Sermon on the Holy Son 1
Who Is Jesus Christ?
Why Did Jesus Come to This World?
Jesus came through the body of a virgin.
Reason: To save human beings from
sin, He had to come in their flesh.
In what form did He come?
He came in a form that had nothing
to be desired of.
Jesus came to the nation of Israel,
as a man, and through the body of the Virgin Mary engaged to Joseph,
for He came to fulfill the Word of prophecy for the sake of mankind.
Christ came to become the light for this dark world.
He came to become and work as the
Interceder between God and mankind. After being baptized by John
and while thus shouldering the sins of the world, He was crucified
and shed His blood on the Cross. As such, He came to give the remission
of sin and life to those who believe.
Christ came to enable us to enter
the Kingdom of Heaven by believing in His baptism of the cleansing
of sin and the blood of the Cross, and to allow us to avoid the
This world had been a dark and hopeless
world. Before Christ came to this world, there was no light of true
salvation, but worse, it was locked in pitch-black darkness. To
such a world as this, Jesus came. Why did Jesus come? He came to
shine the light of salvation to this world.
Actually, Jesus was not born in December.
Rather, He was born in a season when the fields of Israel were filled
with green grass, when shepherds tended their sheep out in the open
field and let them graze there (Luke 2:8). This verifies the fact
that His actual birthday was not December 25.
Why, then, do we celebrate Christmas
on this cold day of December 25? This was because from the mid 4th
century A.D., the Western Church set this day of December 25 as
the birthday of Jesus to prevent the spread of the pagan worship
of a sun god. But this day was actually a day of worshipping the
sun god. Aiming to inhibit the participation in this pagan celebration
and to prevent the adulteration of Christians’ faith, the same day
of pagan festivity was proclaimed as the birthday of Jesus, in a
kind of strategy akin to fighting fire with fire.
We are not sure exactly when Jesus’
birthday is, but we do know for certain that the Son of God came
to save the entire mankind, and we therefore set aside a day of
the year to celebrate His coming, regardless of whether or not December
25 had actually been a day of pagan celebration. Because the whole
world celebrates the day when Jesus was born to save us from our
sins, we set a day, remember it, and thank and praise Him.
When Jesus came to this earth, all
the people of this world had been deceived by the Devil, their hearts
were weighed down by their sins, and they truly did not know the
way of receiving eternal life. This is why God the Father sent His
Son Jesus to save the people of the world from all their sins.
The name Jesus is the name of the
Savior, meaning He who will save His people from their sins. This
Jesus came to this world. By bearing the sins of the world with
His baptism, Jesus was condemned on the Cross and has thereby blotted
out all these sins.
Was Jesus God?
Yes. Jesus was God Himself in His
essence. Jesus is the very One who created the whole universe with
the Word of His mouth. This world, in fact, was created by God.
John 1:3 says, “All things were made through Him, and without Him
nothing was made that was made.” Jesus was God Himself who came
to save sinners. Jesus created this world and the whole universe
in the beginning. When Jesus said, “let there be light,” then there
was light. When He said, “let there be the sun,” then the sun came
into existence. It is by this command of Jesus, “let there be,”
that all the grasses, trees, the sea, the sky, and even mankind
itself came into existence. Jesus is God who created all these things
in the beginning (Genesis 1:3-15).
He was fundamentally the God of creation.
All things were made through Him, and there was nothing that was
made without Him. Why, then, did He come to this earth incarnated
in the flesh of a man?
He came to save all the sinners of
this world from all their sins. The reason that God came to mankind
was to shine the true light to each and every one of sinner and
thereby saving them all from their sins.
John 1:9-12 states, “That was the
true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the
world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not
receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right
to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
The Son of God came to blot out all
the sins that we have inherited from Adam, the father of mankind,
and to drive away darkness from this world. His name is Jesus Christ,
and Jesus Christ is the Son of God the Father.
Why Did People Not Receive Jesus into Their Hearts?
Because He has saved sinners from
their sins by coming as a lowly man.
Because people did not cast aside
their own faith and their own thoughts.
Because they did not realize that
they had been created by God.
Because they did not know that they
are bound to hell because they have been sinners from the very moment
of their birth.
Because people did not know that Jesus
is the Savior.
Because they were ignorant of the
Because they did not recognize the
Savior who is God Himself.
Because they did not respond to the
gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Because they did not know Jesus, who
is the way and the truth.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a small,
rural town in Israel.
Why was Jesus born in this world?
He came to us to save those who are ill-treated in this world and
who are truly living lowly lives in this world. Jesus came to save
those who are tormented by their sins, who want to enter the Kingdom
of Heaven, and who want to be clothed in God’s grace. This is why
Jesus was born in a manger.
However, when Jesus came to this world
in the likeness of human beings, the people of Israel did not recognize
Him as God and the Messiah. They did not realize that He was the
Son of God, the very Creator God who made the whole universe and
everything in it. This is why the people of Israel did not receive
Him. This is true even now. Many people in this world still do not
know that Jesus is the God of creation and the Savior who has saved
human beings from all their sins.
Isaiah wrote that when God looked
down from Heaven, “He saw that there was no man, and wondered
that there was no intercessor [Savior]” (Isaiah 59:16). God
Himself had to come up with salvation, and He Himself had to come
to this earth and make us sinless—that is, make the sinful sinless.
Coming to this earth, to bring down the wall that had sprung up
in our relationship with God the Father as a result of our sins
and separated us from Him, He took all the sins of mankind upon
Himself with His baptism and bore the condemnation of all these
sins of mankind by being crucified and shedding His blood on the
Cross. He has thereby saved those who believe.
No matter how human beings have no
righteousness of their own, no matter how insufficient and weak
they are, and no matter how many sins they have committed, if they
only realize that Jesus fulfilled all righteousness by taking upon
their sins with His baptism and shedding His blood on the Cross,
and if they accept this truth into their hearts, they can all be
saved from all their sins.
As such, there is only one true Savior
in this world, and this Savior is only Jesus. The name of Jesus
itself means “He who will save His people from their sins” (Matthew
By doing what can we enter Heaven?
Can we enter Heaven by doing good deeds?
Being born into this world, can we
live without ever sinning?
It is impossible for us not to ever
sin. We cannot help but sin for the rest of our lives until our
own demise. Can people enter Heaven when they have a sin as small
as a penny?
Is there anyone in this world, then,
who can enter Heaven by his own strength?
By whom can we then enter Heaven?
We can enter Heaven by believing in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit given by Jesus Christ.
“For He will save His people from
their sins” (Matthew 1:21). God made us, and when we fell into
sin, He became a man and came to this earth to make our sins disappear.
The One who thus came to this earth, was baptized, and died on the
Cross is none other than Jesus.
When We Believe in Jesus, How Can We Receive Him
John 1:12 says, “But as many as
received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God,
to those who believe in His name.” To those who believe that
Jesus has become their Savior and blotted out all their sins, He
has given them the right to become God’s children. Have you received
the gospel of the water and the Spirit?
What is receiving the truth? One can
receive the truth only when he/she knows the truth of the water
and the Spirit. When someone is knocking on the door, we open the
door only slightly and first ask who it is, and if it is someone
whom we know, we then open the door fully and ask him/her to come
in. This is receiving.
Although we have not actually met
Jesus face to face, we still believe that He accepted all our sins
passed onto Him by being baptized at the Jordan River. I thank God
for this truth. I may not be able to extend any loan guarantees,
but what I can guarantee definitely is the Word that we can enter
the Kingdom of God if we only believe in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. That you are made sinless is, in itself, becoming
God’s children. That you receive eternal life by faith is the truth.
The faith that receives the blessings
of Heaven is the faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
given by God. This means believing not only that Jesus bore all
your sins with His baptism, but also that He came to this earth
and took away once and for all every sin that you would commit for
the rest of your lives and until the end of the world. Jesus, whom
I believe, has made us sinless all at once by taking away our sins
of the world once and for all.
“Believe.” Faith is a beautiful word.
“Receive.” I accepted the truth that Jesus is my Savior into my
heart. I am no better than anyone else. Yet even so, the reason
why I can speak in confidence and at times even be proud is because
of my faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
By all means, I hope that you would
all know and believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
It is only when we know the truth of the water and the Spirit and
believe in it that we can finally be born again, become sinless,
and thereby also become God’s children.
Do you know and believe in the truth
that Jesus took all your sins upon Himself when He was baptized
at the Jordan River? Jesus accepted the condemnation of all the
sins that you have committed throughout your entire lifetime and
was vicariously punished on the Cross in your place. He then arose
from the dead in three days and now sits at the right hand of the
throne of God the Father. Even now, our God is alive.
John 1:9 says, “That was the true
Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”
This Light is the Light of Jesus who took upon the sins of the world
by being baptized by John and dying on the Cross. All that we have
to do is just receive this true Light shone by our Lord. We must
accept into our hearts the truth that Jesus came as the Savior of
us the sinners. We must believe that Jesus bore all our sins by
being baptized at the Jordan River. When we believe that He thus
fulfilled all the righteousness of God, we can then be saved from
all our sins.
In our flesh, we are unable to believe
in Jesus. But in our hearts, we can know the righteousness of God,
believe in it, and thereby receive it. Once, we had been in pitch-black
darkness. That this darkness is removed by the true Light shinning
in our hearts means the removal of our sins from our hearts by our
faith in the Word of truth. This true Light is the Word of the truth
through which we have been born again of water and the Spirit, and
the true Light gives us light because we have believed in and accepted
into our hearts the baptism that Jesus received from John and His
bloodshed on the Cross.
It is appointed for men to be born
once and die once. The Bible tells us that our lifetime is about
70 years, or 80 if we are strong (Psalm 90:10). Every human being
goes through the trials of life, and, at its end, must stand before
the Lord. How pitiful would it be if we were to die without knowing
the truth of the water and the Spirit? Even if we were to live beyond
80, we must all die once at some point. But we do not simply cease
to exist after dying. Judgment follows our death. Whether we are
welcomed into Heaven or cast into hell is determined by whether
we have the faith that believes in the water and the blood of Jesus
Christ. While we are still living on this earth, we must therefore
receive the blessing of believing in Jesus’ baptism and accepting
it into our hearts.
Some people say, “I am not someone
who can believe in Jesus. Why? Because I was born as a natural sinner,
whose propensity to sin is boundless.” But even these people need
not worry. Their sins, too, were all passed onto Jesus through His
baptism and blood, and, as such, all that they have to do is just
entrust everything to Him by believing in this Word. I beseech you
to leave all your weaknesses and flaws of your hearts, which you
cannot ever control on your own, at the feet of God, for if you
would only entrust all your sins to Him, our Lord, being the Almighty
God that He is, has already solved all the problems of your sins
through His baptism and blood.
While we live in this world, we must
always believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit in our
hearts. We must live with our faith always prepared to enter Heaven.
And when we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit given
by Jesus, we are then born again. When you do so, you should realize,
the blessings of God are then spread throughout the entire world
through none other than yourselves.
When we believe in gospel of the water
and the Spirit given by God, He then protects us. We must receive
Jesus by believing that He has become our Savior. And let us also
thank Him for being our Savior.
We Must Know and Believe in Jesus Who Is Both Divine
and Human (John 1:14)
The Apostles believed in the Son of
God our Lord as the Savior.
The name Jesus means “the Savior,”
and the name Christ means “the anointed One.” This means that Jesus
fulfilled His role as the Prophet, that He is the King of kings,
and, therefore, He also fulfilled the role of the High Priest of
the Kingdom of Heaven.
First of all, the Old Testament clearly
specifies that the Christ to come is God Himself. A representative
passage of this is found in Isaiah 9:6, which states, “Unto us
a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will
be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
In addition, our Lord’s own Word bears
witness to this truth. To show just a couple of examples, Matthew
5:17 says, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the
Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” No one
else but the Savior God Himself alone can fulfill the Law. Also,
in Matthew 9:6, Jesus said, “But that you may know that the Son
of Man has power on earth to forgive sins.”
Paul said in Philippians 2:5-6, “Let
this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in
the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,”
and in Colossians 2:9, he said, “For in Him dwells all the fullness
of the Godhead bodily.”
Above all, the signs that Jesus performed
while on this earth clearly show us that He is God. With only five
loaves and two fish, He fed over 5,000 people, not counting women
and children. On another occasion, He fed 4,000 people with just
7 loaves and 2 fish. Jesus also brought down winds with His rebuke.
He walked on water, and delivered Peter who sank into water. Matthew
11:5 states, “The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are
cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up.” All these
things cannot be done by mere mortals, but they can be accomplished
only by God. As such, Christ is clearly the living God and the Savior.
