As we celebrate Jesus’ birth of 2000 years ago, let’s reflect on The Life and Mission of Jesus Christ according to the sermons of FFWPU co-founder Reverend Sun Myung Moon (1920-2012).
Over the next 8 days, I will post each of the book’s chapters, 1-8.
You can read the whole book online at Sunhak Institute of History (USA).
Book details: Sun Myung Moon, The Life and Mission of Jesus, NY: HSA Publications, 2001. Paperback : 240 pages
HSA Books’ Blurb
For the first time in print, a collection of Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s expositions on the life and mission of Jesus Christ. Throughout his life Reverend Moon has gone beyond a simple belief in Jesus and has desired to comfort him with tears, tears that welled up with grief from deeply understanding Jesus’ inner situation and heart. In some areas, such as Jesus’ birth, his self-disclosure as bridegroom, his relationship with this family, his relations to John the Baptist, his ethical teachings and his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, Reverend Moon has talked a great deal.
Filled with compassionate and unique insights into the heart and character of Jesus Christ, this book is sure to bring the reader into a deeper relationship with him. “I did not come to tell you what you already know,” Rev. Moon has said, “but to give a new revelation from God.”
One of them, and expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Rev. Moon commented on this passage: “These verses contain the ideal of love that is the vital logic of the universe, the ideal ideology of the universe, and the center of life of the universe. In this way we can make a love connection with God, loving God by offering all things as said in these words.
Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” The cosmic representative who loved God with all of his soul and with all of his heart and with all of his mind was none other than Jesus. To receive recognition as the man who came forth with a will like this, Jesus frankly revealed his situation to his beloved disciples. Jesus was a man who employed his utmost for the benefit of heaven. He was a man who exerted all of his heart, his power, and his mind.
We should emulate Jesus’ virtues, such as the loyalty and sincerity he showed in his service toward heaven, standing all alone in a swirl of things and holding onto the great mission of the heavenly way. He demonstrated the heart that exerted all, the mind that represented God’s will, and the character to make every effort to substantiate the ideal of love.
Bible quote links: New International Version (NIV) Bible Gateway
Sun Myung Moon Sermon (pre-1960) links & images courtesy of Tparents.org
Sun Myung Moon Sermon (1960-) links Sunhak Institute of History (USA)
Get your own copy of the book for $US16 at HSA Books
Read/download whole book online at Sunhak Institute of History (USA)
Another online version at tparents.org includes illustrations from the book