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Soshin Jogakko

KEEP EXPECTING            テリオ·マイヤ

Mark 5:24b-34
“And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Do you ride a crowded train in the mornings? Have you been in Yokohama Station during rush hour? I imagine Jesus in a crowd like these. A lot of people were around him, so his disciples were surprised that he asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Of course a lot of people were touching his clothes as they walked next to him and behind him! But the scripture says that Jesus felt power go out of him when one particular woman touched his clothes. What was different about this woman? —> She had heard what other people said about Jesus. She had heard that Jesus healed people. So, she believed that he would heal her, too…even if she just touched his clothes. Although a lot of people touched Jesus’ clothes in the large crowd walking with him, they weren’t all healed or helped by Jesus that day. This woman touched Jesus’ clothes EXPECTING him to heal her, to meet her needs, to change her life. Jesus told her, “Your faith has made you well.”

About 5 years ago when I still lived in the U.S., I was a leader on a Christian retreat for high school students. One night during the retreat, all the students and leaders went outside and had time to spend with God individually. I wanted to focus my attention on God, and I didn’t want to be distracted by seeing any of the other people who were near me, so I looked straight up and stared at the sky while I talked to God. I was excited to gaze up at the stars. I was amazed, actually! I could see sooo many stars. They were bright and beautiful. I praised God for making those amazing stars. And I praised Him for the chance I had to see those stars. In my heart, I felt the Holy Spirit say— “These stars are in the sky every night. You just don’t see them, because you don’t look up.” Wow! How true! Those same bright, beautiful stars are in the sky EVERY SINGLE night, but I miss the chance to see them, because I don’t look up and EXPECT to see them.

God spoke a similar thing to me another time. When I was 23 and 24 years old, I participated in a 2-year discipleship program at my church. The first year, it was challenging, but exciting. Every week, we read books about God and faith, and we discussed them; we gathered for worship services; and we had prayer meetings. I spent a lot of time praying, reading my Bible, and worshipping God, and I experienced Him speaking to me more than ever before. After one year in the program, going to the prayer meetings, book discussions, and worship services 5-6 times per week had become a routine, and I was used to it. When my second year in the program started, at the first prayer meeting, I thought back about how I felt at the first prayer meeting of my first year; I had felt excited, expecting God to speak to me and to help me grow in my faith. But when I started my second year in the program, going to that prayer meeting felt familiar and routine. In my heart, I felt the Holy Spirit say, “Keep expecting.— Keep expecting to hear from Me. Keep expecting Me to work in your heart.”

How about you? Do you remember how you felt when you came to Soshin and attended chapel for the first time, or the whole first year? Do you remember your first class chapel service? Do you remember your first Bible classes?

—>Maybe you felt like I did when I joined the discipleship program— excited by the new experience and expecting to learn about God and to feel Him in your heart. How about now? During chapel and Bible classes, do you still expect to have new experiences with God? Do you still expect to learn something from the Bible? Do you still expect to feel Him in your heart? …Or have the Bible, prayer, and worship time become just a familiar part of your routine? As the Holy Spirit encouraged me to KEEP EXPECTING, I want to encourage you to do the same thing— KEEP EXPECTING from God. There is much more He wants to teach you and more He wants to do in your life. Hebrews 4:12 says, “the word of God is living and active…” The Bible is not just words on paper, not just stories. Those words— God’s words— are living and active. God’s Holy Spirit is also living and active. This means that even if you read or hear the same Bible story or the same Bible verses that you have read before, God can teach you something new. I have experienced this lots of times. Have you? When you go to chapel, when you are in Bible class, when you read your Bible in your free time— even if you read or hear a story or verse you have read before, KEEP EXPECTING that God will teach you and work in your heart.

—>Maybe some of you don’t think you have ever experienced God or felt the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart. Maybe— like the woman in the Bible passage— you have just heard what other people say about God. Maybe you have heard your teachers or friends, or parents or pastors tell their stories about their experiences with God, and you think— Will God speak to me, too? Will He heal me, too? Will He change my life, too? As the woman in the Bible passage did, I want to encourage you to reach out to Jesus, reach out to God with faith, EXPECTING Him to answer you.

James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you…” Tonight or another time soon, look up at the dark night sky, and gaze at the stars. Just like the stars are in the sky every night, God is always ready to grow your relationship with Him.


あなたは朝の満員電車に乗っていますか?ラッシュ時に横浜駅を利用したことはありますか?私は、このような人ごみの中にいると、イエス様を想像します。聖書箇所にあるように、イエス様の周りにはたくさんの人がいたので、弟子たちはイエス様が “誰が私の服を触ったのか?”と聞いたことに驚きました。もちろん、たくさんの人がイエス様の隣や後ろを歩いていたので、当然イエス様の服を触れていたわけです。しかし、聖書によると、ある女性がイエス様の服に触れた時、イエス様は自分の内から力が出ていくのを感じたそうです。この女性は何が違ったのでしょうか?―彼女は、話すことを聞いていました。イエス様が人を癒すことができるということを。だから、彼女はイエス様が自分も癒されると信じていました…たとえ彼女がイエス様の服に触れただけでも。 イエス様と一緒に歩いている大勢の人たちの中で、多くの人がイエス様の服に触れましたが、その日、彼ら全員がイエス様に癒されたり、助けられたりしたわけではありませんでした。この女性は、イエス様が自分を癒し、必要を満たし、人生を変えてくれることを期待して、イエス様の服に触れたのです。イエス様は彼女にこう言われました。「あなたの信仰があなたを救った。」











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