REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
The Incarnation of Jesus, A Pioneer
Former Church Headquarters
February 1, 1959
Father, although we are unfaithful, since we have come seeking You,
please look down upon us with compassion. We have come forward after
hearing the Father's call. Please allow our minds and bodies to be the
possessions of the Father.
Please allow us to become eternally connected to You in this place.
Please allow our hearts to be in resonance with Your heart. Allow our
bodies to be in touch with Your sacred form. On that foundation, please
allow us to build an eternal relationship and connection with You,
so that we move when You move, acting in accordance with Your Will.
We know that it is not a coincidence that You have gathered us here
today. You have gathered us to sever our ties with the powers of death
and raise us as the offerings who have triumphed over Satan. Thus, we
fervently desire for You to take charge of us as You desire. Allow us
to stand as the sacrifices who can bring joy to You.
Now, please lead us not to set any self-centered condition. Guide our
bodies not to possess any element that can bring harm to You. Please
let us restore our original selves, the minds and hearts of which are
connected only to You, whom You can govern as You Will.
Father, we know that we must become unified in harmony through Your
inseparable heart of love. Please make our bodies into the temples where
You personally can dwell and make our minds into the holy of holies
where You can personally live. Father, we earnestly wish that You mold
our minds and bodies into the foundation upon which You can personally
dwell and rest in peace.
Please allow us to open the doors to our hearts now. Please remove all
sinful elements. Please eliminate all elements that are not appropriate
to the Will of the Father. By doing so, please allow us to become people
over whom only You can rule. Allow us to become Your beings of life.
Although there may have been many faults in our lives during the past
week, since we have prostrated ourselves before the Father's knees,
please govern us. Please love us once again, even amid the ordeals of
re-creation. Father of love, we sincerely wish that even just for this
hour You will let us become sons and daughters who can be embraced inside
Your bosom as burnt offerings.
This is a sacred day. Please bless all people. Bless the thirty million
people and the countless religious groups. Please directly unveil the
Father's hands of grace upon the many sons and daughters who yearn and
long for Your heart and Your heavenly Will. Father, we sincerely desire
to feel the worldwide providence that the Father is working through our
minds and bodies.
Please grant the same grace upon the lonely members who are scattered
all across the countryside, who are praying for the Will of the Father
with deep concern. Please personally protect them. It is my fervent
request that You will guide them to remain until the end, even amid
tribulation and persecution. Please govern us from the beginning to the
end. We pray in the name of the Lord. Amen.
The Father has guided us to this place, we who have been wandering
without knowing our path. We prostrate ourselves before the holy presence
of the Father with wounded minds and hearts.
Although we have not prepared anything to give You, please lead us
and grant us Your compassionate grace. Father of love, please hold our
fatigued hands and embrace our bodies, which have no place on which to
lean. My Father, we ardently wish that You let this be an hour when You
give us the love of the eternal world and instruct us in the name of
the Father of hope for which we have yearned.
We want to face the Father with sincere and honest hearts, yet we
feel so distant from You. However, in this place there are many who have
pledged that they will abandon everything they have for Your sake and
offer everything to You. Father, please appear before them and command
them. Please let this be a moment when You personally advise us and
allow us to forge a relationship of love with You.
The path we are now taking is for the Father's sake. Our very life
is for the Father's sake. Everything that belongs to us is only for the
sake of the Father's Will. Please personally take charge of our bodies
and govern us. Please embrace us personally. By doing so, may Your will
to connect with human beings be manifested through the actions of the
Father's love. May the original self that You seek be molded during this
hour. Father, this is our sincere wish.
We have not embarked upon this path because of our desire; rather, we
have come forward because of the heavenly Will that impels us. We know
Your hardships and bloody course, and we have been struggling to bring
that Will to pass. Please consider our minds and bodies with compassion.
We have come seeking for the lighthouse of life that You have
established. We have come yearning for the one self of which we can be
proud in the presence of the Father. Father, please command us. Please
allow us the grace of glory and reveal the hands of re-creation.
Please remove everything within us that is not acceptable in the
presence of You. Allow only the Father's works of goodness to appear.
Please let this hour be a time when the Father can personally manage
the situation and when we can bow before the Father with joyful minds
In our hearts we yearn for the new garden and long for the ideal of
the new nation. Yet there are many enemies blocking this path.
Our situation forces us to fight every day. Father, please be with us.
Please magnify Your stimulating power and impact during each of these
hours. Father, we earnestly pray that only our sincere hearts, which
yearn for the love of Heaven can operate in our daily lives and affect
Father, please look down upon this nation and people with compassion.
They do not know where to go. What these people want is the altar of hope
and the garden of freedom. However, no one understands the ideal world for
which You have given permission or the works of Heaven. Please awaken
them. We know that our responsibility toward them is great, so please
allow those of us who have prostrated ourselves in the presence of the
Father in this moment to complete our responsibility toward this nation.
Please allow this to be a moment when we can come to the realization
that we bear the responsibility to save the humanity of this earth, who
are suffering under the powers of darkness. Please allow us to renew
these people with the Father's new words of truth. Please let this be
the hour when we can love the humanity of this earth.
Father, please look down upon the lonely members in the countryside
with compassion. They have been sent out as shepherds. As they appeal to
You in this hour, please embrace them with the same grace and protect
them so that they will not fall down on the battleground that stands
before us. Please do not let them become stragglers.
Although we are unfaithful, we have cleansed ourselves and have come
before the holy altar of the Father. Please eliminate all elements that
are not acceptable to You. Please remove all self-centered doctrines,
mentalities and concepts that we assert. Please let this be an hour when
only You influence us and govern us.
