Sermon in a nutshell: Matthew 15:21-28
Last Sunday we talked about dreams for our children and grand children. We want them to live abundant lives. We do not want them to die under pressure of keeping all the rules and traditions. We want them to have living spirits that keep them alive.
Many of them have wounds. We want them to be cured and freed from the power of sin and death. We are like the Canaanite woman who cried out to Jesus for her daughter!
She was in a desperate situation. Her daughter is tormented by a demon! As a mother or a father, it is painful for us to watch our children suffering from disease, addiction, or evil spirits. We want to do anything to cure them. We know how she felt when her daughter was tortured by a demon. We would sacrifice anything to make our children free from such sufferings. So, she screamed and cried out to Jesus, “Lord, help me!” Jesus did not respond to her cries. She kept shouting out. Still Jesus ignored her. Finally when Jesus replied, he did with following harsh words: “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” Jesus treated her and her daughter as dogs simply because they are not Israelites but Canaanites! What a discriminatory remark it was!
However, Jesus was not a racist. Jesus knew how strong her faith was. Jesus knew that her faith was resurrection faith. Jesus wanted to use her faith as a model and a lesson for everybody. Jesus saw true quality of her faith. As Jesus expected, she replied: “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” She did not defend her self-worth or pride. She decided to die completely to have a new life. She declared her current self as a dog that cannot expect God’s Grace with the hope to have a new self as a God’s child. Finally God answered to her. “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish!” And the daughter was healed instantly!
To make our dreams for our children and grand children to come true, we need such humble attitude and strong faith. If we are really serious about the fate of our descendents, we should not care for our own pride, our own benefit, our own gain and stop asking, “What is there for me?” So, I am willing to be called a “dog” to bring God’s Grace upon our next generations. That is my attitude when I pray for our VBS and after school program. I am looking for just “crumbs that fall from the master’s table.”
- How serious are you for the well being and faith of your children and grand children?
- What would you give up or give in to make God’s dream for our next generation to come true?