Sermon on the Holy Son 9
What Is the Gift
That Moses Commanded as a Testimony?
“When He had come down from the
mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came
and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make
me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying,
‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
And Jesus said to him, ‘See that you tell no one; but go your way,
show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded,
as a testimony to them.’”
Sin Is Compared to Leprosy
Jesus tells us here that those who
have received the remission of sin should give the gift that Moses
commanded as their testimony. They say that it takes six years from
the time of leprosy infection for people to realize its subjective
symptom. The disease remains dormant for the first 6 years, but
on the 7th year it breaks out openly. This is a particular
pathological characteristic of leprosy.
The main passage above tells us about
Jesus healing a leper from his disease. This is a true story that
actually had happened, and through the story, God also reveals the
nature of our sins, as well as telling us that He has solved the
problem of these sins once and for all.
The leper in the above passage earnestly
wanted to be healed from his disease, and this is why he came before
Jesus Christ as it was, without hiding but revealing his disease.
This leper believed that nothing could not be achieved by the Word
of Jesus, and he also believed that it was more than possible for
Jesus’ Word to heal his own disease.
Seeing this leper’s faith in the same
eye as that of the centurion of the same chapter, Jesus cleansed
him. The core lesson of this account is not about the actual healing
of the disease per se, but it is about how we can be healed from
the disease of our sins.
The leper here alludes to the fact
that we have in our hearts the malady of sin, like leprosy. From
the very moment of our birth from the womb of our mothers, we were
all born with the disease of sin. When we were first born, we could
not realize that we were such evil sinners, but once we grew up
to a certain age, we came to realize that we were in fact evil,
that others were also evil, and that all human beings are evil.
But God tells us, through the passage
above, that if these completely evil human beings come to Jesus
and reveal their true selves without hiding, and if they have the
faith that says, “If You are willing, I believe that You are more
than able to cleanse even such a sinful being as I,” Jesus will
then indeed gladly heal them from their sins.
Did the Lord heal the leper at once
or twice? The passage tells us that Jesus healed the leper at once.
Our sins are healed not in several stages, but all at once. If we
have faith in the Word of God, then by coming to know and believe
in the God who has blotted out all the sins of mankind once and
for all, we can receive the remission of sin all at once. Our sins
are never healed in several stages.
A woman who had been suffering from
hemorrhage was healed once and for all just by touching Jesus’ garment
(Mark 5:29). She was freed from not only the symptom of bleeding,
but its very cause. Naaman, commander of the army of the king of
Syria, was also healed from leprosy all at once (2 Kings 5:14),
and the leper in the passage above was immediately cleansed from
his leprosy as well.
What Is the Difference between the Religious and
the People of Faith?
Because of their foolishness resulting
from their ignorance of the truth, the religious believe that they
can receive the remission of sin through their daily repentance,
even as they live everyday in sin. But for the people of faith who
follow the Word, all the problems of their sins have been solved
once and for all, and they live in the midst of the grace of God.
Church means the gathering of those
who follow Jesus Christ. We must realize that the Sadducees and
the Pharisees, even as they professed to believe in God, were not
the ones who were healed by Jesus, but those who were healed by
Him all at once were only those who, like the hemorrhaging woman
and the leper, could not do anything about their illnesses on their
If it were possible for us to solve
the problem of sins in our hearts by our own works, prayers of repentance,
and good deeds, there would have indeed been no need for Jesus to
come to this earth. And if we believe that we can solve the problem
of sin in this way, we will never be able to meet Jesus for the
rest of our lives. But the problem of our sins cannot be solved
no matter what we do and how hard we try, and we are such beings
who cannot but sin regardless of how we try not to.
Because our sins do not disappear
no matter how much we repent, we must realize clearly that the problem
of sin just cannot be solved by our own strengths and confess before
God that we are sinners. We must also realize the truth that when
we thus confess, “I am a sinner before God”—neither out of humility
nor out of doctrinal conviction but of our sincere hearts—and when
we come before God’s presence and ask for His mercy, He will solve
away all our problems of sin once and for all, just as He had healed
Only those who reveal themselves before
God as complete sinners, ask for His mercy, and confess to Him,
“I cannot avoid but be cast into hell, for I am sinful. Lord, please
have mercy on me.” Only such people can receive the grace of the
Romans 3:10 declares, “There is
none righteous, no, not one.” This verse is what the Apostle
Paul spoke to those who had not yet received the remission of sin.