We have entrusted everything to You. Please govern us as You Will. We
pray in the name of the Lord. Amen.
Father! When we reflect, deep in our hearts, once again that the
providential Will was not known, we come to the realization that although
6,000 years have passed since the fall of our ancestors, humanity has
failed to fathom the heart of the Father. Moreover, we have already
learned that the situation of the Father is difficult and pitiful,
and that the Father's Will remains before the earth, humanity and
We reflect upon whether we have the integrity of children who can say,
"Father, I am here. Please let me comfort You." We reflect upon whether
we are worthy of praise in the presence of the Father. We are forced to
admit that we are far from achieving that.
When Jesus, who came as the embodiment of hope, representing the heart
of the Father, comes to the earth again, those who are searching for the
heart of Heaven will have to connect to his heart. We also understand that
the situation of the chosen Israelites, who sense the situation of Heaven
and are searching, must become united with the situation of Jesus. The
Israelites should have understood that the hope of the Father who sent
Jesus was for the sake of all people. Because they did not recognize
Jesus, the embodiment of hope, this sorrow has been prolonged all the
way to us. We sympathize with this historical sorrow.
What would we want to shout out to the Father? What would we want to
seek from the Father? What would we want to obtain? Please allow us to
possess the same heart as Jesus, who acted on behalf of the heart of the
Father, the heart our ancestors could not attain. We understand that we
have to possess the situation and hope of Jesus to obtain the same heart
as the Father in the last days. We have the responsibility to pay back
all the historical debts accrued toward You until now. We have joined
our minds and bodies now and have prostrated ourselves before Your holy
presence. Yet what qualifications do we have to call You "Father"? How
can we accompany You in Your trials? What hope have we to represent
the Father's hope of the 6,000 years? We are Your unworthy children,
who have nothing to offer.
We understand that the Father looks down on people in such a state
with sympathy. We understand that the Father's heart of compassion is
great. We know that the Father, who persevered through the course of the
cross, has called upon us to come. Therefore, although we are unworthy and
inadequate, we have joined our two hands and have prostrated ourselves in
the presence of the Father. Please have compassion upon these miserable
people who have knelt before You. We wish You to awaken us with Your
words, that You instruct us to become one with Your situation.
Father, if You have ever felt indignation toward us and had to hold
the feeling back, please let this be the moment when Your heart is
relieved. Even if You feel indignant and grievous, Father, we earnestly
wish that You can resolve all those feelings through us.
Father, Jesus who came 2,000 years ago was a truly miserable person.
There was no one who grasped his heart, even up to his final moment.
There was no one who knew his situation and desires. Please allow us to
fathom the situation of Jesus, who led a mournful and tragic life for
some thirty odd years because he could not find a land or a people with
a foundation to realize Your Will. Please allow us to inherit the heart
of Jesus. Father, we ardently hope that You allow us to become the sons
and daughters who can cherish the hope and follow in the footsteps Jesus
Where is the Jewish religion that You raised through 4,000 years?
Where are the Israelite people? The Jerusalem temple You built was to
pave the way for Jesus, yet it had no relationship to Jesus. The prepared
Jewish sects could not connect with Jesus. The prepared people did not
have any relationship with Jesus and hounded him instead. During this
hour, please let many people come to understand the situation of Jesus,
who found himself in such a lonely position and who felt compelled to
pray for those who persecuted him.
Father, the reason we have gathered here is that we have received the
commands of the Father calling us to come. Now we understand that our
footsteps lead to the path of the cross. You have called us because the
time has come when we must fight the sinful world with tearful gazes and
connect with the heart of the Father. Father of love, allow us to feel
the heart of the Father as our heart, the situation of the Father as our
situation, the hope of the Father as our hope. Let the enemies of the
Father be our enemies and the fight of the Father be our fight. Thus,
Father, we earnestly wish that You allow us to become Your children,
the ones who accomplish the hope of the Father and are offered as
Father, please allow us to concretely experience the bitter situation
of the Jesus who said, "Foxes have their holes, birds have their nests,
yet the son of man does not even have a place to rest his head." This
was a grievous situation that cannot be alleviated through our tears or
through our death. Please allow us to go before the Father and Jesus and
be embraced in the bosom of the Holy Trinity during this hour. Please
let our gathering be a place where You can rest Your head and dwell.
I am now trying to convey words of truth. Please allow me to convey
the Father's heart and situation, not simply give many words.
Please allow us to move silently and become united with the situation
of the Father. Allow us to experience the heart of the Father as we
behold His glory. Please allow us become living temples, who move in
harmony with the Father.
My Father, it is our earnest desire that You build a purified
altar during this hour and that You protect us so that Satan cannot
infiltrate. We pray in the name of the Lord. Amen.
The title of the sermon I would like to share with you is "The
Incarnation of Jesus, A Pioneer." I will speak upon this topic.
The Sorrowful Situation of Jesus
God exerted Himself to the utmost for the sake of saving fallen
humanity. If someone sought us while we were yet sinners, someone toiled
to introduce the land of blessing to us, it was not our beloved parents,
children or spouse who related to us with such love. It was not a nation
nor was it some saint or sage. It was none other than God Himself.
To pave the way for our hope, God has been exerting Himself until
today. To alleviate our hearts and situations, to resolve everything
in us that has been put out of order, He has labored and fought without
rest. You must remember that God has been taking the responsibility of
a pioneer throughout history.
During the 4,000 years from the fall of Adam to the coming of Jesus,
God steadfastly carried on His providence, even though human beings, who
should have inherited the toilsome work of pioneering, were ignorant. The
garden of joy has been the goal of the providence of God, who has placed
His hope in us. We have been moving toward that world through every step
we have taken in history.
