First Lesson: John: 15:25
But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law. They hated me without a cause.
Second Lesson: Luke: 17:25
But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
Golden Text: Romans: 9:13
As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
Brethren the gospel I am going to reveal to you is hidden to mankind. This gospel will help the entire world and make them joyous. The joy will extend to all creations including the angels. It is in fact, the revelation of the Kingdom and glory of God. It does appear the only thing the world regards as the greater evil is hatred. People fear being hated and will normally go to any length to win the friendship of their enemies. If you happen to be one person who is hated, relax and stop bothering yourself. Hatred has been and shall continue to be. It is in fact, a very handsome young man. Wherever you go to, you shall have to meet hatred and experience it. It has been made by God to be so. You do not have to be afraid of hatred because it does no harm to you and does not disturb or prevent you from carrying out your assignment and being yourself. Of itself, hatred or enmity has no life and, so cannot hurt. It could rightly be described as a motion picture. Which is very brief and temporary, in fact only occasional and seasonal.
HATRED COMES FROM GOD
Hatred is created and maintained by God the same way as day and night, sun and moon and star, air, water, and the rest of other creations. These creations are made and kept there to fulfill their various purposes; they do not prevent you from carrying our your own assignment too. Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. (Romans 16:4).
Therefore, if you perish, it is not hatred that has caused you to perish; and if you are saved, your salvation cannot be attributable to love. God, in His infinite wisdom created a man and a woman, animals and trees, fishes, and water, etc. the same way was hatred and love created by God. They work together for the fulfillment of 'the glory of God and also make this Kingdom enjoyable. They mean nobody any harm. These two phenomena, love and hatred, work together for good. Without them there is no life, no exaltation, and no debasement; and in fact, without those two elements, there is no God. I am explaining these things to you so that even if your family or village hates you, you will not be bothered or affected. So that you will not even appeal to them to cease hating you, knowing fully well that it is the Father's work they carry out and that it is the Father Himself who does all things. Start from this day to overlook that thing called hatred. It is a necessary formality like any letter of the alphabets.
LOVE AND HATRED ARE TWINS
Hatred is present everywhere; so also is love. As the rain carries out its specific assignment so also does the sun. Hatred and love therefore work together for the fulfillment of God's glory and will. That is why it is said in the Scriptures that all things work together for the good of those that serve the Lord. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
I am particularly thankful to the Father for creating hatred and having it to perform the wonderful works it does. It is a very lovely phenomenon, hatred. If I tell you the advantages of hatred now you will pray to God to be hated. Hatred emanates from God and is in fact, the same God. It is the same thing as saying that death is caused by man, apparition, juju and all that! That is not true. Death comes from God, so also is life, good luck, ill-luck and the rest of other things. All things originate from God and they combine together for a single purpose. I have many things to reveal to you from Genesis the first chapter in the Old Testament to the last chapter of Revelation in the New Testament, so that you will know who and what God is. Every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God shall never pass away without being fulfilled. It is said in the Scripture that the tree is a combination of good and evil. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Genesis 2:17).
God also ruled that whoever eats of the fruit of that tree of good and evil shall die. From the afore-mentioned, is death not from God? How is it that you then say that death is the handiwork of man, or tree, or mermaids, or juju. Death is a very handsome young man bubbling with energy. Have you ever heard that death is sick? It is said that good health is no indication of abundant life. Conversely, sickness is no indication or sign of death. You should not rejoice because a medical doctor has certified that you are physically fit. Always have it in mind that that handsome young man death is there.
THE MYSTERY OF LIFE
It is one of the mysteries of nature I am revealing to you. I have many of them. But for now one at a time. What I am giving you today is a summary of the lesson so that you can walk boldly anywhere fearing nothing and having it in mind that whether it is sickness, hatred, death or any of the negative phenomena, none of them can harm you or do anything for that matter. I want your mind to be free of fear so that you can go forth into the world boldly and serve God. Our Lord Jesus Christ had known this lesson that was the reason he advised you to love your enemies. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44)
But that is a piece of lesson the entire world finds very difficult to practise. You have to love your enemies and pray for the good of those who despitefully use you, so says the Lord. No problem whatsoever comes to you via your enemy. All your troubles and temptations come to you through your so called friends. Any day any evil arrives at your door, know immediately that it comes, from your closest friend. Any day, also a good thing comes to you know that it is from your so called enemy. Do you now see the word of God, how God does His work? It is out of ignorance and fear that you dread your enemy. He wishes and means you no evil. That is the reason our Lord Jesus Christ tells you to love your enemy: Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his heads. (Romans: 12: 20).
