Seven Deaths and Resurrections by Rev. Jin Hung Yong

December 19, 2009, HQ Church,  Seoul Korea

This helicopter accident was not just a miracle; it was a sign from God to show, “This is my son, this is the Messiah.” Jesus’ crucifixion was handing over his physical and spiritual body to Satan. Finally he was resurrected only spiritually, but his physical being was not resurrected. But True Parents have been resurrected both physically and spiritually through these seven resurrections.

Welcoming Remarks by Rev. Michael Brazil:

Welcome brothers and sisters to our Christmas celebration. Let’s be honest, how many of you ever thought that you would hear Jingle Bell Rock sung at a church service? We have two hands I see and I’m not even sure whether I believe you! Last Tuesday I went to see the program director and I asked, “Could we have one Christmas song today?” and she said, “Well, how about five?” I thought, “Wow!” So we have five Christmas songs today! So I was quite surprised. And you noticed? What else is new today? We have a live band! Did you notice that? Let’s give a [round of applause]. Pretty nice! They may be in danger because they come here once… (but) I think we may want them every Saturday.

I really want to welcome all of you and of course this is our last service before Christmas, and last week our senior pastor spoke a lot about Jesus. And of course, we can say Jesus is in the air at this time of year. And I’d like to read a passage taken from a speech given by our True Father whom we know as Reverend Sun Myung Moon. We refer to him as True Father in our movement, in our church. And I’d like for you to read along with me. This is taken from a speech given back in 1979 (on December 25), The True Meaning Of Christmas. So please read with me: “Why do we need Jesus? Why do we need the Messiah? The important thing is to know that we are born into a satanic lineage of hereditary sin based on satanic love. We need a Messiah because we want to have God-centered love, and only the Messiah can give us that love. Jesus needed to eat and sleep like everyone else, but Jesus led a life that God could rejoice over; that was the difference”

“We need Jesus in order to learn his way of life, so that we can inherit the tradition of unstained heavenly love. In order to do that we have to follow his way of life, obeying his instructions.”

“Could Jesus completely exemplify the heavenly tradition if he were a bachelor? Because Jesus was always a bachelor we have not seen any other tradition, but that was only the first step of Jesus’ contribution. He was to have given the world not only a tradition of individual perfection, but also the tradition of love between husband and wife. As a God-centered man he wanted to show how men should live. As a husband he was to show how to be a model God-centered husband. Does the Bible teach this? Have you ever read in the Bible how Jesus loved his wife?”

“Would God call Jesus a heretic for thinking that he should marry? Christianity does not have the tradition of a husband’s love for his wife. Furthermore, Jesus wanted not only to love his wife but to teach her how to set the tradition of wifehood. Does the Bible record that tradition?”

“Is there any record of Jesus becoming a father who could teach people the right way to love their children? Is there any indication that Jesus became a grandfather who could show how grandchildren should be loved?” Aju.

Perhaps many here have never heard anything like this, let alone thought something like this. Yet in our tradition we are most blessed to have a profound understanding of God’s son Jesus Christ who came approximately two thousand years ago to bring about God’s ideal on the earth, to bring His heart, His love, His truth. And yet we know that tragically his life was cut very short, living only thirty-three years. So much more he wanted to share with us. We know there are passages in the Bible where Jesus said, “There is so much I have yet to convey but you are not yet ready.” How much he wanted to give us his heart, his love, his truth, not just—as we read—as an individual but, amazingly, as a husband, as a father, as a grandfather. Can you imagine in your mind Jesus being a grandfather, think about Jesus being your grandfather? We know that in the Jewish tradition family is key, is so central, and that is in many ways very similar to the Korean tradition.

So, as many people in the world today are celebrating Jesus’ birth, or will be this coming week, we also want to keep in mind the hope that Jesus had, the heart that he wanted to convey to us. We are blessed to know him. We are blessed to know him in a very special way because of what our True Parents have taught us and have brought us. Today during the service we’ll be hearing more about the sacrifice that Jesus made and also the sacrifice that our True Parents have made. So I’d like to ask you to keep that in mind during our service, and keep it in mind in the week ahead: what Jesus wanted to bring to us, what Jesus still wants to bring to us. And with that, I’d like to ask you to join me in our family pledge.