During the 4,000 years since the human fall, God worked through
individuals and people to establish the nation of Israel. To accomplish
His Will, on the foundation of the 4,000 years of His work, He sent
Jesus as the hero who could inherit the entire mission of Heaven, as
well as Heaven's heart and desire.
However, the faithful believers of Judaism and the Israelites, who were
proud of being the chosen people, did not know Jesus. The Israelites,
whom God chose on the foundation of His effort, did not receive Jesus,
who came to fulfill the purpose of God's arduous works. No one received
him: neither the religious sects, the society nor his family.
As a result, God's Will to pioneer experienced a setback. The Israelite
people, who should have walked the path of fulfillment with Jesus,
actually headed down the path of failure and death.
God labored strenuously while walking the pioneering course. Jesus
came with the glorious mission to bring this Will to pass and recompense
for the work God had done. However, because the chosen people did not
recognize Jesus but hounded him out, he was forced to stand in the
position of a pioneer, in place of the prepared Israelites.
Jesus came with the mission to attend Heaven and build the ideal
world for which the chosen people hoped. However, the Israelites,
who were waiting for the Messiah, did not know that Jesus was their
Messiah. This is where the grief and tragedy of Heaven expanded in a
new direction. We must possess the heart to mourn over this development
for God and grieve on behalf of Jesus. If we do not have this heart,
then we cannot fathom the heart of God who has played the role of a
pioneer toward humanity nor can we understand the heart of Jesus, who
appeared before the chosen people with the hope of a pioneer.
To build the foundation of joy and the garden of hope, those religious
groups and people should have followed Jesus even if he spearheaded a
march toward the valley of death. They should have followed him if he
went to the valley of joy and happiness. Heaven made an inseparable
heavenly bond with us during the 4,000 years of His effort, yet our
ancestors betrayed this bond and turned their backs on Heaven's pioneering
accomplishments. We must feel great indignation over this.
The Preparation Period of Jesus
Two thousand years ago, Jesus looked upon the Israelite people, who
had the potential to betray him, with great anxiety. He also saw that
Judaism, which should have been built on the foundation of the heavenly
heart, had become enslaved to the formalities of the Mosaic Law. As
Jesus watched the Israelites, who did not know where their home was
or in what direction they must head, he understood that God had raised
him through a 4,000-year course of pioneering and had sent him with the
purpose of bringing them together to pave the way for the new world. You
must understand that, at that moment, Jesus could not help feeling tragic.
After he was born in a stable, Jesus led a lonely life and helped
his father, Joseph, who was a carpenter. Although he lived in a limited
environment, his ideas transcended the Israelites and the world to
connect with the whole cosmos. This is how Jesus lived.
Joseph ordered him around, and his younger brothers and sisters, who
tagged after him, did not know this. Therefore, Jesus felt unspeakably
sad. Jesus came to understand the state of affairs in the world,
God's inner heart found deep inside the providence, and the situation
of the earth and his contemporary world. He longed for all of these
situations and states of affairs to unite and move in the direction
God desired. However, the heart of God, the situation of Jesus, and the
state of affairs in the world went their separate ways and the result
was utter confusion.
Looking over the situation, what determination must Jesus have
made? After passing through thirty years of preparation, he made the
determination to complete the Will of God through a life of practice.
The more Jesus felt sadness in his heart, the more he called out to God;
the more he felt hopeless toward the earth, the more he tried to find
a solution to the situation through people.
The closer the heart of Heaven drew toward Jesus, the closer the
world should have approached him, and the closer the chosen people and
the religious groups should have come to him. Yet, on the contrary,
though he was growing closer to God, the people were moving farther away
from him. This made Jesus serious beyond our imagination.
Jesus realized that he should not hold grudges against these people,
who were ignorant of the serious situation of Heaven. He thought of the
path before him: overcoming their lives and opening the doors to their
hearts, eventually embracing them. This is what Jesus was like. You must
reflect once more upon the sad situation of Jesus, who could not assert,
"I am the lord of your hope, the one for whom you have longed."
Jesus had to stand amid these tribulations and make a new
determination. Jesus knew that the foundation which God had established
through His pioneering work of 4,000 years was destroyed. Therefore, he
knew he could not establish the ideology of Heaven on those grounds. He
had to make a bold new determination amid such tragedy to confront the
Israelites again. We do not realize this. Under such circumstances,
Jesus prayed to Heaven, "God, please give me strength. God, please
allow me to set out in a new direction. God, please let me make a bold
determination both internally and externally." We must reflect upon how
Jesus persevered through the thirty long years of his life, speaking
silently with Heaven and having a conversation with himself in his heart.
What sense of mission did Jesus have in such a position, carrying
on the mission of a pioneer for the invisible God? About God, he
felt a sense of mission to pioneer and build the Kingdom of Heaven by
opening the closed door to heaven. In relationship to earth, He felt
the mission to pioneer the world of the people's confused and isolated
minds. Furthermore, Jesus felt the mission to pioneer this sinful world
of humanity again.
Jesus would not allow the history of the providence of restoration
that God had spent 4,000 years guiding to fall apart. Even if the
Israelites were to betray God, Jesus was determined to remain unchanging
and accomplish the one purpose. When Jesus thought about the internal,
heavenly connection that God had made, he could not help making this
kind of bold determination. It was an important issue to Jesus to manage
such a mission in the living environment of the time. When he could
become such a pioneer, he could represent the chosen people and history
in sight of God, and he could manifest his determination as someone in
whom God could believe and of whom God could be proud.
