REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION
(SUMMARY OF SERMON)
Chung Pa Dong Church
April 17, 1957 (Easter)
The day of resurrection is the day that God has been longing for from
the moment of man's fall to the time of Jesus' coming. Moreover, the
Jewish people, as well as the whole of humanity and all things,
singularly long for the one day that they can be liberated from the
state of the fall and resurrected; in other words, the day of
resurrection. To put it another way, God has been yearning for the
establishment of the day of substantial resurrection for 4,000 years,
and Jesus also hoped to usher in the day of substantial resurrection.
However, because of the ignorance of the Israelite people, Jesus was
hung on the cross, and as a result, he passed away without fulfilling
the mission of substantial resurrection. Therefore, until today, after
2,000 years have passed, this day of substantial resurrection has
remained as the hope of all humanity and all things.
How many people do you think there were who knew the historical fact
that the entire responsibility and the universal mission of the 4,000
years during which God led the dispensation of restoration rested on
Jesus? Was there even one person who realized the heart of Jesus, who
had wishes centering not on himself, but wished to realize the
historical and universal wishes of God? Was there even one person who
knew Jesus' heart of hoping only for the day that all in Heaven and
under Heaven could sing the song of resurrection before God? Jesus
never forgot that wish for even one minute during the thirty years of
his life and led a most distressful life. Although the Israelite
people did not believe in Jesus because of their ignorance, Jesus
sacrificed all of his life and walked his course to provide them with
the historical and universal hope, the glory of resurrection. No one
understood this fact.
If you do not understand how much Jesus has exerted himself and how
many pains he has taken for this one hope, the resurrection, from the
time of his birth to the time of his death, then the value of that
resurrection of Jesus will have nothing to do with you. Furthermore,
you will not be able to even offer gratitude for that grace of
When Jesus looked upon ignorant humanity, he realized that because of
their faithlessness, he would walk a difficult path from then on.
Therefore, Jesus forgot all about his own difficulties and walked a
path of hardships unknown to others, with a desperate and painful
heart in an attempt to establish the time of resurrection before them.
He hoped that the difficult path that humanity had to walk, the path
of death, would ultimately not be passed down to succeeding
generations, yet humanity did not understand this at all.
However, the friends that Jesus wanted were not friends of the kingdom
in Heaven, but people on the earth. Yet why was it that rather than
people, Heaven, became his friend? The Israelite people should have
stood in the position of a friend who understands the heart of Jesus,
but because they did not fulfill their obligation, Heaven had to take
the position of friend, instead. You must understand this situation
and become true people who represent the heart of Jesus, not in Heaven
but on earth, realizing the hope of Jesus who wanted genuine friends
Because of the resurrection of Jesus, all things have been able to
experience the joy of receiving a new master. Human beings could
embark upon the path of a new beginning. Jesus could taste the joy of
victory in the spiritual battle, and God, who has been accused by
Satan for 4,000 years, has tasted the joy of being liberated from the
accusations at least externally because of the resurrection of Jesus.
You have to understand that in this way, because of the resurrection
of Jesus, joy flowed in and below Heaven. However, Jesus' bliss of
victory toward Satan was something that he should have had during his
life, not after he passed away. The delight of God due to the
resurrection of Jesus should also have been joy over both internal and
external victory over Satan. Consequently, because of the death on the
cross, the greater joy that God, and all of humanity, is entitled to
have, has been passed down as an unfulfilled hope until today.
Accordingly, the mission rests upon you to return greater universal
bliss to Heaven. Besides that, you must also be able to feel that joy.
The joy of the spiritual resurrection of Jesus could not become the
joy that all things, human beings, Jesus and God should possess
eternally, so that joy on the one hand was mingled with sorrow. It was
joy of a lesser importance. Only when you establish this non-essential
joy as the universal joy on this earth, and establish the joy as
eternal joy that carries no trace of sorrow, can God rejoice in your
resurrection, more than the joy He felt over the resurrection of
Only by doing this, can you truly taste the bliss of God through the
joy of Jesus' resurrection. Assuming this is the hope and duty of each
of you, you must claim the hope that Jesus had toward the world as
your own and claim the duty of Jesus as your own.
To do this, before you take delight in the day of resurrection, you
must think about the toilsome course of Jesus and the 4,000-year long
toilsome course of God. By walking this path of tribulation on your
own, you should lead a life of faith that can realize the hope that
remains before God and return eternal joy to God.