Sermon Passage: Mark 5:25-34
Sermon Title: The True Satisfaction
Sermon by: Pastor Sam (EM)
One woman came to Jesus for her cure of her body, since we has been bleeding for 12 years. And because of her disease she spent all money to the doctors. At that time, Jesus was surrounded by multi-crowd. Her bleeding made her ceremonially unclean and she was not supposed to touch anyone. However, she had a strong faith that if she touch only Jesus' garment, she will be cured. With this strong faith, she made a stand against the social norms and traditions. We should have this courage which would not let anything block our faith.
After she get cured, she was trying to leave Jesus, because she got what she needed. In that moment, Jesus suddenly looks for her, as if he didn't know till the moment. Do you think Jesus didn't know? He knew from the beginning. Then, why Jesus is asking her to step out? It is because the bodily cure was not all she needed. She felt that she will be satisfied with her cure, yet her real needs were in spiritual matter. In fact, if someone came to Jesus and get every good thing without the eternal life, what good is it? That's why Jesus is giving her a chance to come out and meet Jesus Christ, not just tasting his power.
Our true satisfaction comes only when our real needs are filled, not the felt needs. And Jesus is the only one who can satisfy our soul. Let us not seek only his power, but the true relationship.
Sermon Passage: John 11:28-44
Sermon Title: I am the Resurrection and the Life pt.2
Sermon by: Pastor Davy (Youth)
Sermon Summary: In this famous passage of the resurrection of Lazarus, we find three major bodies in the narrative that reveals more about our relationship to Christ and the amazing work that he has come to do. One of the most famous verses in this passage is the shortest verse in the bible, John 11:35. This short verse is famous only because it is the shortest verse in the bible at only two words. But the message that it conveys is the whole gospel.
When we look at this text in the original language, we can see that Jesus’ reaction to the death of Lazarus and the mourning of the Jews is not the same “weeping” as the Jews. Jesus weeps silently and is weeping not because Lazarus died for he knew that he would be raised up again. Rather, Jesus sheds his tears because he sees the brokenness of his created world and see how deeply sin and death has impacted and is not controlling our lives.
And we have evidence of this brokenness in the faithlessness of Mary/Martha and the Jews in the narrative. Jesus needs to reemphasize that it is that we first believe then we see the glory of God. It is important for us to realize that we do not see, hear, touch, smell, and taste God and then we believe. No it is exactly the opposite. We first believe then we see the glory of God in all of it’s majesty.
And the climax of the narrative is seen in the resurrection of Lazarus. We may be led to fantasize that this is a magnificent resurrection as if in a movie. But, this is only a foreshadow of the great resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lazarus is risen back into a mortal life and physical body. But later in John 20, we see that Jesus is restored into eternal life and a spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15).
So, let us believe and see the glory of God. Jesus has come to overcome what causes his tears in verse 35. and he has done it. So, let us put our faith in Him who has overcome even death and grave.
Sermon Passage: John 11:25-26
Sermon Title: I am the Resurrection and the Life
Sermon by: Pastor Davy (Youth)
When looking at the last miracle of Jesus before the beginning of the Passion, it is important for us to assume a third party perspective and also to recognize that the disciples and the family in Bethany, namely Mary, Martha and Lazarus, are in the first persons perspective and they don’t know the end result of this miracle. In verse 4, we see a messenger from Bethany delivering the news of Lazarus’ illness to Jesus and Jesus proclaims that this will not end in death. The writer of John repeatedly states that Jesus loves this family in Bethany and so he waits for two more days before heading to Bethany. This should strike us as strange and unlike a behavior of a loving person. So why does Jesus wait two days? After two days, Jesus says that Lazarus has died. and this is when he starts his travel towards Bethany. Jesus, in the two days of waiting, is waiting for God’s timing. Jesus does not work on his own accord but he waits for the will of God to move and guide him. And coming to Bethany, Martha comes out to Jesus and says that Lazarus would not have died if Jesus came earlier. But to this Jesus says that Lazarus will rise again. But Martha responds again by saying “yes he will rise at the last days” But Jesus isn’t talking about the last days. Jesus says directly to her I AM the resurrection and the life. In this Jesus proclaims that through resurrection, of the last day, we who die will live and he proclaims that those who believe will never die and have life. Then Jesus asks martha, “do you believe this?” And here Jesus is not saying, do you believe in the things that I have said. rather, Jesus is asking Martha, “do you believe in me? because I am the resurrection and life. not only to you or to Lazarus but to all who will believe in me”.
So what we need to ask ourselves is “do we believe this?” not in the words on the pages but rather do we believe in the person Jesus and the fact that he is, indeed, the resurrection and the life.