REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE LORD IS MY GOOD SHEPHERD
Chung Pa Dong Church
March 25, 1957
Please allow the countless lives which You created to emanate
the light of revival based on the words of Your commandment. Please
allow shields of eternal victory to be raised high above the heads of
the soldiers who have responded to Your call sending them out and are
marching toward the battleground.
We who are living on this rugged and chaotic land, this land through
which streams of sin and death are flowing, this land on which those who
possess the true heart of Heaven cannot make a move forward without
putting their lives on the line, we have come before the Father
despite the wounds inflicted on us during the past week. Father of
compassion! Please extend to us Your hands of patronage, and comfort us
with Your hands of love.
Father! These are the children You have been seeking. We earnestly
wish that You divulge before them, during this hour, the circumstances
that have penetrated deeply into Your heart, and that You will command
us. We, who are unworthy, wish to bring out all that we have according to
Your commanding words and offer ourselves as sacrifice of redemption. My
Father, please do not abandon this hour but forgive us. Please protect
them directly, guide them, raise them and purify them.
Beloved Father, we wish from the depth of our hearts that we can
radiate the light of life on behalf of all faithful believers who have
died while striving hard to leave this dark world and go toward Heaven. We
pray You will allow us to penetrate through the tomb of sin.
Today is a holy day, a day that You founded to bless all people. When
we realize that even in this hour there are many in this lonesome group
of people, this pitiful group of people who are lamenting and prostrating
themselves before the Father because they do not have any way out, we
feel that the Father must open the way that they can walk and set the
standard for their actions.
We have come to realize that Your hands of counsel must expand their
influence in this nation. We believe that the heavenly passion of the
Father must reach every one. Beloved Father, we pray earnestly that You
will first entrust the sons and daughters who are attending here with
the entire mission in the last days. Allow them to enlighten the thirty
million people who are groping in the darkness and even to awaken the
miserable foreigners who are being washed away by the waves of death.
We understand that no matter how great the will and the human beings
established, no matter how great the purpose they are pursuing, if
Heaven does not move, then nothing can be realized. We know that the
institutions and the formalities of man will fade away in front of the
stage of judgment in the last days. Only the sincere heart fixed on the
universal principles, devotion and fidelity can allow us to pass judgment
and usher in the day when we can enter Father's bosom and receive praise
and glory. So, Father, I entreat you, from the depth of my heart, to
let these members become the loyal sons and daughters whose heart is
soaked in loyalty and fidelity, so they can pass the judgment of the
Father and be remembered in your internal heart.
We have fallen prostrate before you hoping for the promised words
and the granted grace to fall upon us. So, beloved Father, we earnestly
wish that your works will manifest themselves during this hour, that the
Father's work of inspiration that penetrates internally and externally
will cause an explosion in the hearts of these sons and daughters who
must proceed through the course of conflict this year, so that elements
of sin can be quelled and they can ascend as the substantial manifestation
Now we have gathered the previously disorderly heart and are showing
you the scars of our wounds and offer them to you as they are, so please
hold us with your hands of compassion, rub on the aromatic oil of victory,
and wrap them up. We have entrusted this hour to you, hoping that you
will govern over this hour so that it will not become a time when Satan
invades us, we prayed in the name of the Lord. Amen.
The title of the sermon on which I would like to reflect is "The
Lord Is My Good Shepherd." I will speak briefly on this topic.
Because of the fall, human beings do not have the master they should
serve. Moreover, even all things have lost their master.
Today between all the human ideologies and assertions, there is not
even one that originated from the true master. Because human beings are
in such a state of imperfection, they are trying to escape from it, are
seeking perfect things, and are trying to flee from unrest to find peace.
Jesus Who Came as the
Center of Love, Life and Hope
Human beings lost the master of life, love and hope because of the
fall. Originally, the purpose for which God created human beings was
to live, centering on eternal life, in the garden of eternal love while
singing eternal ideals. However, because everything was lost due to man's
fall, God has been exerting Himself over a long period of history in an
attempt to claim and return all these to man.
