REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
Let Us Become Someone Who Can
Hold Jesus' Body and Mourn
Former Church Headquarters
April 13, 1958
The title of the sermon I am going to give is, "Let Us Become Someone
Who Can Hold Jesus' Body and Mourn." You must feel once again that Jesus,
in whom you believe, was sent as the great prophet of the heavenly principles,
with the mission from Heaven to restore all things. He is the center of hope
for which all things, human beings and Heaven have longed.
Jesus Is Needed by God, Humankind and All Things
Jesus, who came 2,000 years ago, is not someone who was needed only by
the Jewish people at the time. He was needed by humanity, throughout the
2,000-year course of history after that. He is not only someone you need
today. He is needed for the construction of the garden of peace which
God desires on the earth. Consequently, all people and all things are
still yearning for the time when all can become one, centering on the
returning Jesus. Appearing before the throne of the Father, with the
song of victory, they will offer a glorious welcome. In other words,
Jesus is an essential person for Heaven, for human beings on earth,
and for all things of the creation.
You must be able to manifest the will of God, the historical ideology,
as the standard of victory centering on you. However, if you cannot do
that, there is no way you can unshackle humanity from the torment and
sorrows they have suffered through the 6,000-year history of conflict
Many people in history have believed in Jesus. Jesus has been fighting
against Satan for the sake of the earth, all people and all things on
behalf of the will of Heaven. You have to understand that because Jesus
could not fully accomplish the purpose he desired for Heaven and earth
when he came, he has been fighting in the spirit world with a pained
heart even to this moment.
Accordingly, unless that conflict ends, the fight of Heaven will
not end nor will the fight on earth. Unless we can accomplish our hope,
the things of creation will not be able to have a day of hope.
When we think about the Lord you believe in today, the Lord that all
people of faith must serve as the bridegroom and true father, you must
compare the standard of Jesus with the life you are leading. The crucial
question will be to what extent has the life you are leading become one
with Jesus, from the position of representing the whole will of history
Jesus came for the sake of humankind on the earth. He also died for
them. Yet when we ask if someone on earth has become one with this Jesus,
inside the realm of one ideology where one rejoices eternally with God
and Jesus, there is no such person. Jesus does not have anyone whom
he can rule over and trust eternally. Accordingly, you know very well
through the principle that God also has failed to find someone centering
on Jesus with the one standard upon which He can rest eternally in peace.
What was the hope Jesus had toward the chosen nation of Israel when he
came to the earth? He hoped that the will of God, who had been guiding
the dispensation for 4,000 years, would be accomplished through them.
This is why Jesus proclaimed the new Gospel: to construct the place
of rest and happiness where all people of that time, and their future
descendants, could be happy.
Jesus came, on behalf of the 4,000-year history, to actualize the new
ideology of Heaven. Therefore, although Jesus was the son of a carpenter
and a simple young man without much education, God hoped to accomplish
all the will of the ideology and hope of Heaven through him. Yet no
one among the people of that time was aware of this. When Jesus emerged
before humankind as the fruit of all history, the central being of God's
providence, what did he hope to feel through his mind and body? First,
he hoped to appear with feelings that could connect with Heaven and with
human beings, and relate to each accordingly.
The Heart and Sorrow of Jesus
You have to understand that the more Jesus felt that all things of
creation in heaven and earth are bound by the bitter grief of the fall,
the more he realized God's sadness, in looking upon this situation,
pierced into all things. He then became more serious. Growing up as
the son of a poor carpenter, unable as yet to emerge as the Messiah,
he led a life of silence, making preparations to proclaim the will of
Heaven. Even as he did that, he possessed an unchanging, singular heart
toward Heaven, a heart that reached out to all people. The more intense
became his heart of love toward Heaven and humanity, the more concern
he felt, which he could not express to anyone. No one then realized
that he bore such great concern alone. The members of Joseph's family
could not feel this determined heart of Jesus as the distress of Heaven,
the heart which yearned to save humanity.
However, even in this environment, Jesus had the mission to reveal
the words of the Gospel to the Israelites and have them lift high the
signal light of a new revolution. Therefore, he needed someone who could
become one in heart with him. Jesus had to point out the direction of
the heavenly principles and re-establish the way of the human principles
centering on Judaism. More than any other factor, the fact that Jesus
did not have anyone who could represent the heart of Heaven and the
historical heart of humanity is the crucial reason he could not fulfill
the providence of the restoration of God.
The faith of Israel which God had elevated through 4,000 years of
toil should have become the indispensable altar for Jesus. In turn,
he should have become the chief priest this altar could not do without.
