Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Friend At Midnight: How Does Jesus See Life?/ 真夜中の友: イエスはどのように人生を見ていますか?

  Luke 11:1~8.  
Big Point: Jesus deals with wants, needs.  How we pray and for what is important to Him, therefore, is important to us.
As we look at this passage this morning, realize that it does not stand-alone.  The parallel passage 平行記事 is found in Matthew 6:9~13 right after the teaching on the Mount called The Beatitudes: Blessed are the …, teaching on Salt and Light, on murder, adultery, divorce, oath taking, vengeance, loving even your enemies, giving to the needy and then comes the part where the followers of Jesus wants to learn how to pray.
It is in this context we find a very deep and simple answer to God’s heart over our perceived needs and desires.  There is some basic ‘stuff’ here that is usually passed over.  Hopefully, we will not be doing that this morning—as we continue our study of Miracles and Parables. 
The Followers of Jesus noticed something that the Master was doing and they wanted to be part of it. 彼らは主がやっていることの一端を担いたかった。 They saw Jesus praying.  It most likely was not the first time they had seen Him drop to one knee or lift His hands in prayer, but this one time was used by God’s Holy Spirit to really give these men—and us—something really great Teach us to pray. 祈ることを私たちに教える A Vehicle on which Man can talk with the Creator and here is how it is to be done: When you pray, say:
Opening address:Father: 父よ Built on a relationship.  You can’t call Him Father unless you are His children.  It is not addressed to any other creature or being.  In Matthew, He said: “Our Father in heaven.”  This is the one you talk to.  This is the one you give the place of the Only One who can really give anything.  Our Father” built on a relationship as you being His Child.  Upward.  Toward the Heavens where He lives.  Our Father who lives in Heaven.  Giving it up to the One who is above all things—like in the Creed we say, HE IS THE ONE!
Hollowed be Your Name聖なる御名 As you address this One who lives in Heaven, you MUST come to grips with this truth: He is Holy. His Name is Holy.  The Holy One of Israel.  God Almighty is holy!
When you talk with Him, it is not to be done lightly: Yo, Heaven Dude!  He is Holy so all that is said to Him is to be done in a Holy manner.  Not to be taken lightly. You are addressing the Holy God Who lives in Heaven and His Name is Holy.
 Your Kingdom come…”Your will be done on this earth as it is done and as it is in Your dwelling place.” あなたの王国がもらたらされます. You are entering into a location now that is to be like it is in heaven.  His Will is to be done whatever the issues are.  His Kingdom is forever and ever.  This prayer or petition is for the better of two worlds to be realized. 
A lesson in what we really need is found next.  (This is not a systematic study of needs assessment but it is a simple ‘form’ if you will, in how to pray.) Beware of this and notice that and understand what is behind the other thing.  As you pray—be aware.
Be aware of your needs. More than asking for bread, this could be understood as an awareness of WHAT we need and putting that need in the Holy Hands of the One who lives in Heaven—your Father.  We are to realize that our needs—all our day-to-day needs come from His Hand.  Even bread.  
 Governments have fallen when the citizens can’t get bread, and the same is true of the Spiritual Community as well. We are not talking about Socialism, or Capitalism or Communism or Anarchy. We are talking about the economy of God.  When God is in it…
Our God is faithful, He's faithful to say: 
It's not over, it's not finished
It's not ending, It's only the beginning; 
When God is in it, all things are new; 
 When God is in it, there is no limit; 
When God is in it, it's not over!
"Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them; He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:3~4. 黙示録2134  "見よ、神の幕屋が人と共にある。神は彼らとともに住み、彼らはその民となる。神ご自身が彼らとともにおれれて、らの目からすべての涙をぬぎいとってくださる。もはや死はなく、悲しみ、叫び、苦しみもない。なぜなら、以前のものが、もはや過ぎ去ったからである。"
Back in the 1600’s in England, there was a very effective pastor named Richard Baxter.  He was a man who was sick most of his life.  He believed in the Power of God to save and to heal but several times during his long life he became sick with all sorts of ailments.  Once, as he was going to preach, a cancerous looking tumor in his throat vanished while he was testifying to God’s mercies in his own life.  He suffered much, once saying he was “seldom an hour free from pain.”
Once during one of his long painful experiences, which he thought would end his life; he started a practice of giving 30 min each day to reflecting on the joys of God and on His Heaven.  He wrote then down.  To Baxter’s surprise he recovered and his thoughts became a book entitled The Saints' Everlasting Rest. He continued the practice of meditating on heaven a half hour each day because of the powerful impact it had on his life. He commended the same thing to his readers when he wrote,
If you would have light and heat, why are you not more in the sunshine? For want of this recourse to heaven, your soul is as a lamp not lighted, and your duty as a sacrifice without fire. Fetch one coal daily from this altar, and see if your offering will not burn . . . Keep close to this reviving fire, and see if your affections will not be warm.1
And so be aware of your need for the Spiritual side of your life. It is the spark or flame that is needed to set afire your offerings of obedience and dedication.
 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Or as in Luke: “4 Forgive us our sins, ···、私たちの負いめをお赦しください。...  THE item that separated us from His Heaven天の御国から私たちを区切らる一つのこと for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. ...私たちも、私たちに負いめのある人たちを赦しました。 THE one barrier  that separates us from each other お互い同士の間にそびえる障壁
