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Good morning, everyone.

Today is December 1, and there is one month left this year. Many things happened this year, didn’t they? Covid-19 still continues, and it was truly a year where a lot happened.

In divine work, we can say there was a remarkable development: this year on February 4, the name World Church of Messiah (Sekai Meshia Kyo) that Meishu-sama named 70 years ago was resurrected. Meishu-sama really needed this name to save humanity, but, after his ascension, only two years later, the name was changed to World Church of Salvation (Sekai Kyusei Kyo), discarding the name Messiah that Meishu-sama used. Now this year, 63 years later, this World Church of Messiah was resurrected by the hands of each one of you.

In that sense, I would like to say that this year was truly a historic year, not just for us, but for humanity and for the salvation of humanity.

What all of you have achieved will of course be recorded here on earth as something truly significant, but it will also be recorded as such in heaven forever. Now, at the end of the year, I would like to once again offer my congratulations to all of you who have taken part in this truly wonderful work. My sincere congratulations to all of you.

Of course, the name World Church of Messiah is important. But what we are truly seeking is Meishu-sama’s will embedded in the name, the spirit with which he established World Church of Messiah, aren’t we? And what is it exactly? As I have quoted many times, when World Church of Messiah was established, Meishu-sama was interviewed and was asked: “What is the global significance of the birth of World Church of Messiah?” This is a huge question. This is a question about what the significance of World Church of Messiah’s existence is for the world. Meishu-sama’s reply to this question is going to be the essence of World Church of Messiah, don’t you think? His reply will be the guiding principle, the guideline, of the Church, right?

So what exactly did he say? He said that I want to guide humanity to happiness through faith. But in the West, there is Christianity, and what Jesus Christ is saying is closest to what I am saying, so my new religion and I will go forward working in concert with Christianity to save humanity and lead it in the right direction using all my heart and soul. That’s what he said. Meishu-sama said that he will save humanity and lead it in the right direction through working in concert with Christianity, and that he will use all his heart and soul to achieve the task.

This perhaps could have been the guideline of World Church of Messiah at the time, and we, too, right now, need to understand these grave words of Meishu-sama the same way.

This whole year, since World Church of Messiah was resurrected, on the surface, it may seem like divine work was hindered by the coronavirus, but various works advanced, didn’t they? Working in concert with Christianity quickly moved forward in a tangible form. You may be thinking, even worrying, like, “Isn’t World Church of Messiah getting too close to Christianity?” But actually, this is not advancing because we are willing it to.

Why not? When Meishu-sama founded World Church of Messiah, his number one disciple, Reverend Issai Nakajima, suddenly passed away. At that time, Meishu-sama said, “World Church of Messiah will become extremely close to Christianity. I had thought of this in the past, but now, finally, the time has arrived for this to materialize.”

World Church of Messiah will become extremely close to Christianity. He had thought of this in the past, but now, finally, the time has arrived for this to materialize. Meishu-sama said this 70 years ago. 70 years have passed, but now, how much can we say we have become closer to Christianity? Instead, rather than getting closer to Christianity, didn’t we place importance on activities that would be accepted by society, as if we weren’t even a religion?

And this becoming closer to Christianity was not something that Kyoshu-sama advanced one-sidedly. Rather, this developed naturally from all the confusion in the Church. For a long time, we were not responding to Meishu-sama’s will. But Meishu-sama wanted to entrust to his members his very own will, no matter what. That is why it was possible for World Church of Messiah to be resurrected and why divine work has been rapidly moving forward in the form of “working in concert with Christianity” and “becoming closer to Christianity.” Wouldn’t you say this work is advancing at tremendous speed?

But since we were not walking that way for a long while, the current progress feels different from the faith of Meishu-sama and his divine work we had understood until now. So regarding the direction we are progressing in now, we may have thoughts and feelings within us that say, This is hard to accept; I’m not convinced; I can’t keep up.

Well, this divine work that is advancing right now is certainly not what we were doing until today, so these thoughts are unavoidable.

But now, under Kyoshu-sama, we are going forward to accomplish Meishu-sama’s true will. I feel this is truly a blessing, and I am truly grateful that I was able to spend this year with all of you.

So with the arising thoughts of this is hard to accept or I’m not convinced, there is a Sacred Word that I believe some of you want to refer to in particular. In this Sacred Word, Meishu-sama says that Jesus is the Lord of Redemption, and he himself is the Lord of Forgiveness.

