Extreme Service

Posted: September 21, 2015 in John

John 13:1-17, “Extreme Service”

Some people have a way of doing things to the extreme.  They go all-out, and when they do something, they do it to the max.  There’s even a whole category of athletics called extreme-sports, where people do amazing stunts in all kinds of formats: skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, etc.  People push their bodies to the very limits to see what is possible. One of the most extreme footraces in the world is the Badwater Ultramarathon, which goes from the basin in Death Valley, 135 miles up an elevation of 8360 feet to Mt. Whitney.  Temperatures can reach 120 degrees in the shade, and runners often find the soles of their shoes melting.  Talk about extreme!

Jesus had His own way of doing things to the extreme, and He went further than anyone else in all the history of the world.  He left heaven to come to earth – He set aside glory to become a man.  He even went beyond that to become a Servant of men, as He put Himself in our place upon the cross, being the sacrifice for our sin.  The One worthy of all glory made Himself a humble servant, exampling the most extreme service the world has ever known.

It was all going to be done at the cross, but it was to be exampled less than 24 hours earlier when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples at the famed Last Supper.  In the process, He showed His love, He overcame objections, and He gave an example to follow.  It was extreme, and extremely amazing.

John 13:1–17

  • The love of Jesus

1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

It may be a run-on sentence, but it is glorious!  Verse 1 actually seems to be a bit of introduction and overview regarding the next several chapters, taking us all the way through the night of the Last Supper, leading up to the events of Jesus’ arrest.  This will include some of the most lengthy quotations from Jesus in the Gospel of John, if not the whole NT itself.

John begins by setting the timeframe.  It was “before the Feast of the Passover”  Although John could be referring only to the actual meal, it’s more likely he refers to the entire 8-day feast of Passover (πάσχα).  This was the pinnacle of Jesus’ ministry – the whole reason He had come.  God the Father had sent Him to be (in the words of John the Baptist) “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” (Jn 1:29).  Jesus was to be the ultimate Passover lamb, sacrificed for all mankind in order that the wrath of God might ‘pass over’ us.

So now the time had arrived, and Jesus knew it.  As opposed to all the other times when people tried to arrest or kill Him, but His hour had not yet come, now it had.  The “hour” had arrived, and the time was at hand for Jesus to fulfill His mission.  Jesus knew the hour, and He knew what would happen with it: He’d “depart” and go to His “Father.”  Interestingly, John does not write (at least here) that Jesus would be going to the cross.  Jesus would do that, of course, but His mission was greater than that.  Jesus would die upon the cross, but that’s not all He would do.  Jesus would rise from the grave, but that’s not all He would do.  After all of those things, Jesus would eventually ascend to His Father in heave.  Jesus would literallydepart from this world to the Father.” The Risen Jesus would receive again the glory that He humbly set aside when He came to the earth as Incarnate Man.  In His ascension, Jesus would not leave behind the incarnation, but carry it with Him into all eternity.  In His ascension, we see not only that Jesus rose from the dead, but we also see that He will never again die.  In His ascension, we see the promise of our own physical existence into eternity, because where He is, we will be also.  Praise God for Jesus’ ascension!

Thus when John writes that Jesus hour had come, he is referring to the whole fulfillment of His mission.  Everything for which Jesus came hung in the balance.  The hour was important, indeed!

What did Jesus do in that hour?  He “loved His own.”  He acted in selfless sacrificial love towards the ones who had been given Him by His Father.  He loved the 12, and far more.  He loved us, too!  Those who have believed upon Jesus Christ by faith are “His own” – we also belong to Him.  You and I were also on His mind as He prepared for the cross, resurrection, and ascension.  He loved us long before we ever loved Him.  He loved us before we were ever born – He loved us from before the foundation of the world.

How much did He love us?  Completely!  “He loved them to the end.”  He loved them to the fullest extent possible – to total completeness.  Interestingly, the word for “the end” (τέλος) is the same root as the word Jesus declared from the cross, saying that His work was finished (τετελεσται).  How much did Jesus love His disciples (and us)?  To the cross & beyond!

