THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 4-14-19



LESSON TITLE: "TEARS OF SERVICE"



WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD "FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD." IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM! THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO GIVE THIS TIME TO GOD, AS WE TOGETHER STRIVE TO HONOR HIM ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. AS ALWAYS, THIS MORNING IT WILL BE OUR PRIVILEGE TO SING HYMNS ABOUT GOD AND TO STUDY FROM HIS MAGNIFICENT WORD. NOW LET'S BOW OUR HEADS BEFORE HIS THRONE IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE. WE ARE THANKFUL BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT YOU GIVE ALL GOOD THINGS TO US, NOT ONLY IN OUR PHYSICAL LIVES BUT ALSO FATHER ALL THINGS THAT WE NEED SPIRITUALLY. AND FATHER, WE ALSO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN US YOUR SON JESUS THAT WE MIGHT NOT ONLY HAVE HOPE NOW BUT HOPE ETERNALLY. AND MAY WE THEREFORE BY YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY BE RECIPIENTS OF THOSE WONDROUS THINGS TODAY AND FOR EVERMORE. AND FATHER, WE ASK THAT THAT AT THIS TIME YOU HELP US TO WORSHIP YOU IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AND TO GIVE YOU THE PRAISE AND GLORY IN ALL THINGS AS YOU COMMANDED IN YOUR WORD, THE BIBLE. THESE THINGS WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS, AMEN.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE VERSES IN THE BIBLE IS FOUND IN ROMANS 1:16, WHERE THE INSPIRED PAUL SAID, "FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD TO SALVATION FOR EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES, FOR THE JEW FIRST AND ALSO FOR THE GREEK." TRULY AS FOLLOWERS OF GOD WE NEED NOT BE ASHAMED OF OUR CREATOR OR HIS WILL. TODAY WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH A SONG THAT REMINDS US OF THE TRUE BOLDNESS WE SHOULD HAVE AS THOSE WHO LOVE CHRIST. SO WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE BRETHREN AT THIS TIME AS WE SING, "UNTO THEE O LORD!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

WE ALL HAVE READ MANY THOUGHT PROVOKING CONCEPTS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT WRITERS. IN FACT, ONE OF THE BEST WRITERS THAT GIVES US SO MANY OF THESE IDEAS IS SOLOMON. IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT THOUGH, WHO BETTER THAN SOLOMON TO GUIDE US IN THE WAYS OF GOD? YOU MIGHT RECALL THAT SOLOMON WAS THE WISEST MAN WHO EVER LIVED, BECAUSE HE PRAYED TO GOD FOR WISDOM AND IT WAS GRANTED TO HIM.

IN PROVERBS 2:21-22, SOLOMON MADE THIS THOUGHT PROVOKING STATEMENT, "FOR THE UPRIGHT WILL DWELL IN THE LAND, AND THE BLAMELESS WILL REMAIN IN IT; BUT THE WICKED WILL BE CUT OFF FROM THE EARTH, AND THE UNFAITHFUL WILL BE UPROOTED FROM IT." THIS QUOTE IS DEALING WITH TWO MAIN THOUGHTS.

FIRST, WE SEE THAT SOLOMON WAS REMINDING US THAT IF WE ARE TRYING WE WILL BE ABLE TO DWELL IN THE LAND WITH GOD. HOWEVER, THE BLAMELESS OR PERFECT ARE THOSE WHO WILL BE ABLE TO REMAIN IN IT. YOU SEE, ALL OF US REAP THE BLESSINGS THAT GOD GIVES TO THOSE OF THIS EARTH. WE ALL ARE ALIVE, WE BREATHE, AND WE HAVE THE ABILITIES WHICH GOD HAS CREATED US EACH WITH. WE ALSO KNOW THAT GOD SENDS THE SUN AND RAIN AND IT FALLS ON AND HELPS BOTH THE JUST AND THE UNJUST. HOWEVER, WHAT IS IT THAT CAUSES A PERSON TO RECEIVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN HIS PROMISES? OBVIOUSLY, IT IS WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL STRIVES TO DO WHAT GOD HAS SAID AND WHAT GOD ASKS US TO.