The Lord of Redemption is the one who pleads for the forgiveness of sins. He is the one who asks God to grant forgiveness. The Lord of Forgiveness, on the other hand, is not the one who pleads for forgiveness but the one who forgives. That is why I am higher than Jesus—this is more or less what Meishu-sama said, right? There certainly is a Sacred Word like this, and I believe there are people who get stuck on this.

Until today, didn’t we use this Sacred Word only to assert, “Even though he says work in concert with Jesus and Christianity, Meishu-sama is the Lord of Forgiveness, and Jesus is just the Lord of Redemption, so Meishu-sama is higher”?

But to begin with, Meishu-sama, at the least, acknowledges Jesus here as the Lord of Redemption, while we simply understood this Sacred Word as only meaning Meishu-sama was higher. We never said until now, “Jesus is the Lord of Redemption. I will receive this. I acknowledge this.” But this year, through Kyoshu-sama, we have been taught, Because Meishu-sama acknowledges it, you also must acknowledge that Jesus is the Lord of Redemption. We are gradually being allowed to reach this point, aren’t we?

So we may want to say, “I have acknowledged Jesus as the Lord of Redemption. Meishu-sama is the Lord of Forgiveness. From now on, both Jesus the Lord of Redemption and Meishu-sama the Lord of Forgiveness, the Savior, the two of them will join together hand in hand and go forward to save humanity!” Well, it is not that simple a story either.

That is to say, Christians do not believe that Jesus is simply a Lord of Redemption. Christians believe that Jesus is the Lord of Redemption, Lord of Forgiveness and the Lord of Salvation.

I believe all of you know of this, but we often see on television or the movies what is called a “confession,” when someone confesses their sins to a priest. Then the priest replies with something like, “In the name of Jesus Christ, your sins have been forgiven.” Because Christians believe that Jesus is the Lord of Forgiveness, they confide their own sins and wish to be forgiven, right?

In the Bible, too, there is a kind of dramatic episode that shows Jesus is the Lord of Forgiveness, and I would like to share it with you now.

One day, Jesus goes to a town. Upon hearing that he had come, all kinds of people gathered around the house that he is in. There, he is teaching. During that time, a paralytic—the man had an illness that made him partially paralyzed—and the surrounding people speak amongst each other and think that since Jesus had come, Jesus would be able to cure the man’s illness. The man, being paralyzed, is then carried on a bed mat by four men to where Jesus is, bed mat and all.

When they finally reach the house where Jesus is in hopes of being healed by him, the crowd of people around Jesus is so great that they cannot even go inside the house. What happens next? I do not know how they did it exactly, but at any rate, they carry him onto the roof, and this is with the bed mat, somehow guess where Jesus is, remove the tiling and such from that area, and then lower the paralytic to where Jesus is.

So as Jesus is healing and preaching in a house packed with people, a paralytic on a bed mat suddenly is lowered from above—what an incredible situation!

This is what Jesus does next. He says to the man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Then, a few Pharisees, a Jewish person well-versed in Judaic teachings, are there and thinking to themselves, “God alone can forgive sins. Jesus is blaspheming God!” Jesus immediately senses what the Pharisees are thinking in their hearts and says to them, “Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?” He continues, “But I want you to know that the Son of Man”—this is a particular kind of expression, which refers to Jesus—“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” He then turns to the paralytic and says, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then he suddenly gets up from his mat where he was lying, praises God and goes home. And the people who see this think what wonderful authority God had given to Jesus. This is the episode you can find in the Bible (Mark 2:1–12).

In any case, the point is that for Christians, Jesus is the Lord of Forgiveness, period. When he said, “Your sins are forgiven,” a man who was confined to his bed for a long time suddenly stood and walked back to his home! It is written that the people who witnessed this were all very surprised.

So regardless of how much we say, “Jesus is not the Lord of Forgiveness. He is only the Lord of Redemption. Meishu-sama is the Lord of Forgiveness,” Christians will in no way accept this, because for Christians, the Bible is absolute. So if it comes to their saying, “Are you saying this episode in the Bible is a lie?” and then on our end, “Well, the Sacred Word says this,” we will never reach an agreement. It would only be an exchange of “You’re wrong” to each other, and hundreds, thousands of years will pass without coming to a mutual understanding. What Meishu-sama says about working in concert with Christianity, the uniting of all religions into one, or the salvation of humanity—these would never be accomplished! We would just continue to assert our arguments to each other for hundreds of years, wouldn’t we?