What follows in the rest of our text is a demonstration of that love.  As the Passover Lamb of God, Jesus was about to serve His disciples in the most extreme way possible.  He wanted to demonstrate it in advance, and that was what the foot washing was all about.

2 And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him,

There’s a bit of textual question as to whether the Last Supper had just ended, or whether all of the following events took place during the Supper.  (All of it hinges upon one letter, which determines the tense.)  Later we see Jesus & the disciples still eating, as Jesus dips His bread in the sop & hands it to His betrayer (13:26) – but that could have been what was left over from the main meal.  Why would anyone care?  Because it may make a difference as to whether or not Judas was present for the full meal, including the act of communion itself.  Would Jesus have included Judas in such a thing?  Arguments could be made either way, but John shows at least this much: Judas was present for the foot washing.  Jesus included His betrayer in this demonstration of ultimate love & sacrifice, even while knowing that Judas was already bending to the influence and ideas of Satan.

Can you imagine it?  There he is, sitting at the table with Jesus, listening to Him & receiving this demonstration of love, and all the while in his heart Judas is thinking about how he’s going to go through with the act of selling his master to the priests.  This is one of the holiest moments in history, and Judas is fully engaged with the temptations of Satan himself.  At any moment, Judas could have confessed his sin to the Savior in front of him, but he was consumed with selfishness and Satanic thoughts.  There was a war going on in that room, and no one knew of it.

More will be said of Judas in the rest of the chapter, but this much is clear now: Judas had the same access to grace as every other apostle.  Only instead of listening to Jesus, he listened to Satan.

  • To whom do you listen?  Who/what is most influential in your life?  The answer might make all of the difference in the world!

3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,

Jesus’ knowledge of all these things is reiterated.  He knew His hour – He knew His mission – He knew His future.  God the Father was sovereign over all of these things (including Judas), and God’s plan was being fulfilled exactly as had been prophesied throughout the OT.

Don’t miss how Jesus knew both His past and His future.  He knew His origin and His destination.  He had come from God & was going to God.  Everything that fell in-between were just the details.  That’s not to minimize the pain of betrayal, the agony of the cross, nor the despair of being temporarily forsaken by God – but knowing those things were not the end made a big difference!  Jesus’ home was heaven with God the Father.  That’s where He came from & He knew that’s where He was going.  That’s where He belongs, and that knowledge surely helped Him endure the rest.

It helps to have the right perspective!  We belong to God through our faith in Christ Jesus.  We did not come from heaven, though we can know we were made in the image of our Heavenly Father.  But our destination is the same as Jesus’.  That’s where we are going.  Everything in-between are just the details.

  • Keep your eyes on the destination!  We will be with our Jesus in heaven – we will be with our Heavenly Father.  THAT is where we are going.

4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

With all of the introduction given, now the foot-washing takes place in earnest.  The few words we have in the text almost don’t do the situation justice.  The humility displayed by Jesus simply goes beyond the capacity of human words to describe.

It wasn’t the general act of foot-washing that was unusual – it was Who was doing it that screamed volumes in a room that surely fell silent.  The group of them had been eating, their minds full with all of the events of a Passover meal, and especially everything Jesus had said the last several days leading up to Passover.  Jesus had spoken openly of His death, and that weighed heavily on the minds of the 12.  As much as Jesus had taught of it, they could hardly imagine their Lord and Teacher actually dying.  This was the One who had performed miracles & raised the dead.  This was the One whom a handful of disciples saw transfigured as the glorious 2nd Person of the Trinity.  This was the Person that they openly confessed as the Christ, the Son of David & Son of God (though they just had a glimpse of understanding as to what it all meant).

And then what happened?  This same Christ departed from the tradition of the Passover meal, got up from the table, and started disrobing in front of the disciples.  He would have still worn His loincloth, but just this action alone was awkward enough for the disciples.  What was their Master doing?  All eyes would have been on Jesus, and they would have been speechless.