ON THE OTHER HAND, HE WENT ON TO STATE THAT THE WICKED WILL BE CUT OFF AND THE UNFAITHFUL ROOTED UP. LET'S FACE IT, IT DOES TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLL ON OUR PART FOR GOD TO KNOW THAT WE ARE ON HIS SIDE. OUR FAITH HAS TO BE ONE THAT IS SEEN AS ACTIVE, OTHERWISE WE ARE NOT OF GOD, AS IS STATED HERE, WE ARE WICKED. JAMES PUT IT LIKE THIS, "THUS ALSO FAITH BY ITSELF, IF IT DOES NOT HAVE WORKS, IS DEAD. BUT SOMEONE WILL SAY, "YOU HAVE FAITH, AND I HAVE WORKS." SHOW ME YOUR FAITH WITHOUT YOUR WORKS, AND I WILL SHOW YOU MY FAITH BY MY WORKS," CHAPTER 2, VERSES 17 AND 18. ISN'T IT OUR ACTIVE WORKS THAT PROVE OUR FAITH IN GOD?

I'M REMINDED OF A STORY TOLD BY JESUS IN MATTHEW 25. HERE THE LORD HIMSELF, WAS TRYING TO TEACH US THAT WE SHOULD DO GOOD AND CARE FOR ALL MEN. IN FACT, HE SAID WHEN WE DO GOOD TO OTHERS, IT IS AS IF WE ARE DOING IT TO HIM. NOW, THIS IS THE VERY SAME POINT WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE THIS MORNING. JESUS SAID THAT HE KNOWS WHEN WE ARE FAITHFUL, BECAUSE HE SEES IT IN OUR ACTIONS. JUST AS SOLOMON SAID IN PROVERBS, THAT OUR REWARD IS ACCORDING TO WHAT WE DO, JESUS ALSO CONFIRMED IN THIS SAME PASSAGE. IN VERSE 34, HE TALKS OF THE REWARD FOR THOSE THAT SHOW THEIR FAITH THROUGH ACTION, BUT IN VERSE 46, HE SAYS THAT THOSE WHO DIDN'T PROVE THEIR FAITH WOULD BE DESTROYED. START LIVING TODAY IN A MANNER THAT PROVES TO GOD AND THE WORLD THAT WE ARE TRULY FOLLOWING HIS COMMANDMENTS. THEN AND ONLY THEN CAN WE BE FOUND FAITHFUL AND JUSTIFIED IN HIS SIGHT!

THIS MORNING WE WILL CONTINUE OUR STUDY TOGETHER ENTITLED, "MINDFUL OF YOUR TEARS." OUR SPECIFIC DISCUSSION OF THE DAY IS, "TEARS OF SERVICE!" SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG I WILL LEAD OUR LESSON THOUGHTS OF THE MORNING. NOW LET'S JOIN IN OUR NEXT HYMN OF THE MORNING, AS WE GLORIFY GOD OUR CREATOR. THE NAME OF THIS SONG, "A HILL CALLED MT. CALVARY."



