Pastor's Devotional Thoughts

Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!" John 2:13-16

Temple is a place for people to come and meet God. Temple is a place where God dwells. So when you come to a temple you come and worship! But during this time of Passover, the temple lost its function and it turned into a market for personal profit! Think of how sad God would have been when He was waiting for His people to come and spend time with Him, but instead they were only interested in making money for themselves.

God tells us that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Our body is a place where the Holy Spirit dwells. It is sacred and important. The above text tells us how important it is for us to take care of ourselves. God wants to dwell among us. He wants to spend time with us. We need to practice in thinking Godly things, not worldly things. It's important for us to make sure that we gain on Godly matters, not selfish personal matters.

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"After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11

So, back when we first got married we were living in California. Due to visa matters, my wife had to go back to Korea for about a month. Because we were on our honeymoon and I loved her, I didn't want her to go, but just have her stay at my side all the time. Hey, but the good news was that she would be coming back in about a month's time. We had bought a round trip ticket so she would come back for sure.

As I was thinking about this, I thought about the disciples when they saw Jesus rise up back to heaven. Jesus had been crucified and resurrected. The disciples were glad to have Jesus back yet He couldn't be with them forever. Jesus' mission was done on earth and He had to return back to heaven to finish the whole mission. Jesus went back to heaven in front of the eyes of the disciples. But the angels showed up and promised that Jesus is coming back!

Jesus promised to come back. Just as I knew that Hyemi was going to come back from Korea, the promise of Jesus told by the angels stands true! All we have to do is believe in Jesus and wait for His coming! I think Jesus loves us so much that He wants to come back right away, but there is still unfinished business so we have to wait just a little bit more, but He will come soon!

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For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:17

One of the biggest questions we have in life is the matter of life after death. What happens when we die? Or another similar question would be “What is salvation?”

People tried to solve these questions for ages and many believed that we had to work out our salvation. We needed to appeal to God by showing our efforts. Martin Luther was one of them.

As Luther was working up the stairs on his knees on the Stairs of Pilate to seek the peace of God, the above text just suddenly came up in his mind, which triggered the Great Reformation: The Just shall live by Faith.

Friends, it is only through our faith and belief in Jesus that can save us. That's what the Bible teaches us. So don't you worry about being saved, but have your faith in Jesus and you can be saved.

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