On one hand, Meishu-sama says, “Jesus is the Lord of Redemption, and I am the Lord of Forgiveness.” On the other hand, he says, “Work in concert with Christianity” or “becoming extremely close to Christianity.” So there, actually, lies the contradiction. In another instance, Meishu-sama says, “Construction of heaven on earth,” while also having written a calligraphy with “Heaven exists at the center of my heart,” saying two different things. So rather than selecting a Sacred Word that is easier for us to understand, Meishu-sama is actually asking us how we are understanding what seems to be a contradiction.

But until now, even though this kind of contradiction existed, in reality, we put “working in concert with Christianity” to the side, and we said that “in any case, Meishu-sama is higher than Jesus,” and “Jesus is the Lord of Redemption, and Meishu-sama is the Lord of Forgiveness,” as if only this Sacred Word existed. And I believe we justified our own faith. Still more, this is what we projected out into the Christian world for our missionary work and perhaps still do. However, in Japan, Christians are few in number from the start, so the conversation topics on who Jesus is and who the Lord of Forgiveness is may have not come up that much until today.

As I said it just now, in mentioning what we are going to do regarding the contradiction, one option is to put “working in concert with Christianity” off to the side and only take the other teaching, the other Sacred Word that says Jesus is only the Lord of Redemption and Meishu-sama is the Lord of Forgiveness.

But I must say one thing. If we go forward in this way, we would have to say to Christians, “The Bible is wrong,” “There is no point to the act of people confessing and asking Jesus to forgive their sins,” “The history of Christianity that perceives Jesus as the Lord of Forgiveness—it’s all wrong.”

Everyone, do you really think that all two billion Christians around the world are going to say, “The Bible was wrong,” “The episode when Jesus healed the paralytic was a lie,” or “The history of Christianity in which people begged Jesus for forgiveness of their sins was all a lie”? I find that very hard to believe.

One other way to deal with this contradiction I am talking about is to not bring it up at all. In regard to the issue of the Lord of Forgiveness and the Lord of Redemption, “we can simply keep it as an internal issue—Jesus is just the Lord of Redemption, and Meishu-sama is the Lord of Forgiveness. Meishu-sama is higher than Jesus. We can keep it to that and hide it from society. Such things like the miracles of Johrei, farming activities and art activities—this is what faith in Meishu-sama is all about.” That is how this option would go. “The Lord of Redemption, the Lord of Salvation or the Lord of Forgiveness—this is a complicated matter, and we don’t want to cause any discord with Christianity, so let’s avoid this issue.” In reality, I believe that in Japan, this is how we were.

So we have these two contradicting Sacred Word in question, and regarding what we do about it, there is a path that I believe in.

This is, of course, something I came to believe through Kyoshu-sama’s guidance. It is a path I believe in, and at the same time, I am convinced that it is absolute truth.

And what is it? Although we say Lord of Redemption, Lord of Forgiveness or Lord of Salvation, in the end, this “Lord” is about God.

The one who forgives is God. The one who saves is God. And although we say he is the Lord of Redemption and apologizes to God, the one who causes him to have the feeling to apologize is God. We say Lord of Redemption, Lord of Salvation or Lord of Forgiveness, but in the end, they all refer to the one and only God.

Even though Meishu-sama said that Jesus is the Lord of Redemption, and he himself is the Lord of Forgiveness, the two of them are one under God. Jesus and Meishu-sama. Under God, the two of them are one. Christ and Messiah. Under God, the two of them are one. There is no higher or lower.

You may want to say, “You say all this, but do you have proof?” Yes, there is proof. There is proof.

And that is, as I spoke about it last month, when Meishu-sama was asked about the definition of Messiah, he said that the definition of Messiah was not clear until the 20th century, but now at last the time has come when God reveals His true power. He said in the West, he is certain that Christ is going to demonstrate his true potential. I repeat—when God reveals His true power, he is certain that Christ is going to demonstrate his true potential.

And in the East, he said that it will definitely be Messiah. After that, he said, “This cannot be understood with the kinds of religious notions we have had until today.” Should you ask what “Messiah” means based on “the kinds of religious notions we have had until today,” that would be something like “only so-and-so is the Messiah” or “so-and-so is higher, and so-and-so is lower.”

But Meishu-sama said, “This cannot be understood with the kinds of religious notions we have had until today.” He said when God reveals His power, Christ will demonstrate his power, and Messiah will also demonstrate his power. What a fantastic Sacred Word!

