John 13:13 (part 2)

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THE SOON COMING KING! LORD OF LORDS; KING OF KINGS! THE MESSIAH!!

(…continued from part one…)            John 13:9 “Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. John 13:10, Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all” (the underlined are Italicised). After one has got the cleansing righteousness of Jesus, ones ineludibility of the idiosyncrasies of his lifestyle makes it germane to have the feet washed. This is the cogency of the main reason why Jesus washed their feet; if you should ask, “why the feet in particular?” Why were His feet nailed? To remove the negativity imbedded in the idiosyncrasies of the walk before our thrice holy Jehovah. Jesus is good! Amen!

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“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” [John 13:15]. He had charted the Kingdom course of humility and not the literal scrubbing of each other’s feet (which some pastors are erroneously guilty of). God is humble. Godly virtues must be exercised. The LORD God wants you to prove that He has endowed you with this virtue of humility.

God humbled Himself to bring the Incarnation into a historical reality. He humbled Himself to be the first show us love. It is quite inconceivable that the very Creator will choose to salvage the fallen mankind, knowing fully well that the only antidote for our sinfulness is the gory death of the Calvary cross. His unconditional love humbled Him to serve us. Moses saw the backside of the Divinity and became the brightness of a walking sunlight.

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The Red Sea parted hither and thither, standing at attention, to make a dry passageway for the trekking feet of Israel. Angels worship Him in the heavenly assizes; and when John saw Him in the island of Patmos he fell as though dead. This same Master was the One who left the glory of heaven in an unprecedented humbling of Himself, in the service to humanity. It is stupefying to arrive at this understanding: that the Divinity will even allow the thought of lowliness to cross His eternal mind. Mind-blowing!

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THE MASTER AND LORD!

There is only one reason why a creature will deign to forsake the virtuous walk of unpretentiousness. It is pride. Lunatic pride of Satanism. Lucifer detests embracing the spirit of self-abasement. He would rather keep himself on a delusionary, prancing high horse, ambience of his phantasmal romance. Pride, as a matter of fact, goeth ere destruction. Pride has a way of making you think that you know a whole lot when the stark reality is that you are actually wallowing in abject ignorance.

The prideful ones are made to discountenance tiny inconsequential lowliness, too enraptured in the pride of their physical status. Lucifer saw only what he wanted in an absolute neglect of the Creator’s word. Pride is an avid preacher. It will sermonize its captive in subjects that are diametrically opposed to God’s protocol. Whose tireless advice got Satan derailed? It was none but his own self who got himself alienated from God’s goodness. When you take decisions that run contrary to the instructions of the Word of God you have just embarked on a journey in futility. Today, Lucifer is licking his wounds. “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them;” Jesus taught His followers in John 13:17.

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Judas Iscariot was not clean. Be clean to enable you walk with the LORD. Get born again. Say this prayer of salvation: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.    (Concluded)

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John 13:13 (part 1)

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Jesus served us to save humanity

“Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.” Jesus made this absolute unequivocalness in John 13:13. This is a categorical in asseveration, devoid of any scintilla of ambiguity. What does the denotative momentousness of this statement elucidate and what does it connote? Just follow my didactic piece and there will be an unravelling truth.

The word ‘call’ in Greek is phōneō (fo-neh’-o) ‘to emit a sound (animal, human or instrumental); by implication to address in words or by name.’ Master is didaskalos (did-as’-kal-os): ‘a teacher in the NT one who teaches concerning the things of God, and the duties of man.’ Lord is kurios (koo’-ree-os): ‘From κῦρος kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title).’ The word ‘well,’ is kalōs (kal-oce’): ‘beautifully, finely, excellently, well;’ while ‘am’ is eimi (i-mee’) ‘to be, to exist, to happen, to be present.’

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“But to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28)

Jesus had done what tradition forbid. A master does not stoop low to serve his disciples. His following catechumens also addressed Him as kurios. How can Jesus, who has just displayed a prodigious humility, not dissuade them from addressing Him in a cognomen of the Supreme Being? I can hear Jesus telling them, “It is germane that you call me ‘Master’ for I teach you Kingdom truths. And it’s apropos to be called your Lord for its excellent correctness.” The pronoun ‘I’ is italicized, hence, is not in the original script. Translators applied it to make an English sense to its readers.

The ‘am’ or eimi is what lends credence to the gravity of the true definition of kurios. Eimi speaks of existence which gives no hint of time because it does not arise, in this context. Eimi, in this context, has no beginning and no ending. This eime takes us back to Exodus 3:14, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” The Septuagint translates ‘I AM’ as EGO EIME. This is the covenant name, Jehovah.

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So, when Jesus said, “for so I am,” the intimation here is simply, “for so Jehovah.” ‘Lord’, in the Greek, is the same as the Old Testamentary Yahweh. This is the grand revelatory import! The Lord Jesus did suffer them to address Him as ‘Lord’ just because, the wholesome truth is that He happens to be the ‘I AM’ of their forefathers. He is the Supreme Ruler of the entire universe! This was not a case of an arrogation of falsehood of identity. “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am” (John 13:13). Amen!

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How could the Sovereign Lord stoop so low to play the role of a mere servant? Food for humility thought, it is, no doubt. “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet” [John 13:14]. Washing of feet was purely a Jewish traditional way of life and it was the job for the servants. As their Master, tradition forbid the Lord’s serving stance. It did not, therefore, fail to ignite the brashness of Simon Peter.

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The Great Shepherd and Bishop of our souls

John 13:8, Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. The neuter ‘part’ is the Greek meros (mer’-os) ‘From an obsolete but more primary form of μείρομαι meiromai (to get as a section or allotment); ‘a division or share (literally or figuratively, in a wide application); destiny.’ Jesus has a Kingdom everlasting. None else boasts of such. Anyone who gets alienated from God’s Kingdom is doomed for eternity. Peter understands this fact but was incognizant of the Import of the cleansing of their feet. It is crystal clear that being with Jesus, in truth of spirit, is a cleansing agent. Having believed the spiritual efficacy of the word of Jesus, with one’s whole heart, makes one clean.

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            The condemnation that gave us justification

Judas Iscariot was not clean. Be clean to enable you walk with the LORD. Get born again. Say this prayer of salvation: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.                  (…to be concluded…)

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