Yet Jesus and the chosen people finished divided. Jesus tried to step
forward holding the signal light of the new providence of the New
Testament centering on the faith of the chosen people, the fruit of
the Old Testament. However when this foundation which God had prepared
to uphold His will could not become one with Jesus, Jesus' sorrow was
You must feel again in this hour that Jesus did not have even one
true friend in his surroundings, with whom he could share his situation
and interact, no matter how hard he looked. Because he was in such a
lonely situation, he could not rest in a comfortable place like other
people. Jesus understood that if he were to suffer sadness, the humanity
of future generations would be punished for it. Therefore, he became
dead serious when he witnessed the opposition of the very people who
had been chosen for the accomplishment of the will.
Although this was the situation Jesus faced, he could not show sorrow
like others. He knew that if he were to be sad, it would bring greater
sorrow to Heaven. In other words, there was no one who understood the
heart of Jesus then, grieving because he knew that his own sorrow would
remain in history. You must comprehend the sorrow of Jesus. No one in
the course of history has ever understood this sorrow. You must comfort
the lonely Jesus whom the Israelites chased out. You have to understand
that this is the only way you can alleviate the sorrow of Heaven for
Jesus and allay the sadness of Jesus that has stained history.
Ladies and gentlemen! What are these eyes looking at? What voices
are these ears listening to? Which direction are these hearts facing?
Which direction are these bodies moving in? The time has come when you
must coldly, objectively reflect upon yourselves.
The Correct Attitude Toward Jesus
Therefore, we must not see Jesus as the figure of a bygone era. We
must seek and attend him as Jesus of the present reality. When Jesus
was going around to different villages and being persecuted, he found
enemies everywhere he went. His path became more perilous and rough.
Among the people God had been grooming for 4,000 years, Jesus could
not find even one friend who welcomed him gladly. You have to feel this
situation of Jesus in the present.
Although many sects, countless people and priests had waited for the
Messiah, when he actually appeared there was no one who welcomed him.
How would God have felt observing this situation? If you were living
in the age of Jesus 2,000 years ago, how can you guarantee you would
not become like the Pharisees and Sadducees? You have to reflect upon
If the Jesus who came in the past is the Jesus of the present and the
future, then only when you can fathom and be connected to the heart of
Jesus of the past can you welcome the Jesus of the present and of the
future at the time of the new world. However, today we believe that,
after coming to the earth, Jesus merely led thirty years of a sad life
course and then died on the cross. Yet we have come to the realization
that this is not the case. Accordingly, you must now awaken the ignorant
people who think that Jesus had to die when he came to the earth. Although
we want Jesus of 2,000 years ago to come seeking us, he is not supposed
to. On the contrary, we are to rise seeking the Jesus of 2,000 years
ago. In other words, you must understand the sad and lonely situation of
Jesus 2,000 years ago. There must be no gap between you and the reality
that Jesus faced. When you can hold onto Jesus and cry, then the Lord
who is to return will never forsake you.
Those people who have an attitude of faith desiring Jesus to come
looking for them 2,000 years after his death, although we are the ones who
killed him, will never meet the Lord who is to come again. The question
is how many Christians are on earth who can climb backwards ten, one
hundred, 2,000 years and cling to the tormented Jesus, shedding tears.
Now the time when we cling to the deceased Jesus and shed tears for
Heaven has passed. The time has come when we must comfort the living
Jesus with tears of joy. However, where is this living Jesus? It is the
grave mission of Christians today to find and support this Jesus.
Have you opened your mouths and called out to Jesus in Heaven? No
matter how much you call out, you cannot easily build a relationship with
him. Nonetheless, because Jesus is the Savior of all people, the Savior
who died for us, we must forge an eternal relationship with him. However,
when we consider whether we have seen Jesus with our eyes, heard the
words of Jesus with our ears or spoken the words of Jesus with our mouths,
we can sense that the distance between Jesus and us is still very great.
At this time, when we must penetrate through and overcome the fateful
work of holding onto Jesus, this unfortunate pass, what must you do?
You must develop the relationship based upon which you can testify to him,
as the Jesus of the present reality in your life. If you cannot do that,
you have to understand that the toilsome will of God, who has worked
strenuously for 6,000 years, will not be related to you. You cannot
usher in the day of peace.
Now you must think about Jesus. You have to understand this Jesus,
who stepped forward holding onto the Gospel for the sake of pioneering
the providential will involving all humankind. This is the Jesus of the
2,000 years of history since his death; this is the historical Jesus
who persevered through a course of persecution he could not share with
anyone. You must understand the tormented situation of Jesus, who was
ostracized by the chosen people.
You are not to view Jesus as some fixed fact of the past, but as one
who is living in this era today. You have to keep in mind that only by
experiencing and sensing the sorrow of Jesus in your own life can you
finally grasp him.