Did Jesus not come to this world to make sinners righteous? There
is no such thing as half-made remission of sin, nor is there any
half-righteous. However, unfortunately, there are so many such weird
people in today’s Christianity. They believe that sins are forgiven
whenever they give prayers of repentance. Our sins are not something
that can be blotted out by our prayers of repentance.
Jesus is the One who perfectly completed
the healing of sin. Jesus does not speak of our sins by dividing
them into original sin and personal sins, nor does He say that while
He took away our original sin, our daily sins must be forgiven by
offering the prayers of repentance. The faith of those who believe
so is a half-faith, and such people will live the rest of life as
sinners, die as sinners, and be cast into hell as sinners.
God does not accept half-faith. If
you believe, then you must believe 100 percent, and if you do not
believe in any slightest bit of the truth, then you do not believe
100 percent—there is no such thing as believing 50 percent. Jesus
does not call us sinless by thinly covering our sins even as we
remain sinful because of our disbelief. When we know the Bible correctly,
we can find out that Jesus calls us sinless because He actually
removed our sins beforehand and completely blotted them out.
Among the religious leaders of Christianity
at the present, there are those who claim that Jesus took away our
original sin but not our personal sins. The Bible does not speak
of the original and personal sins, and no mention of such things
is found in it. Before Jesus, all sins, great and small, from those
we were born with to those that belong to us and those that we commit
with our own acts—indeed, every possible sin—are the same, all manifested
as the sins of the world. Water is water, whether it is sewage water
or tap water.
No one knows for sure when people
started to distinguish their original sin from their personal sins.
Because many Christian leaders themselves have not been born again,
they do not know how to solve all the problems of sin, and because
they do not know, they have turned Christianity into a mere religion,
claiming that God would forgive our sins if we ‘repent’ our sins.
The word ‘repent’ is far different from the word ‘confess’ (1 John
What is repentance? It only means
to turn around; it does not mean praying for God to forgive us of
our sins. God has said that He wants us to give Him offerings that
ask for His mercy and grace. Having compassion for the souls heading
to hell because of sin, God wants to save us—this is what His heart
is all about. What His heart desires is to make the sinful beings
sinless and holy through Jesus Christ and thereby enable them to
take part in His Kingdom, and He has indeed fulfilled this completely.
Romans 6:23 states, “For the wages
of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus
our Lord.” The sinful has no other way but to be cast into hell,
but the gift of God is to live with the Lord forever. God’s gift
for us is making us sinless.
There are too many people in these
days who, by believing in the remission of sin in too humanistic
and man-made ways of thinking, are headed straight to hell. They
think that they can enter Heaven by their own acts of devotion,
such as faithfully giving tithes, coughing up a lot of offerings,
giving prayers of repentance, and attending every morning prayer
service. But all these are flawed.
Let’s assume that someone just died
and went before God. Standing before His presence, this person says,
“This sinner of many iniquities has come before You, Lord.” What
would our Lord say? He will say what He said in Matthew 7:21-23:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom
of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many
will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied
in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders
in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you;
depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
God is not the Father of sinners,
nor the Lord of the sinful, but the Father of the righteous and
the Lord of the born-again who have received the remission of sin.
Even if the above person were to say, “Lord, how come you do not
know me? For You, I did my utmost to testify Your name, and I had
dedicated my whole life to You,” God will simply reply, “How do
you pretend to be My child when you are sinful. Be cast into hell,
you who practice lawlessness!”
The first priority for sinners is
to receive the remission of their sins by believing in the Word
right now. This is what is most urgently required. How can we gather
sinners who have not even received the remission of sin in our churches
and then call them as saints? Where on this earth can anyone find
sinful saints? The sinful are not the saints, but they are simply
God declares in Hosea 4:6, “My
people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected
knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because
you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your
Knowing God is the foundation of knowledge,
and yet human beings can neither read His mind nor put down their
own knowledge built like the Babel Tower, but they devote even more
efforts to their own acts and deeds. This is why God says, “I do
not know you.”
We can be made sinless only by believing
purely in the Word, 100 percent of it. We must have the faith that
completely entrusts everything to God, saying, “You can make me
clean.” The faith of the so-called incremental sanctification, which
claims that God cleanses us gradually in steps, is not the faith
of true salvation.