Interesting story by Rev.  Michael Brazil:

Well, I always love the tradition that our senior pastor had for us, in a bit of humor before our sermon. How about you, do you like the humor? (Yes!) You know, we did a little poll—and we were told Hyung Jin Nim thought that maybe members didn’t like it (the interesting story). So we did a little survey and it was like, ninety-eight percent liked the humor. So, I have a little interesting story—maybe, hopefully—for you. And this is about a minister who, around Christmas time, had all the remaining teeth pulled, so he had to get dentures. Can we see that slide? There we go! For those of you who are not so familiar, those are what we call dentures and you notice there the top part we might call the gums. The first Sunday after the minister received his new dentures he preached for ten minutes. The second Sunday he preached for only twenty minutes, but on the third Sunday he preached for 1 hour 25 minutes. Now, the congregation was somewhat confused and they asked, “Well, Minister, why?” And he said, “Well, on the first Sunday, my gums were so sore, it hurt to talk, so I only talked for 10 minutes. The second Sunday, my dentures were hurting a lot so I spoke for twenty minutes. But on the third Sunday, I accidentally used my wife’s dentures and I couldn’t stop talking!”

Introduction of Guest Speaker by Rev. Michael Brazil

As you may have noticed, our senior pastor is not here today. He actually is in Taiwan holding a Blessing ceremony, officiating at it. But we are very blessed today to have a very special speaker, and this very special person by the name of Rev. Jin Hung Yong] has  lived twenty-four years of a public live in our movement. For ten years he worked in the Unification Church history-compilation committee. Nine years, he worked as a minister, and for the last two years he’s been leading the department for education and witnessing at the Hyup-Hae and here at the headquarters church. In his spare time he’s working on a doctorate in education. So I’d like for you to join me in welcoming our special speaker today, Rev Jin Hung Yong.

Main Sermon by Rev Jin Hung Yong:

Good afternoon. I am very happy to have the opportunity to speak to you all today.

It reminds me of the times we had service together at Heuk Sok-dong with Rev. Kyle Toffey and with Rev. Brazil. We used to have our English service over there at Heuk Sok-dong. Let’s read together from the Divine Principle (p.137): “The changes a person experiences when he is resurrected and enters the governance of God take place in his heart and spirit. These internal changes also purify his body, transforming it from a haunt of Satan to a temple of God.” Aju.

Now, from the Bible (Romans 8:6): “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” Aju.

Today I’d like to share with you some of the meaning behind True Parents’ seven deaths and resurrections. I really feel I must share this information with everyone at the headquarter’s church and our members around the world.

Hyung Jin Nim talks a lot about the seven deaths and resurrections but he hasn’t had a lot of time to explain the details of it to us. So, first we’ll start by talking about who is Rev. Moon who has experienced these seven deaths and resurrections.

We know what resurrection means, right? It means salvation. We’ve heard about resurrection a lot in the Divine Principle. From our point of view, it means being saved from a fallen state. From the point of view of the Messiah, resurrection means restoring God’s will. So True Parents have described resurrection as a process by which today we are closer to God than yesterday and each day we are improving. As a Messiah, to accomplish resurrection is an extremely meaningful accomplishment.

We were created by God but then, because of the Fall, we fell away from God. So for us, returning back to God’s direct dominion, that is resurrection. Jesus came in order to recreate mankind back into the state of being in God’s direct dominion. But Jesus was not able to accomplish that completely because he went the way of the cross. He did manage to accomplish the spiritual resurrection but the physical body remained in the realm of Satan. So Jesus died once, was resurrected once, spiritually. And forty days after, he reappeared to mankind and was able to establish a very huge Christian church foundation based on that one resurrection.

In comparison, True Parents have undergone seven resurrections. True Parents have faced death seven times and been resurrected seven times, not only spiritually, but spiritually and physically. This means that True Parents have an extremely huge gift to give to mankind because of the victory of those resurrections. That’s the grace of the seven deaths and resurrections.

So, let’s look at the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection. Before his death, Jesus was described as a Messiah to the Jewish people. In Matthew, he is described as one who goes beyond the rules and breaks the rules (Matt. 12:10). They described him as a colleague of Beelzebub, the prince of demons (Matt. 12:22), and he is described as the one who brings the sword to separate and judge the nation of Israel (Matt. 10:34).

