Jesus and Liberation from Grief

In our hearts we try to feel the heart of God, but the evil elements and the social environment, our surroundings, cause our bodies to take the course which is opposite to our minds. In this way our minds and bodies are often in conflict with each other.

When we look at ourselves, we can experience two dimensions of grief. There is the grief that one feels as one adores goodness. There is also the grief one feels for one’s own desires. In other words, one can grieve for the sake of one’s own heart’s desire or one can grieve to satisfy the desire of the mind.

If we are fallen human beings who will feel anguish no matter what, then which grief must we feel to escape from this realm of the fall? We must feel the anguish that can reach even to the heart of God. Otherwise there is no way that we can liberate ourselves from the realm of all this anguish.

However, people who are living on this earth cannot stand on the side of God on their own, become connected to the situation and heart of God, and create the environment in which they can mourn with God. Therefore, God sent one person, Jesus, who could represent the sorrow of God, and had the people believe in him. The Jesus you believe in came to cut people off from the sorrowful bonds of the satanic world and to raise them to the position of objects of God, who feels their grief.

What did Jesus bring to the earth? He came with love. However, to establish this love, he had to cross over the hill of sorrow. Yet Jesus had to conclude his thirty years of life without being able to cross the hill of sorrow. Jesus possessed a heart that no other understood. He shed tears for the sake of the people and out of concern for Judaism and Heaven.

Therefore, even if fallen humans want to understand the heart of Jesus, they cannot do it in the state they are in. When we serve Jesus as the Lord, from the position of having taken responsibility for his heart, will and mission, he who had penetrated through all the elements of sin that had tainted the 4,000 long years of history, we can finally feel his grief. Accordingly, the believers of Judaism who had average faith, the Israelites who boasted about their rights as the chosen people, had nothing to do with the sorrow of Jesus.

The reason that Jesus felt anguish after he came to the earth was because he agonized for the sake of God. He prayed not for his own sake but on behalf of the ideology that could stand on the side of God. Although Jesus prayed only to soothe the lamenting heart of God, longing to build the garden of God’s love, there was no one, among the people of the time, who listened to the voice of those prayers. No one could realize the centre of the Gospels Jesus talked about. Thus, though Jesus should have created the environment in which people could feel his agony and sorrow on behalf of God, because this will was not transmitted to humankind, Jesus felt deep pain even after he went to the spirit world. Accordingly, we have to understand that the sorrow of God still leaves its marks on the course of providential history because the purpose for which Jesus came was not achieved.

Now you must experience the sorrowful heart of God and the sorrowful heart of Jesus. With the sorrowful heart you have experienced, you have to learn to become a true person who can worry for Heaven. However, although you agonize in anguish, centring on yourselves, you do not yet agonize in anguish representing the heavenly relationship that gives us new life and pioneers the course of restoration. Therefore, if you forsake every worldly sorrow you feel and shed tears while feeling the anguish of Heaven, then you will be able to make a new beginning of hope. You have to understand that if there is one true person who can cling to the sorrow of God, shed tears unbeknownst to others, and get rid of sorrow on behalf of all people, then the fortune of the earth will move centring on where that person stands.

The people who cannot feel sorrow on behalf of God will perish. The church, family, society and nation who cannot feel grief on behalf of God will be doomed. If this nation had united from the top to the bottom, and from the rulers to the common citizens had clung to the altar of the heavenly principles and shed tears as a people and mourned, then they would not have become as they are today. The time has come when we must now make a new determination.

Let Us Experience the Sorrow of God
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
March 2, 1958

Fight for the faith

As I Can See

Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the gospel
of Christ, so that, whether I come to you and see for myself, or stay at a distance
and only hear about you, I shall know that you are unanimous in meeting the
attack with firm resistance, united by your love for the faith of the gospel and
quite unshaken by your enemies. This would be the sure sign that they will lose
and you will be saved. It would be a sign from God that he has given you the
privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well. You and
I are together in the same fight as you saw me fighting before and, as you will
have heard, I am fighting still.

Philippians 1:27-30

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A warning for the rich and self-confident

As I Can See

Here is the answer for those of you who talk like this: “Today or tomorrow,
we are off to this or that town; we are going to spend a year there, trading, and
make some money.” You never know what will happen tomorrow: you are no
more than a mist that is here for a little while and then disappears. The most
you should ever say is: “If it is the Lord’s will, we shall still be alive to do this or
that.” But how proud and sure of yourselves you are now! Pride of this kind is
always wicked. Everyone who knows what is the right thing to do and doesn’t
do it commits a sin.
Now an answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are
coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by
moths. All your gold…

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On Clean and Unclean

As I Can See

He called the people to him again and said, “Listen to me, all of you, and
understand. Nothing that goes into a man from outside can make him unclean;
it is the things that come out of a man that make him unclean. lf anyone has
ears to hear, let him listen to this.”
When he had gone back into the house, away from the crowd, his disciples
questioned him about the parable. He said to them, “Do you not understand
either? Can you not see that whatever goes into a man from outside cannot
make him unclean, because it does not go into his heart but through his stomach
and passes out into the sewer?” (Thus he pronounced all foods clean.) And he
went on, “It is what comes out of a man that makes him unclean. For it is from
within, from men’s hearts, that evil intentions emerge:…

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How can a man be reborn?

As I Can See

“I tell you most solemnly,
unless a man is born through water and the Spirit,
he cannot enter the kingdom of God:
what is born of the flesh is flesh;
what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Do not be surprised when I say:
You must be born from above.
The wind blows wherever it pleases;
you hear its sound,
but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.
That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.”

John 3:5-9

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The true kinsmen of Jesus

As I Can See

His mother and brothers now arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message askng for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you’. He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother’.

Mark 3:31-35

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Why Jesus speaks in parables

As I Can See

When he was alone, the Twelve, together with the others who formed this company, asked what the parables meant. He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God is given to you, but to those who are outside everything comes in parables, so that they may see and see again, but not perceive; may hear and hear again, but not understand; otherwise they might be converted and be forgiven.”

Mark 4:10-12

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A warning for the rich and self-confident

Here is the answer for those of you who talk like this: “Today or tomorrow,
we are off to this or that town; we are going to spend a year there, trading, and
make some money.” You never know what will happen tomorrow: you are no
more than a mist that is here for a little while and then disappears. The most
you should ever say is: “If it is the Lord’s will, we shall still be alive to do this or
that.” But how proud and sure of yourselves you are now! Pride of this kind is
always wicked. Everyone who knows what is the right thing to do and doesn’t
do it commits a sin.
Now an answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are
coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by
moths. All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion
will be your own sentence, and eat into your body. It was a burning fire that you
stored up as your treasure for the last days. Laborers mowed your fields, and
you cheated them – listen to the wages that you kept back, calling out; realize
that the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. On earth
you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went
on eating to your heart’s content. It was you who condemned the innocent and
killed them; they offered you no resistance.

James 4:13-17, 5:1-6

Fight for the faith

Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the gospel
of Christ, so that, whether I come to you and see for myself, or stay at a distance
and only hear about you, I shall know that you are unanimous in meeting the
attack with firm resistance, united by your love for the faith of the gospel and
quite unshaken by your enemies. This would be the sure sign that they will lose
and you will be saved. It would be a sign from God that he has given you the
privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well. You and
I are together in the same fight as you saw me fighting before and, as you will
have heard, I am fighting still.

Philippians 1:27-30

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