Luke 24: 1-12
An Unwavering Faith
April 16, 2017
There is a saying in the words of death. “We believe that we will all die. But we live as if we will not die.” It means to live like this unconsciously. This is a parable for those who do not realize while living a busy life, death could come at any time. There was a hunter who lived in the mountain alone. One day he went out to hunt for an eagle. Once he found it he carefully aimed at it. When he was about to take the shot, he noticed that the eagle was about to catch a snake. The eagle did not realize an arrow was pointing at it. Then, he saw the snake was about to take out a frog without noticing that an eagle was about to do the same to it.
At the same time, the frog was preparing to eat a ladybug. While all of this was going on, the ladybug had its eye on a gnat. The hunter saw this food chain and he put down the bow. Cautiously, he looked behind to check if there was not something that would attack him. He could not see anything, but the thing that aiming at him was his eventual death. However, many people do not think about death and are too busy living.
We must all live in a healthy lifetime that God gave us. Specially, for the parents’ generation who have suffered greatly to support their family must enjoy and live happily longer. Solomon said that it is a blessing to live for a long time and to have lots of good food and drink. No matter how wealthy, powerful and capable we are in all things, will be useless if die. So, there is a saying that a living dog is better than a dead lion. When God blesses people, He gave riches, glory and longevity. But these things can only be enjoyed when they are alive. But what is this life worth to end? Today ‘s word is a message that gives us hope. This message shows us that this earthly life is not everything but there is everlasting life beyond this earthly life. With this message, I hope we all live with a steadfast faith that cannot be shaken.
What is the basis of unshakable faith? It is resurrection. When the resurrection becomes the basis of our faith that faith will never shake. Goethe said that before we realized this truth, we will live wandering life in this world. Why? If death is our end, there is nowhere to go, no more believing, and no hope. Eventually, when the time comes, everything will be over. How absurd our life will be! Resurrection is not so. Resurrection will make death a start, to be new and to be eternal. Resurrection faith is eternal faith and resurrection hope is eternal hope. This is two eternal things in this world. There is nothing eternal except these two. We live hard. These days, we all live long and healthy lives. There are a lot of remedies to cure all kinds of diseases. We do not know how blessed we are. But without the resurrection faith and hope it is temporary and one day it ends. Therefore, the greatest blessing is the resurrection faith and to hold on to the resurrection hope. This faith and hope must be restored daily. Then if we hope to live with unwavering faith with the restored resurrection faith and hope, how should we live?
1) Remember the word of resurrection and believe in the evidence.
To live with unshakeable faith, we must remember the word of resurrection and believe the evidence. At first, the women who came to the grave they could not believe that Jesus would be resurrected. The reason for not believing was that they did not remember what Jesus had told. It was the word that “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.” They did not remember this. But when the angel told them, they remembered the word and believed Jesus resurrected.
We must remember the word of resurrection and believe in the evidence of resurrection. The Bible is full of witnesses and evidences of the resurrection of the Lord. There were many upper-class people: Herod the king, the high priest, Pilate, the scribe, the lawyer, and many others. There were lower-class people: Women, disciples, followers, crowds, guards, soldiers and elders. There were many other witnesses of the land. There were evidences of heaven as well as witnesses of the earth. There was a great earthquake, and an angel rolled down the stone. It was made up of witnesses of heaven and earth, and witnesses to believe. Remember the word and believe in the resurrection. By believing in God, believe in Jesus, believe in Holy Spirit, and believing in all the words, miracles, and miracles in the Bible it is impossible to say that we have faith in not believing in the resurrection. That faith will end in this earth. It is not an eternal faith.
A young British lawyer attempted to prove that a dead man will never be live again. But he wrote a book while researching and studying: “Who moved the stone?” This book once became a bestselling Christian book. To prove that there is no resurrection he had to believe in the resurrection. Resurrection cannot prove by a logic or theory. By the grace of God, we are to believe. There is a constant pouring of God to all believers. They are faith, love, grace, mercy, peace, and etc. But if we refuse, we cannot receive it. The same is true of disbelief. God gives faith to all believers. But if we refuse, I cannot believe it.
Living in this land is the most precious thing. It is not a big problem to live weakly and powerless with a little scarce, poor, or ignorant. But one of the most precious things we must live with is the resurrection faith. Even if everything is scarce, we must live with it. We have to remember and believe in this. Then you can live with unwavering faith in your life. Then if we hope to live with unwavering faith with the restored resurrection faith and hope, how should we live?