Moreover, every human being is subject to the fate of making the body
that does not obey the mind to follow the mind and persist until he or
she becomes the owner of a true mind. However, this does not take place
naturally. One must be determined to confront death and pass through
tribulations and conflict.
How then should you penetrate through this fateful path blocked
on the universal level in this way? This fateful path is the pass of
bitterness that human beings have been anxious over because they have
not been able to cross over it, in other words, they cannot go seeking
the master of goodness, love and ideals. Consequently, for 6,000 years,
centering on the ideal to rejoice and live with original human beings,
this master, God, has been carrying on the dispensation of salvation of
raising fallen people up again.
We have longed for the original, ideal garden, centering on God, but
because we are immature and incomplete, we who are walking the course
of conflict must examine ourselves to reach the complete standard. In
addition, we must be able to observe the countless satans and evil people
who are blocking the paths all around us.
Moreover, fathoming the sorrowful heart of God who is toiling
internally and externally to lift us out of the darkness, we must fight
with the forces of evil and vanquish them, so that we can liquidate the
sadness and resentment of the whole; otherwise, we cannot pass through
the course of restoration. If we cannot pass through the course of
restoration, there is no way that we can face the Father who comes as
the true master in the last days.
God has the responsibility to guide all human beings to that one
garden where they can meet the eternal master for the sake of elevating
the fallen people as the people of life. Consequently, God sent Jesus
as the center of life, hope and love to the weak and unprepared people.
Furthermore, God has allowed us to meet that center of hope, whom we
must meet, not at the end of the historical hope, but He established
him as the one who dwells in our lives and provides new life to us to
realize God's wishes. We must become one with the blessing of God, who
placed the center of hope and life in our lives, and by attending that
true master, we must fulfill the will of God. If we do not hold tight
to this universal master, Jesus, the center of the universal life, who
is leading us through the path we must walk, we can never find hope,
and we can also never find life or ideals.
To become one with Jesus, the center of hope, the center of love and
life, we must become connected to his internal and external circumstances,
which shows how he has been striving and fighting to realize the
dispensational will of God. Otherwise, we cannot become one with Jesus
who is the true master, and cannot become one with the Creator God.
You must reflect on how Jesus, who can be the master of life, love
and ideals for all people, has walked the toilsome path to seek you,
that one person. Jesus was born under pitiful circumstances and led
a miserable life. While he suffered through unspeakably contemptuous
treatment, he fought with the evil forces and, without being able to
obtain one comrade to stand on his side, he passed away. Not only that,
after his death, Jesus has been fighting until today to liquidate Satan
who has been torturing human beings for many thousands of years. You
have to understand that Jesus is someone who lives with such a sorrowful
heart that we cannot even imagine.
The Value of the Tribulations
That Jesus Suffered
Among the Bible verses I have read this time, it says that the shepherd
separates the sheep from the goats and puts the sheep on the right and
the goats on the left; this predicts that the time of ultimate judgment
will come when God will divide all people and place the good people
on the right and the evil people on the left. In that day of judgment,
based on what kind of condition would He divide them into left and right
sides? You should understand that He will set the condition of judgment
by using the entire life course of Jesus from the time of his birth to
his death as the standard.
What then should we who are trying to become one with Jesus do? We
must follow the example of the whole life course of Jesus, walk the same
path as he, feel the same internal and external heart that he felt, have
the same thoughts as he, and wish for the same things as he. Otherwise,
we cannot become one with Jesus, and we cannot serve him as our master.
Moreover, if there is none who assists, fights and takes charge of
tasks on behalf of Jesus, who as the center of all human beings has been
singularly responsible for the historical battle against Satan, then the
will of God that seeks to send him as the savior of men and save them will
never be materialized. If that is what takes place, then human beings also
cannot serve God the Creator as parents. This is because fallen men can
serve God only through Jesus. Furthermore, when we contemplate ourselves,
who are living in the realm of the fall, you must feel that if the life
course that Jesus left unfinished and the historical fate that we must
face remains unaccomplished with us, we cannot attend Jesus as master,
and we cannot attend God as our eternal father.
