Worship sermon

Rev. Ryo Kasama, Preacher of Tokyo Kalbarri Church, April 5, 2020
“Buried in a grave” by John 19: 38-42

に よ According to the Christian church calendar, the Passion Week starts today. There is a Passion Day this Friday and Easter next Sunday. Originally Easter is a time of joy, but looking at the world situation these days, it is a shame that it is not possible to celebrate honestly because this year, not only the banquet but also the sacrament will be canceled. Many churches in Japan seem to be struggling, such as self-restraint or not worshiping and holding sacraments and banquets.
い た だ き Today, I read the burial of Jesus today as if the Gospel of John, which I had read in order in the lecture commentary, was adjusted to the Passion Week.
In the church, we mainly talk about Jesus' cross and resurrection, but during that time there is little opportunity to talk about what was buried.
In fact, Jesus' body itself has already completely lost its life, and only the fact that it was solemnly buried is depicted.
When Jesus was buried in the grave, he will be buried on Friday, during the day when the sun has not yet fallen. This is the first day, the day changes when the day falls, so it is Saturday the second day and the next day the third day. So the resurrection will be three days later.
There was no movement during this time, but Peter 1: 3, 18:19 states, "Christ suffered just once for sin. The righteous suffered for the unrighteous. To guide you to God, Christ was passed to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, and in the spirit Christ was the captive spirits He went there and preached. "It is also said that during this time Jesus went to the land of the dead and proclaimed salvation.
But what I need to talk about today is not what Jesus was doing, but the people who were left on earth.
Jesus' execution was done in the morning, and he died shortly after noon. He was later lowered from the cross, but his disciples have fled. John, the Gospel scribe, was there, but he probably didn't have the courage to offer him. At this point no one has a pick-up. In this case, it is common to go directly to the communal cemetery. However, there was a person who said that he would take the body.
Two Jews appear here. One is Joseph of Arimathea. It is a person whose name is not mentioned in the Gospel of John, but it also appears in Mark 15:43, where he is a high-ranking member. It is written that such a person was actually a disciple of Jesus. Also in verse 39 it is written that a person named Nicodemus has come. This person, who appeared in Chapter 3 of the Gospel of John, is a member of Parliament who visited Jesus.
They are quite high in the Jewish parliament. The Jewish Supreme Conference, the parliament in Japan, is called Sanhedrin and is a member of the parliament. Speaking of Japan today, he has a higher position than parliamentarians. It is said that these two people knew about Jesus and had received the teachings, so in a spiritual sense, the teachings of Jesus seemed to be understood by many people.
Even if they were so powerful, they were powerless against the death penalty of Jesus. Maybe they couldn't oppose it. Sometimes it is said that he was executed just one day after being caught, but before that, he could not stop the execution because he could not oppose the surrounding atmosphere It seems.
で し ょ う Perhaps you have read the so-called air, or have not thought of protecting Jesus to protect yourself.
れ ば They are disqualified as believers because they failed to protect Jesus. But it is the same as other disciples. No, they can be said to be worthy because they did not escape.
And here's the point, but they're probably ashamed of the fact that they couldn't do anything. We are accepting the danger and taking the body of Jesus. This may have been a reflection on oneself who could not do anything. In their heads, the feeling of `` if you were vocal at that time '' or `` if you were opposed at that time '' was smoldering for a long time, and you witnessed Jesus' death and made a sincere reflection. .
言葉 Despite the word "don't regret," people often fail in their lives as long as they cannot see the future. Some of these failures may be regrettable for a lifetime. It is life to live with such things.
There are many failures in life, but there are always many failures in the religious life. You say something that hurts people, or that you think about the church, and as a result you hurt the church. The history of the church is also full of human failure.
よ り Above all, we cannot continue to dedicate perfect faith to God. Sometimes we think about our own desires, but above all, it is physically impossible to think about God all the time. There is always a religious betrayal somewhere.
と At that time, there is only one thing to do. Apologize. Who we apologize to is God.
行為 The act of apologizing is actually what we do. For us, prayer is also that time.
な And the important thing is that Jesus is the one who forgives it. Jesus bears all human sins and erases them. We believe that by turning our hearts by apologizing to God, they are also forgiven.
Human failure always happens. You don't have to be proud of it, but there will be a lot of wounds in each and every heart.
を 持 つ Having faith indicates that you can believe that those irreversible traumas will be forgiven.
思 い The thought that I am forgiven by God. In any situation, God understands me and forgives me. That thought is the important thing to live now. I am encouraged by God to live. Let's walk with that thought.
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