Early Easter morning after I had spent the entire night in prayer, Jesus appeared before me.... He said: "God is in great sorrow, because of the pain of humankind. You must take on a special mission on earth having to do with Heaven's work." That day I saw clearly the sorrowful face of Jesus. I heard his voice clearly. The experience of witnessing the manifestation of Jesus caused my body to shake violently, like a quaking aspen's leaves, trembling in a strong breeze. I was simultaneously overcome with fear so great I felt I might die, and gratitude so profound I felt I might explode. Jesus spoke clearly about the work I would have to do. His words were extraordinary, having to do with saving humanity from its suffering and bringing joy to God.
My initial response was, “I can’t do this. How can I do this? Why would you even five me a mission of such paramount importance?” I was truly afraid. I wanted somehow to avoid this mission, and I clung to the hem of his clothing and wept inconsolably.
I was thrown into extreme confusion. I couldn’t open my heart to my parents and share my huge secret with them. But neither could I just keep it to myself. I was at a loss over what to do. What was clear was that I had received a special mission from Heaven. It was such a huge and tremendous responsibility. I shuddered in fear to think that I might not be able to handle it on my own. I clung to prayer even more than before, in an attempt to quiet my confused heart. But even this had no effect. No matter how much I tried, I could not free myself for even a moment from the memory of having met Jesus.
My encounter with Jesus changed my life completely. His sorrowful expression was etched into my heart as if it had been branded there, and I could not think of anything else. From that day on, I immersed myself completely into the World of God. At times, I was surrounded by endless darkness and filled with such pain that it was difficult to breathe. At other times, my heart was filled with joy, as though I were watching the morning sun rise above the horizon. I experienced a series of days like these that led me into deeper and deeper world of prayer. I embraced new words of truth that Jesus was giving me directly and let myself be completely captivated by God. I began to live an entirely different life. I had many things to think about, and I gradually became a boy of few words.
Anyone who follows the path of God must pursue his goal with his whole heart and total dedication. It requires a steadfastness of purpose. I am stubborn by birth, so I have always had plenty of tenacity. I used this God-given tenacity to overcome difficulties and follow the way that was given me. Anytime I began to waver, I steadied myself by remembering: “I received God’s word directly.” It was not easy to choose this course, because it would require me to sacrifice the rest of my youth. At times, I felt I would rather avoid this path.
Rev. Moon’s first encounter with Jesus happened in 1936; he was only 16. He continued his dedication to the promise he gave Jesus and pursued the discovery of the secrets of the bible and events of history throughout his entire life.
There are three main points Rev. Moon discovered with the help of Jesus and God:
1. God is our heavenly parent who lost his children ever since the Fall of Man happened. This separation has caused Him great suffering and pain.
2. Jesus’ salvation came through his resurrection; he didn’t come to die on the cross. He came as the second Adam to restore the family.
3. The providence of restoration is ongoing until the family of man is restored and God can reign as our Heavenly Parent over all his children; we call this the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth or world peace.
The complete autobiography of Rev. Moon is available at Amazon.com. His teaching is contained in the Divine Principle which can be listened to locally at any Unification Church or by studying the book available online.