Let’s Meet Jesus!
Pastor Ock Soo Park | Good News Gangnam Church
“And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched… and when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.”
IT IS NOT EASY FOR PEOPLE TO MEET JESUS
There was a ruler of the synagogue named “Jairus.” His daughter was sick and dying and because he had no way of saving her, Jairus came and found Jesus and fell down at His feet and pleaded with Him to come to his home. Afterwards, as Jesus was heading to Jarius’ home, a great multitude surrounded and followed Him.
While Jesus was heading to Jarius’ home, suddenly He turned around and said, “Who touched me?” Peter said, “Lord, many people press thee,” but Jesus said again, “Somebody hath touched me.” The woman who suffered for twelve years with an issue of blood said that it was her who had touched Jesus’ garment and Jesus said, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.”
When Jesus was in the world, people who met Jesus had their problem resolved no matter what it was. Likewise, if we meet Jesus in our hearts, no matter what the situation may be the problem is resolved
When Jesus was in the world, it was not easy for people to meet Jesus. Although they wanted to meet Him; He was at a place far away or even if He was nearby, there would be so many people around Him that it was not easy to meet Him. One time, when Jesus was preaching the Word in a house in Capernaum, men brought a man on a bed who was taken with palsy. But because there were so many people in the house Jesus was in, they couldn’t enter, so they took apart the roof tiling and let down the man with palsy in front of Jesus.
WHAT EVER THE SITUATION MAY BE,
IF WE MEET JESUS, IT CAN BE RESOLVED
The reason why it was not easy for people to meet Jesus during his time was because Jesus could not be in many places in Israel at the same time, but only in one place at a time. It was not easy to meet Jesus, but those who did meet Jesus received a great blessing. Jairus’ daughter came back to life, the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years was healed, and the woman who was caught in the act of adultery had no choice but to be stoned to death was freed from death and sin. The Samaritan Woman met Jesus and gained a new heart, and those who were hungering met Jesus and ate bread.
Jesus worked in Israel 2,000 years ago, today we are unable to see or touch Him. But, during the time of Jesus, people had to personally go and find Jesus to meet Him, but we can meet Jesus with our hearts.
After I received salvation, I, like everyone else, didn’t only have happy, cheerful, and joyful things happen to me, but there were times that I encountered things that were dark, miserable, and despairing. At those times, if I fell into concerns and worries, I could only let out sighs and everything would be bothersome and my heart would be in fear. There are many instances that people are not able to escape from that kind of darkness and from those nervous and despairing thoughts.
When Jesus was in the world, people who met Jesus had their problem resolved no matter what it was. Likewise, if we meet Jesus in our hearts, no matter what the situation may be the problem is resolved. Today, we cannot see Jesus with our eyes and cannot hear the voice of God with our ears and cannot touch Jesus with our hands, but we can meet Jesus in our hearts.
AS THEY LISTENED TO THE WORDS OF PAUL, THEY MET GOD
In Romans chapter 27, the ship Apostle Paul was on his way to Rome encounters a tempest and the sun and stars were not seen for many days. The boatmen trying to escape the storm, threw the ship’s cargo overboard and later even threw the ships’ equipment overboard, but they had no confidence of salvation. The people on the ship fell into despair and had not eaten for a long time. Then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Sirs.”
“Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve saying, “Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.” Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer.”
Those who heard the words of Paul, whether they believed in God or not, while they listened to him they met God in their hearts: “The God who Paul believes in will protect us!” And then, the nervousness, fear, and sadness departed from their hearts.
JUST AS DARKNESS LEAVES WHEN LIGHT ENTERS
At times fear arises in our hearts. That fear does not just dwell in our hearts. In order to escape that fear, it makes us commit sin. People are afraid of being poor they steal, and after making a mistake, being afraid of future troubles, they kill. All these sins begin with fear. With our strength, it is so very difficult to shake loose those fears. But those who were on the ship with Paul, regardless of whether they believe in God or not, when Paul said, “My God whom I serve will protect us,” as they thought about God who will do as he said, fear departed from their hearts.
From time to time, concerns, worries, fears, evil thoughts, and lustful thoughts come and find us to cover our hearts. Right then, although people say, “I won’t be afraid! I won’t think these evil thoughts!” but often they fall deeper into those thoughts. When this happens, if we think precisely about God and Jesus, our hearts begin to change.
Whether it is fear, sadness, worry, and suffering; all these things are darkness. Jesus in the Gospel of John chapter 8, says, “I am the light of the world.” Just as darkness leaves when light enters, if we think about God in our hearts, those thoughts will get rid of the darkness in our hearts.
WE HAVE TO OFTEN MEET JESUS IN OUR HEART
Those who were on the ship together with Paul were in fear in the midst of the tempest, and fell into despair and sadness thinking they were going to die.
Jesus in the Gospel of John Chapter 8, says
“I am the light of the world.” Just as darkness leaves when light enters. if we think about God
in our hearts, those thoughts will get rid of the darkness in our hearts.
But as they heard the words of God spoken by Paul, a new heart rose within them.
“God is going to save us!” If this heart arises, then fear, sadness, and despair come to an end. As we walk the path of our lives, although we may encounter a variety of great and small problems, if God is alive in our hearts, all those problems come to an end. When Jesus was in the world, those who hungered came before Jesus and ate food, those who were sick came before Jesus and were healed, the woman who had no choice but to die because she committed adultery met Jesus and gained life, and the Samaritan Woman met Jesus and gained a new heart. We too, if we meet Jesus now, Jesus chases away worry, fear, sadness, and despair that is inside us, and gives us joy and hope.
For this reason we must frequently meet Jesus in our hearts. When I have some quiet time, I think about how Jesus fed five thousand people with five barley loaves, I gain strength in my heart; I gain hope as I think about how Jesus brought back to life dead Lazarus; and as I think about how Jesus casts out the demons from the demon possessed man, I gain peace.
In the New Year, whenever we are in fear, let us think about Jesus and look toward the light. In this new year of 2017, we will experience many things, let us remember the works that Jesus did one by one and think about them. And let us speak about the grace Jesus has bestowed upon us. And while we do this, when our hearts meet Jesus, all fear, sadness, and despair will leave. If we walk together with Jesus in our hearts, then Jesus who is unseen with our eyes, will walk with us in our lives. We will say, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,” and joyfully sing.
In 2017, let us not darken our hearts. Whenever there is hope, remember and think about Jesus and let us look to the light. Then the darkness will leave and Jesus will live and work in our hearts.