HATRED DOES NO HARM
Brethren, the gospel you are hearing is a very great and tough one. It is the recondite wisdom of God I am revealing to you. Except the Father gives you the ability, you cannot believe it, let alone, practise it. But I believe fervently that the Father has given you the ability to put this gospel into practice. Hatred is only a hiding place. That is the reason I told you if you were to know the advantages, the good things that go along with hatred you will pray to be hated. But hatred as a vibrant young man knows his work, where to go and when to go there. That thing you people call hatred does not come from man, not even from the earth, it cannot be felt, seen or smelt. Love equally cannot be touched, seen or sensed. It is not of the earth too, and is intangible. As one's love does you no good, so also does anybody's hatred do you no harm. Both of them have their assignments, and they do just that. They therefore do not disturb or prevent you from carrying out your own duty. You have to pursue vigorously your own assignment, looking straight on the cross and carry out God's instructions, without falling back. You are living witness to the fact that once rainy season comes around and rain falls heavily and persistently, people grumble and show resentment over it. Apart from the fact that the weather is always wet and cold, it carries with it certain diseases and other inconveniences. As time goes by, the rain ceases and dry season sets in. During this season, the weather becomes dry and dusty. The sun becomes so hot and scorches the earth, including human beings. The season is not without its diseases and setbacks too. God created all things in their twos, rain and sun, day and night, man and woman, good and bad, love and hatred and others. They all work together for the good of those who love God and serve Him. Some people say that it is the woman who has spoiled the world. Others say that it is the men. Both conceptions are not true. The man and woman work together actually for the good and fulfilment of the glory of God. Everybody is complaining that there is plenty of evil in the world today. No person should in fact say anything evil against evil. Evil is itself as an energetic young man, has his own assignment he sets about fulfilling. Have you not heard that as it was through one person the entire world was visited with evil, so also shall salvation and goodness come to many through one person? Therefore, as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. (Romans: 5:18).
It is also said that where there is plenty of evil, good things abound there too. On the other hand, where good things are in their plenty, there also will evil flourish. It is the same mother that begets a false prophet who also owns a true prophet. The mother, who gives birth to the rich man, also gives birth to the poor man. Why then do you get yourselves bothered about these phenomena? These things were created by God and have their special objectives to fulfill.
DO NO BOTHER ABOUT HATRED
In-so-much as you cannot prevent them from fulfilling their obligations; you should not allow yourself to be disturbed by them in the fulfilment of your assignment. All of them are so temporary in nature - they are visitors - and leave your domain once they have accomplished their respective assignments. If therefore you have been alleging that somebody hates you because of one reason or another, your allegation is false. There is no reason for being hated. You do not even know exactly when you have hated or loved somebody. The Lord has said these things I am telling you so that when they shall come to pass, you are not taken unawares. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. (John: 16: 2-3).
If you ask somebody why he or she hates another person, there will be no cogent reason. If you are being hated you should not bother yourself seeking for some solutions. Know immediately that your turn has come to welcome and host that young man, hatred. On the other hand you may be so loved by somebody, that you lack words to express the kind of love both of you have for yourselves. Do not wonder or want to know the source of such love. What you should understand is that you are taking your turn to experience the arrival of that young man, love. You are all living witnesses to the fact that there is a time you will so love a particular person so much so that you even wonder and think you are charmed. You so love the person to the extent you are ready to surrender your life. But all of a sudden the same person you had loved so dearly is so disliked and hated by you. His presence upsets you or mere mention of his name aches your stomach. Yet if you are asked to say why you have hated the person, you have no reason to give. Rest, and do not worry yourself for it is those two young men, love and hatred, that are at work. Let the first lesson be read.
