Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cleansed, Clothed, Comissioned

This time I would like to share one of my favorite sermon from a young man I met in Solo. Yes, he's Jasper Ivan Itturiaga. This is one of my unforgetable sermon. I've read the chapter before but when I watched this sermon, I feel like I read nothing before. The messages are very deep for me because it touch my personal sin that I've never recognize before. So here it is, titled "Cleanse, Clothed, Comission" based on Mark Chapter 5. Please pray before you read this. :)

Jasper opened this sermon with his experience in Singapore. He went to a Louis Vuitton shop, curiously checking out the price of the shoe. It was more than 2000 in Singapore Dollar. What an expensive one for only a shoe! But with that expensive price, the shop is still open. Why? Because they're still buying it. And he came up with a conclusion,
"Therefore, the value of something is identified in how much the person is willing to give up for that item."
The value of your hair is identified in how much shampoo you put in it.
The value of your health is identified in how much time in finding fresh fruits, or healthy food for you to take into your body.
The value of the Sabbath is always identified in how much the person is willing to sacrifice for the Sabbath. 

Let's continue to Mark Chapter 5

Mar 5:1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

Mar 5:2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,


On the previous Chapter there’s a story about intense storm when Jesus and His disciples was in the middle of the lake. After He calmed the storm, they went to the little island called the Gadarenes. And when he went out of the ship, the was a man with an unclean spirit. 


Mar 5:3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:


The Bible tells us that this man was so strong. They wanted to bind him but they could not because he was just too strong.

Mar 5:4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.


The question is, do you think that’s a problem?
Sure it was a problem.

Mar 5:5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 

Mar 5:6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,


In the book Desire of Ages, Mrs White wrote this:

In the early morning the Saviour and His companions came to shore, and the light of the rising sun touched sea and land as with the benediction of peace. But no sooner had they stepped upon the beach than their eyes were greeted by a sight more terrible than the fury of the tempest.


Have you ever seen the person that scarier that the typhoon? This is what happening. 

From some hiding place among the tombs, two madmen rushed upon them as if to tear them in pieces. Hanging about these men were parts of chains which they had broken in escaping from confinement. Their flesh was torn and bleeding where they had cut themselves with sharp stones. Their eyes glared out from their long and matted hair, the very likeness of humanity seemed to have been blotted out by the demons that possessed them, and they looked more like wild beasts than like men.


God shows to Mrs White how terrible was the situation of the man. What if you’re walking in the middle of the night, alone in the dark then you suddenly stumble upon this person? What would you do? I’ll probably run. And the very same thing the disciples did.

The disciples and their companions fled in terror; but presently they noticed that Jesus was not with them, and they turned to look for Him.

They fled, and they asked, “Hey, where is Jesus?”, and they looked back, they saw Jesus there. He was standing where they have left Him. Sometimes we may laugh at the desciples but sometimes when fear comes to us, we do the very same thing. 
"We sometimes forget that Jesus Christ is with us. We forget that Jesus promised that He will be with us."
I remember Ellen White saying, 
“We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.--LS 196 (1902). {LDE 72.1}
Look at verse 7

Mar 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 


So this man beg Jesus and said “Jesus, don’t hurt me!” and this is what happened, verse 9

Mar 5:9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

Mar 5:10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 

Mar 5:11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 

Mar 5:12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
Mar 5:13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. 


Do you get that? Jesus did not command them to go to the pigs. He permitted them. There’s a huge difference between commanding and permitting. We don’t know why Hitler killed about 6 millions Jews, we don’t know that. But I’m pretty sure that God did’t command that to happen. 
"You may have trials in your life but God did not command that to happen but He permitted them for some reasons."
Mar 5:12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 

Mar 5:13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. 

Mar 5:14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done


So the swine keeper go to the boss said, “Boss, all our pigs are all gone. Our business all are gone. They all are dead. This man, Jesus, He commanded the demon to go to our pigs.” And what happened was this..

Mar 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.


The man was clothed. First, the man was cleansed, now he was clothed. You’ll see the little part as we move forward. When they saw the man, the man was changed. I want you to notice the past life of the man before he met Jesus. Let’ review. Look at verse 4.

Mar 5:4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

Mar 5:5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.


Look at the state the man before he met Jesus. Before he met Jesus, he was doing things that he’s not supposed to do in his body. He’s sleeping in the place he’s not supposed to sleep. Tomb is not a fitted place for a normal person to sleep, right? Probably he’s eating things he’s not supposed to eat. Probably he’s posting something on the facebook that he’s not supposed to post. Probably he’s buying things that he’s not supposed to buy. Or watching things on Youtube that he’s not supposed to watch. But when he saw Jesus Christ, all around him, the people saw that the man was changed. And just as Paul said,
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
This is the state supposed tobe of every Christians. When you received Jesus, when you are revived, there should be a reformation. Because reformation testifies to the revival.
"Revival without reformation is fanaticism. Revival without reformation is an emotional tingle. If we are revived but we are not reformed to the glory of God, then it’s just an emotional tingle."
“O that was a wonderful sermon! I like the sermon!” then you go home, the same, it’s nothing. 