The Heart of Jesus Who Loved Humanity,
the Mind of Jesus Who Suffered at Humanity's Hands
What kind of person was Jesus? When we behold him, his were the eyes
that observed the sung sang of God, who had passed through 4,000 years
of history since the creation. His eyes watched over the many spirits
who were in hell because of the mistakes of humankind. His were the eyes
that looked with a sense of responsibility to alleviate the bitter grief
of the spirits in heaven. Moreover, when Jesus was looking at the land
on behalf of God's sorrow, when he saw how the chosen Israelites and
all humanity opposed him, Jesus' gaze represented the sorrow of God,
who had been mourning for 4,000 years since the fall of Adam and Eve.
The chosen Israelites should have received the blessing of God; they
should have taken the position of a family by living with Jesus for
eternity. Why did they oppose him? You must become friends of Jesus,
who could not hold the recalcitrant Israelites and speak to them. You
must be friends of the Jesus who held onto the temple and mourned over
their ignorance. Have your eyes become the eyes for which Jesus hopes?
Jesus' eyes looked in place of the sorrowful sung sang of God; they saw
the situation in which he had to fulfill the restoration of Paradise
and the earth. They surveyed the situation in which even hell was to
receive benefit from him.
Are your ears pierced with sorrowful voices? The ears of Jesus heard
the voice of God coming from Heaven. He heard the unfortunate, crying
voices of countless spirits. You must understand that, when he heard
those voices of sorrow and screams crying out for him, he could never
be at peace. When he was looking at the earth, he heard the screaming
voices of the people, who not only brought evil upon themselves and
trampled upon goodness, but also betrayed Heaven. Therefore, you must
realize that Jesus felt a sense of mission to allay the bitterness of
Heaven and bring the opposing forces to repentance.
What did he speak with his mouth? Jesus spoke new words halfway
between Paradise and the fall. In this way, he guided the spirits of
Paradise into the Kingdom of Heaven and spoke in defense of the spirits
in hell. He spoke to send the spirits in Paradise, the invisible world,
into heaven. In other words, he spoke to resurrect. Moreover, he spoke
in defense of the spirits in hell, even in defense of Satan. Therefore,
the words he spoke were the words of condition that fulfilled the heart's
desires of the spirit world. They were the words that could liberate
humanity on the earth, which was shackled to Satan's realm of death.
These words of liberation should have been welcomed on the earth
without hesitation. On the contrary, all they met was opposition. How
could that be? This is the reason those on earth could not forge a
relationship with Heaven.
What were Jesus' hands and feet like? His hands were healing hands
placed upon the sick. They were hands that gave life to the dead. They
were hands that gave bread to the hungry. Moreover, his feet left
footsteps full of prayer for the sake of his enemies, even as he was
being harassed by the opposing Israelites and Satan from this village
to that, from this valley to that. They were hands that wished blessing
upon his enemies, hands and feet that were hung on the cross and pierced
What about Jesus' body? His body could not enjoy one day of rest, no
matter where he went. Since what he saw and heard before him was not at
all in accordance with the heavenly principles, he was driven out wherever
he went. You have to understand that because of this, Jesus could not find
a place to rest his head. He could not enjoy a day of rest when his heart
could be at peace. Jesus was not welcomed anywhere. Therefore, though he
had many things to say, he did not say them all. He could not speak words
about Heaven to people who could not even understand words concerning the
earth. Meanwhile, Jesus was charged as the traitor of the people. Neither
the people of faith nor the authorities of the time welcomed him.
However, Jesus carried out a strategy to become one with all the
multitudes. God has been carrying out such two-pronged strategies.
Therefore, although it might seem that He is retreating from the
front-line, eventually He can bring such results that, in the end,
even Satan works for His sake.
Consequently, in the history of the world, those who struck first
were defeated more than eighty percent of the time. At the time of
World Wars I and II, the side which struck first was defeated. When we
realize this principle, we can immediately come up with the answer to the
question of who, among the two camps today, is on the side of Satan. We
can discern at once when we observe for whose sake they are carrying on
their activities. Satan's side does not live for the sake of the whole;
it lives for the sake of itself. It tries to sacrifice the whole for
its own sake.
Jesus Is Responsible for the First Line of Offense,
the Holy Spirit Is Responsible for the Second Line
What kind of person is God? It might seem that we have become a
sacrifice, but God is the One who has become a sacrifice for us. When
people live for the sake of Heaven, Heaven hands the whole ideology of
the universe over to humanity. In the satanic world, when you live for
others, your life will be taken away; in the end even the ideology that
you have given will be taken away, and you will be dragged into eternal
hell. However, if you carry on the fight while you are being accused
by Satan, this will become a gain for the side of Heaven. Therefore,
the group that goes to Heaven has come into being. Because Satan stands
in the position where he cannot return, the more he moves forward,
the sooner he will face a situation where he has to yield.