The Effort Jesus Made to Cope with His Mission
What then did Jesus do to cope with this mission? He passed through
a preparation period. Jesus tried to connect the hearts of humanity to
the heart of God, and tried to accomplish the ideology that could move
the universe, Heaven and people. Jesus was determined to go forward
in the shoes of a pioneer, causing unity between heaven and earth,
humankind and the earth, the earth and God, and God and humankind. We
have to understand that it took exceptional courage on Jesus' part to
make this resolution, in spite of the tragic situation with which he was
faced. God raised Jesus for the sake of the chosen nation of Israel and
for the sake of all the things of creation found on the earth. Hence,
even if the earth was to betray him, he could not abandon his mission
because the people were still there. Even if the people were to betray
him, he could not abandon his mission because Heaven was still there.
During this preparation period, when Jesus' mind was filled with these
kinds of thoughts and feelings, he must have made hundreds, thousands,
and tens of thousands of pledges in his heart. During his course of
moving toward this ideology, he reflected on the history of the chosen
people, the Israelites, who had represented Heaven during the 4,000-
year course. When he realized they could not stand on the side of Heaven,
Jesus predicted that there would be innumerable difficult persecutions
waiting for him in his path. He then made a new determination.
Even today, God fervently seeks and struggles to find the people of
this miserable world. Jesus felt the responsibility to bring resolution
to the alienation between people and Heaven. When he saw that the
Israelites were not heading in the direction God had set for them, he
felt infinitely sad. He knew that God sadly looked down upon this earthly
world, which had not become the foundation of goodness upon which Jesus
could come. Rather, it was a place upon which Satan had trampled. Yet God
had exerted Himself for 4,000 years. The more Jesus thought about this,
the more he was overwhelmed by grief.
Every time Jesus was overcome with such sorrow, he felt a surge of
determination: "I will fight on the side of Heaven, for the sake of
Heaven, humanity and this earth. No matter what kind of difficulties
or persecution come my way, I will prevail over them." The resolution
that Jesus made during his thirty-year preparation period was to carry
out a successful battle in the future through a life of practice. He was
determined that even if he was to become a sacrifice due to the ostracism
of the Israelites, he would do this and that kind of path and establish
such and such kinds of methods. He had many such ideas about which no one
else could even think. He planned how, if they were to believe in him,
he would take such and such measures; if they were not to believe in him,
then he would do this and that. While no one else was concerned about
Heaven, Jesus was deep in prayer. During the thirty years that he spent
in the family of Joseph, he could not express joy when his brothers and
sisters were joyful. When his relatives and the church were delighted,
he was unable to feel delight.
There is a huge gap between the direction Heaven desires and the
direction people take in their minds. Observing this, Jesus felt that
it was his task to bridge the gap. The greater the gap, the greater his
Although Jesus had many things to say, he had to remain silent. You
have to understand the sorrow that Jesus experienced during the thirty
years of his preparation period. Even though he desperately wanted
to witness to the truth by going from one place to another in Israel,
he had to help with his family affairs.
The Determination of a Pioneer
What determination did Jesus make as a pioneer during the thirty-year
preparation period? He determined, "I will even go toward the path
of death, the road of persecution. I will go on even if I am to be
destroyed." Jesus made the determination of a lifetime, that he would
gain control over his living environment during his preparation period,
eradicate any self-centered philosophy, resolve all relationships on the
level of the people, and rectify the rituals in Judaism that placed too
heavy an emphasis on the Old Testament and its laws.
For Jesus, who had to pioneer the Kingdom of Heaven and the hearts of
all humanity, there was no day when his heart did not visit the realm of
God's ideals at least several times. You have to understand that Jesus
was this kind of person.
Although the people on the earth did not recognize the internal
grief of Jesus during the thirty-year preparation period, God was on his
side. When Jesus was shaving wood with a plane or was cutting a piece
of wood with an ax, he wanted to experience the heart and situation of
God and build the Kingdom of Heaven God desired. Even when he was taking
a break after a meal, this desire of his heart did not fade away. You
have to understand that there was not a moment when he did not have
Moreover, Jesus felt deep down in his flesh and bones that even
if the 4,000-year history was to be abandoned, this value could not
be abandoned. Even if the chosen Israelites were to be abandoned,
such value could not be abandoned. Even if the chosen religion was
to be abandoned, this value could not be abandoned. He felt that he
could abandon everything he had, including his parents and relatives,
but he could not abandon this value. You have to understand that his
life was an unending continuation of bravery amid tragedy. In his life,
he made preparations by cultivating a heart of perfect heavenly love,
and he looked forward to the day of hope.
You should picture Jesus and his heart as he was making preparations
for that one day, that one time. Even if the clothes that he wore were
poor and the expressions on his face pitiful, his gaze was unmatched by
any conqueror or pioneer of the earth.
His gaze could connect with the heart of God and see through the
universe. Accordingly, as he looked at the world with this heart and
perspective, he could not help feeling miserable and tortured. He could
not avoid sorrow.
Considering this, we can infer how, the more intensely Jesus clung to
God, who had toiled throughout history, the more he was concerned that
the Israelites and his disciples might fall faithless. Jesus spent the
thirty-year preparation period reticently, with this mind-set.
No matter how intensely his heart burned on the side of God, it
was never for his own sake. No matter how preoccupied he became with
the wishes of Heaven, no matter how seriously he looked at the world,
we have to understand that it had nothing to do with the fulfillment of
his own personal desires.
