Sunday, March 31, 2013

Resurrection Morning 復活の朝

Resurrection Morning  復活の朝 
Luke 24:1-12 

  The real joy and difference found in Christianity is that our God is alive.  And because He is alive, we can really live.  We can live because He did not stay dead! We serve a risen Lord!
     Colossians 1:10-14コロサイ1:10-14 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His Holy People in the kingdom of light.  13 For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Paul’s Prayer for us私たちのためのパウロの祈り
1.     … Live a life worthy of the Lordの生きがいのある人生を送る
2.     … Please Him in every wayあらゆる方法で彼を喜ばせる
3.     … Bearing fruit in every good workすべての良い仕事で実を結ぶ
4.     … Growing in the Knowledge of God神の知識で成長する
5.     … Strengthened with all powerすべての力により強められる
According to His Glorious Might, He rose from the dead!
To have GREAT ENDURANCE   大いに耐え忍ぶ
              Endurance in action.  Heb. 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, CAN’T afford to sit still!   Dr. V. Raymond Edman of Wheaton College said … “It is always too soon to quit.
Charles Spurgeon said “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.  We need long-suffering ---meaning “Self-restraint” ~~ that is the opposite of revenge.  Don’t hit back!  Don’t try and get even!  God is long suffering toward us because that is His PLAN. That is His Promise.  We too must forgive!
2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  ペテロの手紙 第二 3:9  主は、ある人たちがおそいと思っているように、その約束のことを遅らせておられるのではありません。かえって、あなたがたに対して忍耐深くあられるのであって、ひとりでも滅びることを望まず、すべての人が悔い改めに進むことを望んでおられるのです 
 That is Good News for those we love! One of the fruit of the Spirit   
(Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,) ガラテヤ 5:22 しかし、御霊の実は、愛、喜び、平安、寛容、親切、善意、誠実
 and should be put on like garments of Grace as in 
 Col 3:12. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. ガラテヤ 3:12 しかし律法は、「信仰による」のではありません。「律法を行う者はこの律法によって生きる」のです
••And PATIENCE忍耐 Very important in the family.   Easy to be patient with outsiders—but lost it with family members.  See Proverbs 25:28  Like a city who is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit—who lacks self-control.”  自分の心を制することができない人は、城壁のない、打ちこわされた町のようだNeeded to grow in patience together as we grow spiritually into the next phrase of ICCS. Developing Self Control takes time!
God does not force HIS people to be patient but He seeks it in us!  
  PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE, POSSESS IT IF YOU CAN.  "忍耐は美徳であり、可能な限り持つようにFOUND SELDOM IN A WOMAN, NEVER IN A MAN.  Source unknown      
And, “True patience is waiting without worrying.”  C. Swindoll                 Seek after this!    
God’s power is evident in our lives in our patience and in our long suffering and also in our JOYFULNESS!
•–• JOYfully ~喜びone that last a long time/not short lived.  On that first Resurrection Sunday—the people found nothing to be joyful about.  They had a Dead Savior.  Hope was nailed to a Cross.  Didn’t even have time to get body ready for the grave. Second day-holiday-they couldn’t go to the grave.  Third day…wonder how to remove the stone---horrified to find the grave empty!  Did someone steal the Body?  And then they heard— Don’t be afraid! 恐れることはない
    Don’t be afraid! He is not here; He is risen, just as He said. COME AND SEE---Come-see-go-tell!  Now they had JOY! Return with the GOOD NEWS that Jesus is alive!
They began to grow in the JOY.  Not self-made—“work up” up from within; it is something the Spirit Himself “works in us  --“Joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.   ローマ 14:17       17 なぜなら、神の国は飲み食いのことではなく、義と平和と聖霊による喜びだからです Times of Joy!
•–• There were times in my life—joy was easy to know—other times—I gave into the problem.  I felt defeat and lack of joy and victory.  The early followers grew in this joy as they learned to trust Him and grew in their understanding of Him.   
   THEN…..Giving THANKS to the Fathe感謝we need to remain thankful.   
See EPH. 5:18-20 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  エペソ人への手 5:18-20 また、酒に酔ってはいけません。そこには放蕩があるからです。御霊に満たされなさい。19 詩と賛美と霊の歌をもって、互いに語り、主に向かって、心から歌い、また賛美しなさい。20 いつでも、すべてのことについて、私たちの主イエス・キリストの名によって父なる神に感謝しなさい
   When we lose our joy—we loose our vision and loose our sight of Jesus—we start complaining and become critical— very evident in how we respond to pressure and changeGREAT NEED TO GUARD OUR ATTITUDE! 我々の(主に対する)姿勢を守るために大き必要です Practical obedience means pleasing God, serving Him and getting to know Him better.  That is our job.  That is what we need to be doing with our lives.  For some, it will take working on forgiveness of wrongs suffered ~ both real and unreal.
   Learning to love members of the family that has been hard to work with in the past.  Forgetting past hurts as you ask for forgiveness.  Not keeping a list of wrongs made against you and your family.  Let this Resurrection Sunday be the start of newness in your relationship with others.  Forgive so you can be forgiven too!
Paul prayed that their life would be worthy of the Lord: spiritual intelligence霊的な知性might result in practical obedience実践上の服従.  That is the first two of a three-legged chair that is necessary—but the last leg is there is so that the Believer could maturity成熟.  That has to do with MORAL EXCELLENCE 道徳的卓越性
•–• WISDOM and CONDUCT should always be connected to MORAL CHARACTER.  Many are concerned with knowledge and service but little concern for the development of a solid Christ-like personal character. 
God was at work to build MORAL EXCELLENCE in His band of 120 so people. He showed them the life of Jesus up close and personal.  They watched Him deal with the sick, the sinner and the saintly.  He was pure toward them all.  Then, according to God’s plan, He took the life of Jesus and gave them a lifeless body to bury.  Then, when all hope was gone—He injected JOY!  Jesus is alive!  He is no longer dead!
God has •–•QUALIFIED US•–•認められた私たちmade us OK in His sight.  TO SHARE~ The Good News was given to us for us to share with each other… in the Inheritance of the Saints in the Kingdom of Light.
•–•–• Hebrews  2:14-15  •–•–• “Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of  death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death  ヤコブ 2:14-15 私の兄弟たち。だれかが自分には信仰があると言っても、その人に行いがないなら、何の役に立ちましょう。そのような信仰がその人を救うことができるでしょうか。15 もし、兄弟また姉妹のだれかが、着る物がなく、また、毎日の食べ物にもこと欠いているようなときに
 Since God sent His Son to die for the people of the world—not sent to die for fallen angels—it was His intent to give to us an inheritance in Him.  This is the joyful present the Lord has for us on this Day of Resurrection.  The Kingdom of God is ours–•–in Christ Jesus!  He is no longer dead!  He will come back for us!
Death could not –did not—hold Him!

That is the message of Resurrection Sunday •–• Whatever is God’s Best—to give Him Glory—that He will do! Nothing can keep Jesus down!
The Lord, He Has Risen! 主は生きておられる! He Has Risen Indeed! 主は確かに、生きておられる!

Psalms 46:1-3 ESV
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah"