2017年05月29日

To love is greater than to be loved

Books about Kakue Tanaka are booming lately. They call him “genius” or “a god of leadership”. I got a book written about him and was impressed a lot. What moved me the most was as follows: He put himself into shoes of the weak and did what they wanted.


He gently approached those who mourn and rushed to funerals earlier than others. Not only did he do what normal people did, but he got involved in ceremonies and gave a helping hand to those who lost their loved one. That is why they loved him. They still respect him though he fell into disgrace and resigned his position as Prime Minister.


However, I couldn’t help remembering someone as I read the book. It was Jesus himself. According to the Bible, he was neither one of the saints nor a god-like being in a certain area. He was the Savior of all mankind and the Son of Almighty God!


He washed the feet of his disciples, became a friend of the lonely and wept over the death of his friend. He ate with sinners, defended them and spent a long time together. He took care of the sick and handicapped. He directly touched those who have an infection.


Paul says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Though Jesus never sinned, he was crucified and received the judgment of sin instead of us all. Because he laid down his life, those who believe in him will not be condemned and cross over from death to life!


Jesus was one who told about love and showed the real one by laying it down. Even if you have no interest in him or put him off, his love for you never runs out.


You are so precious that the Son of God died for you. History shows countless people found power for living, restored their lives and experienced healing and recovery through Jesus Christ. I wish you would come to know him and his true love toward you.


Youth Pastor  Kenshiro Goto


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The thing that changes death into life

What we fear the most in life is death among things we feel fearful.

Soseki Natsume is a famous novelist who wrote “I am a cat”. When he was forty-eight, he lost his daughter and wrote in his diary.

“Yesterday we had a wake, today we have a funeral and tomorrow we will place the ashes in a grave. It is busy. But, after doing all these things, I think what we are doing is meaningless. Unless death is not changed into life, everything is meaningless.”

He seems to have said this as a father, not as a notable writer. We can sympathize with him in his suffering. Death takes away all our hope from us. However, here is a book that gives us hope! It is a bible. It tells us there is Jesus, who changed death into life. He said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”(John 11:25)

This word is not just a consolation. Jesus said this while the funeral of a young man named Lazarus who had become sick and passed away four days ago. And the Bible tells Jesus raised him from the dead.

If this event had been a fake one, attendees of the ceremony would have criticized him and the story would have been eliminated a long time ago. But it has been told as a fact till this day, not just a symbolic story, because it really took place in the past.

For forty years, I have attended the last moment of many people as a pastor. It makes a big difference whether he or she has hope for eternal life or not. May you come to church and know the thing that overcomes death so that you have peace in your life.

Senior Pastor  Masao Nakanishi


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2017年05月02日

第181回2017年5月のメッセージ「愛されるより、愛すること」


              「愛されるより、愛すること」


昨年から、田中角栄氏がブームになっています。日本が生んだ天才、リーダーシップの神とまで呼ばれています。私は角栄氏が現役の時代を知らないため、書店で本を購入し、読んでみました。様々なことを教えられ、感銘を受けましたが、私の心を特に打ったのは、「弱い人の立場に立って、その人のしてほしいことをする」という内容の部分でした。


首相まで経験した人物ですが、悲しむ人にはそっと寄り添い、葬儀には真っ先に駆けつける人柄が、人々に愛された理由というのです。普通の弔問客がするだけの事で終わらず、そこからさらに踏み込んで立ち回り、遺族を具体的に助けていく。これが人々の心を掴みました。

後に失脚し、首相の座を退きましたが、大変人情の厚い人物として、今も尊敬されています。


ところで私は、角栄氏の本を読みながら、“ある人”について思い出さずにはいられませんでした。その方とは、イエス・キリストです。聖書によれば、イエス様は聖人の1人や特定の分野における神のような存在ではなく、人類の救い主であり、神の子そのものです。


イエス様は12弟子の足を洗われ、孤独な者の友となられ、友人の死に涙を流されました。

蔑まれた人々と一緒に食事をし、彼らを擁護し、彼らと過ごす時間を惜しまれませんでした。病人や障害を持つ人々に心を砕かれ、伝染病を持つ人々にも、直接触れて病を癒されました。


パウロはこう語っています。「神は罪を知らない方を、私たちの代わりに罪とされました。それは、私たちが、この方にあって、神の義となるためです(Uコリント521節)。」

イエス様は罪を犯したことがないにも関わらず、十字架にかかられ、私たちの代わりに罪の裁きを受けて下さいました。それは、この方を信じる人が罪の裁きを免れ、永遠のいのちを得るためであるということなのです。


イエス様は、愛を語られただけでなく、文字通り命を捨てられ、愛を示して下さいました。

例え、あなたがこの方に対して関心がないとしても、「私とは関係ない」と退けたとしても、イエス様のあなたに対する愛は、決して変わることがありません。


あなたは、神の子が命を捨てられるほど価値のある存在なのです。これまで2,000年の間、数えきれない人々がキリストを通して、生きる力を見出し、人生を持ち直し、癒しと回復を体験してこられました。あなたにも、この方の真実の愛をぜひ知って頂きたいと思います。


伝道師 後藤献四郎

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