One with God the Father, Jesus & one another, chapter 15

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    When the Lord God Jesus called Moses He said; “I am that I am.” And He said, “You must say this to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” The God of your fathers has sent me; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. “This is My name forever, and this is My memorial from generation to generation.” “I have promised that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’

     The Lord promised Moses; (Exodus 6:7-8; I will take you Israelites’ to Myself for a people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from your enslavement to the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob – and I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord!’) (He hardened Pharaoh’s heart and made Moses as a god to him.

     See Exodus 4: through 11: After numerous plagues on the Egyptians, and after the night to be much remembered, the Egyptians were ready to thrust Israel out. They gave the Israelites riches and hastened their departure. Israel traveled a long way on that 14th day of Nisan.

    The Lord said; (Exodus 13:8-10; You are to tell your son, ‘on that day’ ‘it is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ It will be a sign for you on your hand and a memorial on your forehead, so that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth, for with a mighty hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt. So you must keep this ordinance at its appointed time from year to year.)

     After witnessing the Egyptian’s drowning the Israelites gave the Lord praise. (Exodus 15:6-9; Your right hand, O Lord, was majestic in power, Your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy. In the abundance of your majesty You have overthrown those who rise up against You. You sent forth Your wrath; it consumed them like stubble. By the blast of Your nostrils the waters were piled up, the flowing water stood upright like a heap, and the deep waters were solidified in the heart of the sea. The enemy said, ‘I will chase, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire will be satisfied on them.’) (These things are forerunners of Israel’s future deliverance and Jesus’ new Passover ordinances.) Remember this covenant making Lord God Jesus had to die in order to make that first covenant void, and establish a new spiritual covenant.

    (John 13:1-17; Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that His time had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He now loved them to the very end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, that he should betray Jesus. Because Jesus knew that the Father had handed all things over to Him and that He had come from God and was going back to God, He got up from the meal, removed His outer clothes, took a towel and tied it around Himself. He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel He had wrapped around Himself.

    Then He came to Simon Peter. Peter said to Him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not understand what I am doing now, but you will understand after these things.” Peter said to Him, “You will never wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus replied, “The one who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not every one of you.) (For Jesus knew the one who was going to betray Him. For this reason He said, “Not every one of you is clean.)

    So when Jesus had washed their feet and put His outer clothing back on, He took His place at the table again and said to them, “Do you understand what I have done for you? You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly, for that is what I am. If I then your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example – you should do just as I have done for you. I tell you the solemn truth, the slave is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them.)

       Judas’ betrayal of Jesus was prophesied.

    (John 13:31-35; When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself and He will glorify Him right away. Children, I am still with you for a little while. You will look for Me, and just as I said to the Jewish religious leaders, ‘Where I am going you cannot come,’ now I tell you the same. “I give you a new commandment – to love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are My disciples – if you have love for one another.) (So, how can all followers of Jesus love God and one another? By each being recipients of the same spirit.

   (John 13:36-38; Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow Me now, but you will follow later.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you!” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for Me? I tell you the solemn truth, the rooster will not crow until you have denied Me three times!”)

   Jesus’ apostles practiced all Jesus instructed. Some in the Corinth church of God didn’t comprehend the spiritual significance of Passover, so Paul explained.

    (1Cor 11:20-33; Now when you come together at the same place, you are not really eating the Lord’s Supper. For when it is time to eat, everyone proceeds with his own supper. One is hungry and another becomes drunk. Do you not have houses so that you can eat and drink? Or are you trying to show contempt for the church of God by shaming those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I will not praise you for this!

    “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which he was betrayed took bread and after He had given thanks He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, every time you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For every time you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

    For this reason, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself first, and in this way let him eat the bread and drink of the cup. For the one who eats and drinks without careful regard for the body eats and drinks judgment against himself. That is why many of you are weak and sick, and quite a few are dead.

   But if we examined ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned with the world. So then my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat wait for one another. If anyone is hungry let him eat at home, so that when you assemble it does not lead to judgment. I will give directions about other matters when I come.)

The Passover season is about examining ourselves in Jesus’ Light. Put that which puffs up out from our fleshly nature, consider how pulls of the fleshly nature imposes its will on our character. Putting leavening agents out was a strong physical reminder. Remember sin is lawlessness in God’s view. David’s experience is for our learning.

   (Psalms 1:1-6; How blessed is the one who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand in the pathway with sinners, or sit in the assembly of scoffers. Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the Lord’s commands; he meditates on His commands day and night. He is like a tree planted by flowing streams; it yields its fruit at the proper time, and its leaves never fall off. He succeeds in everything he attempts. Not so with the wicked! Instead they are like wind-driven chaff. For this reason the wicked cannot withstand judgment, nor can sinners join the assembly of the godly. Certainly the Lord guards the way of the godly, but the way of the wicked ends in destruction.) (Remember followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites, (see Gal 3:29) and the word “Israel” means God fights.)

    (Acts 2:29-35; Brothers, I ‘Peter’ can speak confidently to you about our forefather David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. So then, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants on his throne, David by foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His body experience decay. This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it. So then, exalted to the right hand of God, and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, He, ‘Jesus’ has poured out what you both see and hear. For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says, ‘The Lord, (God the Father) said to My Lord, (God the Son) “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for your feet.)

    Jesus’ enemies aren’t His foot stool yet. That day is soon coming. Remember Jesus said; “of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven.” God the Father and God the Son have been planning it all since the foundation of the world.

    Matthew recorded Jesus’ end of age prophecies: re-study Matt. 24: Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to write Timothy.

     (2Tim 4:1 I-8; I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the message, be ready whether it is convenient or not, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction. For there will be a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves, because they have an insatiable curiosity to hear new things. And they will turn away from hearing the truth, but on the other hand they will turn aside to myths. You however be self-controlled in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist’s work, fulfill your ministry. For, I am already being poured out as an offering, and the time for me to depart is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith! Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day – and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on His appearing.)

       We hope many of you are praying for Jesus’ soon return. 

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