The Life and Mission of Jesus Christ
Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon came to America in 1971, according to God’s calling. As the culmination of their 30 years of public ministry in America. they successfully completed their 50-state speaking tour from February 25 to April 16, 2001. During the 51-day tour, despite his age of 81, Reverend Moon delivered God’s message with every ounce of his energy and heart.
During the visit to each state, many American clergymen and women welcomed Reverend and Mrs. Moon warmheartedly On behalf of Reverend and Mrs. Moon I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of them. At the same time, Reverend Moon earnestly requested America, the second Israel, to carry a torch in building the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and in spirit world. I wish and pray that America will fulfill this holy mission.
Reverend Sun Myung Moon had his first encounter with Jesus at the age of 16, while praying early on the morning of Easter Sunday He tells us that he was commissioned by Jesus to carry out the task of building the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Thereafter, without resting even one day, he has lived the life of a pioneer, spreading God’s message throughout the world. His life can simply be summarized as a life of carrying the cross while enduring misunderstanding, persecution, and ordeal.
In the early days of his church, Reverend Moon could not help but cry out whenever he talked about Jesus. He went beyond simple belief in Jesus, desiring to comfort him with tears, tears that welled up with grief from deeply understanding Jesus’ inner situation and heart.
This book consists of a collection of excerpts on Jesus from Reverend Moon’s speeches which were taken from the more than 400 volumes of his speeches. In some areas, such as the stories of Jesus’ miracles, Reverend Moon has said little. In other areas, such as Jesus’ birth, his self-disclosure as bridegroom, his relationship with his family, his relation to John the Baptist, his ethical teachings and his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, Reverend Moon has said so much that we could only include a mere fraction.
Readers unfamiliar with the teachings of Reverend Moon will find that some of his explanations differ from the traditional view. “1 did not come to tell you what you already know,” Reverend Moon has said, “but to give a new revelation from God.” Whether or not one accepts this assertion, I am confident that the selections included in this volume will both challenge and inspire the reader.
The editors have used the New International Version of the Bible for the scriptural quotations presented at the beginning of each section. However, in the body of his talks, Reverend Moon often quotes other versions such as the King James or Revised Standard. These quotations stand as originally rendered. I am grateful to the team who assembled this book, especially to Michael Inglis who conceived and directed the work, to Dan Fefferman and Andrew Wilson for their excellent editing, to Jonathan Gallery for his beautiful design, to Alex Colvin and Steve Honey for choosing and editing the selections, and to Louise Perlowitz for her careful proofreading.
In anticipation of the day when the entire set of speeches of Reverend Moon will be published in English, this book is offered in commemoration of the completion of his historic 50-state speaking tour.
Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001
Dr. Chang Shik Yang
Continental Director of North America
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification
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)
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