Christmas Service in Tychi Hotel, Malang, December 24, 2019 (Tuesday Evening)
Peace and grace in
the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, "Go,
take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who
stands on the sea and on the earth."
10:9 So I went to the
angel and said to him, "Give me the little book." And he
said to me, "Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach
bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth."
Then I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it,
and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my
stomach became bitter.
10:11 And he said to me, "You must
prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings."
theme is THE
BITTER AND SWEET TASTE.
bitter, sour, and sweet tastes are always tasted by men from the
womb, babies, little children, teenagers, adult and old people, up to
the life after death. In the womb, if the nutrition is enough, a baby
will feel quiet or sweet. On the contrary, if the nutrition is not
enough, the baby will feel suffered or bitter. Likewise, the little
children and adult or old people will cry when they are
suffering or being in bitterness and they will smile when they are
rejoicing or being in sweetness. It continues to the life after
death. If one suffers because of sins and feels bitter in his life in
the world, he will cry forever in the hell. On the contrary, if he
lives in righteousness and holiness, so he feels sweet in his life in
the world, he will rejoice forever in heaven.
hope that all bitter and sour things in our life can be made sweet
until forever by celebrating this Christmas. The Christmas news is
able to change the bitter and sour things into the sweet
saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with
a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun,
and his feet like pillars of fire.
10:8 Then the voice which I
heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, "Go, take the
little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the
sea and on the earth."
angel refers to the Lord Jesus
as the Great Shepherd, who holds the open little book that refers to
the revelation of the Word through a verse that explains other verses
in the Bible.
the open little book in the hand of the angel refers to the angel's
news or the shepherding Word, namely the Word of God which is
entrusted by the Lord Jesus or the Great Shepherd to a pastor in the
world that he may preach to the congregation faithfully, regularly or
continually, and repetitively as the spiritual food for the sheep
with the two kinds of taste, namely bitter and sweet.
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.
2:12 "And this will be the sign to you:
You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."
2:20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God
for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told
shepherds received the news of the angel, the Christmas news, or the
shepherding Word. It is the same as hearing and seeing the
shepherding Word, whose real form is in the baby Jesus in the manger.
Thus, it is the same as seeing Jesus as the Savior.
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud
voice, as of a trumpet,
1:11 saying, "I am the Alpha and
the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see,
write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia:
to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to
Philadelphia, and to Laodicea."
1:12 Then I turned to see
the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden
1:13 and 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.
the apostle heard and saw the repeated voice of the trumpet or the
hard shepherding Word which became a real form, namely the perfect
church or the seven golden lampstands. He also saw Jesus in the glory
as the High Priest, the great Shepherd, the King of all kings, the
Head or Husband, and the Heavenly Bridegroom.
the shepherding Word refers to the Word of God which becomes the
spiritual food for the congregation with the two tastes, namely
bitter and sweet as well as the real form which can be seen in our
life. We can also feel the ministry of Jesus, the High Priest.
are two kinds of the shepherding Word or spiritual food as follows:
Gospel of Salvation, the Gospel Word, the milk, or the Good News.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the
gospel of your salvation;
in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit
cold water to a weary soul, So is good
from a far country.
refers to the Word of God which preaches the first coming of Jesus
to the world as the only sinless man through Christmas, but He must
die on the cross to save the sinners.
light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, the Word which is
sharper than any two-edged sword, the solid food, or the Bride
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are
4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who
do not believe, lest the
light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,
who is the image of God, should shine on them.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper
than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and
marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the
"And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold,
the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!
refers to the Word of God which preaches Jesus'
second coming in the glory as the King of all kings or the Heavenly
Bridegroom to sanctify and change the saved people or make our
spirituality mature until we are as perfect as He is.
meanings of the bitter and sweet taste are as follows:
when we hear the shepherding Word.
A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every
bitter thing is sweet.
we eat the shepherding Word with hunger or need, we will feel that
it is as sweet as honey or something which makes us joyful although
it is bitter or painful for the flesh.
example, a woman of Canaan whose child was demon-possessed could
appreciate the Word like a dog licking the crumbs.
a result, our bitter life will be sweet little by little by the
power of the repeated Word until we can be the house of prayer.
the contrary, how great a man is, his prayer will be an abomination
if he gets sleepy and bored or rejects the shepherding
who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an
does not become the house of prayer, but the den of thieves.
Consequently, his life becomes bitter little by little until he
work or activity of the shepherding Word is as follows:
work of the Gospel of Salvation, the Gospel Word, the milk, or the
Good News which is repeated is calling the sinners for being saved.
The process is as follows.
the Word until we can understand and believe the Word (it becomes
faith in our heart), so we can believe Jesus as the only Savior.
It may be bitter for the flesh. For example, we are expelled
because of believing Jesus or we cannot receive our inheritance,
and so on. Nevertheless, it is sweet for our life. If we have felt
the bitter and sweet taste of the work of the Gospel Word, we will
be able to see the form of Jesus as the Savior.
faith becomes a brake that we can stop sinning and return to God
or repent and die to sin. It continues until we repent from
self-truth. The self-truth means covering sins by blaming at other
and God or the true teaching.
true water baptism must be according to the will of God or the
Bible and the baptism of Jesus.
