Knowing that the year 2023 is ending, and that a new year is on the horizon.
Considering how Ephesians 5:26-27 assures us that CHRIST HIMSELF, LOVED us, and gave HIMSELF for us.
And that as we approach the perfect Day, HE is purifying for HIMSELF a church, that is to be found glorious, spotless, without blemish, and without even a wrinkle."
[With that said, and considering that we live in a world of sin. "How often do you suppose, that The LORD our GOD, aiming to cleanse and purify us; would have us be washed? "Daily?
I believe so!"
Because I once encountered a towel with a hand-stitched design symbolizing The LORD washing HIS disciples’ feet.
And though the design on the towel, was only decoration. The LORD, through the design itself, opened my eye's to the reality of what takes place, every time a Believer sits before the HOLY SCRIPTURES, to be washed by our LORD JESUS CHRIST."
Consider how John 13:3-5 makes this abundantly clear by saying:
JESUS, knowing that The FATHER had given all things into HIS Hands, and that HE had come from GOD and was going to GOD, rose from supper and laid aside HIS garments, took a towel and girded HIMSELF.
After that, HE poured water into a basin and began to wash HIS disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which HE was girded.
[With that passage of SCRIPTURE being read, and thoroughly understood.
Consider how we today, are the church, that CHRIST for HIMSELF, is cleansing and purifying."
Consider how Ephesians 5:26-27 assures us of this process by saying:
That HE might SANCTIFY and CLEANSE her by the washing of water by The WORD, that HE might present her to HIMSELF a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be HOLY and without blemish.
[By that passage of SCRIPTURE being read, and hopefully, thoroughly understood.
"Can you see, that JESUS CHRIST, is The WORD," that is sanctifying, and thoroughly cleansing us?"
Yes, JESUS CHRIST, is The same WORD that washed HIS disciples feet,' even as we are being washed by the water of GOD'S WORD."
Yet, how many are they who refuse to come under The LORD'S authority, and are as Peter, who resisted GOD, and refused to be washed by HIM, saying]:
"YOU shall never wash my feet!"
["The LORD responded by admonishing Peter, and saying these WORDS to him]:
"If I do not wash you, you have no part with ME."
[So by our choice to read The BIBLE, everyday,
we simply say to The LORD: "Here I am, because I'm interested in what YOU have to say, and in the washing, that YOU wish to give me today.
Because I want my part with YOU, LORD JESUS."]
So let us say: "Help me, LORD, YOUR WORD to obey, and to be washed by YOU, everyday!"
For I do not wish to be as those, who do their own will, and have no interest in what YOU have to say."
But I wish to be as the wise man of whom YOU spoke of, when YOU spoke these WORDS from Mathew 7:24-27.
"Therefore, whoever hears these sayings of MINE, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on The ROCK: and the rain descended the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall for it was founded on The ROCK.
"But everyone who hears these sayings of MINE, and does not do them, will be like the foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and blew and beat on that house; and it fell.
And great was its fall."
[So to everyone who would be wise, and build his house on The ROCK; The LORD does call, by saying these WORDS from Mark 8:34-38]: "Whoever desires to come after ME, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow ME.
For whoever desires to SAVE his LIFE will lose it,
but whoever loses his LIFE for MY sake and The GOSPEL'S will SAVE it.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of ME in this adulterous andn generation, of him The Son of Man also will be ashamed when HE comes in The GLORY of HIS FATHER with the Holy Angels."
["And so I pray, that none of us would be ashamed of JESUS, and consider how through the preaching of The GOSPEL of CHRIST; we also, wash our fellow man.
For in John 13:14
JESUS, our LORD, said, “If I then, your LORD and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”
For to end this message, I point you to Galatians 5:14 that reveals the fulfillment of GOD’S Law, by saying:
For all the law is fulfilled in one WORD, even in this: "You shall LOVE your neighbor as yourself."