Christ’s faith is not constituted
by a mere religious practice through which we can reach our salvation
by our own efforts and moral training like Buddhism’s emphasis on
goodness and mercy, but it is constituted by the salvation of grace
coming down from above without our own efforts—that is, by the one-sided
love of the Lord that has delivered the drowning people from their
Just as the leper was instantaneously
healed by the love and power of our Lord, we, too, can also be saved
from the sins of our hearts by this love and power of the Lord.
When our Lord healed the leper, He said to him, “See that you
tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer
the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
The Gift That Moses Commanded Refers to the Lamb
Leviticus 1:1-4 says: “Now the
LORD called to Moses, and spoke to him from the tabernacle of meeting,
saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When
any one of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your
offering of the livestock—of the herd and of the flock. ‘If his
offering is a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male
without blemish; he shall offer it of his own free will at the door
of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD. Then he shall put
his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted
on his behalf to make atonement for him.’”
We can see from verse 2 that “the
gift that Moses commanded” is a livestock, either of the herd
or the flock. After giving His Law to mankind, God showed them the
Tabernacle in order to enable them to realize that they were sinners.
Through the sacrificial system of this Tabernacle, He has taught
us how He would pass all the sins of the Israelites—and our own
sins also—onto the sacrificial lamb and thereby forgive us.
God loved us, and to save us from
our sins, He prepared the sacrificial offering that had to die vicariously
in our place. This is the sacrificial lamb and bull. When priests
put their hands on the head of the burnt offering, the offering
was accepted by God, and this offering then atoned us.
When people are receiving the laying
on of hands from someone who is demonically possessed, then they
also become the demon possessed. The laying on of hands means “to
pass on”; when the High Priest laid his hands on the head of a goat,
the sins of Israel were then passed onto its head (Leviticus 16:21).
When the sins were thus passed onto the goat, and when this goat
was killed in our place and its blood was offered to God, God then
accepted this blood and forgave their sins.
How have we received the remission
of our sins? We must bear witness to this. The evidence of salvation
must be sought after only with the Word, and it is not proven by
the evidence of seeing visions, prophesizing, or speaking in tongues.
It is only with the Word of God that we can prove how we had been
sinners and how we have now been saved from all our sins. This proof
bears witness before God, before Satan, and before human beings.
Leviticus 4:27-31 states, “If anyone
of the common people sins unintentionally by doing something against
any of the commandments of the LORD in anything which ought not
to be done, and is guilty, or if his sin which he has committed
comes to his knowledge, then he shall bring as his offering a kid
of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he has
committed. And he shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering,
and kill the sin offering at the place of the burnt offering. Then
the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, put it
on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and pour all the remaining
blood at the base of the altar. He shall remove all its fat, as
fat is removed from the sacrifice of the peace offering; and the
priest shall burn it on the altar for a sweet aroma to the LORD.
So the priest shall make atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven
When the common people or priests
sinned unintentionally, they brought a lamb, passed their sins onto
it by laying their hands on its head, and then offered it to God.
The laying on of hands means the passing of sin, and sacrifice means
dying vicariously in someone else’s place.
Through the daily offerings, God is
showing us that Jesus came to this earth, and just like these lambs
and goats, He accepted all the daily sins passed onto Him by John
All the people of Israel in the Old
Testament received the remission of their sins by believing in this.
When they sinned unintentionally, recognizing their sins through
the Law, they immediately brought a lamb and confessed their sins
by putting their hands on its head. The priests then accepted this
offering, cut its throat open, drew its blood, put the blood on
the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and then sprinkled the
rest on the ground and the altar. This is how the Israelites received
their remission of sin.
The horns of the altar of burnt offering
refer to the Books of Deeds, that is, the Books of Judgment. Whenever
we sin, God writes our sins into the Books of Judgment in His Kingdom,
and He also writes them into our hearts. Because human beings are
so shameless and try to deceive even God, He records their sins
in the Books of Deeds and their own hearts. This is why when those
who have not received the remission of sin pray, the sins in their
hearts come out, and they come to pray, “Lord, please forgive this
sinner.” Therefore we must know how Jesus, coming to this world,
accepted all our daily sins passed onto Him. Only then can we be
freed from our sins.