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



WE ARE SO GLAD YOU HAVE CONTINUED WITH US NOW AS WE GO TO GOD'S WORD AND LOOK AT ANOTHER LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO OUR SERIES WHERE WE'VE BEEN DEALING WITH THE IDEA OF TEARS. AND SPECIFICALLY AS WE LOOK AT THE CONCEPT OF TEARS TODAY WE WOULD LIKE TO CONSIDER THE TEARS OF SERVICE AND WE WILL BE LOOKING SPECIFICALLY AT A STORY THERE IN LUKE CHAPTER 7. YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME A SITUATION WHERE WE FIND A WOMAN WHO IS REFERRED TO AS A SINFUL WOMAN WHO ACTUALLY ENTERS INTO A ROOM WITH JESUS AND SHE BEGINS TO ACTUALLY WASH THE FEET OF JESUS, AND SHE'S USING HER TEARS THERE TO WASH THE FEET, AND ALSO HER HAIR TO DRY HIS FEET. AND I WANT TO BEGIN THEIR IN VERSE 36 THAT WE MIGHT GET THE SETTING OF THE STORY AND THE TEARS THAT ARE BEING SHED BY THIS WOMAN. THEN WHEN ONE OF THE PHARISEES ASKED HIM TO EAT WITH HIM, HE WENT TO THE HOUSE OF THE PHARISEE AND SAT DOWN TO EAT. AND BEHOLD A WOMAN IN THAT CITY WHO WAS A SINNER WHEN SHE KNEW THAT JESUS SAT AT THE TABLE IN THE PHARISEE'S HOUSE BROUGHT AN ALABASTER FLASK OF FRAGRANT OIL AND STOOD AT HIS FEET BEHIND HIM WEEPING AND SHE BEGAN TO WASH HIS FEET WITH HER TEARS AND WIPED THEM WITH THE HAIR OF HER HEAD. AND SHE KISSED HIS FEET AND ANOINTED THEM WITH A FRAGRANT OIL. NOW, WHEN THE PHARISEE WHO HAD INVITED HIM SAW THIS, HE SPOKE TO HIMSELF SAYING THIS MAN, IF HE WERE A PROPHET WOULD KNOW WHAT MANNER OF WOMAN THIS IS WHO IS TOUCHING HIM FOR SHE IS A SINNER. AS WE LOOK AT THIS, IT IS CERTAINLY AN INTERESTING SITUATION AND STORY BECAUSE OF THE ATTITUDE OF THE PHARISEE AND ATTITUDE OF SO MANY OF THE JEWS OF THAT DAY AS THEY WOULD OFTEN LOOK DOWN NOT ONLY ON OTHERS BUT EVEN SINNERS. AND CERTAINLY WE SHOULD NOT BE THOSE WHO ENDEAVOR TO CONDONE SIN OR PARTAKE OR PARTICIPATE IN SIN BUT YET THE PERSON WHO COMMITS SIN STILL HAS A SOUL AND THEY SHOULD BE DEAR AND OF GREAT INTEREST TO US. WE SHOULD'NT LOOK DOWN ON THEM. WE SHOULD DESIRE TO HELP THEM TO BE BROUGHT UP. BUT WITHIN THIS STORY WHAT WE FIND IS THAT THIS WOMAN WHO CERTAINLY HAS ENTERED INTO THIS SITUATION AND TO THIS HOUSE IS VERY REMORSEFUL FOR HER CONDITION - FOR HER SINFUL STATE. PERHAPS AS MAY BE SOME OF THE OTHER IDEAS ARE FOUND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT OR EVEN TYPE OF PARALLEL OR AT LEAST SIMILAR TEXT. PERHAPS SHE WAS A PROSTITUTE OR SOMEONE WHO WAS NOT ONLY A SINNER BUT KNOWN TO BE A SINNER. AND THEREFORE AS THEY ARE SPEAKING, EVEN THE PHARISEE HIMSELF, HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AWARE OF WHAT MANNER OF WOMAN THAT THIS WAS AND AT THE LEAST SHE WAS A SINNER AND CERTAINLY WE FIND LATER IN THE STORY THAT JESUS IS VERY AWARE OF THE SITUATION. BUT YOU NOTICE WHAT THIS WOMAN IS DOING. SHE IS IN TEARS. SHE HAD BEEN BROUGHT TO TEARS. WHY? BY HER SIN BECAUSE NOW SHE'S IN THE PRESENCE OF ONE WHO COMES WITH THE POWER OF GOD WHOM SHE NOW KNOWS HAS THE ABILITY TO NOT ONLY RESTORE OR TO GET BACK TO HEALTH OR TO DO GREAT MIRACLES BUT ALSO TO FORGIVE SINS. SO WHAT IS SHE BROUGHT TO TEARS IN RELATIONSHIP TO? HER STATE. HER STATE OF SIN AND HOW THAT HAS SEPARATED HER FROM GOD AND HER NEED TO ONCE AGAIN BE UNITED WITH HER GOD.

