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Ceremony: Other Ceremony
Date: Tuesday Evening, March 11, 2008
Location: Ciawi (Evening)
Pastor: Pdt. Widjaja Hendra
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Release: December 07, 2008
The theme of our ceremonies is written in Revelation 21:5, Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
“Behold, I make all things new.” is written in Revelation book. Actually the creation has been started in the Genesis book, i.e. God made the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, including man. This is what we will talk about, i.e. the creation of man by God.
So it is clear! God created man in the Lord’s image and pattern, or God created man as glorious as the Lord himself and man was located at the garden of Eden or Paradise. Man with the Lord’s image and pattern or as glorious as the Lord will be placed at the garden of Eden or Paradise.
But unfortunately, men, who were Adam and Eve, sinned such that they fall short of the glory of the Lord. The consequence was they became naked and was driven to the earth by the Lord. So their state was perishing. In the beginning, man was in the garden of Eden, they did not lack of anything, they were so blessed, but because they were sinned, they became naked and was driven to the earth which is full of curse or sorrow. Actually, this world is not the place prepared for man created by the Lord, but it is the place for man ruined by Satan. Therefore, we must not be bound by this earth although we have a lot of treasures or prosperities. We must not bound by these things since the earth is not the place for man created by the Lord. Even though we experience many sorrows in this earth, we must not be desperate or disappointed because this earth is certainly not the place for us. Praise the Lord.
Since Adam and Eve sinned and driven to the earth, all flesh have sinned and
fall short of the glory of God. >>> Romans 3 : 23,
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
In the beginning, man were created to rule over the air, the earth, and the sea, but after they lose God’s image and pattern, the situation becomes the opposite, i.e. man are ruled by wild beast called antichrist with mark 6.6.6.
Verse 16 >>> everyone = man who has ruined by Satan, or naked man.
Therefore, flesh man who have been driven out from the garden of Eden and lived
in the earth becomes the target of antichrist and will be marked by 6.6.6. If
man receive mark 6.6.6., they will have the image and pattern of antichrist
or wild beast, who will be destructed in the hell after reigning for three and
a half years >>> Revelation 19:20,
But we are lucky, because the theme is “Behold, I make all things new.”
Since there is no other way out to anticipate man, who were created by the Lord
and have been punished in the earth, such that they will not be destructed in
the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The Lord has to make all things new again.
I consider the garden of Eden is a beautiful place above, but man were driven to the earth because of sin. In the earth, Satan has not been satisfied yet, and through antichrist, they want to mark man with mark 6.6.6. such that man will be driven again to the hell. But we thank God since Jesus had to come to the world. Therefore, this world is the most deciding place for man whether they will go up to the Paradise or go down to the hell forever. A lot of pastors teach that heaven is the matter after passing away. Do not talk like that! Because after passing away, there is no more chance to decide where we will be. During the time we are in this world is the chance to take our action, where we will be >>> go back to the image and pattern of the Lord means receive up into Paradise or into the Kingdom of Heaven. If men do not want, they would be in the image and pattern of antichrist and that means go down to the hell. Therefore, this world is not only the deciding place for man. You can take bachelor or master degree, but do not forget that this world is also the deciding place where we will spiritually go to, to the heaven or to the hell. We have to thank God because Jesus came to the world. If Jesus had come to Mars, man would have become wretches. This is God’s goodness, i.e. Jesus came to the world. If Jesus had not come to the world, man, who has go down from Paradise, would have gone to the hell and had the image of beast. I hope we can understand.
God’s effort (It is not man’s effort, since if it had been man’s effort, they would not have been able to do that since they were in the garden of Eden. The Lord came when man sinned, but they hid instead) to restore man to the image and pattern of the LORD, or to the righteousness, purity, and glory of the LORD is called God’s upbringing. In this world, we are brought up by God to restore us to the image and pattern of the LORD. Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd, He brings up us. So, to bring up is the duty of a pastor. For the Lord’s servant colleagues who become pastor, as I myself is a pastor, our duty is not to command or to become a dictator, but to bring up bad people. If a pastor is only willing to accept the good and send out the bad, he is a not a pastor but a company’s owner. All people in this world know that companies in this world only look for good people. But in a shepherding, we may not refuse the bad, they have to be brought up as the Great Shepherd brings up sinful people. If God refused bad people or flesh man that has been ruined, all people would be in the hell. But the ruined people are brought up such that they can be restored to the image and pattern of the Lord, or go back to the righteousness, purity, and glory.