His gaze was for the sake of the Israelites, his heart was for the sake
of the Israelites and the entire world. This is why Jesus shed endless
tears. Jesus re-determined to face the path of death countless times
during this preparation period. When he heard the rumor that someone was
about to pass away, he felt that it was he himself. If there was someone
who was unjustly persecuted or wronged, he felt that it was he who was
undergoing the privations. You have to understand the heart of Jesus,
who looked at all the tragic affairs of the society during his time as
if they were unfolding in his life.
The Public Life of Jesus Was
Full of Tribulation and Ordeals
Jesus who came 2,000 years ago, Jesus who led a sorrowful life during
the thirty years of preparation, there was no one who understood this
Jesus from the depth of his heart. No one bowed before him and was
able to attend him. There was not even one ugly and crippled person who
did that. This is truly a tragic story. Had there been such a person,
humanity today would not feel so ashamed. When we consider this, we can
understand that we owe an infinitely great debt to Heaven.
As Jesus observed John the Baptist during his thirty-year preparation
period, he had many expectations. Jesus, who had been looking forward
to the day when he could begin his course of public ministry, finally
took the first concrete step toward fulfillment. He thought the people
of the time and John the Baptist would welcome him. Yet both treated him
coldly and even opposed him. The sects of Judaism opposed him. Jesus,
who had made such a brave and firm determination during the preparation
period, was supposed to use the Israelite people as his foundation to step
forward and fight with the world, but they opposed him. Consequently, he
was faced with the miserable fate of having to fight with the Israelite
people. You have to understand this. This is why the Israelites, who had
prepared for the coming of the Messiah with great toil for 4,000 years,
had to begin their mission again from the bottom.
When God's foundation of 4,000 years crumbled, Jesus had to appear
before the people a second time with the same absoluteness of God's
dispensation just after the fall of Adam and Eve. We must understand how
sad Jesus must have been. He sought them out because they were supposed
to be the chosen people, yet they drove him out.
Where could Jesus go then? The Israelites, whom God had raised through
4,000 arduous years, had betrayed Heaven and stood in the position of
Satan. Who was able to understand the agonized heart Jesus felt as he
looked upon the situation? This is the reason Jesus went out to the
wilderness and fasted for forty days.
You have probably never thought that Jesus was such a miserable
person. The people at that time did not know of such an infuriating
tragedy, that Jesus, who came as the prince of Heaven, was ostracized
by the people and had to starve in the wilderness and be subjected to
the tests of Satan, the enemy of God. There are no words to describe
the indignation of God as He watched the situation of Jesus!
Jesus, who felt such pangs of indignation in his heart, knew that
God was deeply concerned about his situation. This is why he tried to
suppress any expression of such feelings and demonstrated the utmost
filial piety toward Heaven. When we reflect upon Jesus, we can understand
that he felt the heart of God, who transcended the betrayal of Adam in
the Garden of Eden and expressed deep concern for him. It was natural
that Jesus would pray to alleviate his sorrow; yet he suppressed his
anger and tried to comfort God. This is why he was able to open the
door of hope through which he could remove the grief of the fall and
guide fallen people toward God. Jesus made the determination during the
thirty-year preparation period that he would live his life in service of
this goal. He knew he might have to stand as an enemy before the people.
As we reflect upon this, we can see that the history of sorrow has been
caused by the mistakes of our ancestors. God wanted the three disciples
on the Mount of Transfiguration to comfort Jesus with the same heart
of concern that Jesus had toward the people. God wanted them to pray on
his behalf. It was they who should have built the altar, yet they were
caught up in other thoughts. Thus, Jesus made a new determination as he
received the prediction of his death in Jerusalem, and he began to make
preparations for that day.
The Strenuous Work of Jesus as
He Tried to Raise his Disciples
What are God's tactics? To reclaim one person, God must suffer a
blow as hard as that person's worth. This is the way Heaven works. To
reclaim one family, Heaven must receive a blow as hard as that family's
worth. This is how that family can be reclaimed. Accordingly, to reclaim
a people and raise them, God has to suffer the same amount as their
worth. Jesus learned through his daily life that this is the tactic
Because Jesus had to represent God, to claim a people, He had to
become a sacrifice on the level of the individual, the family, the
religious group, and the people. By receiving a blow, he pioneered the
path of sacrifice.
Jesus came to live this way of life. Though he sought a comrade among
the prepared Jewish sects, there was not even one person who welcomed
him. Even in Korea today, fishermen are poor and lowly people and not
well respected. You can imagine how Jesus must have felt when he had to
seek out ignorant fishermen 2,000 years ago. Do you think that a person
like Peter would become inspired and follow Jesus immediately after just
hearing his words a few times? Although that is the way it is written in
the Bible, the Bible does not elaborate upon the daily affairs in the
background. You have to understand that people like Peter heard some
rumors about Jesus that helped them believe in him.
Rejected by the people, Jesus came as a laborer and as a friend of the
fishermen. He shared his life, heart and desires with them. He fought on
with the determination that he would help satisfy their hearts' desires,
even at the cost of his life. The reason such fishermen as Peter could
follow him was because Jesus testified and fought with this kind of
heart and mind-set.
What did Jesus do for three years after picking these uneducated
disciples? In the same way that God had served and toiled for 4,000
years to raise the Israelites, Jesus chose them and served them.
Jesus had great hopes for the twelve disciples he had chosen. It
was Jesus Heaven had sent to influence Judaism and govern all priests
and officials. His ideology was grand, his hopes were great, and his
heartistic level was high. The priests and officials of that time who
did not recognize Jesus, the pioneer with God's practical ideology,
were more pitiful than Adam and Eve immediately after their fall.