Keep in mind that merely the disrobing was itself symbolic.  It served a practical purpose in that it emphasized His role as a servant, but it also mirrored how Jesus temporarily set aside His eternal glory when He came incarnate to earth.  The Almighty Glorious Word of God – the One present at Creation & the One through whom God the Father created the world – the One who shared all the glory of God with the Father from time immemorial – this Word willingly set it aside.  He temporarily emptied Himself of His divine prerogatives when He came to earth to be with us.  Philippians 2:5–8, "(5) Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, (6) who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, (7) but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. (8) And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross." Jesus disrobed Himself of that, just like He laid aside His garments at the Last Supper.

  • Our minds cannot grasp the immensity of what took place when Jesus went to the cross for us.  We can’t even grasp the incarnation!  His love for us is truly beyond words.
  • Have you thanked Him for it? Have you partaken of it?

Of course Jesus did more than take off His outer garments.  He did so in this act of service, as He systematically went around the room washing the feet of the disciples.  Culturally speaking, foot-washing was rather common – a courtesy often extended to guests who spent their day walking around on the dusty roads of the Middle East.  As guests would arrive for supper, the servant of the host would wash their feet – an act befitting a servant, but not a host.  At this Supper, Jesus was the host, and of course He was far more!  Yet He was the one acting as the lowest of servants towards His disciples.  In no small irony, the disciples had earlier been arguing among themselves over who would be greatest in the coming kingdom (Lk 22:24-30).  Now it was that the undisputed Greatest among them was acting as least as He washed the filthy feet of His disciples.

This is extreme service – extreme humility.  This is love.  This is the gospel.  Think of it – there is far more here than a simple act of sanitation.  This is more than a spa-treatment or bath.  This is symbolic of something so much greater: the cross.  Jesus laid aside His glory to come and serve us on the deepest of levels.  He made Himself a slave, took our filthy sin upon Himself, and cleansed us in the sight of God.  He washed our feet.  How great is the love of God! 

  • Objecting to Jesus

6 Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” 7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”

It’s no wonder why Peter hesitated and was confused.  This was his “Lord” – the One he had confessed long ago as the Christ, the Son of the Living God – the One who Peter begged to depart when first meeting, because Peter understood his own sinfulness – the One who cause Peter to walk on water & who calmed the waves and wind.  The real question isn’t so much why Peter objected; it’s why the other disciples did not.

Notice that Jesus is neither surprised nor angered by Peter’s 1st objection.  He doesn’t rebuke Peter for his astonished objection, which is only natural.  What Jesus did tell Peter was to wait & to trust Him.  Jesus knew & admitted that Peter would not “understand now,” but he would understand in time.  When would it be?  After the resurrection.  Jesus didn’t say so at the time, but it would be His resurrection from the dead that would change everything.  That’s when His disciples would understand the purpose of the cross, and thus the purpose of Jesus’ act of service here.  Jesus had to debase Himself and serve His disciples if they were to be cleansed from sin & granted eternal salvation.  Jesus had to fulfill all the prophecies of the Suffering Servant if He was to later be exalted.  All of this would be plain, but it would be after He was risen from the dead.

Yet as we’ll see, Jesus’ answer was insufficient to Peter.  Peter didn’t want to wait, although an answer was promised.  He was too astounded in the moment to even listen to Jesus – too consumed with himself to take in what Jesus was saying.  (Are we willing to wait?  Are we willing to listen?)

8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

In Peter’s 2nd objection, he flat-out refused Jesus.  If the first objection was at least reasonable; the second is simple rebellion.  He refuses Jesus in the most emphatic of terms, doubling up on his negatives, saying literally, “No no (or “no never”) should you wash my feet into the age!”  This was inconceivable to Peter.  So (not for the first time), Peter flat-out rebukes his Lord for such a suggestion.  In his mind, Jesus could never serve him that way.  In Peter’s pride, Peter wanted to determine the limits of what God could/would do in his life, and taking on the role of a servant wasn’t one of them.