THERE'S ANOTHER TEXT THAT I FIND VERY INTERESTING IN RELATIONSHIP OF THIS AND IT IS A DIFFERENT OCCASION NEAR THE END OF JESUS' LIFE. BUT IF YOU'LL TURN THERE TO THE BOOK OF MARK THERE IN CHAPTER 14 IN VERSE THREE WE FIND A SITUATION THAT IS TAKING PLACE IN BETHANY RIGHT BEFORE IT SEEMS THAT JESUS IS ABOUT TO PARTAKE OF THE FINAL SUPPER AND EVEN BE BETRAYED AND ARRESTED THERE EVENTUALLY IN GETHSEMANE. AND AS WE LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT TRANSPIRED HERE AGAIN THERE ARE A LOT OF SIMILARITIES WHERE THIS WOMAN COMES AND SHE HAS BROUGHT, AGAIN, A FRAGRANT OIL. AND IN THIS CASE THEY ARE ACTUALLY COMPLAINING BECAUSE THEY'RE SAYING SHE'S BEING WASTEFUL WITH THE OIL, THAT SHE SHOULDN'T BE WASTING THIS OIL BY DOING THESE THINGS TO JESUS. IN THIS CASE, ALTHOUGH WE DO ALSO FIND THE DIFFERENCE IN THE FACT THAT, AS SHE IS ANOINTING HIM, IT'S NOT HIS FEET. BUT IT SAYS THERE IN VERSE THREE THAT HE IS IN SIMON THE LEPER'S HOUSE. HE SAT AT A TABLE AND A WOMAN CAME HAVING AN ALABASTER FLASK OF VERY COSTLY OIL OF SPIKENARD AND SHE BROKE THE FLASK AND POURED IT ON HIS HEAD. HERE WE BEGIN TO SEE SOME ASPECTS OF HONOR OR RESPECT. WHEN ONE WAS INVITED INTO THE HOME, CERTAINLY PEOPLE IN THAT TIME THAT THEY PERHAPS WEARING SANDALS AND MAYBE THEIR FEET BEING DIRTY OR MAYBE EVEN MAY BE TIRED OR ARE SORE FROM THE JOURNEY THEY OFTEN WOULD HAVE A SERVANT OR SOMEONE WASH THE FEET OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS AND CLEAN THE FEET OFF AS THEY WERE IN THE HOUSE OR PERHAPS HERE THE CASE OF NOT JUST THE FEET. BUT NOW IN THIS CONDITION THE HEAD AS SHE ACTUALLY IS ANOINTING THE HEAD, THE VERY MOST PROMINENT IMPORTANT POSITION OF THE BODY AND THAT PLACE OF THE GREATEST IMPORTANCE THAT CERTAINLY WOULD SHOW THE GREATEST RESPECT. NOT JUST THE FEET BUT ALSO IN THE IDEA GIVEN HERE THE PLACE OF RESPECT, THE HEAD. SHE WAS ANOINTING IT WITH VERY EXPENSIVE OIL. AND, OF COURSE, THEY ARE ANGRY AT WHAT SHE IS DOING BECAUSE THEY SAY THIS OIL COULD HAVE BEEN OR PERFUME COULD'VE BEEN SOLD AND THEN THE POOR COULD'VE BEEN ASSISTED IN THAT SITUATION. NOW WITH THAT IN MIND THEN WE CAN GO BACK TO OUR MAIN STORY. WE CAN SEE AGAIN THE CONTRAST, THIS WOMAN AGAIN WAS A SINNER. THIS WOMAN WAS NOT ANOINTING HIS HEAD AND I MIGHT SUGGEST TO YOU THAT PERHAPS SHE IS NOT ANOINTING HIS HEAD BECAUSE SHE DOESN'T FEEL WORTHY TO BE AT HIS HEAD. SHE IS WHERE? PROSTRATE. SHE IS DOWN ON THE FLOOR. SEE IS AT HIS FEET. SHE'S NOT WORTHY TO BE PERHAPS EVEN IN HIS PRESENCE AS A SINNER, SHE'S THINKING, LET ALONE BE STANDING UP BEFORE HIM OR TOUCHING HIS HEAD. AND SO WHAT IS SHE DOING? SHE IS IN TEARS AGAIN. SHE IS, NOT ONLY WASHING THIS MAN'S FEET WITH HER OWN TEARS, REMORSEFUL, PERHAPS OF HER OWN CONDITION AND PLEADING WITH HIM IN RELATIONSHIP TO HER CONDITION. BUT SHE ALSO IS WIPING THE FEET WITH HER OWN HAIR WHICH TO US WOULD ALL PROBABLY SEEM GROSS OR SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD NEVER CONSIDER DOING EVEN IF IT WERE JESUS. AND THEN YOU MIGHT ALSO NOTICE WITH ME THAT SHE'S ALSO KISSING HIS FEET. HOW MANY OF US WOULD WANT TO KISS THE FEET OF SOMEONE ELSE? LET ALONE WASH THE FEET OF SOMEONE ELSE?