What did Jesus do while looking at these people? You have to understand
that through the three years of his ministry, Jesus passed through the
same course as God, who had walked the path of sacrifice and service
for the sake of raising the people.
Therefore, Jesus searched for disciples, forgetting food and drink
even when he had somehow obtained them. When he had something to wear,
he gave it to his disciples, disregarding his rags. If there was some
comfortable place to sleep, he let his disciples sleep there and sat in an
uncomfortable place. Jesus, who lived in oneness with God and with this
kind of heart and mind-set, should have brought victorious achievements
through his three-year course of ministry. Yet such results did not come.
The Disciples Did Not Abide by the Teachings of Jesus
The disciples did not understand the heart of Jesus. They were trying
to use him to elevate themselves. Jesus understood this and had no way
to alleviate his aching heart, no matter how much he cried and lamented
toward heaven and earth.
Because he had a mission that forced him to go on, he suppressed his
sorrow and said to his disciples, "Those who try to elevate themselves
will decline, and those who try to lower themselves will rise."
(Matthew 23:12) You have to understand that he repeatedly testified to
his determination, inscribed deeply in his heart, flesh and blood.
Listening to him, the disciples thought that the words Jesus spoke
had nothing to do with them. Ladies and gentlemen! Please imagine how
frustrated Jesus must have felt when John's mother asked Jesus to elevate
her sons to a position of glory in the last days. Although Jesus had
taught his disciples and instructed them so many times, they did not
Therefore, as the crowd grew, the disciples were able to express
their joy through their actions, but they could not become examples
to the people as Jesus was to them in his actions and teachings. They
could not become sacrificial people who elevated and served Jesus. On
the contrary, the other people had a hard time going before Jesus
because of these disciples. Still, Jesus knew that the disciples had
the responsibility to transcend themselves and fulfill the wishes of the
religious sects. In turn, the religious sects had the responsibility to
transcend themselves and fulfill the wishes of the people. The people,
in turn, had the responsibility to transcend the people and fulfill the
wishes of the world. The humanity of the world had the responsibility
to transcend the world and fulfill the wishes of Heaven.
Nonetheless, no one fathomed this heart of Jesus. If there was some
cause of sorrow for Jesus as he watched the disciples, who only asked him
to give them blessings, this must have been the greatest cause of grief.
When the apostles were hungry, Jesus made the utmost effort to feed
them. When they were in tears, he comforted them. When they despaired,
he told them about the blessings of Heaven with the Beatitudes and the
Sermon on the Mount. He was always concerned that they might despair
or fall. We have to understand that the Gospels express this sorrowful,
heartistic situation of Jesus.
The disciples should have become closer to Jesus the more he spoke
to them, but they grew more distant. You have to experience the feelings
of Jesus as he watched this.
As a last resort, Jesus took a towel and wash pan and washed the feet
of the disciples, teaching them that serving others is the way. Because
Jesus knew that this was the only way they could make a connection with
Heaven, he had to tread this path. Even in his sorrow, he was watching
over the disciples.
As he walked the course of restoration, Jesus was not delighted to
perform miracles. If you think he performed miracles in comfort and joy,
you are wrong. His actual situation was that he did not have a place
to rest his body on the earth or a place to rely on in the universe,
so he had to appeal to Heaven. You have to comprehend the desperate
situation of Jesus, who was in such a miserable state.
When he was in a sad state wherein he felt compelled to display some
compassion toward them, he raised his hands and said, "Father!" This is
when the miracles took place. We have to understand that these miracles
took place when Jesus shouted out of excruciating sadness. Do not think
that Jesus performed miracles because he liked them or was lazy.
On the hill of Bethsaida, 5,000 people waved their arms and shouted
out, "Jesus, you are our Savior. You are the chosen leader of Israel."
Although they sought him out when they were to obtain some benefit
from him, after some time had passed and they saw that Jesus' standard
of heart was different from theirs and that his internal situation and
ideals were in a different, higher state, they betrayed Jesus and turned
their backs on him. All this actually happened to Jesus in his life.
The Heart of Jesus in his Everyday Life
No matter how much the external circumstances changed, the heart
of Jesus and the path he walked could not change. This path is the one
that fallen humanity must inevitably walk. However, the Israelites, who
should have followed Jesus, betrayed him. The crowd that had followed
him betrayed him and the disciples, who should have believed in and
attended him without any doubt, cherished different hopes and had
different attitudes. You have to understand that Jesus looked at them
with a gaze full of sorrow and grief.
Jesus knew that he had to be persecuted on the individual level,
the family level, the church level, on the level of a people and on the
national level. He also knew that he had to be persecuted on the level
of the Roman Empire, which represented the world at that time. Knowing
this, he silently walked his course. When he climbed over the Mount
of Transfiguration and then headed toward the hill of Calgary, he made
the determination: "Let any persecution and ordeal come to me. I will
overcome all that I must in my time." If he did not overcome them, all
the preparations would have been more cause for grief, so he made his
way toward the pass of death. To put this Will into practice, he made
the determination that, as a sacrifice of death, he would share his
flesh and blood with humanity before he left. Jesus was overwhelmed by
the heart of Heaven on behalf of humanity and made a firm determination
with every footstep he took. However, no one knew that he was taking
those footsteps to carry out the determination that he had made during
his preparation period. You have to understand this.
Jesus could not hold any grudges against the many people who ostracized
him. He was more sensitive than anyone, and his indignation surpassed that
of anyone else. Moreover, Jesus felt that he had the mission to pioneer
the path of God's Will centered on the Israelites. Jesus understood
that because the heart of God had been bound up with them through the
relationships of the 4,000 years, he could not abandon them. Thus, even
when they turned their backs on him, he appealed to Heaven, "Please save
them through me. Please save these people through me, even though they are
persecuting me. Please." Later, when his disciples also betrayed him,
he prayed, "Please accomplish Your Will of salvation through me." This
is the course Jesus walked.