He came to save mankind but he was crucified. After three days following his death, he was resurrected and from that time his appearance was entirely different from before his death. For example, St. Paul who tried very hard to kill Jesus during his lifetime, was transformed after Jesus’ resurrection and came to follow Jesus. Because he thought Jesus was dead and then Jesus appeared to him, he was transformed and began to lead Jesus’ followers. From that time on, he listened to every word that Jesus said and he began to be Jesus’ most faithful follower.

This put the nation of Israel in a position relating to the Roman kingdom. Originally Jesus was in the nation of Israel, but after the resurrection, the Christian church [was] established in the Roman kingdom, so Rome became the religious center. The disciples began to preach that Jesus has reappeared, Jesus has resurrected. They traveled all over the place and the Christian church began.

If we look at Jesus before the resurrection and after the resurrection, we see a completely different picture. After Jesus’ resurrection the providence to really save mankind throughout the world began. So the fact that the Messiah was resurrected held great meaning for all of mankind. True Parents have gone a course of seven deaths and resurrections and completing the eight stages. So, in a sense, we have to die to really become the true son of God.

The eight stages start from the bottom: servant of servants. Because mankind fell, they ended up in the position of servant of servants, even below the position of angels who were kind of like servants. So first they had to be resurrected up to the level of servants, and on up through the levels of adopted child, step child, children, mother and father, finally able to enter God’s eternal kingdom. These are the vertical eight stages. These are the eight stages all  fallen men have to go through to be victorious.

True Parents have also discussed that we need to go through eight stages of horizontal [resurrection]. We have to accomplish victories at the individual, family, tribal, race, nation, world, cosmic levels. Only if we accomplish these eight vertical and eight horizontal stages, can we escape from the realm of Satan and become (establish) God’s kingdom.

If you look at the chart starting from the bottom, True Parents have accomplished all seven levels of resurrection going to the eighth stage. Through Father’s work, he has gone through all the stages from servant of servant going all the way up to father, and the horizontal stages starting from the individual, family, race and so on. So the fact that Father has been able to go through the seven deaths and resurrections and complete all of these stages to get up to the eighth stage, it proves that he is the Messiah.

The first resurrection was in the prison at Gyeonggi do. Father was imprisoned in October 1944. He was imprisoned for about 4 months until February 1945. He was in the position of servant of servants. When he was in Japan studying, just prior to this, he had been participating in independence movement activities. Like all of Korea, under the rule of Japan for 40 years, Father had been in the position of servant of servants. So he came back to Korea and his name was on the list of people who had participated in independence activities in Japan. This is what got him in trouble the first time. The government ordered a list of people who had been doing independence activities, and his name appeared on that list. He was subjected to seven kinds of torture while he was in prison during that time in Gyeonggi do, so he shed blood and suffered. It was severe suffering.

Even while he was being beaten, he did not come to hate the guards who were beating him. “Later on when I get out of this prison, and this person comes to understand who I am, I need to have him not hate me, and I not hate him,” he thought. “Actually he (the torturer) is also the son of God.”  More than about the pain and suffering that Father was going through, he was concerned about how to save the guard who was inflicting the pain on him.

The second death and resurrection was at the Jeongju police station in North Korea. He was imprisoned for about a week during October of 1945. This was right after the World War was finished and Korea was getting out from the rule of Japan. Father at that point decided to go a public course and cut off from his physical family, from his parents and his brothers. The reason he got in trouble this time, externally, was because he had brought South Korean money to North Korea and was using it, so he looked suspicious. So we have to feel that this money represented not just money but the people of Korea, because Korean people had been divided into south and north. So he had democratic money and he was using it in the communist north, and he got in trouble. So we have Korea, the nation chosen by God, but it was divided into democratic and communist parts and Father at that time began his public mission. Father said, “From a normal point of view, this looks very severe and harsh, but in order to take the course of the Messiah, it’s necessary to separate from my family. This is the path the Messiah must take.”

The third time Father was imprisoned was by the internal security forces in 1946, from August 11 until November 21. There was a person in the John the Baptist position, Kim Baekmun. This person had a huge church, a huge following, that God had prepared to meet Father, but this minister was not able to proclaim Father as the Messiah. He should have attended Father as the Messiah and brought all his followers to Father but he did not. There were other religious leaders that were also prepared to meet Father at that time. Some of them did admit that he was the Messiah. They said he was the Messiah but they didn’t follow him and they didn’t help him.