NOW AS WE LOOK BACK TO OUR STORY I WANT TO GO DOWN WITH ME TO WHAT TAKES PLACE WITH SIMON. AND WE ARE GOING TO COME BACK TO THE MIDDLE PORTION IN A MOMENT, BUT IN VERSE 44 I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS NOW TO SIMON AS HE TURNS TO SIMON LATER IN THE STORY. HE SAYS, "'DO YOU SEE THIS WOMAN? I CAME INTO YOUR HOUSE. YOU DID NOT GIVE ME ANY WATER FOR MY FEET, BUT SHE WET MY FEET WITH HER TEARS AND WIPED THEM WITH HER HAIR. YOU DID NOT GIVE ME A KISS, BUT THIS WOMAN, FROM THE TIME I ENTERED, HAS NOT STOPPED KISSING MY. AND YOU DID NOT ANOINT MY HEAD WITH OIL,'" AS WE SAW IN THE OTHER ILLUSTRATION OR EVENT. "'YOU DID NOT PUT OIL ON MY HEAD, BUT SHE HAS POURED PERFUME ON MY FEET,'" WHICH WOULD HAVE SHOWN HONOR. SIMON WOULD'VE BEEN SHOWING HIM HONOR BY DOING THESE THINGS BUT THIS WOMAN HAS ANOINTED MY HEAD WITH FRAGRANT OIL. PERHAPS IT'S VERY COSTLY. "'THEREFORE, I TELL YOU, HER MANY SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN-AS HER GREAT LOVE HAS SHOWN. BUT WHOEVER HAS BEEN FORGIVEN LITTLE LOVES LITTLE.'" NOW WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL AGAIN ABOUT THIS STORY IS WHAT DOES THIS WOMAN NEED? THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. AND EVEN AS YOU'LL NOTICE THERE IN VERSE 48 JESUS TURNS TO HER AND SAYS, "'YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN.'" YOU SEE, THAT'S WHY SHE'S IN TEARS. BUT WHAT IS SHE WILLING TO SERVE. SHE TAKES HER TEARS AND ANNOINTS IN A SENSE HIS FEET. SHE CLEANS HIS FEET. SHE WIPES THEM WITH HER HAIR. SHE KISSES HIS FEET. SHE IS SERVING HIM IN WHAT WE MIGHT SAY WOULD BE THE MOST HUMBLEIST OF WAYS, THE MOST HUMBLEIST POSITION, THE MOST UNBECOMING POSITION, THE POSITION AGAIN THAT WOULD BE SO LONELY THAT EVERYONE WOULD BE BENEATH THAT WOULDN'T THEY? NOT SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS IN WHOSE PRESENCE THEY ARE IN: JESUS. NOT SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS THAT SHE IS IN SIN AND WILL LOSE HER SOUL ETERNALLY FOR SIN. NOT SOMEBODY WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT SHE IS IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD WHO CAN FORGIVE HER OF SINS. DO YOU SEE NOW WHY SHE WAS WILLING TO SERVE? AND NOT JUST TO SERVE BUT TO SERVE IN SUCH A LOWLY STATE, TO PROSTRATE HERSELF IN A WAY TO SHOW HER REMORSEFUL SPIRIT AND TO SERVE HIM TO SAY I'M HERE, EVEN THOUGH THIS IS NOT MY HOUSE, NOT TO ANOINT YOUR HEAD BUT TO CLEAN UP YOUR FEET WITH MY VERY TEARS AND THE HAIR OF MY HEAD AS WELL AS THAT WHICH I HAVE FROM MY LIPS, TO KISS AND SHOW YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU. THAT'S EXACTLY THEN WHAT IT IS THAT JESUS THEN TEACHES SIMON THERE IN VERSE 40, THAT SINNER'S SECTION, HE SPEAKS OF A STORY OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAS TWO INDIVIDUALS AND THEY BOTH OWE MONEY. HE SAYS WHICH ONE IS GOING TO MAYBE FEEL MORE ENDURED OR MORE LOVING TOWARD THE ONE WHO FORGIVES A DEBT. THE ONE WHO HAS A LITTLE DEBT OR THE ONE WHO HAS A LOT OF DEBT. AND OBVIOUSLY SIMON THERE SAYS I SUPPOSE THE ONE WHOM HE FORGAVE MORE. WHO NEEDED GREATER FORGIVENESS. SIMON THOUGHT HE WAS GREAT. HE THOUGHT, MAN, I'M ALREADY THERE AND I DON'T HAVE MUCH TO GO AND I'M HERE TO FEED THIS MAN BECAUSE I'M ALREADY RIGHTEOUS. AND THIS WOMAN COMES IN WITH SIN UPON SIN AND SHE KNOWS THAT SHE IS DARK AND DIRTY AND WICKED AND SHE WILL NOT EVEN RISE BEFORE HIM BUT WITH HER OWN TEARS OF SERVICE SHE IS ABLE TO WHAT? HELP HIM. TO SEE HOW MUCH SHE DESIRES TO BE RIGHT. HOW MUCH SHE DESIRES TO BE FORGIVEN. HOW MUCH SHE LOVES HIM. AND I CAN'T HELP THEN THINKING ABOUT THESE THINGS BEING REMINDED THERE OF WHAT TOOK PLACE OVER IN THE BOOK OF JOHN.

