Sunday, June 23, 2019

Plant seed of Kingdom of God on our heart, and bear the fruit of Spirit!

Good morning!
Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? (Matthew 7:16)

Jesus loves us because we are His sons and daughters.  What’s the first thing that parents want to do for their children?   Of course, their love.   Parents love children day or night, sunny or rainy days.  All times and any situations, parents give their undivided love to their children – caring for and nurturing them.   Jesus did the same to His disciples and those who came to Him.   Jesus loved them and poured out His love along with His blessings and His miraculous healing.    Jesus also did not forget to feed them, when they were hungry.   He satisfied five thousand and four thousand in the middle of the wilderness with five loaves of bread and two fish, and seven loaves of bread and fish.   After fully satisfied, His disciples could collect twelve and seven basketfuls of leftovers respectively.    Yes, Jesus was the love for the people, and the very source of blessings.   The people around Him were fully satisfied and blessed spiritually.  

Jesus is the true Lord of all.  In Him, we can find peace, and comfort.   Most of all, we can experience His unfathomable love because Jesus dearly loves us.    Jesus is also our true friend when we are in trouble.   He is with us and comforts us with His unfathomable peace in His merciful love.   Only is the obstacle of not fully getting His love lack of our faith.   Peter walked on water like Jesus, but when he feared an approaching huge wave.  He immediately sank.  Peter shouted “Save me, Lord!”   Jesus immediately reached out His merciful and mighty hands, and grabbed him out of the deep water and made him standing again on the stormy water.   Jesus saved Peter, and Jesus and Peter went into the boat.   The same Jesus is with us to save us and to keep from sinking into a deep water out of fear of the world.  Jesus does not hesitate to reach out His merciful and mighty hands.   What we need in the time of trouble is just a shout to Jesus, “Save me, Lord!”    In Him, we are comforted, and through Him, we have a true hope, by Him, we see the Kingdom of Heaven.  Because of Him, we stand firm on this world in faith.   Surely, we are not sinking and failing.   This is our hope, faith in Him as promised by Jesus and sealed by His love on the cross.

One day, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus.  They heard about Jesus, who healed the sick and comforted those who were suffering.  He always poured out His love to fill up the people with Heavenly hope and peace in their hearts.  Additionally, Jesus’ teaching was also not like those of the Pharisees and teachers of religious law.   The people were amazed at Jesus’ teaching, for he taught with real authority.   As a result, the Pharisees and teachers of the law in Jerusalem were not uncomfortable of Jesus.   It was not all of their concerns.   Jesus’ disciples made this situation worse.   They did not keep the tradition of the elders.  This utmost important tradition of the entire Jewish nation was ignored by Jesus’ disciples.  The tradition was kept by the entire Jewish people for generations as sacred as the Word of God.    Anyone who broke the tradition of the elders were equally condemned like those who broke the God’s law.  Before this disruption of Jesus and His disciples, everything was good.   Pharisees and elders of the law taught the tradition, and the entire Jewish nation obediently followed their teachings like sheep.  Suddenly, the sacred tradition was broken by Jesus and His disciples.   It was a really serious matter for Pharisees and teachers of the religious law.   They decided to come to Jesus to confront Him, who was merciful and full of love of the people of suffering and yearning for peace and comfort, and who was busy of healing and teaching.  The people received Jesus, and Jesus loved them.   The people also loved Jesus.

As arriving from Jerusalem, the Pharisees and the teachers of the religious law directly asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”

The Pharisees and the teachers of the religious law traveled from Jerusalem to the Sea of Galilee region, where Jesus was preaching the Kingdom of God.   It was not an easy trip.  The distance from Jerusalem was about 200 Km (i.e., about 120 miles).   At the time of Jesus, there was no highway nor a train.   It was a three- or four-day journey.   Therefore, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were on the road at least three days with one purpose to confront Jesus and tear down Him to nullify His teaching and scatter His disciples rapidly increasing by number.   On the way to the sea of Galilee region, they were discussing how to attack and destroy Jesus.  Unfortunately, they could not get to a good approach to attack Jesus because all that they heard were good about Jesus.  They even heard that His teaching was completely different from their teaching, because His teaching was full of authority, mercy, grace and love.   After a long discussion, they decided not to directly attack Jesus, but to blame His disciples’ bad behaviors of breaking the tradition of the elders because they were the experts, and they had the full authority over the tradition of the elders.   As they chose the battleground, they determined to attack His disciples first with the maximum strength.    (This is how Satan attacks us.   Satan’s attack comes through our weakest part in us.)

