(Sunday Message for December 24th, 2017)
The Birth of Love—the Savior
【Scripture】 Luke 2:11-14
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Hallelujah! May the blessings of the eternal love of God, the peace of the Holy Son,
the fiery love of the Holy Spirit, and the inspiration, movement, and works of the Word fill you in abundance.
God loved the world, so He sent His beloved Messiah to the earth.
This was to make those who would come to ruin due to sin,
receive salvation through God’s love and live forever.
According to the promise of the Old Testament, God sent His ‘beloved Messiah, Jesus’ and through him,
God carried out the will that He planned.
But those who did not know, distrusted [the Messiah]
even though the Lord that they so waited for had come and was treating them with love.
They needed to receive the love of the Messiah whom God sent
in order to become God’s children, as promised by God.
But they kept on opposing and distrusting in ignorance.
Only those who knew accepted the [Messiah’s] love, believed in Jesus as the Messiah, loved God,
and received salvation.
By doing so, they fulfilled the ideal world at the level of children.
The promise of the 4,000 years of the Old Testament former time period
was fulfilled in the New Testament of the new time period.
People of the Old Testament died while waiting for the Messiah for 4,000 years.
Therefore, in the Old Testament, they only had faith of hope.
Only when the time of the New Testament came, and the Messiah came,
were they finally able to receive the Messiah and fulfill [their] hopes and wishes.
However, when Jesus the Messiah came,
the Old Testament religious people who were alive at that time distrusted Jesus.
Since they could not receive ‘love at the level of children of God’ through the Messiah,
they ended as being servants, and could not become God’s children in the end.
As a result, it even influenced the spirits of those who had died while waiting for the Messiah.
If the Old Testament religious people who were alive during the lifetime of the Messiah when he came had accepted the Messiah,
then just as even the ancestors, and parents of children, or descendants,
who marry a king’s son all become the king’s bloodline,
even those who died while waiting for the Messiah before the Messiah came
would have been connected as one bloodline, and would have escaped being servants.
Of course, even spirits that died while waiting should each fulfill their responsibilities.
However, due to those who believed in the Messiah, and followed during the lifetime of the Messiah,
even the spirits of those who died while waiting for the Messiah also get affected.
The New Testament history continued its history in the midst of tribulations and persecutions,
and for 2,000 years, it fulfilled ‘the kingdom of the child-level love world.’
God loves the world, so He sends ‘prophets’ and ‘central figures’ at each time,
and sends ‘the Savior’ who is fitting for the time period.
The Savior God sends is, ‘the existing entity of the God of love, the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Son.’
Just as God said in the Bible, He continues to raise the level according to the times,
and makes the new history of love.
The new work He promised He would do in the Old Testament,
was fulfilled with ‘love at the level of children’ for 2,000 years since the time when Jesus was born.
However, the Old Testament people did not know because they had the perception of the old time period.
Even though the Messiah came, and he was speaking in person and taking action,
they did not believe [in him] even after seeing him.
They did not know because they [refused to] learn the new words of the new time period.
The new work that [God] said He would do in the New Testament
is fulfilled when the next time period comes.
God sends the Messiah and fulfills it while delivering the words of the new time period.
People make mistakes with time, but God carries [things] out
when ‘the time’ comes without making an error by even one minute.
Whoever you may be, when you become old and the time passes,
you cannot live the past days again.
Therefore, you need to live centering on the present.
This very hour in the present time is the most important.
Only the remaining time right now is ‘the time that is alive, and the life that is alive.’
In this way, even the Old Testament and the New Testament history that have passed
cannot be done again by God, and God will not do it, either.
Therefore, God makes the history of this time period right now.
For religion, politics, and society, the history which pertains to this time period right now is in progress.
Farming tools, heavy equipment, and cars all wear out, lose strength, and break when they get old.
So you have to junk or discard them and buy new ones to work with.
It is the same for God’s history. The new history is like a ‘new machine that was bought as replacement.’
God, the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Son are the owners.
You should go following the owners while loving them!
In the new time period, everything should be done with ‘new things’ in new ways.
The Complete Testament history has a 4000-year difference relative to the Old Testament
and a 2000-year difference relative to the New Testament.
There is also a corresponding difference in the Word, love, and level of salvation.
There is that much of a difference in the spiritual worlds too.
The Messiah comes with ‘love.’ You have to be sure to receive that love.
If [people] don’t receive that love, individuals, families, nations, and the world will all be cold,
and the ideal world of love will not be made.
The purpose for which God created the world and human beings is ‘love.’
The purpose for which He sent the Messiah is also ‘love.’
Everyone should receive the Word and love that God gives through the savior.
Then love will never cease, and hope will be fulfilled always.
I hope that you will give the glory of thanksgiving with love to the Holy Trinity
who sent the ‘Savior’ to this earth because of love,
and celebrate the birth of the Savior of love and peace.