Congratulations everyone on today’s World Church of Messiah Paradise on Earth Service.
First, I would like to thank all the staff at Hotel Okura Kobe for their understanding and cooperation as well as their tremendous support. It was thanks to their support that we were able to hold the Beginning of Spring Service earlier this year and that we are able to hold today’s service too. For that, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone at the hotel. Thank you very much.
On June 15, 1931, together with 28 of his disciples, Meishu-sama climbed Mt. Nokogiri in Chiba prefecture and received the divine revelation of the Transition from Night to Day in the spiritual world.
June 15 of this year marks its ninetieth anniversary.
Meishu-sama repeatedly taught us that the Transition from Night to Day was the great transition for humanity. After receiving the revelation, Meishu-sama single-mindedly advanced his divine work in order to respond to the will of God who accomplished this great transition.
On June 5, 1954, 67 years ago, while the symptoms from the brain hemorrhage persisted, Meishu-sama announced to the leading ministers at the time that he was born anew as the Messiah with enormous joy, wonder and surprise.
Ten days later, in order to share that joy with all the members, Meishu-sama chose the date June 15 and held the Provisional Ceremony to Celebrate the Birth of the Messiah, relaying to everyone the grave fact that he was born anew.
June 15, therefore, is a date of great significance, for it is on this day that Meishu-sama received the divine revelation of the Transition from Night to Day and, also, celebrated the birth of the Messiah together with all the members.
Meishu-sama’s birth as the Messiah is intricately linked with the divine work of the Transition from Night to Day.
The Transition from Night to Day is a mighty work of God and proof that God brought forgiveness to us humanity through the name of Messiah, the child of God.
Meishu-sama was able to be born anew because he himself received God’s forgiveness that was the foundation of the Transition from Night to Day.
Following in the footsteps of Meishu-sama, we also need to receive God’s forgiveness.
Rather, we must realize that we were the ones who needed to be forgiven by God.
We committed the sin of taking possession of our life, consciousness and soul that actually belonged to God. Because of that, we, gradually and unknowingly, became arrogant in the eyes of God, disrespected Him and evaluated the will of God on the basis of our own convenience and of our own understanding of good and evil. Deep down, we thought that we were better than others and ended up having conflict with others.
What is worse, we did not even realize that we became such kinds of people, that we needed to receive forgiveness and that we were sinners.
We made God’s eternal life and breath into a limited life and breath. We, by our own hands, trapped ourselves in the notion of death and locked ourselves in the world of darkness.
But out of His unfailing love, God decided to put an end to our way of living—we who were deeply sinful and trapped in death. God needed to forgive us whatever the cost and deliver us from our sins so that He could welcome us into the new phase of the work of creation, that is, welcome us as His own children.
To bring this forgiveness to us humanity, God, two thousand years ago, sent Jesus to the world.
God made Jesus carry the sins of humanity committed in the past, present and future and put him on the cross. On his part, Jesus offered his blood to God begging for the forgiveness of sins. God then accepted his blood as the blood of atonement and with it, granted His forgiveness to us.
Not only that, God raised Jesus from the world of the dead and resurrected him.
God did this so that we, too, who were trapped in the notion of death could be saved and live in eternal life.
Through Jesus, God made us into ones who are atoned for and forgiven and welcomed us from the world of darkness, that is, death, into the world of light, that is, eternal life.
The Transition from Night to Day that Meishu-sama received was precisely this.
Two thousand years ago, through Jesus, God accomplished the Transition from Night to Day.
Transcending the time of two thousand years and the distance of nine thousand kilometers, Meishu-sama who was born in this modern era in Japan received God’s forgiveness existing in the sacred atoning blood that became the foundation of the Transition from Night to Day.
When Meishu-sama received the divine revelation of the Transition from Night to Day, I believe Meishu-sama offered the following thought to God: “O God, I receive Your forgiveness now!”
“Now” for Meishu-sama was June 15 of 1931, exactly 90 years ago from June 15 of this year.
We have treated time and space as if they were ours, but they belong to God, and Him only.
It is this God who lives in our thoughts and unites His eternal time and infinite space to our thoughts.
That is why we humans are able to look back into the past or be excited or worried about the future. That is why we can think of our family or neighbors—things that are near to us; or why we can think of foreign countries or even the universe with its stars—things that are far from us.
God allows each one of us to have the sense of “now” and unites things of the past, present and future to this “now.”
No matter how distant things of the past or the future are or no matter how far things take place from us, God unites everything to the “now” of each one of us. And through using this “now” as well as our breath, God is accomplishing the work of saving the earth and saving humanity who lives on it.
The Transition from Night to Day that Meishu-sama received and the birth of the Messiah that Meishu-sama announced—we should not regard these as mere occurrences in the past or as mere knowledge. Rather, we should regard them as something that directly relates to us and offer the following thoughts to God: “I would like to receive them now, O God. You are accomplishing them within me now.”
The light that, two thousand years ago, resurrected Jesus as the child of God, the Christ, the Messiah; the light that filled Jesus’s disciples with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost fifty days after Jesus’s resurrection; and the light of the Transition from Night to Day that brought forgiveness to all humanity—this light shone forth from God and penetrated heaven and the entire earth.
This light is still shining now—the light that is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, the light that can revive all people of humanity into eternal life and make them be born anew as children of God, Messiahs.
Where were we when this light descended to the earth?
We were in heaven together with Meishu-sama. We were serving God in heaven and received that light and power.
Meishu-sama came to this world already filled with the light of the Transition from Night to Day. And on June 15, 1931, he received and accepted that light once more and newly in his thoughts of his “now.”
Carrying with him the gospel of the Transition from Night to Day that is one with the name of Messiah, Meishu-sama advanced his divine work with an aim to bring forgiveness and salvation to all humanity.
We who were sent to earth just like Meishu-sama have to admit that we already received that light in heaven, return to heaven, and receive and accept the light once more and newly with the thought of “I receive and accept the forgiveness that exists in the sacred blood of atonement now. Allow me, O God, to receive the light of the Transition from Night to Day.” I believe we must respond in this way to the will of God who accomplished the Transition from Night to Day.
Meishu-sama advocated the construction of a paradise on earth, heaven on earth. Heaven and earth joining as one—this, I believe, is what the term “construction of heaven on earth” means.
Originally, heaven and earth were both God’s and were one under Him.
But we humanity took possession of all that exists on earth, including our very own existences. In this way, we created a barrier between heaven and earth—a barrier that could never be removed by our own power.
Through the forgiveness of the Transition from Night to Day, that is, through His light and power, God removed that barrier, welcomed earth into His heaven once more and made heaven and earth into one.
On this day of the Paradise on Earth Service, let us offer our gratitude to God for this enormous blessing, for the light of the Transition from Night to Day. And let each one of us return to heaven carrying with us all that exists on earth and be one with heaven.
In this way, all creation will revive, and all humanity can be born anew as children of God, Messiahs. For humanity to be born anew as children of God, Messiahs, is the true state of a paradise on earth, that is, a heaven on earth.
In the name of Messiah, which is one with Meishu-sama, and in the name of Messiah, which is one with Jesus, let us serve God who is accomplishing the work of salvation by the power of the Transition from Night to Day, through the outgoing and incoming breath and the incoming and outgoing breath.
I return all glory to God who permits us to serve Him in this way.
Thank you very much.