2) Walk with the resurrected Lord.
To live with unshakable faith, walk with the Lord. The disciples walked with the Lord for three years. The women also went along. But they saw the Lord crucified on the cross they became so afraid and ran away. They believed it was their turn to die on the cross. Authorities knew that they were involved with Jesus. The more they thought about it, the more they feared it. But the women were different. They did not hide like the disciples but followed the back of Joseph Arimathea who asked the body of Jesus to Pilate. They made sure that the body of Jesus was in the tomb. Then, they went home went home and prepared spices and perfumes.
And the next day, early in the morning they came to the grave to apply the spices and perfume on the body of Jesus. When they came, the stone was rolled and moved. When they got inside, they could not see the body. Then the women became grieved and fearful. What did the two angels say to them at that time? Why do you seek the living from among the dead? It was a word they did not really imagine. But knowing that Jesus was alive, all the worries and fear were overcome. Now it has become a joy of shock and surprise.
Walk with the resurrected Jesus in our lives. When we walk with the resurrected Lord all our anxieties will vanish. The reasons why we cannot escape the anxiety and fear because we trust in Jesus in the tomb. We cannot expect anything from a man in the tomb. Tombs are like things in the world. The things in this world cannot do anything for us. Do not rely on things in the world as things in a grave that does nothing for us. They will make more anxious, afraid and insecure. Walk with the resurrected Jesus, the living Jesus. Then he will give us peace.
Peace cannot be obtained by the power of man. It is not obtained by the power of material things, the power of status, or the power of knowledge. When the Chairman of SK corporation was in prison he read the Bible, and said he restored his composure. The vice-chairman of Samsung corporation is in prison now. He looked very calm and healthy, not like a man in prison even if he eats $1.25 every meal the prison provides. He told a reporter that he is eating well and keeping up physical exercise by running around the playground where the only exercise is allowed. In particular, he said that he reads the Bible and other papers every day. We cannot have a peace by wealth, but if God gives us it then we can have it.
The resurrected Jesus said to the disciples who were hiding. The first word he said to them was “Peace be with you.” The disciples did not have peace in the hiding place. It was because the Lord was not with them. If the Lord is not with us there will be only anxiety and fear. Without peace and without Jesus, our faith will also shake. By walking with the resurrected Jesus live with unshakable faith. Then if we hope to live with unwavering faith with the restored resurrection faith and hope, how should we live? (
3) Testify of the resurrected Jesus.
The women testified that the Lord was resurrected. They were amazed, terrified, joyful and extremely excited. They have testified to eleven apostles and many others. They boldly witnessed what they had seen and heard. The work of witnessing the resurrection of Jesus was extremely dangerous. It was the Jews who were most worried. In any case, the entrance to the tomb was covered with a large stone. It was secured with a seal of the Roman emperor, sealed around the stone. For three days, many army soldiers watched the grave. Because they were afraid of the word that Jesus’ resurrection in three days. In the meantime, when they heard the words of Jesus and saw the miracle of Jesus they worried that it might be really happening. Their worries became a reality. Jesus was really resurrected in three days.
If this was revealed to the world then that became a reality that they killed the son of God. To prevent that, they will try to remove the witnesses first. The objects to be removed are the disciples and the women. But they publicly testified that with no fear. Live a life of witness to the resurrection of Jesus. To witness the resurrection is to testify our faith to people and to show our faith to God. Even if we do not witness, God does. Resurrection did not happen to prove to man. It happened as God’s word. Evidence is not evidence for a person. It is testified as the word of God. Even the early church was not begun by man. The Holy Spirit began it.
Man was only used as a tool of God. What is being used as a tool of God is the best grace and blessing. Do the mission of God’s tools. If you do not use any tools, it becomes rusted and useless. If you do not use faith, it becomes rusted and powerless. The more you use the tools, the more refinement you get. The more you use faith, the more refined faith you will get. Live a daily life of resurrection with faith in resurrection. That’s to make you faith more solid and unwavering.
There are many things in this world that should not be shaken. The solar system should not shake. This earth should not be shaken. However, it is often shaken by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. It was said that it is a sign of the end is coming soon. The house we live in should not be shaken. But even if all this shake, one thing that should not be shaken is our resurrection faith. This faith does not shake. When this faith shakes, everything shakes. So, this resurrection faith must hold firmly to the end. In doing so, we have a hope of resurrection with a solid faith. And, you will enjoy the blessings of eternal life. I bless you enjoy such a blessing. Amen.