Sin needs to be dealt with.  Sin is anything that separates us from Our Father Who lives in Heaven: He is Holy.  Because of His Holy State, our sinfulness keeps us away from Him.  You know what it is like when you do wrong, you don’t want to look into the eyes of the one who you sinned against.  You lower your eyes.  You want to run away from the ones you hurt.  You feel guilt and comfortableness.  It is at that point we need to come close to the ones we offended.  In this case, to come close to God.  We broke His standard. 
YUGAMI 歪み might be a better word for sin.  To warp, bend, strained or distorted.  That is what we did with His rules of life.  We tend to bend them to make it more comfortable on our side.  We strain the cords of love between others and ourselves.  We distort the truth in relationships.  And we have as a result: yugami…sin.
In this prayer Jesus is teaching us, He wants us to KNOW that we have sinned—come to grips with that reality and then forgive others of their warping, straining or distorting behaviors and attitudes.  Simply put: Forgive and you will be forgiven. 
And lead us not into temptation."'私たちを試みにあわせず '"  As the Psalmist prayed-lead my steps to please You. And there is more.  Ps 61:2 puts it another way.  From the ends of the earth I call to You, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. 詩篇61:2 2 私の心が衰え果てるとき、私は地の果てから、あなたに呼ばわります。どうか、私の及びがたいほど高い岩の上に、私を導いてください。
Or later from  Ps 139:24See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. 詩篇139:24 ことばが私の舌にのぼる前に、なんと主よ、あなたはそれをことごとく知っておられます。 Ps 143:10  Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. 詩篇143:10  10 あなたのみこころを行うことを教えてください。あなたこそ私の神であられますから。あなたのいつくしみ深い霊が、平らな地に私を導いてくださるように。
Jesus is not teaching that God leads us into sin or into temptation. Mark 14:38Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” マルコ1438  誘惑に陥らないように、目をさまして、祈り続けなさい。心は燃えていても、肉体は弱いのです。」
And later, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1コリント1013 13 あなたがたの会った試練はみな人の知らないものではありません。神は真実な方ですから、あなたがたを、耐えられないほどの試練に会わせることはなさいません。むしろ、耐えられるように、試練とともに脱出の道も備えてくださいます。
James 1:13~14 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed”. ヤコブ11314  13 自分の恥をあわをわき立たせる荒波、さまよう星です。まっ暗なやみが、彼らのために永遠に用意されています。14 アダムから七代目のエノクも、彼らについて預言してこう言っています。「見よ。主は千万の聖徒を引き連れて来られる。
Which now, brings us to the message this morning: asking for bread after lights out.  In short, it is called transformation AND openness.  If a man can ‘bother’ his neighbor at midnight for some bread-how much more open is our Father, who lives in Heaven and is Holy? He is in the place to help.  He is willing to help.  He is more than open to listen to our prayers and requests and He will answer.  He took our place on the Cross over 2,000 years ago and died AND was raised from the dead to defeat sin’s hold on us.  To beat YUGAMI’s hold on us and to set us free.  Transformation.  Ask, Seek, Knock… all night long! 求めなさい探しなさいそしてたたきなさい 一晩中!
Chuck Colson founder of Prison Fellowship visited a prison near the city of Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil and made this report: this is a remarkable facility. チャック·コルソン(プリズン·フェローシップ) ウマイタ刑務所、ブラジルTwenty years ago the Brazilian government turned a prison over to two Christians. The institution was renamed Humaita, and the plan was to run it on Christian principles. With the exception of two full-time staff, inmates do all the work. Families outside the prison adopt an inmate to work with during and after his term.
"When I visited Humaita I found the inmates smiling- particularly the murderer who held the keys opened the gates and let me in. Wherever I walked I saw men at peace. I saw clean living areas, people working industriously. The walls were decorated with Biblical sayings from Psalms and Proverbs…  My guide escorted me to the notorious prison cell once used for torture. Today, he told me, that block houses only a single inmate. As we reached the end of a long concrete corridor and he put the key in the lock, he paused and asked, 'Are you sure you want to go in?'
'Of course,' I replied impatiently, 'I've been in isolation cells all over the world.' Slowly he swung open the massive door, and I saw the prisoner in that punishment cell: a beautifully carved crucifix by the Humaita inmates-the prisoner Jesus, hanging on a cross.  'He's doing time for the rest of us," my guide said softly.'"
I believe that God can bring that kind of transformation into our lives as well.  We are not inmates in a prison but we need to come to our Father, who is in Heaven and Who is Holy with as much dedication as those men.  Come to Him now, He can’t refuse! “How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”  He loves to provide for our spiritual needs.
 “He paid the debts He did not owe, I owe the debts I could not pay, My Jesus took all my sins away.”  彼は、負う必要のな代価を支払った、私は支払うことができない債務を負っている。
1This material on Baxter was taken from Timothy Beougher and J.I. Packer, "Go Fetch Baxter," in Christianity Today, vol. 35, no. 15, December 16, 1991, pp. 26–27.
2 This article came from December 24th reading of Nick Harrison’s devotional book, “Magnificent Prayer” by Zondervan Press .  
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He paid a debt He did not owe; I owed a debt I could not pay;
I needed someone to wash my sins away.
And, now, I sing a brand new song,  Amazing Grace.”
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.

He paid that debt at Calvary.   
He cleansed my soul and set me free.
I'm glad that Jesus did all my sins erase.
I, now, can sing a brand new song,  Amazing Grace.”
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.

One day He's coming back for me To live with Him eternally.
Won't it be glory to see Him on that day!
I, then, will sing a brand new song,  Amazing Grace.”
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.
Yes, Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.
by: Ellis J. Crum
Song we sang this morning…
  1. Here I Am to Worship
  2. Fairest Lord Jesus
  3. In Christ Alone
  4. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
 Come and join us next week and celebrate together!