Why was Meishu-sama able to say something like this? I can only think that it is because he believed that under God, Jesus and himself were one.

Or in a hymn of Meishu-sama—you may know this one already from Hymns for Morning and Evening Services—he said:

“Amidst the joyous and resounding shouts of ‘hallelujah!’ / The Messiah-Christ descends. / And, ah, it descends so quietly!”

I do not think he wrote this to describe a scene with Messiah and Christ as two existences descending from heaven separately. Rather, isn’t Meishu-sama saying that the spirit of God, who is the Messiah and the Christ, the two together as one, descends from heaven? Meishu-sama recognized it in this way, so isn’t that why he used the expression “Messiah-Christ”?

I think this is one amazing hymn.

So where does this spirit of God, the “Messiah-Christ,” descend to? It descends to each one of us. It is descending within each one of us, isn’t it? And we believe this, don’t we?

Now if we said to Christians or others, “The soul of God who is Messiah and who is Christ has descended to me,” what would be the response? They would say, “Are you claiming that you are the ‘Second Coming of Christ’?”

The phrase “Second Coming of Christ” may not sound very familiar to the Japanese, but regarding this, Meishu-sama has left various Sacred Word.

The meaning of each and every one of those Sacred Word is the “mystery of mysteries,” so to speak, and it would take quite some time for me to unravel them all here, one by one, to you. But at the very least, I would like to introduce to you now one hymn that is related to the Second Coming of Christ. It goes like this:

“Ah, the Christians! / Even you will be startled! / The time you have been waiting for, / The time of the Second Coming of Christ has finally come!”

Meishu-sama says: the time of the Second Coming of Christ has finally come, so even the Christians will be startled.

Meishu-sama is saying that even the Christians will be startled. That even the Christians will be startled means that he is assuming someone was startled first, isn’t he? Who would that be? Well, there is no one else but us, is there? Meishu-sama is saying that his members would naturally be startled because even the Christians will be startled.

We have been told by Kyoshu-sama, “Within each and every one of you is the soul of Messiah, of Christ.” Have we ever been startled about this? Have you ever been startled about this even once? Rather than being startled, wasn’t it something more like wondering whether we can accept it or not, whether this is in Meishu-sama’s Sacred Word or not, or whether we can believe or not?

To tell you the truth, when we are told that the soul of Christ, of Messiah, exists within us and that the Christ has already returned within us, it actually is something that we should be startled about.

Meishu-sama did say a variety of things on the Second Coming of Christ. He has talked about matters like how Christ is an existence that appeared prior to Jesus or how a particular spirit descends to a certain human being and suchlike. But he says that even the Christians will be startled. If the Second Coming of Christ that Meishu-sama speaks of is completely different from what the Christians call the Second Coming of Christ, the Christians would not at all be startled, would they?

They would just think that we are a strange group with strange ideas and know nothing about what the Second Coming of Christ is. Society in general, too, will view us like that, I am sure.

But if we said to Christians, “What you know to be the Second Coming of Christ has literally already come. It came!” Then I believe they would be somewhat a little startled by this.

And if we actually say this, the next topic would naturally be the issue of a “false Christ.” If anyone says, “I am the Second Coming of Christ,” they are usually considered a false Christ, right?

So if we were to say to the world and to Christians, “Meishu-sama is the Second Coming of Christ,” everyone is certain to reply, “No. He’s a false Christ.” But we are not saying that Meishu-sama is the only Second Coming of Christ.

We are saying that not only Meishu-sama, but we followers of Meishu-sama, all Christians and everyone else are the Second Coming of Christ! If we say that a specific person is the Second Coming of Christ, he or she would naturally be considered a false Christ. But what we say is this: that the Second Coming of Christ has already been accomplished within all humanity—all humanity without exception, within every single last person. And the spirit that descends from heaven—the spirit that Meishu-sama called “Messiah-Christ”—now rests within us. Not only that, it quietly descended to us from heaven while we were unaware, as it is written in the hymn, “It descends so quietly.” Don’t you think that “It descends so quietly” is a peculiar expression?

But for those who want to say to me, “No, the Second Coming of Christ is Meishu-sama only,” this explanation is not enough, is it? They want to ask me, “Though you claim that Christ has returned not only to Meishu-sama but also to us, do you have any proof?” Let me say this: I do. I do have proof.