Upon the question of the Pharisees and the teachers of the religious law from Jerusalem, Jesus replied, “And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God?  For instance, God says, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’  But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’ In this way, you say they don’t need to honor their parents.  And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition. (Matthew 15:3-6)

What was taught by the Pharisees and the teachers of the law looked religious and logical.  Who should be the first?   God or parents?   Of course, God.   Then to whom should a person devote a good thing?   Of course, to God.   What a wonderful teaching it was!  

In fact, Jesus saw through their hearts and their teaching.   Yes, God can see through the inside of us (i.e., our heart and mind) although we, human beings, can only see the outside.  The real question is why a person devote to God instead of the one’s parents.    What’s the real motive of the deviation to God of a good thing that would help the one’s parents?    To whom does the one really give the good thing?     To God or to the one’s own self?   In other words, is it a selfish behavior to get reward from God while ignoring the parents’ needs in the name of God?   Does the person really love God or the parents?    After all, whom the person loved was the self and the selfish motive drove the religious act of giving to God.   Jesus saw thought this, and their deliberate act of canceling the word of God for the sake of their own tradition and themselves.

Jesus continued,

“You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’ ”  (Matthew 15:7)

Jesus clearly pointed out their hypocrisy and their false teaching of man-made ideas.  They taught the tradition as if it came from God!   They were misleading the people, and they feared Jesus who taught the truth, love and mercy.   This was the very reason why the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were troubled by Jesus and made a long journey to confront Jesus.   After all, they came to the Sea of Galilee region out of the love of themselves to protect their teaching.  All came from their own greed and ego.

Jesus saw through this wickedness of their hearts.  Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. 

 “Listen,” he said, “and try to understand.  It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”  (Matthew 15:10b)

It is true that all sins are originated from our hearts, which is inside of us, not from externally.    The Pharisees and the teachers of the religious law were speechless.   The truth was spoken to the people, and they were offended by the truth because they were of the world.   All surrounding Jesus could see the Pharisees and the teachers of the religious law, who were deeply offended.   Some of His disciples came close to Him, and told that they were offended.

Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted, so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:14)

Jesus clarified – do not follow the false teaching of Pharisees and teachers of religious law because they would be uploaded when time comes.  Those who were led by them would fall into the same ditch and be perished together with them.  What a stern warning of Jesus!   We have to remember that there is no compromise of the truth for the Kingdom of God.  

Peter came to Jesus, and said, “Explain the parable to us.”   He understood the warning of the false teaching, but he wanted to know the meaning of the parable also.

“Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus asked. “Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.  But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you.  For from the heart come  evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.  These are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands will never defile you.”  (Matthew 15:16-20)

Yes, Jesus’ teaching is absolutely true.  Things coming into our life just soon passes by us unless we actively grab them and put into our heart.   Then they grow in our heart.   If what we grab is God’s word, then it will grow in our heart and bear the fruit of Spirit, but if it is of the world, then it bears the fruit of the world.    What is the fruit of the world?   Evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.   Of course, we would say we are not a murderer nor a vicious evil person because we did not murder anyone nor intentionally harm others.   However, Jesus said if we are angry at others, we will receive the same judgement of murder (Matthew 5:21-22).  That is, our anger remains in our heart, and it will grow bigger.  Then when an opportunity comes, it bears a crop of murdering the other.   Thus, what we have to do when we feel our anger to other?   We take away our anger in heart as soon as possible before the anger roots into our heart.   It would be getting harder to uproot our anger in our heart as it grows.    How about the opposite?   if one loves the other, then the love roots into our heart, grow and bear the fruit of love in our heart.   Then how blessed we are as well as others whom we love!

We are a famer who plants seed in heart.   What kind of seed do we plant?   The seed of the world will bear the fruit of the world.  The seed of the Kingdom of God will bear the fruit of the Spirit.  It is true that we cannot do anything about a bird flying over our head, but we are definitely able to keep a bird from nesting on our head.   We are what we plant on our heart.    Are you planting the seed of the kingdom of God, or the seed of the world?      