What is more, in the Bible verses I have recited, there are words
that reveal the hungry and desiccated situations of Jesus, his situation
of having become a wanderer, his situation of being without clothes to
wear, of being sick, and of being locked up in a prison. They predict
Jesus will return and tell the people on the right side, "When I was
undergoing this kind of difficult situation, you helped me." You must
keep in mind that these words are meant to be told not to the disciples
that followed Jesus while he was alive, but to the Christians of the
last days who will confront judgment.
When it says here that he was hungry and thirsty, it symbolizes the
unspeakably sorrowful situation he felt. Moreover, because Jesus felt
unspeakable loneliness, he spoke about how he became a wayfarer, and
because he suffered pain unjustly, he talked about a situation of being
locked inside the prison. The life course of Jesus in which he forecasts
that the Lord of Second Advent in the last days will experience the same
situation was indeed a path of distress, sorrow and anguish that others
cannot even imagine, and he traveled it without anyone sympathizing with
him. You must understand that he had led such painful life from the time
of his birth.
We must build a direct relationship with Jesus who endured such pains
and persevered through his life course, and feel the same sorrow and
loneliness that he felt. Otherwise, we will be in the position of not
having anything to do with him, who walked the course of heavenly life.
Jesus walked through doleful, lonesome and painful path for thirty
years of his life on earth. After his ascension until today for 2,000
years, he has also been walking a path of sorrow and loneliness. Yet,
Jesus did not walk this path for his own sake. He voluntarily walked
the path of suffering because of fallen men, in other words, to restore
fallen human beings back to God.
There were times when Jesus was hungry, thirsty and sick, and when
he became a wayfarer and was locked in the prison. He experienced the
same difficult circumstances, not just externally, but also internally.
The Israelite people should have inherited the will of God who
led the dispensation for 4,000 years, should have realized the will,
that the life of God has run dry, and that God's hope has become
exhausted. To be responsible for this, Jesus became a wanderer without
any possessions and traveled all over Israel visiting the Jewish people.
Originally, the Jewish people should have walked such a path. However,
because there was none among the Jewish people who was walking such a
path, Jesus, in their place, voluntarily led the life of a wayfarer to
find true sons and daughters of God and to establish true life and love
among the people who did not welcome him. Moreover, because the Jewish
people should have been in the position to undergo the suffering and be
locked in prisons completely neglected it, Jesus was in the position to
substitute for them, suffer the ordeals and be locked up.
Believers Who Should Attend Jesus
We must understand that Jesus, who passed away while leading such
a life, has been seeking us with the same heart since his resurrection
and ascension. To put it another way, Jesus has not been living in glory
or freedom with a joyful heart, but even in this moment he is in great
anguish because he sympathizes with the pitiful people of this earth who
are internally and externally suffering severe hunger and thirst. He
worries about the believers who are groping to find the path of true
life. On behalf of the believers who are imprisoned, he is in a position
of imprisonment. Consequently, you have to understand the situation of
Jesus who is not in the position to rejoice with God though he has left
this earth and dwells in the Heavenly Kingdom.
Jesus told the twelve disciples that he loved, as he distributed
bread and wine, "From now on, I will not drink that begotten from the
grape trees until the day that I can drink it with you in the Father's
kingdom as a new substance." He meant that until the day the sorrow
of all human beings is resolved on the earth, he also cannot rest in
peace. After understanding this situation, we should never cause Jesus
to feel more lonely, painful or constrained.
We must experience all these situations with our mind and body to
understand the situation of Jesus, and on his behalf fight with Satan
and win over him to put God's worries to rest. If we cannot become the
ones who can take care of the people of this earth in Jesus' place,
then we will not be able to receive Jesus who is coming to this earth
in the last days.