First lesson: John: 15:25
But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law. They hated me without a cause.
Brethren, have you heard that? Hatred has no reason. Nobody hates you because you cursed him, or got angry with him or refused him what he asked of you. I hope that from today henceforth, you will no longer worry yourself about hatred and why you are hated. It is the handiwork of God that signifies the arrival of that young man. Welcome and contain him as you go about doing your own business. What did our Lord Jesus Christ do to be hated by the entire world? He raised the dead, made the lame walk, the blind to see, the dumb to speak and cleansed the leper. What offence did He commit for doing all those things?
YOUR ENEMY EXALTS YOU
If therefore, the whole world had not hated and persecuted Him, what would have been the source of salvation unto mankind? How in the first place would He have been revealed as the Saviour? That is the reason I said that it is your enemy who exalts you and gives you glory. They work hand in hand in shifts. As you have daylight, so do you have night, and as there is love so also there is hatred. Once one finishes his duty the other takes over from there. One is incomplete without the other. It is said:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2) Why do you not accept these things brethren and know that God is the essence of them all? At no one time will everybody love you or hate you. At a particular time, some people will love you and at another, certain people will hate you. A whole community may hate you except one person. The one person could so love you that you feel mortified and lack words to express that kind of love. On the other hand, another person may hate you to such an extent you feel very insecure and would want to flee the area. No matter what presents and favour you will do to this fellow: it will not reverse his hatred of you. In fact the more you are benevolent and kind towards him, the more he will hate you. These things are made so by God. It is either one or the other at a time. Any place these two things, love and hatred, are not found, know that God is absent in that place. If in fact you are loved by everybody know that you are lost, and if all persons hate you, you are perished too. But incidentally it has never happened and shall not happen that you are hated or loved by everybody at one particular time. Whatever happens to you should not be attributed to any thing else. That is, the will of God that it should take place. And whatsoever happens to you is for the manifestation of the glory of God.
EVERYTHING FULFILL GOD'S WILL
It is very surprising to people what I am telling you now, how you could love somebody whole heartedly and do all sorts of good things to him yet the person would hate you to the extent of not wanting to see your foot prints. In another instance, this is somebody who is a thief, a swindler and murderer yet he is loved by the entire community. He is conferred with chieftaincy titles and is declared a hero. Know each time that it is nature's design at work. That is the reason you are advised this day to love everybody equally. When your enemy is hungry, feed him, welcome him warmly and give him water to drink. Do not allow hatred to bother or prevent you from discharging your duties at any one time. You should know that as a visitor and stranger, the existence of hatred at any port of call is temporary.
LOVE AND HATRED HAVE NO CAUSE
You have heard it read out to you in the Scripture that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law. That they hated me without cause. The reasons given that it is because of one thing or another that is why you are hated, are untrue. Hatred started right from the time of Cain and Abel. What exactly did Abel do to Cain that the latter decided to kill his brother? If you have been given the reasons for hating somebody as being because the one is a thief, a fornicator or murderer, these excuses are only flimsy and untenable. What reason is there that the same person you have condemned is being loved by another group of person despite the fact that he is notorious? Do you not see that these things, hatred and love, do not come from man, and therefore your excuses or reasons are mere suppositions? Neither hatred nor love comes with a cause. Because it is written in the Scriptures that they hated Him without cause, we should not seek for reasons we are being hated. All of us have to be hated without a cause too. What do you also think about the statement that He shall see great tribulations and shall be rejected by the people finally? If therefore, Christ was being hated and derided and suffered many tribulations from the hands of people, who do you attribute your hatred and tribulations to? Is it your parents, friends or relations? If it has been written that you shall be treated the same way Our Lord Jesus Christ was treated and even more and accordingly, these things come to pass do you not think it is the word and will of God that fulfils? If you were to believe truly in today's gospel you would not have your minds troubled about any hatred and tribulations. It is the Father that worketh everything for the glorification of His Kingdom.