The problem?  Without Jesus’ service, there is no relationship.  If Jesus didn’t wash Peter’s feet, Peter would have “no part” with Him.  This shows the symbolism in the foot-washing.  It wasn’t the literal washing of feet that brought the disciples into the inheritance of Christ.  After all, we have not had our feet literally washed by Jesus, and we have no opportunity for Him to do so.  It’s His sacrificial service upon the cross that gives us a part with Jesus, as it was for Peter.  For Peter to refuse Jesus’ service towards him was for Peter to refuse salvation.

This is a sticking point for many people.  They cannot comprehend God serving them, so they flat-out reject His service.  This is the whole point of works-based religions.  People want to do something to earn their own salvation.  They want to complete the right tasks to ensure that their place is deserved, because if they achieved it they believe (falsely) that they can keep it.  In truth, they have it precisely backwards.  If salvation can be earned, then salvation must be maintained.  And the problem is that not only can no one earn it (by being forever perfect from the moment of their 1st breath), certainly no one can maintain it (by never committing a single sin for the rest of their lives).  Salvation has to be given to us, if we are to partake of it.  If it is not given through grace, it cannot be tasted at all.  But because it IS given through works not our own, we cannot lose it through works of our own.  It was given outside of us, and it is maintained outside of us.  It is dependent only upon the work of Jesus, and His work is enough!

The hardest part for many is the initial humility to receive the gift.  Like Peter, they don’t want to be served by the Lord.  They don’t want to admit their need.  Peter quickly changes on this point, but others do not.  They don’t see themselves in need of the extreme service of Jesus on their behalf, and they are unwilling to ask for it.  But we ARE needful…desperately so!  Peter quickly changed his mind…

9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

Once Jesus put it in the terms He did, Peter understood his desperation.  He may not have understood what it was Jesus was doing, but Peter wasn’t about to take the chance of being left out of fellowship with Him.  Peter (being Peter) quickly asked for Jesus to wash his whole body.  If Peter needed to be washed by Jesus to take part with Jesus, then Peter wanted everything clean!

It may seem a bit funny & impetuous to us, but we can say this much for Peter: once he understood what was at stake, he gave himself fully over to Jesus.  Peter understood his desperation.  He knew that without Jesus, he faced nothing but death.  Far better to allow Jesus to serve him than to face eternity without Him. 

  • How about us?  Do WE understand our desperate need for Jesus?  Do we understand what is at stake in regards to eternity?  Sometimes a bit of impetuousness can be a good thing!

Of course what Peter took literally, Jesus understood was only symbolic.  The foot-washing represented Jesus’ coming service at the cross.  Thus Jesus didn’t need to do any more than what He had done.  Peter needed no other cleansing than the one Jesus offered him.  If Peter partook of Jesus’ service on his behalf, that was more than enough, for Jesus’ grace is sufficient.

  • What does this tell us?  When Jesus cleanses us, we are completely clean!  No more is required.  Jesus does not need to be repeatedly sacrificed on our behalf every time we sin.  His one sacrifice is enough for all sin for all time.  That’s not to say we have liberty to go run off into sin – but simply that when we do sin, the work we need for cleansing has already been done.  All we need to do is ask. (1 Jn 1:9)

11 For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”

Everyone in the room had his feet washed, but not everyone was clean.  Judas had no atonement, no forgiveness, no part with Jesus.  Again, the washing was symbolic; it was the cross where Jesus actually did the work.  Judas went through the motions of receiving Jesus’ service, but he didn’t do it in truth when it counted.  Judas never received the forgiveness of Jesus in sincerity, and thus had no cleansing from the Lord.  Judas received a ritual; not salvation.

  • Beware of making a similar mistake!  Rituals can only represent the work of God; they cannot perform them.  People can walk through all sorts of rituals and never actually experience salvation.  They can pray prayers, be baptized, even receive communion – but without sincere faith in Christ Jesus as the Son of God who died for us at the cross & rose from the grave, all the rituals are just empty acts.  We don’t find our salvation in rituals; we find it in Jesus!