When the people of Israel sinned,
they brought a lamb, passed their sins onto its head by laying their
hands on its head, and were thereby forgiven of their sins. The
priests then killed this lamb and put its blood on the horns of
the altar of burnt offering. Blood is the life of all flesh (Leviticus
17:14). Blood atones sin. When this blood was put on the four horns,
God, seeing this, knew that their sins were already judged through
the lamb, and thereby did not condemn those who had passed their
sins onto the lamb.
That God therefore put to death animals
instead of people was the very love of God. When people sin, they
must surely die, but because God loved them, He had animals killed
in their place. This was the daily offering established by God of
Leviticus 16:29-34 states, “‘This
shall be a statute forever for you: In the seventh month, on the
tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and do no
work at all, whether a native of your own country or a stranger
who dwells among you. For on that day the priest shall make atonement
for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins
before the LORD. It is a sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you
shall afflict your souls. It is a statute forever. And the priest,
who is anointed and consecrated to minister as priest in his father's
place, shall make atonement, and put on the linen clothes, the holy
garments; then he shall make atonement for the Holy Sanctuary, and
he shall make atonement for the tabernacle of meeting and for the
altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the
people of the assembly. This shall be an everlasting statute for
you, to make atonement for the children of Israel, for all their
sins, once a year.’ And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.”
The above passage describes the ritual
of the Day of Atonement, which God made the Israelites to give to
Him through the High Priest once a year for those who could not
give offerings everyday and for the entire people of Israel. Through
this offering, the entire people of Israel received the blessing
of having a year’s worth of their sins all remitted.
Leviticus 16:6-10 states, “Aaron
shall offer the bull as a sin offering, which is for himself, and
make atonement for himself and for his house. He shall take the
two goats and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle
of meeting. Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot
for the LORD and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall
bring the goat on which the LORD’s lot fell, and offer it as a sin
offering. But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat
shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon
it, and to let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness.”
God gave the Israelites the sacrificial
system through which they could pass on not only daily but also
a year’s worth of their sins onto the offering and be forgiven of
these sins once and for all. Aaron was Moses’ older brother and
the High Priest. Aaron took one of the two goats into the court
of the Tabernacle and passed the sins of all the people of Israel
onto it by laying his hands on its head. He then killed the goat
and took its blood inside the veil, into the Most Holy. This blood
was absolutely required to enter inside the veil of the Most Holy.
The Tabernacle was divided into the
Holy Place and the Most Holy. The High Priest could enter into the
Most Holy where the Ark of the Testimony was placed only by carrying
the blood of the sacrifice. It was by seeing this blood that God
allowed Aaron to enter into the Most Holy. Having killed the goat
that had accepted the sins of all the people of Israel, Aaron then
went into the Most Holy with this blood and sprinkled with his finger
on the mercy seat on the east side seven times. Because bells were
attached to the robe of ephod, whenever he sprinkled the blood,
they made sound, and with this sound of bells heard by the people
of Israel gathered outside the Tabernacle, God confirmed to them
that their sins were indeed atoned before Him.
Leviticus 16:20-22 states, “And
when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy Place, the tabernacle
of meeting, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat. Aaron shall
lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it
all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions,
concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat,
and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable
man. The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited
land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.”
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Of the two goats, the remaining one
was the scapegoat, “aza’zel” in Hebrew (meaning “she-goat
to let go”). Before all the people of Israel watching outside the
gate of the Tabernacle, Aaron confessed all the iniquities of the
Israelites, put all these sins on the head of the goat by laying
his hands on its head, and sent it out to the vast, empty wilderness
to die. The sacrificial offering that shouldered sins was to die
surely. By sacrificing this goat, God freed all the people of Israel
from their sins. None other than this is the offering that Moses
commanded. All the people of the Old Testament received the remission
of their sins in this way.
Through this sacrificial system, God
foretold us that Jesus would come to this earth, shoulder the sins
of mankind just like this goat, and blot out all their sins, committed
daily and through out their entire lifetime. The people of the Old
Testament received the remission of sin through this sacrificial
offering. Now, you, the people of the New Testament, must realize
just how God has solved the problem of all the sins of the world
and of all your sins, and how He has given you the remission of
all these sins.
The Old and New Testaments match with
each other. We should now find out from the New Testaments what
Jesus has done for us.