How does God bring up us? We will learn this in Luke 6 which in Tabernacle signify to the Court of Tabernacle or righteousness (http://www.gptkk.org/pelataran-en.php). The ruined people cannot being glorious instantaneously, but we have to go back to righteousness or repentance first. After being right, there will be purity and glory. This is the way from Tabernacle which has steps. In Luke 6, the ruined people was brought up, the sheep want to be gathered by the Good Great Shepherd to the righteousness, purity, and glory, or the image and pattern of the LORD.
Luke 6 is divided into seven parts, and these are the God’s way to bring up seven parts of us. Seven is the perfect number, therefore we as the God’s servants have to follow the ceremonies seven times, then we may become perfect. Actually I only wanted five times ceremony because the distance from Ciawi to Cimanggis is near, so the congregation from Cimanggis can come to Ciawi, but God gave the Word for seven times. So, if you only follow the ceremonies at Ciawi and not at Cimanggis, it has not been perfect. But five also signifies the sacrifice of Christ.
Luke 6 is divided into seven parts, i.e. :
I will explain each part:
Now, we will learn the first part, i.e.
Vs 1 talks about the Sabbath. In the Old Testament, Sabbath means a rest in the seventh day, so it was only in a certain day or limited by time; meanwhile in the New Testament, Sabbath is a rest in Holy Spirit, so it is not limited by day, time, and place.
Actually, in the New Testament there are three kinds of Sabbath, i.e:
These are our rest places, i.e.:
On the Sabbath day, what was Jesus doing? Luke 6 : 1, One
Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to
pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels.
Moreover for the Word activities, sometimes people have been inside the church and sung with courage, but when the Word is preached they walk out from the church and become sleepy. This is the fact from the harmful human’s body that needs to be brought up by God, or guided by the Great Shepherd through the Sabbath day (Holy Spirit’s anointing) to join the spiritual activities, i.e. eating the Word activities or grainfield activities which is the primary activity in the ceremony. Singing has not been the peak activity in a ceremony. It has not specify the presence of the Lord, since the true presence of the Lord becomes real when there is the Word of God. There are people say that there is Lord’s presence when they sing. I would like to say that singing can also be differed. When people from the world sing, there are also people who faint or cry. I am not being opposed to singing, but it really still can be differed, whether it’s true from God or not. But when there is the Word inside the ceremony, the presence of the Lord must be there. Therefore, we must not be deceived.
Luke 5 : 1, One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake
of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word
The process of eating the grains or the Word, i.e:
Rubbing/peeling >>> If God’s servant reads the Holy Bible at home and then solemnly hears the Word in a ceremony or fellowship, his hands will be able to rub/peel, i.e. receive the opening secret of the Word, one verse is explained by another verse, and then distribute it to the congregation. The Word’s verse is not explained by knowledge or by humor. Likewise for the congregation, if you hear the Word solemnly in your place, also read the Holy Bible, you will be able to receive the opening secret of the Word. The process is the same. I hope we can understand.
Eating the Word >>> can understand the Word. If we read the Holy Bible solemnly and listen the Word solemnly, we will receive and understand the opening secret of the Word. For example: it has been explained in Genesis about the creation of human, but they were ruined by satan; therefore, there is a new creation in Revelation >>> we can understand the opening secret of the Word. So, understanding the Word = eating the Word. Then, it must be continued for not only understanding; since if it is only understood, it will only be knowledge, such that after arriving in the hotel, there will be competitions of arguments. Therefore, do not stop until this step, but we must continue to next.