The heartbreaking situation of Jesus immersed in sorrow, loneliness
and pain during the long course of the dispensation for the thirty
years of his life and the following 2,000 years must not just end with
Jesus. We must take over the heartbreaking situation of Jesus and comfort
him. Unless we can do this, we will not be able to go before Jesus, and
we cannot call Jesus our Lord. Therefore, we must offer all of our lives
to live a life connected to the situations of Jesus in our hearts and
minds. You must understand that this is more important than anything else.
Although Jesus came to this earth as the true master, human beings
have not been properly attending him as the master. Moreover, although
Jesus has been working to fulfill the will of God, he is in the position
where he cannot even govern over the things created to help fulfill the
will of God. The reason is that, until now, human beings are shackled
inside sorrow, suffering and loneliness, and because the will of God has
not yet been fully realized. Similarly, unless Jesus is in the position
of glory by fully accomplishing the will of God, he cannot dominate over
all things with joy.
Then, how can we receive the true master of glory and joy? We must
become people who can bring happiness to the Lord by, first, alleviating
the sorrow of the Lord that has accumulated through the course of history;
otherwise, Jesus cannot rule over us. If Jesus cannot govern us, God
also cannot govern us. Moreover, if we cannot be ruled by Jesus fully,
then we cannot forge a complete relationship of love with Jesus, and,
as a result, we cannot serve him as true master.
If there remain in you the elements that cause Jesus to become sad,
lonely, painful and shackled, then in the day that he returns, you cannot
stand before him. Moreover, if you cannot secure the center based on which
you can take responsibility for the agony of Jesus on behalf of history,
then you will not be able to stand firm as the co- ruler before Jesus,
who is in charge of the historical dispensation.
If Jesus has a wish to govern each of you, then it must be a universal
wish. If there is some will that he set, then that will must also be
the universal will. Not only that, even if there are love and glory that
he wants, that love and glory must not be only for the sake of himself,
but they must be universal love and glory.
Human Beings Who must Connect
with the Love, Life and Hope of God
Then, do you have some sadness in you today? Do you feel loneliness
and pain? Are you feeling restrained? It should never be that you are the
ones who are causing the master of the universe, the Lord, to feel this
kind of sorrow, loneliness or pain. The reason is that we are connected
to Jesus; even if it is an insignificant feeling of sadness or pain,
it does not stop with you but reaches Jesus.
If you are entrenched in sorrow, then it will become the sorrow
of Jesus who is ruling over all things. If you feel lonely, then this
feeling will become the loneliness of Jesus, who is the owner of all
things. If you feel pain, then this will become the agony of Jesus who
represents the universe. So if you cannot solve and overcome sorrow
and agony in your own life, then you will not be able to attend Jesus,
master of the universe, as the master in your life. Then, in place of
Jesus, Satan will invade you, and you do not have any way to ward him off.
Moreover, if you cannot become connected to the situations of Jesus,
then the situations of Jesus, who has been taking responsibility for the
historical dispensation and has been fighting, will not be conveyed to
you. If you cannot become people who can act on behalf of the will of God,
the sorrow of Jesus will never be lifted, and there will not be any way
that you can win in the fight with Satan and return that glory to Heaven.
You must understand that Jesus feels individual grief as the grief
of the whole and is worried about it. The reason is that each of us is
a part of the whole. Therefore, unless all of you who are incomplete
beings reach the level of perfection based on the standard of the whole,
the comprehensive will of Jesus also cannot be fulfilled. In other words,
if one of you does not reach perfection, then the comprehensive will that
Jesus is establishing will not be realized. Unless the will of the whole
is realized, Jesus cannot rule over us as the shepherd of goodness who
represents the whole. If that takes place, then the love of God, hope
of God, and life of God will not be able to forge a direct bond with us.
