Title: Agape – Sacrificial Love
Speaker: Pastor Daniel Tan
Date: 2 / 8 / 2013
Pastor Daniel, who is involved in ministry to the “orang asal” of Malaysia, said that Malaysia is a place rich with revival. He shared a revival which happened in 1973 among the Kelabit in Bario, Sarawak. Bario is in the Kelabit Highlands (Mount Murud). The Kelabit is a small tribe with just about 5,000 persons. The revival broke out after much prayer for revival among the young people in the Bario. The Holy Spirit came upon the people with great power and conviction. The young as well as the old began to repent of their sins. Those convicted had their lives greatly changed.
Agape came into reality through supernatural ways.
When agape transforms you, you become a transformer.
Only agape love is transformational, any other love is transactional.
Agape is not a noun, it is a verb. We cannot understand agape until we experience it.
Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him. “So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Bartimaeus means Son of the Unclean. When blind Bartimaeus met Jesus, he cast aside his old identity (his beggar’s cloak) to receive a great life-changing miracle by faith. He was transformed. Bartimaeus represents all of us, steeped in our sin, sitting in inner darkness beside the road of life. Then one day we cry out to Messiah, the Son of God, to give us the light of life. We bow our hearts to the Master, and He gives us sight. And we follow Him, now walking with Him on the road to our destiny.
-Without bible, we are truthless Christian;
Without power of the Holy Spirit, we are toothless Christian. –