What Is the Meaning of the Baptism of Jesus? (Matthew
We must believe that Jesus took the
sins of the world upon Himself by being baptized by John the Baptist
(Matthew 3:15). This baptism that Jesus received from John was to
bear all the sins and iniquities of the sinners of this world. To
realize this truth, we must first understand the meaning of the
word “thus.” This word “thus” is “” in Greek,
and it means: 1) just in this way; 2) most fitting; and 3) there
is no other way besides this. In other words, when Jesus came to
this earth, He had to be baptized to accept the iniquities of sinners
passed onto Him. If we do not believe so, our sins cannot be blotted
There are some people who have misunderstood
the baptism of Jesus and mistakenly think that He was baptized to
show us His humility. But this is not the case. The Word of the
baptism of Jesus by John clearly bears witness to the truth that
He was thus baptized in order to take upon all the sins of this
world. Jesus could become the Savior of those who believe in Him
because He, coming to this earth, accepted all the sins of this
world passed onto His body in a single instance by receiving His
baptism from John once and for all.
We cannot keep the Word of this truth
of Jesus’ baptism covered. Why? Because what Satan seeks after from
sinners is to make them unable to know the Word of the baptism of
Jesus, the most important aspect to mankind’s remission of sin,
and to incapacitate them from believing in it.
The Baptism of Jesus and the Blood of the Cross
The baptism that Jesus received from
John is the work of salvation through which He took the sins of
mankind upon Himself. 1 John 5:4-6 tells us that Jesus’ baptism
is essential to our salvation. The reason why Jesus was baptized
by John at the Jordan River is as the following.
That Jesus was baptized by John means
that He fulfilled all the righteousness of God—that is, Jesus accepted
all the sins of the world passed onto Him. When Jesus was baptized,
His submersion in water tells us of His death, and His emersion
from water tells us of His resurrection.
Jesus’ baptism corresponds to the
Word of the Old Testament found in Leviticus 16, where sacrificial
offerings accepted the sins of the people of Israel with the laying
on of hands. That this was done so had the same reason as to why
Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. It was the same reason for
which Jesus commanded John, “You shall baptize me. Permit it be
so. It is thus fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” He
said, “By my being baptized by you, and by your baptizing me, it
is fitting to fulfill all righteousness.”
What is it that everyone in this world
desires and wishes the most? It is to become sinless in their hearts,
in other words, to become the sinless children of God. The Bible
tells us that for us to become so, we must believe in the Word that
Jesus blotted out all the sins and iniquities of sinners by being
baptized and shedding His blood on the Cross, and it tells us also
that it is by thus believing that we can receive the righteousness
of God. What, then, is all the righteousness of God? It is the Word
telling us that as Jesus was baptized by John in this world, the
iniquities of all sinners left them and were then passed onto the
body of Jesus.
“For thus it is fitting for us to
fulfill all righteousness (making all sinner righteous).” Jesus
told John, in other words, that it is by being baptized by John
that He would fulfill all the righteousness of God. To fulfill God’s
righteousness, Jesus had to be baptized and thereby accept all the
sins and transgressions of sinners passed onto Him. On our part,
what we must do is to believe in the baptism that Jesus received.
Jesus came to make all the sins and
iniquities of sinners disappear. But those who do not believe in
the truth are bound in their eternal sins forever and cannot escape
from them at all. In the Bible, there is no way by which sinners
can be saved from all the sins of the world but only to believe
in the baptism of Jesus and the blood of the Cross written in the
Word of God.
Even so, there are still many contrasting
opinions as to the method with which Jesus Christ has blotted out
the iniquities of sinners. Some people say that the Word of salvation
from sin is only the Word of the blood of the Cross. But the Word
of God written in the Scripture tells us that the Word of the baptism
of Jesus is the most fitting for Him to make all the sins and transgressions
of sinners disappear, for Jesus was thus baptized all at once and
died on the Cross once and for all.
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There are others who ask, “Is there
no other method but this, that Jesus cleansed away the sins of the
world by being baptized and shed His blood on the Cross?” But our
Lord has told us clearly that the salvation of sinners comes only
from His own providence, and that it is far from our place for us
to question or blame the Word for how Jesus chose to save sinners.
There is a saying, “A taffy peddler
does as he pleases.” Likewise, when it comes to God’s salvation
of sinners from all their sins, if He Himself tells us that He has
saved them through this method—that is, through the baptism of Jesus
by John and His crucifixion—then all that we can do is just believe
in what He tells us as it is. Who can then possibly object to the
Word of God? People may refuse to believe in the Word of the baptism
of Jesus received from John and of the blood of the Cross, and they
may reject what God has told them, but they will certainly not be
able to avoid hell.
Do you believe in the Word of God?