DO NOT RESIST GOD'S WILL
Your problem is that at all times you are fighting against the will of God. This gospel is given to you to strengthen your faith and open your eyes so that if you find hatred or sickness or anything whatsoever at your doorsteps, you do not quiver. If hatred arrives at your house, welcome it and give it water to drink and food to eat. It comes as a visitor and shall leave at the due time. What I am telling you now could be compared to the right and left hands. Many people object to being offered the left hands to shake or given anything by it. Every person wants the right hand. The left hand they say carries bad omen. What actually is the evil in the left hand? Whether it is the right or left hand, both of them do the same work together to manifest the will of God. Disabuse your minds from today against certain likes and dislikes. We have to like and appreciate whatever thing that is created by God. We shall be okay if we like all things. It is said: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:1-3).
He is the originator and creator of all things. Jesus said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples" (Matthew 26:34-35).
The other disciples echoed Peter's statement one after another, and to fulfill what has been nominated in the scriptures, all the disciples, even including Peter, denied the Lord our Master, the night He was arrested. But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, And said, this fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? What is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands. Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee? Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest (Matthew 26:60-70). Brethren the greatest lesson with which we shall overcome evil is not to allow ourselves to be defeated by evil but should rather use goodness to conquer evil. It is only with goodness that you can overcome evil. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head "(Romans 12:20).
ACCEPT ALL SITUATIONS GLADLY
Cease to pray to God requesting Him to forbid and remove from existence death, sickness, hatred, hunger and the rest of such things. Your duty is to continue to love all things so that the will of God will fulfill. Do not even say that you are being hated because of your sinfulness. You should not also say that it is because of your righteousness and goodness that you are being loved and held in high esteem. Welcome whatever phenomenon, whether love or hatred, that comes your way and know fully well, both of them walk together for the fulfillment of the will and glory of God. A worldly song says that nobody should laugh over some other person's mishap because ill events are not limited to a particular person. What I have brought unto you is to always regard whatever comes your way as being well and good. That is the only weapon with which you can overcome. Another point is that never you say that this thing comes from God but the other does not. If you say that something does not come from God, where does it come from then? Some people say that ones mishap is as a result of his error or evil. Is that true? What error or offence has he committed even more and yet is absolved? What did Christ reply when His disciples asked whether it was because of the sins of that young man or those of his parents that caused his blindness. Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him (John 9:3).
Have you heard that brethren? Our second lesson shall be read so that from today you cease to question and wonder why you are hated, derided, persecuted and starved. You rather will from today learn how to contain and accommodate any evil and love all things so that you can overcome. Read the second lesson again.
Second Lesson: Luke: 17:25
But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
Brethren have you heard that? It has been written that He must first suffer many things and be rejected of this generation. That was an afore-mentioned promise of God. Nobody on earth was able to or till date able to prevent the fulfillment of that promise; not even the Lord Himself. If He has to suffer, is it because of His own sins or that of His parents or what? It is merely the revelation of the glory of God and the fulfillment of His will, the express rule of God. It is out of nobody's cause. In the world today everybody is gazing into the sky gasping for Christ, the Saviour and Comforter. If the same people turn around and reject Him, in their deeds who is to blame? It has been written that many things must He suffer and finally, be rejected by this generation. Whose responsibility is it if for the fulfillment of that promise, the Lord is rejected? And, on the other hand, if He happens not to be rejected by this generation has the will and word of God fulfilled? Brethren can you comprehend nature's work? That promise goes to fulfill this statement: Jesus saith unto them, "Did ye never read in the scriptures, the Stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?" (Matthew 21:42)
CHRIST ALSO SUFFERED
Is there any person who can contest God's plan and obstruct suffering from coming to Christ? Is it also possible to please this generation and change their minds to love and accept Christ? That is the reason Christ called the people disobedient and light hearted children who continuously resist the will of God as their fathers and great-grand fathers had done. Then he said unto them, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." (Luke 24:25 -27). Have all the people and church denominations that gaze into the sky waiting for the time and day Christ shall descend read the above passage which says that He shall suffer many things and be rejected completely by this generation? Do they understand that passage of the Scriptures?