If we look at the course of events that Father went through in North Korea up until about 1960, we can see that it parallels Jesus’ course very closely. Rev. Kim Baekmun was so surprised to hear that the Messiah was there. In the case of Jesus, John the Baptist was not able to proclaim Jesus as the Messiah and bring his followers to Jesus. And the disciples also, their faith wavered because of John the Baptist’s actions. Because of that, Jesus had to go to a new place, to Jerusalem, to try to find new, stronger disciples. He did not find highly trained religious people as he should have had. He found people—fishermen, prostitutes, tax collectors—twelve, who were willing to follow him.

He should have had the twelve top leaders from the Jewish church as his twelve disciples. So, he had to take a much more sorrowful course with twelve people who were really not very qualified to be his disciples, and we know that finally one of those twelve people betrayed him in the end. Because Judas betrayed him to the authorities in the end, Jesus ended up going to the cross. The authorities, Pontius Pilate, who was in charge of the case, knew that Jesus had no sin and he said, “I cannot punish this man.” So he let the Jewish people choose and they sent Jesus to the cross. And as we said before,  three days after his death, Jesus resurrected, and for forty days as a spiritual person he re-collected twelve faithful disciples.

True Parents have followed  the course of restoring the course that Jesus went. Kim Baekmun should have followed True Father after receiving the revelation, and collected twelve disciples together, but he did not follow True Father and Father did not get the twelve disciples at that time. So again, there were twelve religious leaders prepared to follow Father but because of the lack of faith of their leader, Kim Baekmun, they did not follow him and he went to North Korea and found a secondary group of disciples: Inju Kim, Wonpil Kim, Dalok Jung and others. And some of those who were not following him betrayed him to the authorities, which led to him being imprisoned. Finally the security police also realized that he was not guilty. He was innocent. But then he was arrested again, suspected of being a spy, and sent to Heungnam labor camp.

Heungnam was not a regular prison. It was a place where they basically worked people until they died. So even in that place, where basically the purpose of it was to kill people, Father managed to find twelve disciples, inside there. Jesus found his twelve disciples when he was present in spirit after the resurrection, but Father found twelve disciples in spirit and physical body. So there in Heungnam prison, Father passed the tribal and racial level of restoration.

And as you’ve heard before, during the Korean War, UN forces liberated the prisoners at Heungnam prison and, in that way, Father’s life was spared. After escaping from Heungnam, Father said this: “After being tortured and returning to my dark cell in the moonless night, I cleaned my wounds and offered my appreciation to heaven. I could not cry for myself. I could only cry for Heavenly Father who has shed His blood and tears for mankind.” Even though he was undergoing tremendous suffering, he could not express that suffering because he did not want to make God any more sorrowful than He already was. He came to know a lot about Heavenly Father’s heart while he was in Heungnam.

After Heungnam, Father was imprisoned again in Seodaemun prison in 1955. From July 4 until October 4, he was held in the Seodaemun prison. The reason he was imprisoned this time was because there was a big flack raised about many students from Yonsei and Ehwa Universities who were following him, and therefore got expelled from school. This was shortly after the Korean War finished and Ehwa and Yonsei Universities were both missionary schools, made by American missionaries in Korea—very strong Christians.

The whole country was very poor, in a poor state at the end of the war. When Father was speaking many people were listening to what he said. There were 800 students in the dormitories at the colleges and they all were moved by what Father was saying. These 800 students started coming regularly to hear Father speak. At the Christian university (Ehwa), the president of the university, President Kim, was very perplexed at what kind of religion could draw 800 of his students. He sent some professors to go find out what kind of place it was.

There were six [professors sent]. Yang Yun Yong was one of the professors. She was also very moved by what Father had to say. She said “This is not a regular message. This is from God. Now I understand why our students are going to the Unification Church.” She told the president of the college, “All of us need to go this way – follow the Unification Church.” The president of the college was worried that if the whole Korean country became Unificationist, they wouldn’t receive any support from Christian United States any more.

He sent some more of his best professors – Han Chung Hwa, Choi Won Bok, Lee Jung Ho. Every one of them came back to him and said, “You need to believe what this man is teaching.” He took out his last hidden card. He had a professor whom he had raised as his student and then who had studied in America and had come back – Kim Young Oon. He sent this professor to hear Father.

