1. John 3:16 “For God so loved world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believe in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
2. Act 2:36-40. “36Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified. 37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
God loves you.
The world is divided between rich nations and poor nations, between rich persons and poor persons, between intellectual persons and stupid persons, between handsome or beautiful persons and ugly persons, though the world is divided between differences, God loves the world.
The Bible says in John 3: 16 “God so loved the world.”
God loved and loves the United States, the rich country as well as any other countries like Nicaragua or Haiti, the poor country on the same American continent. You might think, why was I born in the poor small country of Nicaragua, not in the rich family of the rich community in the rich country of the United States?
Oh God! If you said you loved the world. I think it is not fair. You love unfairly. Why were some people born to be rich, while some people are born to be poor. Then, why does God say God loves the world? Does the discrimination belong to God’s love?
The world is composed of the inner-things which is unable to be seen and outer-things which can be seen. It is like the human has the appearance as well as the inner-beings. Sisters and Brothers, it does not mean it is always good to live in rich countries.
Personally, I was grown up in a small rural village of Korea like your village here Nicaragua. When I was young, I was hungry frequently due to not enough food. Now I live in the United States, a rich country. It does not mean that I was unhappy when I was young due to poor living standard. It does not mean that I am happier now because of the more affluent life style.
When I was young, I did not know about God. I did not know where I was from, I did not know where I should go after I die. I did not know how righteously I could live my life, because each person, each teacher, and scholars taught me different ideas, wisdom, and philosophies.
However, now I know God, the savior Jesus Christ. I have peace in my mind from God. Regardless of all sufferings in my life I am in peace.
God loves this world. It is because this world was created by God. Especially, God loves you more. God loves the land of Nicaragua, the people of Nicaragua. God loves you.
God wants this world to recover into the beautiful world as the creature of the perfect of God. For this purpose, God sent us the only Son, his other being, Jesus Christ to the world. Jesus Christ came to the world 2000 years ago to the land of Israel, to Rome, to Europe, to the United States, now to Nicaragua for you. He passed away as the flesh, he is dwelling with you, in you, with the Holy Spirit now.
Jesus Christ is God who came to the world as a human. His other being is the Holy Spirit. Therefore we Christians call Jesus Christ as one of the Trinity, One God as Three persons simultaneously. God came as a man into this world to save humanity, whoever believes in Him, through Jesus Christ from perishing by sins and give us the eternal life.
Who are we as humans? We are sinners. We cannot have escaped from the sins of our forefather Adam and his wife Eve, who betrayed God and fell for Satan’s temptation to eat the knowledge fruit at the Eden garden. Since then, we the humanity have been destined to live the life and die as the slave of the greed of the flesh.
The apostle Paul describe the reality of the humanity in details on the chapter 5, verse 19~21 in the book of Galatians, “Now the works of the flesh are obvious; fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Amen.
My beloved friends in God. I guess sometimes you get mad, angry and jealousy. Sometimes you might be driven by the temptation to force somebody else to manipulate by your own will. This is not the mind that God gave to you. These came from the sinful nature of the human corrupted by the original sins from the Adam’s fall. Under the sinful forces, we the humanity fight one another, commit crimes, even war among the nations occurs. We the sinners are weak under the evil forces in this world.
God feels the mercy on the conditions of the humanity who are destined to perish by the forces of the evils. Although the humanity betrayed the creator God, God wants the corrupted humanity to come back to God’s arm such as the parents are eagerly looking for their children who left home and waiting for their children to come back home. This is the love of God toward the betrayed and corrupted humans. This is the love of God toward me and you, friends.
However, the reality of the humanity is like this. It has been too long since the children left home after betraying the parents. They forgot their home and don’t know how to go back home. The humanity forgot how to go back to their original home, the house of God. That is why God sent us the humanity the guider for us to come back to our original home to God’s house. That guider is Jesus Christ. That is why Jesus Christ is the only way, the truth, the life, for us to go back to the Father God, to the home of God. There can be no other way for us to be saved and recovered from perishing into the hell except through Jesus Christ. It is because the Father God sent only one savior as a human to this world for us, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
If you want to come back to the Kingdom of God, you need believe in Jesus Christ as the only Savior and the Trinity God. And then you need to repent your sins. You must wash your hand before eating meals if you don’t want to get any infections. Likewise, you need baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to come back to the kingdom of God. The baptism with water is the symbol to wash your sins from your past, present and future in the name of Jesus Christ, and to wash your sinful mind/heart by the Holy Spirit. It means you become the family member of Kingdom of God with recovering and saving from the death by sins.
The Scripture of Act 2:38 we read today says; "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”
Friends, why should I see you here in Nicaragua? I was born in Korea, and now live in Atlanta, USA. I did not know, and do not know who you are. I did not know about Nicaragua and I was not interested in Nicaragua. But, But, the fact is that. I was a sinner who didn't know how to be saved. Then God called me to be saved and recovered me to live the life in joy with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guided me to come here to share the Good news what I experienced and I came here to share my lord Jesus Christ who I witnessed. God sent me here as the messenger to proclaim God is calling you to save you from the desperations by sins toward the eternal joy of hope.
Today’s Scripture says; the generation is corrupted when Apostle Paul lived under the Roman Empire. How is our generation? Not that much has changed. We also live in the generation of corruption especially spiritually. If we live driven by our own desires, we all will perish into hell, corrupted by our own sins, our souls will contaminated into the violent attitudes and our lives, communities, nations will be messed up by the fights among the greedy groups.
The Trinity God is calling us to make this world recover and remake it beautiful world through building up God’s communities. That is the church. The church is the communities of the people who responded to the calling of God, and then repented, were baptized, following the guidance of the Holy Spirit with the obedience. God will give the divine power, joy, love, and hope to the churches. We call these people Christians. The life of Christians is joyful, hopeful, futuristic, positive one regardless of whatever sufferings they confront, because we the Christians have the faith the almighty God is with us. Amen.
How will the lifestyle of the Christians appear?
The bible says at Act chapter 2:41~46.
“So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. // They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. // Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. // And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; // and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. // Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,”
The church is the community; to pray for one another as well as taking care of one another for the real daily life. This is the beautiful community of Love that God is dreaming through you. That this community with the Holy Spirit is making history through you. So that the Holy Spirit will make a lot of the fruits of God’s good nature through your lives. Those fruits are described in the Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Amen.
To be built up the kingdom of God through you is the plan of God, you must accept in your heart Jesus Christ as the only Savior. And repent all sins and pray to clean of all your wrong things and sins to Jesus Christ. Is anybody here who did not yet get baptism? Be baptized. And likewise Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross to redeem our sins and humanity’s sins with his life, let’s follow our Savior Jesus Christ, crucified our sinful desires and greed on the cross. This is the Christian’s new life by the Holy Spirit. When you live the new life in the Holy Spirit, your family, your school, your community, your town, and your country will be changed.
And you, your family, your country will be changed from the aided one to aiding one. That is the plan of God, that is the history of God through all great countries; Roman, Europe, England, USA, Korea, etc..
Why not you?
Today, it is you God is calling. Nobody else.
Act 2:47 is the amazing promise of God toward you. It is God’s plan and vision for you. Please, remember and keep it.
“Praising God and having favor with all the people And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
When you respond to God’s calling, you personally, your community will have favor all the people as well as your numbers will be added day by day. That is your future blessings God promise.
I pray for you all with the blessing in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.