General Service in Malang, September 11, 2011 (Sunday Morning)
Matthew 26:26-29 is about EATING HOLY COMMUNION.
Matthew 26:17-25 is the last Passover.
The last Passover equals to the first Holy Communion.
In the past, eating the Passover was eating unleavened bread and roasted flesh of lamb.
Nowe, eating Holy Communion is eating the body of Christ and drinking the blood of Christ.
The regulations of eating the Passover/ Holy Communion:
12:9 Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire--its head with its legs and its entrails.
17:14. And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying,
17:15 "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.
The fire of flesh lust (sins) and the water of the world's freshness always target God's servants.
Life who is played by the fire of flesh lust and the water of the world's freshness equals to life who suffers epilepsy (spiritual epilepsy).
17:28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
17:29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
17:30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
An epilepsy has disturbed human life since the days of Lot;
We must work and study hard, but all those activities must not make us be unfaithful (not active) in spiritual activities, that is the building body of Christ.
The consequence of living in the fire of flesh lust and the water of the world's freshness is entering the fire and brimstone judgment.
From the whole Sodom-Gomorrah (one city, one country), there were only three people who were saved.
This condition will happen again in the last days, that is approaching Jesus' second coming (Luke 17:30), many God's children play with the fire of flesh lust or sins, and being unfaithful (even leaving) the ministry.
The consequence is experiencing the fire of God's judgment which will destroy the earth and all its contents until being drowned into the lake of fire burning with brimstone (the hell) forever.
II Peter 3:9-10
3:9. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
20:14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Be watchful! Do not play with "fire" and "water" (living in sins and unfaithfulness)!
God's judgment surely will come.
Regret always comes later. Therefore, it is better if we start to believe from now!
If until today God has not punished us yet, if we are still given life and God has not come for the second time yet, that is the longsuffering of God.
The aim of God's longsuffering is such that we can repent and come back to God.
We must pray solemnly and ask God for a release.
9:21 So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood.
A spiritual epilepsy hits all levels of society (from the highest one to the poorest) and all ages (from the youngest to the oldest), even it will hit the healthy and disable.
It is important to take children to Sunday school!
The meanings of spiritual epilepsy are as follows:
God's ways to help are as follows:
There is no other way out, we must persevere in shepherding!
Whatever our condition, let us bring our life in shepherding. God Himself will care, help, and set us free from epilepsy.
In shepherding system, God as the Great Shepherd restores our spiritual life first, until we can STRETCH OUT OUR HANDS TO GOD.
When we can stretch out both our hands to God, we already get everything.
The example is Peter, the image of great senior of God's servant, but he still needs to be restored through the shepherding system.
21:15. So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs."
21:16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep."
21:17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep.
21:18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish."
21:19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me."
Being able to stretch out our hands to God is the measure of spiritual maturity.
Through the perseverance in three main services (three questions of Jesus), Peter was able to realize his lacks and his denial to Jesus.
In everything that Peter did, Peter had no love although he served Jesus diligently.
In shepherding system, Jesus only waits we are able to stretch out both our hands to God, that is
9:22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us."
9:23 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"
In the family whose child suffered epilepsy, God also helped spiritual weakness first.
After being corrected, the father of that child actually did not believe God. It equals to having no faith.
Having no faith means as follows:
Spiritual problems cannot be born physically. Great smartness and richness will not be able to help us.
We need to stretch out both our hands to God, believe and fully surrender our life to God.
9:26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead."
9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
Many times when we start to learn stretching out our hands, believing and fully surrendering to God, it seems that everything get worse (the epileptic child looks dead).
If we want to be quick, there will be only recovery power.
But, God also wants to show rising power, that is
On Jesus' second coming, the last step is we become as perfect as Him and we will be lifted to the glorious clouds to be together with Him forever.
God blesses us.