  When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!   (Galatians 5:19-23)

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Prayer is Our Breath in God, Our Hope and Faith in Him!

Good morning!
Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.  (Hebrews 11:1)

 Jesus looked around the crowd, and asked,

“What did you go into the wilderness to see?  Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind?  Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people with expensive clothes live in palaces. Were you looking for a prophet?”  (Matthew 11:7b-9a)

This is the question that we should ask to ourselves.  Why we are here and why do we do what we are doing now?    If we want to see a man dressed in expensive clothes, we’d better be in palaces.   Jesus looked around again the crowd gathered in the wilderness with Jesus.   The crowd were in the wilderness because of Jesus and to His message. 

At that time, John the Baptist in jail.   Then John’s disciples came to Jesus, and asked, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting or should we keep looking for someone else?”   

Then Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.”  (Matthew 11:4-5)

Jesus’ answer was simple – “Just see what’s happening.”  The blind saw, the lame walked, the deaf heard, those with leprosy were cured, and even the dead were raised to life.  Most of all, the Good News were being preached to the people, especially those who were poor in spirit.   Those who hungered and thirsted for justice were satisfied in Him.  Jesus was the healer and comforter. Through Him, they received healing and peace in heart.   Yes, Jesus was, is and will continue being the king of peace, love, mercy, hope, grace and faith for all, not only at the time of Jesus on earth, and at present time but also when His Kingdom comes.   Especially, when His kingdom comes, His forgiveness and mercy will be magnified, and those who have faith in Him will inherit His Kingdom eternally.   This is HIs promise and our hope and faith in Him.   

People flocked Jesus, and Jesus loved them.   His love and peace were prevailing in their hearts.   They were truly blessed by Him.   After teaching the Kingdom of Heaven, the truth and hidden secret, He sent them home, and He returned to Capernaum.   

In Capernaum, there was a highly respected Roman Centurion, who had one hundred Roman soldiers under him.   Most of Roman soldiers were arrogant, and looked down on the Jews because they were the conquerors of the Jewish nation.  Many of them took advantage of the Jewish people.  They took away money from the Jewish people by falsely accusing them and receiving bribes.  Even so, nobody could speak up against them.   However, the very Roman Centurion was different.   He was honest and fair to all -- both the Romans and the Jews.   He even helped the Jews.  For example, he provided resources under his control to support building of the local synagogue.   Due to his good heart and fairness without desiring false profits, he was welcomed by the local Jewish people.    Many of the Jews loved him, and he had many good Jewish friends.

One of the highly valued servants of the Roman Centurion became sick.  As days passed by, he was getting worse.  The Roman Centurion’s heart was breaking, and he did everything to heal him.  He brought doctors to home for his sick servant, but nothing worked.   His servant’s condition was getting worse, and he was near death.   Thus, he reached out his Jewish friends to save his servant.  He told about his servant dying.  Upon hearing, his Jewish friends mentioned Jesus, who was a miracule healer.   They shared about Jesus’ miraculous healing of the blind, the deaf, the mute, even raising the death.  

Initially, the Roman Centurion could not believe what he was hearing.  To him, it was impossible to heal the blind, the deaf, the mute and raising the dead to life because he had never seen such thing in his entire life.  When he looked back his life, the blind had never been cured.  The blind was always blind, the deaf was always deaf, the mute was always mute, and the dead was always dead without exception.    Now, he was hearing about the miracles that Jesus performed.   His life-long experience and logic questioned in his heart, “How can it be possible?”   On the way back home, he was thinking about what he heard, and  asking to himself, “is it real?”   “Really has Jesus healed the sick that nobody could cure?”   