I believe all of you well know that when Meishu-sama held meetings with the members, they would ask him various questions, and Meishu-sama gave his response, right? At one meeting, a member asked about something related to Jesus. To this, Meishu-sama said that the atonement of Christ meant that he took on the sins of all and redeemed all. So in response to that great love, we must thank Jesus, worship and pray to him. However, it was fine that way until now when that is no longer necessary. In fact, if one becomes a member of World Church of Messiah, that is no longer necessary. Why? Because Christ has already returned. In it lies God’s profound will, and eventually, I will explain this in detail (Heaven on Earth, no. 28).

Meishu-sama said that ordinarily, we would have to say to Christ regarding his atonement of sins, “Thank you for taking on our sins and redeeming them.” But Meishu-sama said that once we become members of World Church of Messiah, that is no longer necessary, and this is because Christ has already returned.

I believe what Meishu-sama is saying here is that we would ordinarily have to thank, worship and pray to Jesus Christ for his atonement, but if we accept that we are the Second Coming of Christ, it is not necessary to bow and pray to him. After all, you are that. Your own being, in itself, becomes the soul of Christ—we no longer have to say, “Forgive us for our sins,” because we are the soul of Christ itself, aren’t we?

Meishu-sama did not say that “I am the only one who doesn’t have to bow.” He said that “if you become a member of World Church of Messiah, it will no longer be necessary to bow to Jesus.” That is to say, if Christ had not returned within the members of World Church of Messiah, he would never had said such a thing, would he? If Christ returned only to Meishu-sama, he would have said to us, “bow to me” or “you have to bow, but I don’t have to.” But it is not that. He said, “When you become a member of World Church of Messiah, you do not need to bow. That is because Christ has already returned.” And he said, In it lies the profound will of God, and eventually, I will explain this in detail. This is a Sacred Word from 1951—in the end, we are here today without having had it explained in detail. But regarding this “profound will of God,” aren’t we beginning to grasp it through Kyoshu-sama now?

Essentially, the Second Coming of Christ to Christians means that one day, Christ will return, and he will judge who is good and who is evil, wipe out the evil ones and have the good ones establish the kingdom of God. This is the Second Coming of Christ for Christians and what they are waiting for. They are waiting for Christ’s return one day and for the establishment of a heaven of good people.

But we are no longer waiting. Within us, the soul of the God Most High exists, and heaven has already been established. This is what we believe.

So we can say to Christians,

Of course, Jesus is the Lord of Redemption, the Lord of Salvation and the Lord of Forgiveness. We accept that. But isn’t the issue of the Second Coming of Christ still unresolved? Isn’t the issue of the establishment of heaven still unresolved?

What we, World Church of Messiah, believe is this:

Within us, Christ has already returned. Heaven has already been established. Within you, too, the Christians, the Second Coming of Christ and the heaven that you have long been waiting for has already come!

So even if you have ugly thoughts within you, you don’t have to forever seek to be forgiven.

Why do those ugly thoughts well up within us? It is because heaven has come. It has come, so the many people who are within us and don’t know this think, “I want to receive the salvation of heaven.” Then, they gather to our hearts. That is what those ugly thoughts are.

It is not that from here on, we are going to create a better world. Of course, in the end, it will become so.

But we are not going to only talk about how the world has various problems while simply waiting for heaven. That is because within us, an ideal world, a heaven on earth, the most wonderful world, is already established.

Because it is already established, thoughts of wanting to enter and wanting to come in contact with this salvation of heaven are brought forth through the many thoughts and feelings that are gathered within our hearts.

Already within us is the greatest salvation! There is light!

If the greatest salvation and heaven exist within each one of us, isn’t it only natural for the many people who are seeking it to come to you? Doesn’t everybody want to go to a beautiful place?

Ordinarily, people of the world including Christians think, “Won’t the world gradually become a world of harmony, little by little? For that, we must make an effort.” But we do not think that way. As Meishu-sama says, within us is the great harmony of God. The world with the harmony of God is already established within us!

In this way, the decisive and final salvation that the Christians were not able to reach and accomplish, the decisive and final salvation for all humanity—this is what we were made to know and are now entrusted with by God.

So considering all this, why did Meishu-sama say, “Jesus is the Lord of Redemption, and I am the Lord of Forgiveness”? I believe he said it from overwhelming pride. I believe he said it from the pride he had of the greatness of his own mission that he was entrusted with, the greatest and final salvation.