Jesus has been working for a long time to emerge as the substantial
manifestation of universal hope, as the substantial manifestation of
universal life and universal love before the will of God. Today, we, as
the sheep who are being led by this shepherd, must move when he moves,
halt when he halts, and rejoice when he rejoices. Otherwise, the will
of God, which seeks to clear the universal grief and bitterness through
Jesus, will not be realized, not only through Jesus but also through you.
Although you are extremely small individual parts, you must act on
behalf of the universal good shepherd and serve him. Even if there are
times when you suffer grief, loneliness and pain, you must overcome those
difficulties by thinking about the situation of Jesus who is undergoing
greater ordeals. If you cannot live this kind of life, then you must
remember that you will never be able to participate in the seat of glory
of Jesus, who is the good shepherd.
Father, we earnestly hope that the day will come soon when you can
become the master of eternal life to soundly govern over all things under
heaven and indulge with them. Father! Please forgive the human beings
who could not serve their Lord Jesus, who came as the representative
incarnation of Father, although you sent him as the good sovereign and
dominator of eternal ideals to bridge the gap with you that widened
because of the fall of the human ancestors.
We know that the deficiency of the ancestors has caused Jesus'
sorrow, and we are learning that the sorrow remains in Jesus because
of our deficiencies. Please allow us to realize the hopes of the Father
who desires that we inherit the great mission of the good shepherd and
proudly go before all things. Please allow us to realize the hope of
Jesus, and allow us to become the ones who can emerge with the life of
the Father, the love of the Father, the life of Jesus and the love of
Jesus. We realize that unless we can become like that, there is no way
to ever remove the heartbreaking situations of Jesus Christ, who came
as the good shepherd, in the human world. Please open the gates to our
hearts and guide us to listen to the voice of the good shepherd who is
calling out to us.
When we come to realize the mournful situation of the Father, the
lonesome situation, and the situation of the Father who is struggling,
we are so utterly ashamed. Father, please guide us not to become wretched
people who are begging to transfer our own sadness, loneliness, laborious
word and pain to Jesus.
Father, we wish from the depth of our hearts that you allow us
to understand all the secrets of Satan, the internal situations of
the Father, and the internal heart of Jesus, and that you give us
the strength to be responsible for the situation of the Father and
take charge of Jesus' sorrow, loneliness, agony and shackles to fight
with the many millions of satans. Father, please allow us to see Jesus
who is deeply immersed in worries about our situation and is at work.
Please allow us to understand that Jesus is hanging on the cross even
today because of our own pathetic situation.
We have been ignorant of the fact that, when we feel mournful, sad
and lonely for the sake of Heaven, Jesus is feeling greater loneliness,
sadness and pain, to comfort us. Now, please help us to become true sons
and daughters who will appeal desperately to alleviate the sorrow of
Jesus, as well as loneliness and pain of Jesus, even when our pain is
greater than that of Jesus, our sorrow is greater than that of Jesus,
and our difficulties are greater than that of Jesus. In this way,
we entreat sincerely that we can become people who can follow in the
footsteps of the good shepherd and comfort his drenched heart.
Father, we now know that the sons and daughters who have gathered
here have joined the historical ranks in which we must offer all our
minds and bodies. Moreover, we have come to realize that before us lies
the fateful path that we cannot but travel through and with us lies the
responsibilities and mission that force us to fight, so please allow us
to prevail over all the sorrow, loneliness or anguish that we might face
in our path.
We earnestly hope that even if the invisible Satan directly invades
our lives and provokes chaos and fear, we can become missionaries who
represent Jesus, confront it and persistently battle and triumph over
it. We also hope that, at this moment, You will lift us up newly as the
sons and daughters who can continue the life of Jesus on his behalf.
Hoping that You will use all of our minds and bodies to fulfill Your
wishes and guide us to become the source of the Father's joy, glory
and pride. Earnestly requesting that You allow us to become sons and
daughters, whom You can govern and command as You will, and whom You
can claim to place on your right side, we prayed all these things in
the name of the Lord. Amen.