Christmas Service in Malang, December 25, 2011 (Sunday Evening)
is about GETHSEMANE.
Matthew 26:36, 40-41
Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and
said to the disciples, "Sit here while I go and pray over
26:40 Then He came to the disciples and found them
sleeping, and said to Peter, "What! Could you not watch with Me one
26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into
temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh
Gethsemane is a place of
At Gethsemane, Jesus experienced flesh pressing or
flesh suffering without any sins.
In the last days, the church of
God or the body of Christ will also experience flesh suffering
without any sins, that is in the form of suffering to be able to
minister God, suffering because of defending truth, facing
difficulties in the world, slander, injustice, etc.
things cannot be tackled by anything from this world (richness,
smartness, having high position, etc.), but Gethsemane can only be
tackled by WATCHING and PRAYING.
In this Christmas night, how do we watch and pray?
2:8. Now there were in the
same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over
their flock by night.
2:9 And behold, an angel of
the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around
them, and they were greatly afraid.
2:10 Then the
angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is
Christ the Lord.
We watch and pray as shepherds who were
keeping watch at Christmas night.
What should be
Shepherd (pastor) watches and prays to get the
Shepherding Word, that is the food for the sheep, and
raise intercession prayer for the salvation of the sheep.
Word equals to the revelation of the secret of the Word which
is trusted by God to a pastor to be preached faithfully, continually,
and repetitively, to become the spiritual food for the congregation,
such that the congregation may grow to spiritual maturity.
character of sheep is ruminating. The right sheep will be happy when
the Word is repeated.
Luke 2:15, 20
it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the
shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see
this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to
2:20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising
God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it
was told them.
Shepherding Word is the Word which can be
heard and seen.
It means that the Word can become real, not only
The shepherds saw the baby of Jesus as the Savior.
How is the
attitude of the congregation?
The congregation watches and prays
to be able to hear and see the Shepherding Word (eat the
Shepherding Word), as experienced by the pastor.
is as follows:
Thus, we will
see Jesus in two appearances as follows:
Listening the shepherding Word solemnly in the anointing of Holy
Spirit, until we can understand it (enjoying the shepherding Word).
Believing the shepherding Word such that it becomes faith in heart.
Practicing/ doing the Word in our daily life.
There are two great
miracles as follows:
- The baby of
Jesus as the Savior.
It means that shepherding Word brings sinful life to the
is the only man who has no sins, who can safe sinful men.
process of receiving salvation is as follows:
- Being newly
born from water and the spirit (water baptism and Holy Spirit
baptism), such that we receive new life/ heavenly life, that is
life in righteousness.
Righteousness equals to salvation. Being
not right means not saved.
1:10, 12-13, 16
1:10 I was in the Spirit on the
Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a
1:12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me.
And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son
of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the
chest with a golden band.
1:16 He had in His right hand seven
stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His
countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
Jesus in glory as the High Priest, King of kings, and
perfect heavenly Bridegroom.
Besides seeing Jesus, we can also see ourselves (the
congregation), that is the seven lampstands. It denotes the perfect
church/ congregation as Jesus is perfect.
The perfect congregation equals to the woman with the light
of sun, moon, and stars. It equals to becoming the light of the
12:1. Now a great
sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon
under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
pen is our place to experience the greatest miracle. It
equals to the place to erase all impossibilities.
- Christmas is
God was born as man in the appearance of Jesus.
happened in Bethlehem.
- The second
Christmas is we, the sinful lives, will be renewed as glorious/
perfect as God, that is becoming the perfect body of Christ (the
This miracle is happening inside the
The activities in the shepherding are as follows:
God blesses us.
13:11. And do this, knowing
the time, that now it is high time to awake out of
sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we
13:12 The night is
far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off
the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and
drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its
The practices are as follows:
- Casting off
the works of darkness/ sins,
- Casting off
eating-drinking sins, that is smoking, getting drunk, gambling,
consuming drugs, etc.
- Casting off
unclean sins, that is marrying and being given in marriage sin,
sexuality sins with all its variety, including sexuality
deviations (homosexuality and lesbian), wrong marriage (mix
marriage, marrying-divorcing), infidelity, etc.
- Casting off
envy and dispute.
Envy means not appreciating God's
blessing, God's usage, and God's mercy on us.
give thanks no matter how much we receive from God, since all of
us receive equally).
