearts the history of the efforts
of the Father, who has set up the laws of heavenly principle and carried
on the dispensation to have the life of restoration connected to the
level of Heaven. Father, please guide us to comprehend fully that
You have exerted Yourself for 6,000 years to establish the value of the
We came to know that it is a divine rule that God cannot intervene
with the religion that has nothing to do with Christ, from an individual
to the whole. Beloved Father, I pray from the bottom of my heart that
You allow us to live the life that Jesus Christ wishes and to understand
the value of Jesus Christ's love.
We came to know that we, too, must have the same determination in
life as Jesus Christ. Please be with us so that we can repulse the
attacks of Satan and obtain victory on the battleground where we can
find the value of our individual lives.
We came to understand that Satan will accuse us as we move along
in Jesus' footsteps on the course of restoration for the value of
life. Therefore, please lead us not to become those who are ridiculed
and sneered at while walking the course stretching from our individual
life to the worldwide and cosmic life. Beloved Father, I sincerely
hope and want that You will allow us to be determined to proudly repel
Satan's accusation in our daily lives and in the aspect of history,
and that we can establish the whole life and fulfill the responsibility.
Now we know that we must resemble the character of Jesus, who ruled
over all things on earth to establish the worldwide life that possesses
the value of eternal life. Father of love, please let us resemble
that character of Christ. We are faced with a situation where all of
us, no matter who we are, must walk the course of struggle in reality.
Father, please lead us not to be accused by Satan in the aspect of
our social life, in the aspect of our character that we are trying to
establish in the presence of the Father, or in the aspect of our love,
which we must render to humankind. Please be with us so that we can
realize the love of Jesus, who ardently wished the love of the
eternal Father to be fulfilled.
Father, I sincerely hope and wish that You will govern us to possess
the value of life that Jesus established and to realize that value on
this earth. Please allow us to understand in this hour that only
when we bear the responsibility for this work can we make connections
from the position of individuals, via the world, to heaven and earth.
Beloved Father, I pray from the bottom of my heart that You will
guide us to become sons and daughters who can voluntarily determine
themselves to brush aside all the external conditions and to find the
standard and value of the whole life. By taking all the conditions as
an offering of pledge, let us fight on.
Requesting sincerely that You rule over everything according
to Your will and take charge of all this, I prayed in the name of
the Lord. Amen.