Mar 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 

Probably this guy was naked before, right? And now he was clothed. And I think that this is one of our problemsin the churches today. Especially on the post-modern age, we are not probably clothed. Especially some ladies. As a young pastor, this is my burden, that the church is starting to lower its standards in terms of dress. This man after he met Jesus, he was clothed. And if you met Jesus, even your dress must be right. 

Ladies, Bible said that your body is the temple of God, right? Do you know what they do in the temple before? The covered it. Why? Because when an ordinary person see some materials in the holy place and the most holy place, what happened to him? They die. Why? Because it’s holy.
"You know, some men in our church died spiritually every day because some ladies are showing off their most holy place. It should be covered."
I remember one time there was a lady named Mary Quant, the founder of mini skirts. People are asking her, “Why do you invent the mini skirts?”

She said that mini skirts are made for sex to be available in the afternoon. You can research that. And we are wearing this in our church. My friends, we must be careful. We are lowering the standards. We must raise it up, my friends. Men are struggling, even me. Same struggle when I go to the mall, same struggle when I go to the church to keep my mind pure. 

Maybe the ladies may say, “O that’s your fault.”
No, we are created to be sexual beings. We trapped in to this. And we must keep our mind pure. 

Even the man did this. I see many man wearing low pants showing their shorts. They feel like cool but actually the looked like a fool. It’s terrible. You know, the used that in prison to show that they’re homosexual and they are available.

We are lowering the standards. 

Ladies, remember this.
"You don’t need to sacrifice the modesty in the name of beauty. Because modesty in of itself is beauty."
Don’t listen to what satan said. When God said to aaron, “Aaron, you must make a certain dress for the priest. When you make the dress you should make it for glory and for beauty.”

It’s not when you dress modestly then you’re weird. God said, it’s beautiful. This man, when he met Jesus, he was changed. When you met Jesus, my friend, the things that you eat, the things that you watch, the things that you listen to, must be submitted to His will.

Mar 5:16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. 
Mar 5:17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. 
Mar 5:18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

And this man begged Jesus, “Jesus, I wanna be with You. I wanna be a missionary! I wanna be like Doug Batchelor, I wanna be like Mark Finley, I wanna be a famous evangelist! I wanna evangelize the whole world in what happened to me! Look at what happened verse 19

Mar 5:19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 

And this man he was cleansed, clothed, and now he was commissioned to do something. This is supposed to be experienced by every Christians. When you received Jesus, you are reformed from your old ways, you are made new. And now, you are commissioned to do something. 

Ellen White said,
"My brother, my sister, you can not be a Christian and cherish at the same time a spirit of covetousness. You can not be a Christian and yet not be putting forth effort to win souls to Jesus." (RH April 14, 1910 The Regions Beyond)
A Christian cannot just be in silent if Christ is in their hearts. 

Ellen White also said:
"No more could a soul who possesses Christ be hindered from confessing Him, than could the waters of Niagara be stopped from flowing over the falls." --Testimonies, vol. 2, p. 233. {ChS 229.6} 
And as the result, look at the verse 20

Mar 5:20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel. 

And this man was the first missionary that Jesus sent.

My friends, God can change you, but the change is not just stop there. You are called to do something. Go home, to your friends and tell them. Let’s back to verse 17

Mar 5:17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.

When they saw Jesus, and all the pigs gone, they started to beg Jesus. Jesus, can You please leave? You’re bad luck. Our pigs are all gone. You know what are they basically saying? 
“Lord, solve our problems. But please, save our pigs.”
You know there are two problems in this community. The first problem is they have the demon possessed man. That’s why I asked you, is that a problem? Yes, it is a problem.

Number two, their swines. They’re not supposed to do that, right? They’re Jewish! They probably selling it to the Gentiles or maybe to the Greeks, I’m not sure but the’re not supposed to do that.

Jesus solved solved their two problems. First, He solved demon possessed man and the second one is no more pigs. Everyone must be healthy, amen? And there’s no more black markets there. Two problems solved. But they only recognize one problem. Because they did not recognize the problem about their pigs. That’s why the said, “Lord, you can solve our problems, but please save our pigs.”

We may laugh at the Gadarenes but we sometimes do the same. 
Lord, please solve my health problems, but please don’t tell me to become a vegetarian. Lord, please solve my financial problems, but please don’t try to tell me to pay tithes. Lord, please solve my family problems, but please don’t tell me to turn off the TV. Lord, my son now is watching pornography but please don’t try to tell me to turn off the internet! 
Friends, sometimes we pray to God to solve what we want God to change in our lives, but in time when God want to touch something that we cherish the most, we turn back and say, no, it’s too much. Don’t touch that. 

“Lord, you can solve our problems, but please save our pigs.”

Do we have pigs in our lives? Is there a stinky old bad pig in your backyard that God is telling you, that’s bad for you. And you say, You can touch anything, Lord, but please don’t touch that. 

Is there some sins that we cherish the most, but we act like the Gadarenes, I’d better have the pigs than You, Jesus. Is there?

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