At this time, Young Oon Kim was being raised to be the next president of the university. She had major stomach problems at that time and her health was not very good. So  Young Oon Kim also went to hear what Father was saying but she did not go inside the church; she listened through the open window. All morning she listened and she was also very moved. She stayed and listened through the afternoon and her mind began to change. She stayed and listened for three days and she was convinced that this was the word of God. She joined the church.

The president of the university was very distressed. He fired the six professors who had become members of the church and kicked out seventeen students who had joined the church. These six professors and seventeen students became very loyal followers of True Parents. They helped start with Father the Saemaul movement (movement to restore the race). The Saemaul movement was very instrumental in President Pak’s time. President Pak was very impressed by the Saemaul movement and that’s why he gave the land where we built the Little Angels theater and school.

The sixth resurrection was when Father was held in Danbury from July 20, 1984 until July 4 of the following year. As you probably all know, [for] the imprisonment of Father in Danbury prison the excuse was some unpaid taxes, but really it was just that they wanted to put Father in prison. The Fraser committee members had a very communist attitude and they didn’t like Father’s highly religious work. While Father was in prison in Danbury, we started a coalition of Christian ministers that grew to include 7000 Christian ministers. And the True Children and True Mother began a very devotional life while Father was in prison.

So, when Father came out from Danbury, it was a very victorious resurrection. Seven thousand American clergy also visited Korea at that time as the holy land of True Parents. And in the period just after Father came out of Danbury, communism was finished. Father met with Kim Il Sung, he met with Gorbachev. You have to consider that this was a world level victory because the United States had put Father in prison and the United States is a world level power.

You all heard about the seventh resurrection last year: the helicopter accident. Yeong Ho Kim, a movie director, was out fishing in the area and he saw a vision. He saw a rainbow and hordes of people in white clothes surrounding the helicopter. There was also a famous actor with him, Sang Soon Kim. They didn’t know if this was a dream or something real when they saw it. When they got home and turned on the news, they realized that what they had seen was Rev. Moon’s helicopter accident. And after that, they were convinced that Father was the Messiah and they joined the church.

This helicopter accident was not just a miracle; it was a sign from God to show, “This is my son, this is the Messiah.” Jesus’ crucifixion was handing over his physical and spiritual body to Satan. Finally he was resurrected only spiritually, but his physical being was not resurrected. But True Parents have been resurrected both physically and spiritually through these seven resurrections.

If we compare Jesus’ resurrection and Father’s resurrection, True Parents were substantially resurrected. Jesus shed blood on the cross. True Parents were resurrected without shedding blood. Jesus died alone and had to go and re-gather his disciples when he was in spiritual form. True Parents were not alone. They had their followers with them in the helicopter and their followers saved them. Jesus had to witness to himself as the Messiah after his resurrection. But there were many, many people to witness to True Parents as the Messiah. They did not have to do it themselves.

Let’s look at Jesus before and after the resurrection. Before the resurrection, Jesus was more interested in the external world. After the resurrection, there was the Pentecost, and the spiritual experiences began. He gathered his disciples again. Instead of centering on himself, his words centered on heaven. Before the resurrection, he had habits that kept him from being absolute in his faith but after the resurrection, his faith became absolute. Before the resurrection, people were not sure he was the Messiah, but after it became very clear that he was the Messiah. Only after the resurrection people were convinced he was the Messiah and had spiritual experiences and followed him.

The Pentecost, following the resurrection, was the most active period for his disciples. He was just there spiritually but it (his disciples) became very active. This very tiny religion that had started in Jerusalem became huge, through Rome spread to the entire world. Through this one resurrection, Jesus was able to accomplish a worldwide foundation.

Imagine now, True Parents have been resurrected seven times, physically and spiritually. So at this time, we need to believe in True Parents and lead a clean and holy life. We need to become one with True Parents. We need to live for others. We have to throw away all our old habits and become a model family following True Parents. We are the people who should be following those eight stages of resurrection. We need to clean ourselves internally and join with True Parents. Now is the time we have to understand our position. Now you know that you, too, can be resurrected through True Parents’ resurrections. This is what I wanted to share with you today. Thank you.

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