In regards to Judas, Jesus knew the difference.  He knew which among them were clean & which were not.  Jesus was saddened by Judas’ betrayal, but He was never surprised by it.  He knew what was going to happen, who would do it, and still Jesus was sovereign over all of it.

  • The Example of Jesus

12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.

So the act was done, and Jesus resumed His place at the table.  He had shown Himself to be the lowest of servants on their behalf, and now assumed His role as their “Teacher and Lord” once more.  He asked them if they understood what had just happened, to which John records no reply.  Whether Jesus asked a rhetorical question, or if the disciples answered, we don’t know.  If they said something, John knew it wasn’t worth writing down anyway.  The truth was that none of them really understood, so Jesus went on to explain it to them.

The first thing Jesus affirms is that Peter’s initial astonishment was correct.  His rebellion wasn’t, but his astonishment was understandable.  After all, Jesus was their Teacher and Lord.  It was appropriate for them to remember Him in that way, because that is who He was (and is).  It is appropriate to honor and worship Him as such.

14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

First, Jesus gave an example.  He is our “Lord and Teacher,” and as such we ought to do what He does.  The challenge arises when we consider HOW to do it.  After all, if Jesus’ foot-washing represented His service upon the cross for us (which is apparent, from His answer to Peter’s objections), then how exactly do we follow His example?  We cannot mimic Jesus’ act of atonement at the cross, nor would any attempt to do so be useful.  Obviously, it isn’t a matter of simply mimicking an actual foot-washing.  Although some churches have turned the act into a type of ordinance (along the lines of Communion), we don’t see it in the NT church nor anywhere else in the NT letters.  So what do we do?

We cannot mimic Jesus’ atonement, but we can mimic His selflessness & sacrificial love.  We cannot go to the cross for others, but we can give ourselves on behalf of others.  We can serve others like Jesus served us.  And remember, Jesus gave an example; not an ordinance.  It’s not a matter of simply washing the physical dust off of people’s feet.  That was an act of service in that culture at that time; not ours.  In the western world of socks & shoes, literal foot-washing just doesn’t make sense.  That’s not even a consideration in our culture.  Yet the example is service; not a specific act of washing feet.  We can sacrifice of ourselves and serve others in all kinds of ways.

What is it for you?  It all depends on who needs the service.  Maybe it’s giving food to the hungry, or giving clothes to people who have none.  Maybe it’s cleaning someone’s bathroom, mowing their yard, or cooking them dinner.  Maybe it’s something as simple as handing out a cold bottle of water or hot cup of coffee to someone who needs it.  For Jesus, the disciples’ feet were dirty.  None of the 12 had offered to wash anyone’s feet after a long day of walking from Bethany to Jerusalem & around the city.  So Jesus washed them.  That was the need, and He met it.  What is the need for the people in your life?  Meet it, and follow the example of foot-washing.

Secondly, Jesus gave a command.  “You also ought to wash…”  That word has to do with owing & obligation.  This was something Jesus specifically told His disciples to do, and by extension, us.  This is where the people who see foot-washing as an ordinance get confused.  Yes, they have literally washed someone’s feet, but have they gone out and sacrificially served someone else?  Have they become a bondservant on someone else’s behalf?  Maybe, maybe not – but that is what Jesus told His disciples to do.  If Jesus did it for us, we ought to do it for one another.

Is this legalism?  Absolutely not.  It’s simply the outworking of the 2nd Greatest Commandment.  First we are to love God with everything we have & everything we are.  Secondly, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves.  What does love look like?  Service – sacrifice.

16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.

Thirdly, Jesus gave a commission.  We have been “sent” out by Jesus in order to serve.  Just like Jesus was sent by the Father to serve us by going to the cross, so have we been sent out by Jesus in order to preach the gospel to all the world.  Sometimes the best preaching is through action.  Our hands sometimes speak louder than our lips.