He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water;
and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit
of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that
just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the
Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
who has died to sin or repented must be buried in water with Jesus
and raised from the water with Jesus. Then, the heaven is opened
and we get the new life or the heavenly one, namely we get the
baptism of Holy Spirit and live in righteousness. We become like a
I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the
righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.
He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are
Jesus, repenting, being baptized of water and Holy Spirit, and
living in righteousness may be bitter for our flesh. For example,
we are expelled, slandered, and so on. Nevertheless, the results
are sweet; we are saved (or not condemned), blessed by God up to
our descendants, and become blessings for others. Bequeath the
righteousness to your descendants! God never leaves us until we get
the eternal life.
work of the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ or the Bride
Tidings which is repeated is sanctifying and changing us until we
are as perfect and glorious as Jesus is.
is sanctified by the teaching Word?
I went to the angel and said to him, "Give me the little
book." And he said to me, "Take and eat it; and it will
make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your
10:10 Then I took the little book out of the
angel's hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my
mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.
the heart and mouth have been sanctified, there will be the
bitter stomach of heart.
out of the heart proceed evil thoughts(1), murders(2),
adulteries(3), fornications(4), thefts(5), false witness(6),
the heart is ruled over by the seven evil, unclean, and bitter
desires, the lamp will be quenched like a blind man. There is no
control anymore in his life. He commits sins up to the peak,
namely the sins concerning eating-drinking such as smoking,
getting drunk, and drugs abuse as well as the ones concerning
marrying-being given in marriage such as the fornication between a
man with a woman who are not a legal spouse, between man and man,
between woman and woman, between man and animal, as well as the
wrong marriage or mix marriage, divorce-remarrying, and
marrying-being given in marriage. Consequently, the life becomes
bitter and perishes in the hell forever.
if we willingly receive the work of the repeated teaching Word,
our heart will be sanctified and filled by Holy Spirit with the
shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall
grow out of his roots.
11:2 (1)The Spirit of the LORD shall
rest upon Him, (2)The Spirit of wisdom and (3)understanding,
(4)The Spirit of counsel and (5)might, (6)The Spirit of knowledge
and of (7)the fear of the LORD.
11:3 His delight is in the
fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
continues until we have the fear of the Lord or hate sins and live
we are equipped with the ministry and the gifts of Holy Spirit or
the beautiful tunic. We are used by God in the edification of the
body of Christ.
He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some
evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
4:12 for the
equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying
of the body of Christ,
Spirit makes us faithful and fervent in spirit as well as faithful
and responsible in our service and ministry to God as well as
marriage or household.
a result, although we are like a small stem which is powerless and
none sees, Holy Spirit is able to make us bud, bloom, and yield
fruits; even we can yield the sweet ones.
is until being as sweet as honey in the mouth. It begins from not
there is still lie, the life will be bitter. If the mouth is
sanctified until saying honest, righteous, and good words, the
life will be sweet.
he said to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples,
nations, tongues, and kings."
we can testify and worship God or become the house of prayer.
Do not lie to
one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
3:10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge
according to the image of Him who created him,
there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised,
barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
3:12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on
(1)tender mercies, (2)kindness, (3)humility, (4)meekness,
3:13 bearing with one another, and
(6)forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against
another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
But above all these things put on (7)love, which is the bond of
new man is signified by the seven renewals until being as perfect
we have tasted the bitter and sweet taste of the work of the
teaching Word, we will be able to see the manifestation of the
seven golden lampstands, the perfect church, or the
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.
can also see the form of Jesus, the High Priest, who stretches out
His hands of mercy and goodness to us.
give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures
136:2 Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His
mercy endures forever.
136:3 Oh, give thanks to the Lord of
lords! For His mercy endures forever:
136:4 To Him who alone
does great wonders, For His mercy endures forever;
alone is able to do great wonders for helping us. Do not hope any
examples and results are as follows:
He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the
boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
14:30 But when he
saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to
sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!"
often relied on the others, so he became doubtful and God let him
almost drown to make him choose Jesus alone
could cry out to Jesus, not to the other eleven disciples). Maybe we
are in the deterioration in our economy and ministry, the fall in
sins, as well as the drowning. God's hands of mercy and goodness
are able to lift up, heal, and increase our life.
woman who was caught in adultery.
those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out
one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus
was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to
her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one
8:11 She said, "No one, Lord."
And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no
refers to the destruction of marriage and children, fear, distress,
bitterness of life, and perdition. Jesus
alone [verse 9]
is able to help us and make the bitter things sweet and joyful.
who had died four days.
refers to the rottenness in sins and failures or there are no more
hope and future life. Jesus
alone is able to revive the dead and make the rotten things
fragrant. The failed things will be made successful and beautiful in
the time of need.
bitter and sour things which are like the sour wine mingled with
gall in our life have been drunk by Jesus on the cross so that our
life becomes sweet until we are perfect and worthy to welcome His
second coming on the glorious clouds. We can enter the New Jerusalem
and feel the sweet thing forever.