The twelve disciples said, "Lord! We will go wherever you go,"
with the determination to share a common destiny with him, be it death
or life. This was when Jesus appeared with the Gospels. You have to
understand that the determination the disciples made: "We will follow
you wherever you go," reminds one of the heart of Jesus at the outset
of his ministry and when he was heading toward the garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus said, "Foxes have holes, birds in the air have their nests,
yet the son of man does not have a place to rest his head," and added,
"I entrust my head, heart and body to the Father's bosom." This prayer
was his final desperate prayer at the garden of Gethsemane, in which he
clung to God, who had overcome all sorrows and ordeals of humanity and
who had toiled, and entrusted his agonized heart to Him. Jesus made the
determination that in place of God's 4,000 years of suffering, he would
offer himself as the sacrifice. This is the determination Jesus made
in front of the fallen people who opposed him, not knowing the heart of
God. We must never forget that Jesus was determined to offer himself as
the sacrifice of death. In this way, the life course of Jesus came to
end on a tragic note.
In other words, Jesus' life came to an end without even one true friend
by his side. This was how things were for Jesus. For this reason, Jesus
gave his flesh and blood as the sacrifice of history and took determined
steps that defied the fear of death for the sake of presenting this new
course of life to humanity. This was the life of Jesus.
The History of the Providence of Being
Struck First in the Process of Restoration
Just before Jesus passed away on the cross that was dripping with
his blood, he said, "My Father, my Father, why have You forsaken me?"
(Matthew 27:46) At the end of this prayer, he said, "It is finished."
(John 19:30) He said, "It is finished," not because he wanted to say
that he had realized the ideal world. What he meant by this statement
was that he had carried out the determination he had made during his
thirty-year preparation period: "If my path becomes tragic, then I will
do such and such." This statement is not to be taken as something joyful;
it was his expression of his sad heart to all of humanity. We have to
understand that this was his last Will, which he spoke to the ignorant
people out of his grieving heart.
Humanity has longed for the day when they could pioneer Jesus' internal
path of sorrow and be able to say, "I have realized everything." You have
to understand that this is the day of the returning resurrection. You
have to understand this clearly.
Because the course of the crucifixion is the way Jesus fought with
the satanic world, Christians all over the world today are following
this example. Heaven reclaims after having been hit first. The people
had betrayed him. Even the twelve apostles denied him, yet it was these
twelve disciples that Jesus came to visit after he was resurrected
from death. God takes things back after they have been hit once. St.
Stephen, who believed in Jesus, was stoned to death. When St. Stephen
was killed, God was able to claim St. Paul. In the same way that Jesus
reclaimed the disciples who had earlier betrayed him, Jesus performed
the powers of resurrection and took Saul at a time when the followers
of Jesus were being killed. In other words, he took him after suffering
a blow. Moreover, after he was renamed Paul, Saul took blows in place
of the twelve disciples. Who would have thought that Paul, who suffered
plenty of persecution and mistreatment, would become the most important
apostle and establish the foundation for Christianity?
Who struck Jesus? The Roman soldiers and the Israelites struck Jesus.
The Romans took the initiative. For this reason, because the disciples
of Jesus were supposed to restore through indemnity the blows that Jesus
took, they had to go into Rome and be persecuted in his place.
Because there remained the task to restore through indemnity the
blows that the twelve apostles, seventy followers, and the multitudes
took on behalf of the people, Rome was not allowed to collapse right away.
After the period of the Roman Empire and feudal society, when the
Catholic church was at the height of its power, Luther challenged the
church through the religious Reformation movement, and the church struck
him and the movement down. Protestantism, which suffered these blows,
crossed the Pacific, and created a new culture, it built the America of
today. The external Canaan on the world level was established through
those Christian groups who had been chased out.
Now the time has come when the society in Israel has taken on the
form of a democratic nation. Heaven will seek another group of people
to take the blow once again. This is a transition period in history.
History has been seeking the group of people who will take the blows.
This is the time when groups who will be struck and chased out must
emerge among the churches and democratic nations. The group that is
being chased out will have a different ideology and mind-set than the
conventional one. Why? The ideology of Jesus is not the ideology of the
earth. It is the ideology of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is fundamentally
different from any ideology found on the earth. We know through our
study of history that the people who try to live according to this new
ideology will come to the surface through a course of great changes in
heaven and earth, because Jesus founded the ideology.
What kind of group of people will appear at that moment? In the
concluding period of history, a group of faithful people must appear
who follow the footsteps of Jesus' path toward Golgotha, a group which
has been blessed by Heaven. A group must emerge who will retrace this
inescapable path toward the hill of Golgotha, even if they are persecuted
and driven out. Therefore, we must remember that a denomination must
appear that shoulders the burden of Golgotha not on the level of Jesus,
an individual, but on the level of Christianity or a church. Jesus
gained what he was supposed to gain after first being struck. Since he
was beaten by Rome, he took Rome. Because he pushed forward in time the
movements of restoring the church, the nation and the world, he walked the
individual path of Golgotha, in which he suffered blows on the individual
level. Accordingly, there must emerge a religious group today that takes
the blows on the level of the church and walks the path of Golgotha. A
people must appear who walk the path of Golgotha on the level of a
people. This is the formula course to reach Heaven in the last days.