As he entered his house, he essentially woke up from his deep question about Jesus and Jesus’ miracle healings.  Then he remembered his dying savant who he loved.   Rather than going to his room, he went to his dying servant lying on bed.  His heart was breaking when he saw his servant.   Hiding his emotion, he comforted his servant.   The dying servant was surrounded by his family members and his servants.  This added more pains in his heart.  He did not want to think about what would happen to the servant’s family and friends if he actually died.   He came back to his room, and he sit down on his chair while thinking all things happened that day one by one.   The story about Jesus who always loved people, Jesus’ miraculous healing, and his dying servant.   He was struggling: what really all these meant and what he had to do.  His heart was heavy and his mind was in confusion.    He could not know what to do next.  His struggle kept him from going to bed.  He stayed up into night.  In the deep night, suddenly he remembered one of the Jewish friends, who told the Centurion, “we need to pray to God, especially when we don’t know what to do.   All things come from God, and God is our master.   He guides us, and protects us because He loves us, and we are His children.   Therefore, we should pray to God always as if a child talks to one’s father.”     Then he knelt down with bended knee, and started praying to God for his dying servant with all of his heart and mind.   He started praying, and he could not stop praying.  Whenever he closed his eyes, he could see his dying servant.   He kept on praying.   He did not know how long he actually prayed.   The night was getting deeper, but he was praying.    Suddenly, he felt peace, which was not something that he had experienced before.   It was truly different from anything he experienced before.   His heart was comforted by some supernatural power that he had never known.    He could not tell exactly, but he was starting to believe Jesus would heal his dying servant.   After having this in his heart, he was hardly waiting for morning.

On the following morning, he called in his friend Jewish elders, who were well respected by the people.   He asked Jesus to come and heal his servant.    They heard his earnest plea for his dying servant, and all were completely moved in their hearts.   They also noticed that something was quite different in the Centurion.  His face was full of mercy, compassion and especially hope and faith in Jesus., while he was talking. 

So the Jewish friend elders went to Jesus, and earnestly begged Jesus to help the Centurion.   “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they said, “for he loves the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for us.”  

So Jesus went with them.  After the Centurion sent his friends to Jesus, he could not sit and wait for Jesus.  He continued praying for his dying servant to God.   Then God revealed the truth.   Through his earnest and fervent prayer, he started realizing who the Father God was – the creator and the master of the universe.   God created heaven and earth, and everything in including trees, animals, and all humans, and then God was governing everything.  What God did for the world was similar to what he was doing everyday as his duty for his emperor.   He governed the region and the people in the region as the emperor assigned to him, and he gave commands to govern the region.  Then his soldiers obeyed his command.   Before God, the true master of the universe, all things must obeyed His command.   As soon as he realized this truth, he could not stand still.   What he did in the morning was done poorly.    The Centurion sent his Jewish friends to bring Jesus to his home to heal his dying servant, but it was not necessary.   He realized that this truth through his prayer as God revealed him.    

Immediately, the Centurion got out of his house and ran to see Jesus, who was on the way to his house.   As soon as he saw Jesus, he knelt down and said, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”    What a wonderful confession of faith!

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!  (Matthew 8:10)

Jesus gave the highest praise to the faith of the Centurion.  In fact , the faith came from God, and God granted to him when he prayed with all of his heart and mind  for his dying servant in his fervent prayer.    God loved his prayer for his dying servant.   Yes, God loves our prayers, and especially our prayers for those who are suffering.    

Then Jesus said to the Roman Centurion, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.”   (Matthew 8:13a)

As soon as hearing Jesus’ answer, the Centurion believed without any doubts.  Immediately, he returned to his house with his Jewish friend elders.  

When the Centurion and his Jewish elders arrived, they found the dying servant was completely healed and waiting for the Centurion.   The Centurion in true joy asked when the dying servant was healed.   Then he realized that the dying servant was healed that same hour.   He immediately fell down and prayed to God for His mercy and grace given to him by healing of his servant.   He experienced God and his healing power.   He also realized the power of prayer, and faith in Him even before impossibility of healing his dying servant.    God loved his faith, and God answered his prayer.   Prayer is the key to open God’s mercy and grace.  

Are we praying like the Centurion?    Prayer is our spiritual breath.   How long can we hold off our breathing on earth?   Very short.   Surely, we cannot survive even one single hour without breading.    Then how about our prayer to God?   When was the last time that we pray to God fervently like the Centurion?   A day ago?  A week ago?  A month ago?   Or never? 

God is eagerly waiting for our prayer because our prayer is our voice to God.   God loves to hear our own voice in prayer because we are His children.   In fact, He loves to listen to each word by word from our mouth presented as prayer to Him.   Our fervent prayer from our contrite heart is a song that He especially love to hear.  Why?  God truly cares for us.   