Believing (or being convinced) by the Word, until the Word becomes faith in heart. If we eat ordinary food, the digestion is in the stomach; but if we eat the Word, it will go unto our heart, and we will be filled. If the Word only go unto the brain, we will not be filled. After being filled or understanding the Word, the next step is
Practicing the Word >>> The Word of God ingrains in our life. After being digested, the food is spread to the whole body such that it ingrains. This is the Word which is practiced. This is the key of success of a God’s servant. Why there is a God’s servant who preaches the Word about tithe but there is nobody from the congregation who wants to give the tithe, moreover they become angry and protest in the church? This is because the God’s servant preaches the Word which has not ingrained, still being a theory. If the Word has ingrained or has been practiced, then it cannot be protested by anybody even though the congregation consists of smart people. Because that God’s servant already has the Blood of Jesus’ mark that cannot be erased by anything. The fault of a God’s servant is done by preaching the Word that has not been practiced such that there is no power. If the Word has ingrained, or has became life’s experience, we will be assured in the Teaching Word and will never be doubted by the other teaching or false teaching, doubtful people will not receive anything from God (in James), since doubtful people means he is double-minded. The false teaching is more terrible than atomic bomb or tsunami disaster since they just kill the body. If the people who become the victims of the disaster have faith to Jesus, they will be saved. But if a person who looks healthy and has great church building or has big company is corrupted by false teaching, their body, soul, and spirit will be destroyed. For pastor colleagues, we must give account since there is the congregation behind us. Therefore, we should not despise the false teaching by saying >>> take what is good and throw away what is bad >>>. This is really harmful. I hope we can understand.
Since it was on the Sabbath, Jesus got a problem. Based on Israel’s law,
it is not allowed to work on the Sabbath, but Jesus’ disciples picked
the grain instead. If we want to eat the Word, we have to face a lot of problems
or hindrances. What do we have to do? >>> Luke 6 : 2, 3,
What is the way out?
How is the way out from us? We already get from God, i.e. we may freely eat the Word. From us, if we feel full or have no appetite, we will not be able to eat. Therefore, as the way out from us such that we can eat the Word, we have to feel hungry. What does it mean with ‘hungry’? It means the longing for eating the Word well as the God’s servant or as God’s children.
I was corrected by God and I apologize if this is considered as arrogance. Almost every day I have to preach and almost every month I have to serve this kind of fellowship, but I was corrected by God >>> whether you preach the Word with a longing or has it become a habit? I cried. Because frequently it has become a habit (the Law) >>> because tomorrow is Sunday, then the Word has to be prepared on Saturday. Also for the pastors, is there any longing for eating the Word at Jesus’ feet? Also for the congregation, especially for those who have been shepherded in three main services, has that become a habit or the Law or regulation? Because as the priests, you have to minister three times.
God wants to take us to the grainfield, but God also wants to upgrade by not
only simply eating the Word, but also eating with a longing, because a longing
is more than regulation.
The meaning of being defended are:
If you read the story of David in the book of Samuel, David told Jonathan that
‘there is but a step between me and death’. Maybe these days our
situation like a step in distance with death, but if we have a longing to eat
the Word, then we like babies who have no strength but we are being inside God’s
caress so that we can feel God’s protection and caring, and we are set
free from all evils/distresses/troubles as David, even from death/perdition.
Psalm 119 : 18 -20,
1 Peter 1 : 23 – 25,
If we only eat paddy that is considered grass genus, our life will be like grass. Although we are rich, powerful, we remain like grass. But if we eat grain (the Word), we will be renewed and become a new human, recreated as a spiritual human.
Now, if we have the longing for eating the Word, we will:
Uprightness will decide, whether we will go up or down. If we are being upright constantly, we will experience the spiritual and physical miracles. We will experience many helps from God, we will be healed, etc. Until one time when Jesus comes back for the second time, we will experience the highest wonderful thing, the most impossible thing, i.e. our flesh human will be renewed as glorious as Lord Jesus/ having the Lord’s image and pattern to rise and enter A Thousand Years Kingdom of Peace, continued to the New Jerusalem, the eternal Kingdom of Heaven. If there is a longing for eating the Word, we will be defended and see the wonderful things. Let us pray, when we have no strength, the miracle will be visible.
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