The Position in which We Must Stand
after We Have Made the Preparations
In this age today, we have to pass through a period of preparation
and a period of practice in our search for Heaven. We must seek for the
original nature of Heaven. What kind of preparation must we make? In what
kind of position must we stand? We have to stand in the same position
as Jesus during his thirty-year preparation period. In doing so, we
must prepare to represent the internal heart of Heaven and the human
heart, represent all sovereignties, and determine to face conflicts
by ourselves. Accordingly, a group of people certainly must appear who
cross Golgotha on the world level with this kind of determination. You
must understand this.
Jesus said, "It is finished," when he was passing away. Yet this
is not the culminating point of the completion of the providence. For
this reason, we must pioneer a course through which we can say, "It is
finished," while we are still alive. The heavenly soldiers and angels,
spirits and all created things must be able to bow their heads and
say, "Today is the day your wishes are fulfilled. Please receive the
glory." This is the time to prepare for the day we can say, "It is
finished" in this way. Christians today remain faithful to go beyond
the day of saying, "It is finished" as they pass away. They must be
able to say the same while they are alive. Hence, you must take charge
of the mission of a heavenly pioneer in this first completion stage we
are in today.
Although it may seem that Jesus died for the world, he was never
persecuted on the world level. He was persecuted on the level of the
people. However, in this concluding age of Christianity today at the
completion stage that must go over the last victorious Golgotha, you
must step out to the world. Using the world stage as your foundation, you
must inherit the heart that Jesus felt and the determination that he made
during his thirty-year preparation period. You must copy the tactics that
he used during the three years of his ministry. With these, you are to
go over any kind of Golgotha, even at the risk of your life. Shouldering
the responsibility to accomplish this task, you must fulfill the mission
of a pioneer.
To put it another way, you must establish a new, second stage for
Heaven. To do that, you must become the people who can overcome all
difficulties by clinging to the internal heart of Jesus as he prayed for
his enemies. You must become Christians who have inherited the mission
on the world level. Without becoming this kind of person, on the day of
completion when you say, "It is finished," you will not be able to meet
the one glorious day.
Although Christians have repeated this incomplete path and have taken
responsibility for this path as pioneers, now we must pioneer the one
way of completion. Accordingly, we must inherit the first ideology, with
which we have been preparing ourselves while cherishing the ideology of
Heaven, and which was manifested as the second ideology. By doing so,
we must first alleviate the bitterness in the heart of Jesus, and then
alleviate God's bitterness from the 6,000 years. We must remain alive
and usher in the day when we can say, "It is finished."
We must cover up the unfortunate historical course of fighting with
Satan and cling to the victorious day when we can fight for the sake of
God's glory. Moreover, you must possess the same heart as Jesus as he
took the path to the cross and have the same form as his substantial body
before you approach Heaven. Only when this is done can you accomplish
what Jesus could not accomplish when he came to this earth with the
mission of a pioneer on two fronts. We must feel deep in our hearts
that we must pioneer the path of Golgotha on the level of the world,
which Jesus left unfinished.
Jesus could not strike those who persecuted him and drove him away
but he had to overcome the situation by praying for them and for his
enemies. Today we must have the magnanimity to wish blessings upon
this kind of people and be determined to triumph over death and grasp
Heaven. Only when we have done that can we can usher in the one day
of glory and become the children who can enter the bosom of God on the
world level, the pioneers of the new garden on the world level. Please
keep this in mind.
Accordingly, the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus established before he
passed away, the heart of love that he sought, the world he was trying
to found, must all be realized in us. When we stand as the victors with
whom Satan has not even a trace of attachment, when we go forward as
the new pioneers on the level of the cosmos with the glorious flag of
Heaven, then the Will of the Father can be accomplished and your mission
of restoration will come to a conclusion. This will bring about the
complete dissolution of Jesus' bitterness. We must understand this.
Father! We are awe-stricken to receive the mission that You have
vested in us, and we are grateful for the grace You have given us by
moving us to the depth of our hearts with Your call.
Now we have learned that our faith does not come from our hearts;
it comes from the heart of Father, to which we cannot relate without
shedding tears. We have also come to know the heart of Heaven, who has
clung to these miserable ones and has struggled so fiercely for us. We
have learned that we are sinful people who have bowed down before Your
fearful grace, before which we shed endless tears.
Father of love, we thank you for having come and visited us. You have
come in delight today, but we are afraid that when You leave, You may
not be able to promise us the one day of joy and praise. We have learned
that it has been Your tragic course to deal with human beings who come
together in joy but part in sorrow. Please allow us to yearn for You
more tomorrow than today; more during our later years than in our youth.
Please allow us to become sons and daughters who can take steps forward
to that profoundly deep world of the heart. Please allow us to comfort
the bitter heart of the Father and to alleviate the grief of Jesus and
the ancestors of history. Father, we earnestly wish that You attain the
liberation of Heaven through us.
We have learned today that Jesus came with the mind-set of a pioneer.
How tragic was it that his glory had to turn into pioneering! It was
because John the Baptist betrayed him, the religious sects betrayed him,
the Israelite people and all the people in the world turned their backs on
him. As we understand that this is a fact in the history of Christianity,
please let the internal heart of determination that Jesus possessed
during his preparation period and public ministry spring forth within us.
Jesus confronted enemies on the level of the people and the nation,
but today we have the mission to go beyond the people and confront
enemies on the levels of the world and the universe. In other words,
we have the mission of the last pioneers. Father, please give us the
power. Beseeching from the depth of our hearts that You will guide
us to become victorious and glorious children who can shoulder this
responsibility and bravely walk to the end of the path of Golgotha,
we offer all these words in the name of the Lord. Amen.