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2011-05-08 You Have Great Faith

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Happy Mother’s Day! 母亲节快乐!

         You have great faith! Isn’t that what we all want to hear Jesus say to us one day?
         Today’s message was given by Pastor Wu. It comes from The Faith of the Canaanite Woman of Matthew 15:21-28 which says,
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
 25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
 26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
 27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
 28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.”
         Pastor Wu explains to us that this Canaanite woman had to cross many barriers in order to reach Jesus. First of all, she was a woman. In Biblical times, as was true for many cultures of this time period, women were not encouraged to participate in any activity outside of the home. Therefore, she was very bold to go out into the streets in search of Jesus. Secondly, she crossed cultural barriers. She was a Canaanite—a Gentile—and Jesus was a Jew.
         Although Jesus at first did not respond, her persistence finally allowed her daughter to be healed. Why, you may ask, did Jesus not want to help this woman? We all know that Jesus came to earth to die for everyone, so why this reaction from Jesus? Jesus was testing her faith. Because of her determination and perseverance, Jesus healed her daughter. Jesus called Peter, one of the Bible’s greatest disciples, a man “of little faith” (Matthew 14:25-31). So, we can see that Jesus did not tell many people that they had “great faith!”
         What does the Canaanite woman teach us? First, she teaches us that if we have perseverance and persistence, we will be blessed by God. Romans 5 talks about how we are justified through our faith, and how our faith leads to the ability to persevere when we experience trials and suffering. It says,
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also find glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Secondly, we learn that we should not take Jesus’ healing for granted. We must demonstrate our faith and not lack persistence. One of the great mysteries of God is how He works. We can’t always understand his timing or his will. But if we are faithful, we will be blessed.
      What are your barriers preventing you from being in the presence of the Lord? Do you have barriers such as fear of human judgment, fear of persecution? Do you have guilt and shame from your past sin that is holding you back from fully embracing the gifts the Lord wants to bestow upon you? Being a Christian, Jesus never promised that it would be easy. In fact, we are to expect the opposite. However, if we have persistence like the Canaanite woman, we will be able to hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”



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Worship Song: Knowing You


All I once held dear, built my life upon,
All this world reveres and wars to own,
All I once thought gain,
I have counted loss,
Spent and worthless now,
Compared to this:
Knowing you, Jesus, knowing you,
There is no greater thing,
You're my all, you're the best,
You're my joy, my righteousness,
And I love you, Lord.
Jin wo xin ke wang geng duo ren shi ni
Dan dan zhui xun ni, dan dan shu ni
Bu zai kao zi ji quan ran xin kao ni
Gan xie ni wei wo pi shang gong yi
Ren shi ni, ye su, ren shi ni
Yi sheng zhong zui ke gui
我所有, 我最爱,
Wo suo you, wo zui ai
Wo xi le, wo di gong yi
Zhu A! Wo ai ni!
Oh, to know the power of your risen life,
And to know you in your sufferings,
To become like you in your death, my Lord,
So with you to live and never die.
Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You,
There is no greater thing,
You're my all, You're the best,
You're my joy, my righteousness,
And I love You Lord.
Ren shi ni, ye su, ren shi ni
Yi sheng zhong zui ke gui
我所有, 我最爱
Wo suo you, wo zui ai
Wo xi le, wo di gong yi
Zhu a! Wo ai ni!
 Edited by Claire


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