Then what should do?    Of course, we should pray.   We pray to God  with opening our heart and mind, and then pouring what we have in our heart to God as our prayer.   God always and surely hears our prayer one word by word, and answer to our prayer without failing accordingly to His infinitely goodness toward us.   This is our faith and our prayer before God. 

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.  (Hebrews 11:6)

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Jesus said, "Don't be afraid: Just believe!"

Good morning!
Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  (Matthew 7:7-8)    

Wherever Jesus was, comfort, peace and healings were with the people around Him.  In fact, Jesus came to serve, not to be served especially for those who were suffering and yearning for peace.   Through Him, those who were sick were healed, and those who were hopeless found hope.   Jesus went, and people followed.   They saw God’s grace, mercy and peace, and also miracles with Jesus.  Jesus also never stopped teaching the kingdom of God wherever He went, which was the eternal hope and salvation.

One day, Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore as usual.  Jesus looked around the people flocking.  Then He gave God’s message of comfort, grace, peace and hope to the people. 

In the town, there was a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus. He was a good man, and well respected among the people.   On the day of Jesus’ arrival, the leader of the local synagogue ran into Jesus plowing through the crowd.   People looked at him and found his face was quite different.   His face was full of sorrows and pains.  He seemed completely distressed because of something truly sorrowful.   People wondered about the reason and opened up a way to Jesus standing in the middle of the crowd.  So far, they were enjoying of hearing Jesus’ comforting message, which was in their ears sweeter than honey.   Only could Jesus give such a comforting and sweet message.    As soon as the synagogue leader reached to the center where Jesus was, he immediately fell down before Jesus’ feet.   It was a truly shocking scene that they had never seen before.   Their synagogue leader was kneeling down at Jesus’s feet.   Suddenly, silence was there.  All of them were watching their synagogue leader kneeling before Jesus.

Without caring about all the town people around him, the synagogue leader pleaded fervently with Jesus.  Not only his voice, but also all of his body and spirit were clearly communicating the synagogue’s desperate needs before Jesus.  “My little daughter is dying,” he said.   “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”  

For the synagogue leader, it was the last hope.   He tried everything that he could.   He hired doctors, not just one, but all doctors that he knew.   He did hope for cure of his daughter, but none of them could.   Instead his daughter was getting worse.   Finally, his daughter could not get out of her own bed, and was dying.  It was his biggest fear that he could lose his daughter forever.   He had everything as the leader of the synagogue, but he was helpless.  When he realized Jesus’ arrival to his town, it was the greatest news to him.   He heard many times that Jesus healed the blind, the deaf, the leprosy, and those who could not be cured by doctors.  Thus, he ran to Jesus and kneel down before him before the town people watching him.   Jesus, who was merciful, carefully heard the plea of the local synagogue leader.   All town people could see Jesus’ face with mercy and compassion, which was stark contrast to the synagogue leader’s desperate face.   It was such a blessed scene to watch the merciful and compassionate face of Jesus for the desperate father for his dying daughter.   

Jesus took him up by His merciful hand, and He went with him.   All the people followed, crowding around Jesus.   Suddenly, a woman in the crowd approached Jesus and touched Jesus.  Nobody saw.   She had been suffering for twelve years with constant bleeding.   She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe.  For she believed and told to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”  As soon as she touched the robe of Jesus, the bleeding stopped.  It was a miracle.  She could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.   She was also terrified in joy of healing.    She tried to slip out quietly of the crowd from Jesus before anybody noticed it.

Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”

His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

But Jesus stopped and kept on looking around to see who had done it.   Suddenly a silence fell on the entire crowd.   All were looking at Jesus, who stopped walking and was looking around the crowd.   Most of them were wondering why Jesus suddenly stopped.   Only few near Jesus knew including His disciples that Jesus was searching for one who touched Jesus.  Most of them had no idea at all.    This made the woman healed even more terrified.   She did secretly, but Jesus knew what she did.   The woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of Jesus and told Him what she had done.  The whole crowd overheard what was told by the woman healed.  She was healed from her bleeding and suffering for the last twelve years.   Awe stuck all because of the miracle just happened right before their own eyes.   Jesus healed her sickness that no doctors could heal. 

And Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”   (Mark 5:34)

 Yes, her suffering was over because of Jesus and her faith.   She believed, and she received!   Something impossible had happened to her because she believed without any doubts.   She was blessed by her faith and experienced healing of her twelve years old bleeding.  Surely, nothing is impossible before Jesus. 

While Jesus was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

How many times have we given up because we see clearly it is impossible because it has already happened in the way that we really wanted?   The household of the synagogue repeated exactly the same thing.  They saw healing of the daughter was impossible because the daughter was already dead.   What would Jesus do for the daughter already dead?  

Indeed, it was a huge faith for the synagogue leader to believe Jesus’ healing of the dying daughter after going through all the famous doctors, but nobody could heal her.   However, it was the last hope on Jesus so that Jesus might heal her while she was still alive.   Now, she was dead, and the hope was quickly evaporated.   Her death took away the hope.   No more living daughter, no more hope to heal her because she was no longer with them.  Then what’s the reason to bring Jesus to home?   Thus, they did not want to bother Jesus anymore.    Is it familiar, isn’t it?    We already know the answer because it has already happened in the way that we did not want and pray for.  Then why do we bother to pray to Him anymore?  

In Bible, here is the answer.   Jesus told to the family who completely gave up on her by ripping off all hope that they had while she was still alive although she was dying. 

But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.” (Mark 6:36)

What was Jesus’ answer?    Give up and have no more prayer in hope?  Or have faith?   The Jesus’s answer was “Don’t be afraid.  Just have faith.”   How about us, when we see no more hope at anymore?   Bible continued.

Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James).  When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing.  

Yes, all of the family were weeping over the daughter’s death.  Why?  Their daughter was already dead.  Then what else could they do except weeping and wailing?    How about us?   If we see something that does not come out as we have been praying for, what do we do?    Weeping and wailing or even mad at God as they did for the dead daughter while abandoning our hope and prayers in Him?   Let’s hear what Jesus told to the family.

He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” (Mark 5:39)

Do we hear this Jesus’ voice?  Or just looking at the dead daughter, and weeping and wailing?  

Hearing the Jesus’ answer, the crowd laughed at Jesus.

Surely the crowd’s response was absolutely right and logically correct.   Wasn’t it completely absurd that talking that the dead daughter was not dead, but only asleep?    How many times that we saw that our prayers did not happen, and we stopped our prayers also?   Why?   We already saw with our own eyes what we prayed did not happen.   Our hope literally became dead before what we saw.    In this situation, how should we say?    Our hope is dead, or just asleep?    Let’s continue following the Bible.

Jesus made them all leave, and Jesus took the girl’s father and mother and His three disciples into the room where the girl was lying.  Holding her hand, Jesus said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!”  And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around!  They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.

Against the all odds and all expectations of the entire crowd, Jesus took her up by His merciful hand.  She woke up from her sleep, and was joyfully hopping and walking in the room because of the joy of the precious touch of Jesus’s merciful hand.  Surely, for the point of all the family and the crowd, she was dead, but for the Jesus point of view, she was just asleep.  

Yes, it is really painful to see what we had prayed did not happen.  Instead a completely opposite has happened.   It is hard enough to shallow, but all family and the people around us are not silent.  In unison, they say, “Your hope is dead.  There is nothing that you can do because it is dead.   Can you see with your own eyes that it is dead?”     Then what can we do?    Should we give in, stop praying and agree with the people around us?  

No. Absolutely not!    We must continue praying.  For Jesus, it is not dead, but it is just asleep.    Yes, people will laugh at us if we continue praying, hoping and believing.   What did Jesus tell the synagogue leader and the family?   Isn’t it Jesus’s answer:  “What all this commotion and weeping?   The child isn’t dead: she’s only asleep.”  

What we pray (even one single word from our mouth in prayer) has not been dead, but just asleep.  We must continue praying to God without giving up in faith.   Surely, we will hear His voice in our fervent prayers and in our prayerful life before Him (that is, kneeling down before Him and absolutely surrendering to His Will).   Without exception, He will guide us through His righteousness, because God, our Father, dearly loves us.    This is our hope and faith in Him in our prayers.  

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.   (Isaiah 55:8-9)