All disputes must be solved through
If there is dispute about the teaching, the
way out is going back to the Bible.
- Put on the
Lord Jesus Christ as the armor of light.
The practice is perseverance in the shepherding pen, that is
perseverance in three main services (three equipments in the Holy
Place of Tabernacle).
perseverance in three main services, all the darkness is thrown
away, while the light shines more.
Candlestick = perseverance in General Service = fellowship with
God the Holy Spirit (Christ) in His gifts.
We receive the gifts of Holy Spirit such that our lamp keeps
If we keep persevering, once it will become a
garland of twelve stars on the head (the perfect gift).
- Table of
Showbread = perseverance in Bible Study with Holy Communion =
fellowship with the Son of God (Jesus) in the Word and His
experience redemption and purification continually, up to the
perfect redemption, which equals to the moon under the feet.
Altar of Incense = perseverance in Prayer Service = fellowship
with God the Father (Lord) in His love.
If we persevere, once it will become the sun which clothes
The proof of light is
HONESTY, being clear
in every matter.
Let 'yes' be 'yes' and 'no' be
'no'. Do not let 'but....'!
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination
to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is His
The prayer of the upright is His delight. God
will answer it, and it means all problems are solved.
persevere in three main services until we become the light of the
world, and become as perfect as Jesus.
church of God must bear the seed of true teaching Word.
12:2 Then being with
child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
15:3 You are already clean
because of the word which I have spoken to you.
The true teaching Word is the Word spoken by Jesus
Himself, that is one verse is explained by another verse in the
The Word spoken by Jesus (one verse is explained by
another verse) has the power to purify us.
The requirement is bearing ONLY ONE
seed of true teaching Word.
If there are two kinds of seed, the fetus will miscarry.
Therefore, the way out is going back to the Bible.
19:19. 'You shall keep My statutes. You
shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not
sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen
and wool come upon you.
The process of bearing the
true teaching Word is as follows:
teaching Word will purify us.
- Listening the
having faith on the Word.
- Practicing the
20:28 Therefore take heed to
yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has
made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased
with His own blood.
20:32 "So now, brethren, I commend you to
God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and
give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for
my necessities, and for those who were with me.
have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must
support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He
said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
The main task of a pastor and the elders is to
take heed such that there is only ONE SEED of true teaching Word.
It equals to protect such that the fetus will not miscarry.
shepherding Word (true teaching Word) is the Word of grace. It
cannot be learned anywhere except under the feet of Jesus.
shepherding Word purifies us, starting from inside our heart, that
is purification from all unclean desire
(which leads to eating-drinking sins and marrying-being given
in marriage sins) and evil desire (bond of money, which makes
people become stingy and greedy).
Being stingy means cannot
Being greedy means taking the others' right by stealing,
doing corruption, etc.
The result of purification
is being more blessed to give than to receive.
We start from giving for God's work, giving to the others
who need, until we submit our whole life to God (as wife submits her
whole life to husband).
The last submission is on the
marriage supper of the Lamb, when we submit our whole life as God's
bride. We will experience eternal heavenly joy.
Crying and groaning = worshiping God.
12:2 Then being with child, she
cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red
dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his
12:4 His tail drew a third of the stars of
heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the
woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it
The situation of the church of God
in the last days (whoever, wherever) is as follows:
There are two
possibilities as follows:
- As a woman who
is being with child and in pain to give birth = in weakness and has
- Facing a great
fiery red dragon = facing Satan with its evil and uncleanness, and
Satan wants to complicate and destroy us.
- Ready to give
birth = in the peak of suffering.
God let us experience heavier
suffering, up to the peak of suffering and we cannot bear it
anymore. That time is 'a little while', the last moment that is
- Grumbling and
rejecting Jesus = miscarriage = losing everything, including losing
- Keep crying
and groaning to God = keep worshiping God.
When nobody can help us, that is our time to cry and groan to
God. It equals to only believe and fully surrender ourselves to
there will be the childbirth; there will be miracle or God's
help physically. It means as follows:
denotes spiritual miracle, that is renewal of life.
- There is care
and life in the middle of our powerlessness.
- All problems
will be solved, even the impossible one.
- There is joy
Sin is the source of fear and worry.
- Being strong
and of good courage.
- Until we
become as the baby of Jesus who has no sins and cannot do sins
If sin is reconciled, there
will be no fear or worry.