AFTER SOME OF THE SAME EVENTS HAD TAKEN PLACE EVEN IN JOHN THERE IN CHAPTER 12 THE ANOINTING AT BETHANY THAT WAS IN PARALLEL TO WHAT WE LOOKED AT THERE IN THE BOOK OF MARK, WHAT DO WE FIND THERE THAT JESUS IS DOING WITH HIS DISCIPLES IN CHAPTER 13 OF JOHN? WASHING THEIR FEET. REMEMBER WHAT PETER SAID IN VERSE SIX? HE SAYS, "'LORD, ARE YOU WASHING MY FEET?'" NO WAY. YOU ARE NOT WASHING MY FEET. IN FACT IN VERSE EIGHT HE SAYS, "'YOU SHALL NEVER WASH MY FEET.'" AND JESUS SAID, "'IF I DO NOT WASH YOU, YOU HAVE NO PART WITH ME.'" AND THEN WHAT DOES PETER FINALLY SAY IN VERSE NINE? HE SAYS, "'LORD, NOT MY FEET ONLY BUT ALSO MY HANDS AND MY HEAD.'" HE SAYS HOW ABOUT MY HANDS? HOW ABOUT MY HEAD ALSO? YOU DO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO. AND WHAT WAS JESUS DOING HERE? SHOWING THEM BY EXAMPLE. HE TAKES UP A TOWEL. HE GIRDS HIMSELF. HE COMES BEFORE THEM. HE GETS ON HIS KNEES. SEE AGAIN THE SERVICE, THE NEED FOR SERVICE, AND HOW EMOTIONAL THAT TYPE OF LOVE AND SERVICE, AND HOW WHEN SOMEONE TRULY GIVES OF THEMSELVES, HOW WHEN SOMEONE SACRIFICES OF THEMSELVES, HOW WHEN SOMEONE GIVES OF THE THINGS THEY HAVE OR THEIR MEANS, HOW WHEN SOMEONE GIVES OF THEIR OWN TEARS OR THEIR OWN KISSES TO SHOW SOMEONE WHO THEY ARE AND HOW MUCH THEY NEED HELP AND CARE FROM GOD. THAT GOD LISTENS AND GOD HEARS AND GOD RESPONDS.

YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE THERE ON THAT DAY, THOSE IN SIMON'S HOUSE, THEY LEARNED A GREAT LESSON. THEY LEARNED THE LESSON OF WHAT TRUE HUMILITY, OF WHAT TRUE SERVICE TO GOD MEANS, AND WHAT ONE SHOULD BE WILLING TO DO WITH THEIR OWN TEARS, WITH THEIR OWN HAIR, WITH THEIR OWN KISSES TO SHOW HOW MUCH THEY NEED GOD. HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED GOD? AND WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO TEARS IN NEEDING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE FORGIVENESS FROM GOD? AND THEREFORE SERVE YOUR GOD ACCORDING TO HIS WILL KNOWING THAT THOSE WHO DO SUCH WOULD NOT ONLY SEE THE GREAT REWARDS THAT HE HAS PROMISED IN THIS LIFE BUT ALSO RECEIVE THE MANSION AND THE REWARD PROMISED IN THE LIFE TO COME.



CLOSING COMMENTS

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HOW WELL ARE YOU SERVING GOD BY SERVING OTHERS? REMEMBER THAT GOD DESIRES THAT WE SERVE OTHERS IN THE SAME WAY HE HAS CARED FOR AND SERVED US. FURTHERMORE, KNOW THAT THOSE WHO SERVE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL SHALL BE RICHLY REWARDED.