Jesus had to fight in all directions. However, because he failed
in the first providence, he had to establish a second and carry on the
providence centering on the altar of sacrifice and service. Therefore,
even now, as he is being chased and driven out, he has been building
Paradise. In the last days, this will become the front-line of Satan
and the front-line of God, causing such confusion, people will lose
discernment. It will become a chaotic world. Accordingly, you have to
learn to search for the first front-line of God.
Only when you can possess the authority of Heaven and can dismantle
Satan can you make a beginning there as the new front-line. Because
Jesus passed away without fulfilling his responsibility, God had to
send the Holy Spirit. What is the Holy Spirit? She is the one who came
with responsibility for the second front-line. The Holy Spirit is the
one who comes with the responsibility of the truth of the cross. Who
is responsible for the first front-line? Jesus is responsible for it,
while confronting Satan. Accordingly, when we can bring these into
oneness by following Jesus and the Holy Spirit, they will form a new
battlefront. Therefore, only after we today form a new second battle
line in place of the Holy Spirit and attain the power to block Satan
can we become qualified to be an elite troop. We can then be victorious
over Satan and unveil his identity. Not God, Jesus nor the Holy Spirit
can do this.
When this happens, people of such qualifications can become the
friends of God's heart and the friends of Adam before the fall. They can
become qualified to rule over the archangel and all things. You have
to understand God is seeking these kinds of people. You must fulfill
the tasks you have been entrusted within your own position. God is
calling for people who can stand as the true sons of God in religion,
science or any situation.
In the last days, one cannot say this and that about others. Because
one is standing on the crossroads of life and death, the crucial problem
is where to go to attain the recognition of Heaven. Therefore, if people
of consciousness come together and form one race who can build the castle
wall and say, "We will fight on behalf of Heaven," then this race can
become a nation that can represent the entire sovereignty of God.
Please do not envy such nations as America. Please do not envy
any great civilized nation. The problem is how much relationship we
have built before Heaven and earth within the realm of the heavenly
principle once we understand them. No matter how good the external
conditions are, there will come a time when we must cleanse them once
and for all. Although God's heart feels intense indignation, He does not
only have a heart of indignation. Deep within His heart of indignation,
there is a foundation of righteousness Satan cannot fathom. The reason
Satan can submit is that there is a heart of indignation and the standard
of righteousness. This is why he submits in the end.
This is how the human mind is. Today people are infinitely swayed and
confused by the sinful world in which they live. However, by becoming
one with the foundation of history and the foundation of the future
in your hearts, you must establish the one principle that will never
change. Moreover, when your internal standard and the standard of life
confront some unfortunate reality, you must be able to overcome it and
move forward. By doing so, you must become one with the heavenly works,
one with the practical providential will and the providential plan for
the future. Moreover, only when you can become a person who is qualified
to cope with everything, centering on this, can you finally understand
the heart of God.
When Peter met the deceased Lord after longing for his appearance,
he forgot everything and was swept into his heart. You must forget all
the historical heart of misfortune and experience the sorrowful heart
with which God has been mournfully guiding the providence. From that
point on, the new work of Heaven can finally be unfolded.
God is relating with people with an infinite heart, but people have
only fathomed one aspect of it. In other words, they only comprehend the
angle centered on themselves, and they have mistaken this for the entirety
of Heaven. In other words, they have mistaken this small angle for 360
degrees. The time when this difference is recognized is none other than
the time of judgment. Moreover, one reason Jesus became the Messiah was
that, even as he passed through the course of all the vicissitudes of
history, he stood on a straight line connecting to Heaven and attended
Heaven with unchanging loyalty.
How would the love of Heaven be manifested on the earth? The one
passionate ideology and our minds must become eternally one and never
diverge. In this way, we can circle 360 degrees for eternity. When we can
become one within the realm of the one, indivisible ideology, God can rest
His heart in peace. You have to understand that the will of the second
providence can be manifested on the earth at such a time. Accordingly,
today we must take the responsibility to step over this sinful world and
rise above it. We must construct the second world of creation which can
connect with the heart of God, in other words, the world of love.
Now you can abandon external, worldly desires and represent only
the internal heart of God. Whether you are dealing with a thousand or
10,000 people, you must be able to feel the heart of God through them.
To put it another way, you must become someone who can look into the
heart of God through any person.
If you really want to be this kind of person, then even if you suffer
the greatest sorrow, you must be able to overcome it. If you suffer
great injustice, you must overcome indignation that surpasses the size of
heaven and earth. Moreover, when the heart of indignation toward Satan
explodes in you, you must think that you will one day liquidate that
satan, and you must endure for the sake of securing one more person,
one more comrade. Furthermore, you have to understand that when you go
before Heaven with this kind of mind-set and pray, Heaven can transcend
the history of sin and forge a relationship with you from the position
of the new ideology.