It is most certain that in Christianity, this salvation was not accomplished. But in actuality, Jesus himself left us the model of a Lord of Forgiveness. What we are talking about now is not something petty like “Jesus is superior” or “Meishu-sama is superior.” It is not that. We are taking part in something much, much bigger in scale.

So even though you may have various feelings when you hear things like “working in concert with Christianity” or “World Church of Messiah will become extremely close to Christianity” or some other issues related to Christianity, you must remember how Meishu-sama said that things related to Christ or Messiah are matters that “cannot be understood with the kinds of religious notions we have had until today.”

And actually, do we understand what Meishu-sama meant when he said that when God manifests His power, Jesus Christ will also manifest his? Do we understand what “Messiah-Christ” means? We don’t, do we? We were not able to understand these Sacred Word of Meishu-sama at all until today, but now, through Kyoshu-sama, finally, we are starting to understand it just a little.

We have only a month left until the end of year. Let us not just end this year doing nothing with our uncertain and uncomfortable feelings about things related to working in concert with and getting closer to Christianity. But rather, let us put an end to them before this year finishes—well, it would be best if you can put an end to them today. We still have one more month left, so let us squarely face what we are feeling about Christianity, decide how we want to go ahead from now on and put an end to any lingering feelings. Can you do that?

I mean, if we can’t, are we going back to that old faith again? We won’t go back, will we? We have already resolved to walk this path. If so, whatever half-hearted thoughts and feelings we have within us—left-over feelings, confusion in our hearts, unconvinced notions, thoughts that we can’t keep up—let’s not drag those things into the new year, because from next year, as was this year, the wonderful divine work will rapidly advance. So let us firmly assert within ourselves that “the path I am walking now is Meishu-sama’s true path of salvation!” I would like all of us to make this resolution now, and I am truly looking forward to walking this path with all of you from today on and through next year too.

 

We are all here today only because we came to know Meishu-sama through the miracles of Johrei, right? Those miracles were from God, so, of course, we should never ever deny them.

But when Meishu-sama was born anew as the Messiah, do you know what he said? He said that to be born anew was “a miracle beyond a miracle.” He summoned the leading ministers at the time to Hekiun-so and told them that to be born anew was “a miracle beyond a miracle.” To be sure, Meishu-sama was not receiving any miracle for the symptoms of the brain hemorrhage. Actually, the pain from the stroke persisted, and he passed away the following year.

The first miracle we received through Johrei was a miracle that led to human life. We may have been close to losing our life or went through physical suffering, but we were healed, and we received human life, human health. But “a miracle beyond a miracle” is not a miracle that leads to human life but a miracle that leads to eternal life.

I repeat: The miracle we received through Johrei was a miracle that led to human life. “A miracle beyond a miracle” is a miracle that leads to eternal life. Meishu-sama left us this greatest of miracles in his final years. And just as Meishu-sama’s illness did not heal even though this greatest of miracles occurred, it may be the same for us. Even when we have come to know this greatest of miracles, nothing may happen. We may simply think, “Okay. So?” But even though there was no apparent sign or change, Meishu-sama told us that to be born anew as the Messiah was “a miracle beyond a miracle.”

When we received our first miracle through Johrei, I think it made us truly happy. I don’t think we thought things like, “How can I explain this to others?” or “I need to share this to at least ten people.” Rather, with the overflowing joy of receiving a miracle, we were not able to stop ourselves from telling other people how wonderful Johrei was.

But now, we have been made to know the “miracle beyond a miracle” that leads to eternal life. It is “the greatest miracle of all the miracles” and the miracle that gives you unimaginable joy—a joy that far exceeds the joy you felt when you received your first miracle for your physical body. And I want you to know: you have already received this greatest miracle! The Second Coming of Christ, God’s spirit that descends amidst the resounding shouts of “hallelujah”—this is already within you. The spirit of God has already come. Heaven has already come. What humanity wants so much, what the Christians want so much—this is already within us, within humanity.

This is what we have been made to know. Isn’t it strange to think about how we should share this message with others when the natural thing to do is to share this message no matter what? But, to tell you the truth, God predetermined that all humanity will receive this salvation one day, so I am convinced that the joy of coming into contact with the true miracle—the joy of knowing that the Second Coming of Christ has already come, that heaven has already come—will definitely touch people’s hearts, and through the vibrations of our joy, God will gather to us many people, one by one. And the day will come—it will come—when we will be united as one under the name of Messiah in front of God, together with Meishu-sama and Jesus. No matter how much you deny it, this day will come.

Thank you very much.

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