- - 【説教】わたしは彼をいやす
- - 【Message】 The Triple Love of God
- - 【説教】人の子よ、自分の足で立て──エゼキエルの召命
- - 【説教】神の御心を行う人こそ
- - 【Message】 Ascension
- - 教会暦「大いなる50日」
- - 【説教】エチオピアの宦官の洗礼
- - 【説教】イエス御自身が真ん中に立ち
- - 【Message】 Thomas and Jesus
- - 【説教】弟子たちとペトロに告げなさい
- - 『日韓キリスト教関係史資料』全３巻完結にあたって
- - 【Message】The Curtain of the Temple was Torn
- - 【説教】一粒の麦は地に落ちて─トマス・クランマーの殉教
- - 【Message】 We look at the Cross
- - 【説教】あなたの家を思う熱意が
- - 十字架の祈り
- - 【Message】If any want to become my followers
- - 【書評】『日韓キリスト教関係史資料Ⅲ』キリスト新聞ＷＥＢ版
- - 【説教】荒れ野のイエス
- - 【動画】They saw no one but only Jesus
【Message】If any want to become my followers
Second Sunday in Lent
February 28, 2021
The International Congregation of St. Agnes Church,
the diocese of Kyoto, The Anglican Church in Japan
“The Son of Man.” Jesus called himself “the Son of Man.”
“Son of Man” means originally a humankind who is weak and mortal.
But in the book of Daniel, a prophet, “one like the Son of man”(KJV) or “one like a human being”(NRSV) seems to be a messianic title.
So “the Son of Man” is a hidden title of Jesus, that is the Messiah.
Jesus said in the Gospel today, “the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. ”
Why must Jesus undergo great suffering? Why must Jesus be rejected and killed?
Because the generation, this world, was adulterous and sinful.
But because Jesus loved the world and desired to save people.
34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
Now Jesus calls us, and says to us. ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
Do we want to become his followers? Do you want to follow him?
“let them deny themselves and take up their cross…”
This is not easy, but very hard, we feel.
However Jesus wants to make us free from our anxiety, from our restlessness, cowardice, and selfishness.
If we receive his word and welcome Jesus, he will come into us and our old selves will go out away. When we take up our cross, when we bear a burden for neighbors and the gospel, then Jesus will work with us and fill us with peace, grace, and life.
Jesus said to them,
“Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father”
This is not his wish. Jesus does not want be ashamed of us. He wants to be pleased with us. May his wish be in our hearts. It makes us grow as his disciples.
Those who are pleased with him and with his words, Jesus, the Son of Man, will be pleased with them, when he comes in the glory of his Father.
Those are we. Jesus is pleased with us.
We are invited to be his followers and to his joy. Amen