In the Gospel of John, the author describes Jesus by using a phrase, “I AM.” They are seven “I AM” in this gospel. But today, I’d like to talk about “I am the good shepherd.” John describes our relationship with Jesus by using the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep. Even in the Old Testament, God is often pictured as the shepherd, and the people as his flock. David said in Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not be in want” (v.1). Psalm 77:20 says, “You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.” The prophets like Jeremiah and Ezekiel also described the leaders of God’s people as the shepherd of God’s people and nation: “Woe to the shepherds who destroys and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” (Jeremiah 23:1). Ezekiel rebuked the false leaders who only sought their own good rather than the good of the flock. He said in Ezekiel 34:2, “Ah, you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep?” Today’s text describes Jesus as the good shepherd and his relationship with his flock. So I want us to find out two things on this morning through Psalm 23 and John 10; First, what makes Jesus the good shepherd. Second, what makes us good sheep.
As you know, I had to miss last Sunday worship because I was attending “Walk to Emmaus” at Central Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. I give thanks to Ms. Mary Yochum who shared God’s words.
“Hi, my name is Joseph Kim. I am in Florida Sonrise Walk to Emmaus Walk #48. I worship and serve at Riverview United Methodist Church in Ormond By the Sea. And I am sitting at the table of John!” This was how I introduced myself every time I said something to the rest of the group during the formal meetings. I was also told not to tell all the detail about the programs I had experienced there since they wanted to make it a surprise to the people who would walk this journey in the future. So I will not share the detail, but I can tell you this. It was a heart and life transforming experience. This is something that I want to encourage all of you to attend next year or sometime in the future.
The early church theologians such as Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom observed the Sunday after Easter as “Holy Humor Sunday: “a day of parties, picnics, humor, practical jokes, and general merriment. Since these theologians interpreted the resurrection as God playing the ultimate practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead, they believed that God had the last laugh. So they called it “Easter laugh.” So I’d like share a couple of Easter Jokes with you this morning.
1. How do angels greet each other at Easter? They say, ‘Halo’.
2. What do you get if you pour hot water down a rabbit hole? Hot cross bunnies!
3. What do you call a rabbit with fleas? Bugs Bunny!
4. Why shouldn’t you tell an Easter egg a joke? It might crack up!
5. A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside. The Pastor said to him, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!” My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor.” Pastor questioned, “How come I don’t see you except at Christmas and Easter?” He whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.
We had celebrated the resurrection of Jesus last Sunday with Sunrise Service, Breakfast, Infant baptism, special music, reception of a new member and Easter Message. But I want you to know that Easter does not end on an Easter Sunday. Eastertide (also called the Easter Season) is a season that focuses on celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This season begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the Pentecost Sunday. For this reason, we are going to keep this cross with white linen in our sanctuary throughout Easter Season.
I want this Easter Cross to be the reminder of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I want to encourage all of you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus as well as the hope of your resurrection throughout this Easter Season. Just like God who had the final laugh by raising Jesus from the dead, we would also be the one who laugh finally! It is the resurrection of Jesus that gives us hope in hopeless situation. It is Christ’s resurrection that enables us to become final victors in midst of so many obstacles and challenges in our lives!
Along with Christmas, Easter is one of the most joyful seasons to many Christians in the world. It is the day Jesus has risen from the dead! Why have many Christian Churches celebrated Easter and have made it such a big deal, since the first Easter, more than 2000 years? Why is it so important for us to believe in the resurrection of the dead? On this glorious Easter morning, I want to share the answers to these questions, with the help of Apostle Paul.
We started the forty day journey of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Those of you who came to our service heard me saying, “Remember that you came from dust and to dust, you shall return.” Including myself, none of us will get out of this world alive. So the question we should answer is not if or when we are going to die, but HOW we will die. Not “how” in terms of a medical condition, but “HOW” in terms of the spirit, attitude or faith with which we face our death.
On this Palm Sunday morning, we like to praise God our father, Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. It is the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, riding on a donkey. There were so many people in Jerusalem because of the people who came to Jerusalem to celebrate “Passover” one of the three religious holidays. Since people heard all the miracles Jesus had performed, many people came out to the street to see and welcome Jesus. They threw their clothes and waved the palm branches to express their excitement. Then they also shouted with loud voices, “Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest!” They said these things since they thought Jesus was the Messiah who could deliver them from the Roman Government. But today, I want us to learn the true identity of Jesus so that we can follow Him the ways He wants us to follow. Download Sermon Video
On this 5th Sunday of Lent, I’d like to share God’s grace with you through a sermon entitled, “Put Your Hope in the Lord.” I thank God for many blessings God has been pouring down from heaven to our church. God has been sending us several new members these days. Our Mid-Week Services have been going well. Our Mission Shop volunteers have been continuously working hard. I thank God for all of you who have faithfully served our church in varieties of ways. Thank you! Thank you! And thank you for your love and services.
On this 4th Sunday of Lent, I’d like to share one of the miracles Jesus performed. By performing these miracles, Jesus demonstrated his love for God’s people and revealed his true identity. In today’s text, John healed a man who was born blind. Through this, he revealed his identity—“the light of the world.” He came to open people’s spiritual eyes and guide them to become the people God want them to be. Through this sermon, I pray that God helps us to open our spiritual eyes. It is not God’s will for anyone to remain as “spiritual blind.” I also want God to inspire us to live our lives as “the lights of the world” who are actively guiding other people to Jesus.
Abraham has been considered “the father of faith” among Christian, Catholic, Jews, and the Muslims. God surely kept his promise when he had said to Abraham , “I will make you a father of many nations.” Moreover, he set a great example for many Christian believers. On this 3rd Sunday in Lent, I want us to explore the life of Abraham so that we may also have his faith.
In the Gospel of John, there are 11 conversations of Jesus. Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus is the first one. Through this conversation we are going to learn about “Second Birth”; what it is; why we need it; how this thing happens and what kind of differences it make.