Even this is wrapped up in Jesus’ example.  He is the Master, and we are His servants (literally, “slaves”).  Yet if our Master (κύριος) became a slave (δούλος) on our behalf, what does that say about us and how we are to serve others?  We are so often so busy at trying to exalt ourselves in the eyes and opinions of others that we forget that we’re not supposed to exalt ourselves at all.  We don’t have to try to make ourselves sound the smartest or the best or the most spiritual.  All we need to do is serve our Lord, be faithful to tend to what He has placed before us, and let Him exalt us in His own way & His own time. 

And again, if Jesus Himself served, surely we ought to do the same.  Are we greater than Jesus?  Are we more dignified than our Lord?  Surely not!  He is worthy of all the glory from all humanity at all times.  Yet He laid it aside in humility to serve.  How can we refuse to do likewise?

17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Lastly, Jesus promised a blessing.  It is a humbling thing to serve, by definition.  We have to lay aside our own pride & our own comforts to be of service to others…some of whom are surely undesirable to serve in the first place.  We were certainly not worthy of Jesus’ service towards us, yet He did it anyway.  We don’t look at others & determine whether or not they are worthy of service & love – we’re just supposed to do it.  Yet there is joy in that service!  There is a blessing to those who love as Jesus loved, and serve as Jesus served.  How happy is the one who follows Jesus in service – and it is a happiness and joy personally promised by Him.

But it’s a blessing based on a condition: obedience.  Notice the two “if’s” spoken by Jesus.  They are actually different grammatical constructions in the Greek.  The 1st is an “if” based on an assumed truth.  It could potentially be translated “since you know these things…”  The disciples DID know these things, because Jesus just got done telling them & showing them an example.  The 2nd “if” is an assumed possibility – a true “if” as we would think about it in English.  “IF you do them” = “In the possibility that you do actually obey and follow through on My command, then you will experience the blessing of God.”  The blessing of service won’t come until we actually obey Jesus in serving – but when it comes, it comes in fullness!

  • Do you know the joy of serving the Lord by serving others sacrificially?  If not, you’re missing out!  People so often look for the blessings of God, and here, Jesus specifically promises one.  But you have to obey to experience it.

Conclusion:
The humble service exampled by Jesus during the Last Supper was service to the extreme.  It was the grandest act of humility yet seen upon the earth, and even that was but a picture of the work that was still to come.  In just a few hours’ time, the symbol of foot-washing would be fulfilled by the reality of Jesus’ work upon the cross.  The Son of God lowered Himself to that point, but knew He would soon be exalted once more when He gloriously ascended back to His Father in heaven.

  • Jesus demonstrated His love for us.  It was a love beyond words, and beyond comprehension.  His whole life & ministry was summarized in that brief moment in time, and it went beyond the ability of words to describe.
  • Jesus overcame man’s objections.  Peter stepped in for all of us as we recoil at the idea of God serving us, but that is exactly what is required if we are to receive salvation.
  • Jesus gave an example for us to follow.  We cannot duplicate the cross, but we can follow Jesus’ footsteps in the service that He performed there.  We can mimic Him in His love & humility, and as we do so we will experience a blessing that we cannot otherwise imagine.

 

As a Christian, are you serving?  Have you followed the example of the One you know as Lord & Teacher?  Have you obeyed His command to love & serve sacrificially & in humility?  Be careful that all your examples are from the past.  This isn’t something to do & check off the list.  May we constantly be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to understand our opportunities to serve, and be willing to do it when they arise.

Have you understood your desperate need for Christ?  Like Peter, you may have objected in the past, thinking that you can do whatever you need to do to be righteous in the sight of God.  Too many people sitting in too many churches still believe they can earn their own way into heaven, and just as Jesus warned Peter, those who do have no part with Him.  We are desperate in our need for grace, but once we have received it, it is truly enough!

Perhaps you’ve been listening more to the temptations of Satan than the Savior.  Judas was a false convert in the midst of the disciples.  He had access to all the same grace & all the same doctrine, but he allowed his heart to be given over to the devil.  He lost the war, and lost the cleansing Jesus made available to all.  Don’t be like Judas!  Beware.  Hear the voice, call, and invitation of Christ, and respond!

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