Sermon in a nutshell: How to build a community? (Leviticus 7:11-18)
1. During Lent, we talked about people who made a difference in history. Today, we finally shouted that it was Jesus who made the ultimate difference in history. What did He do to make a difference?
2. First, Jesus was the light of the world but He stepped down into darkness. He gave himself as a <peace offering> to restore the broken relationship between God and humans. Because of Jesus, we can come to worship God, calling God our Father. So, in this worship service, we also want to follow Jesus, we want to learn how to humble and empty ourselves as we are listening to the words of the song. (Here I Am to Worship)
3. When we worship God, we realize that God paid the price for our sins. Unlike the crowd who shouted “Hosanna, Hosanna!” without any willingness to pay the price of freedom, Jesus knew exactly the price He had to pay for us. God knew that the price would be His only begotten son. God was willing to pay the price because God loved and loves the world so much. (God So Loved the World)
4. Some of us ask, “How do you know God loves us?” God shows His love in practical and concrete ways. First, God came to us in flesh, in a human body. Then God knelt down before us and washed our feet. How much more concrete and practical can God’s love be? He washed our feet. That is how we show God’s love to the world. We need to kneel down and wash the feet of the world. (Wash Their Feet)
5. That was not the end of the story of God’s love. That was just beginning of God’s love story. <Washing Feet> is like a <Thanksgiving Offering>, a prelude to the <Total Sacrifice of Life>. After Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, He took the bread, gave thanks to God, broke the bread, and gave it to the disciples. We all know that these four actions symbolize our calling. In Christ, we are taken, blessed, broken, and given to the world. After the supper, Jesus took the cup, gave thanks to God, and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my blood, blood of the New Covenant, for the Forgiveness of Sins.” We all know that life is in blood. When Jesus gave His blood for us, he gave His life for us. Nobody forced him to do it. Jesus was willing to pay the price for us. It was his <votive offering> and <freewill offering>. (In Remembrance of Me)
6. We also want to follow Jesus. Just as Jesus willingly and gladly washed the feet of the disciples, we will willingly and gladly serve the world. Just as Jesus voluntarily and freely gave His life for us, we will give our total commitment to God. Just as the <Offering of Well-Being> that needed to be shared and eaten on that first Holy Communion day, we will share what we have with others today. We will give our all and best offering today. Tomorrow belongs to God. (I’ll Follow You)
7. When we follow Jesus, we will die with Him and rise again with Him. We will go through suffering with Him but will receive glory with Him. We will give up our glory here on earth but we will have eternal life with Him in heaven. After three days, we will see the glory. God commanded that the <Sacrifice of Well-Being> should be eaten by the third day because after the three days it would not be acceptable any more. After the three days, everything will be transformed. Brothers and sisters, share it before the third day. On the third day, we do not need it anymore. We do not need to keep our possessions that long. Share it before the third day because we are going to be transformed on the third day with Jesus. (Worthy Is the Lamb)
1. Based on Leviticus and the music, how do you think we can build a community of love?
2. What can you share today with your neighbors and what service will you do for them?