Who can contest and obstruct that promise? Do you not know it is the will of God you are resisting? And who is he who is capable of standing on the way of God and opposing Him? It was not written that when that person, talked about, shall come, it will be written on His face the prophet of God, Messiah, or Holy Spirit or even Jehovah God and His Christ. The person who comes and suffers many things and finally is rejected by the people automatically is the one written about. That is the only way to identify who those things are about in order that His glory may be manifested.
PRAYER FOR THE WILL OF GOD
When you pray God to forbid one thing or another, where do you expect them to be taken to? And the good things you want to nourish around you, who is the person who does not deserve them too? Give what ever comes to you a chance to stay. In fact your prayer should be that the will of God alone be done. Is it not surprising to you and everyone else that despite the fact the you have heard and seen the truth, patience, love, mercy, humility and the rest of good virtues of God, yet none of you has the ability to forsake sins? How many of you have refrained from sins? And if all of you accept Him and forsake sins, how then will He suffer many things? How will the will and Word of God manifest? That is why you have to stay here and fight, quarrel, backbite, fornicate and do all sorts of evil things so that His many sufferings will come to pass and the plan of God manifested.
And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, we have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see (John 1:42-46). The things written about Him are the many sufferings, tribulations, hatred, and complete rejection of Him by the people. Therefore if you find somebody on whom all these things are fulfilled, does it not occur to you that the person is the one talked about? Brethren, you will remember that Christ healed the sick, cleansed the leper, raised the dead and did many other wonderful things. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified (Matthew 27:21).
Can the people indeed be held responsible for their action? The answer is no. The reason is that they are merely enhancing the fulfillment of the Word and will of God which has been written, sealed and delivered about Christ. When He raised Lazarus from death the entire people and the high priests rose up against Him that He has introduced strange things and teachings and has contravened their laws and customs. He was called all sorts of names, among them Beelzebub and demon. What evil thing did Christ do afterall to merit such hatred, opposition and total rejection? Is it because of the dead He raised, the blind He restored their sight, or the sick He healed? Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation (John 11:47-48)
He was destined to suffer many things and be rejected by the people. Instead, they wanted Moses whom they had not known and seen, claiming him to be the only man of God. For Christ, they said they do not know from where He comes. And even when they went to that blind man whose sight was restored by Christ and inquired who did it and he replied that the holy one of God, Jesus the Christ, they all bullied him and asked him to shut up. "Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not:One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples" (John 9:24-28).
If you were Christ, you would have been angry and have the whole people cursed to die. Christ did not do so because He had known the promise and will of God for Him and that the people were only implementing God ordained plan, so He would be glorified. If it has been written that He shall suffer many things and be rejected by this generation, does that promise require lamentation, mourning and crying, or fasting, or pleading, or praying? Is it not a thing of joy and gratitude? I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive (John 5:43).
Has that not been fulfilled today? The adage says that if evil befalls somebody no one should laugh at him because mishap selects no quarters. The prophecy saying that Christ shall suffer many things and be rejected was fulfilled with the Jews. They meted great punishment on Him and rejected Him at the end. Many of you today say that if you were the Jews, you would not have hated, persecuted and rejected Christ. Are you sure that even up till today, you are not hating Christ, persecuting and rejecting Him? If the Jews knew what they were doing, why did Christ ask: "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots"(Luke 23:34).
Our Lord Jesus Christ knew quite alright that there was complete ignorance on the part of the Jews regarding the whole episode involving Him and the Jews.
THE PRIEST SPEARHEADED CHRIST'S DEATH
Those who spear-headed Christ's death were the church denominations and their leaders. They said He did not come from God; that He was a demon, and was healing through the power of beelzebub. Even so, what sins did the Jews commit in persecuting and rejecting Christ? They have no case to answer because they were merely implementing the afore-ordained plan of God: that He will suffer many things in the first place and then be rejected by this generation. "Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils" (Matthew 12:22-24).
They were only employed, and though unconsciously, to do whatever they found themselves doing. Even if you go to Jerusalem today and request that you want to see Christ family, nobody will be able to show you because they do not know Him as they never wanted to hear anything about Him. Up till today, none of them is repentant. None believes in Him in Israel till now. I am telling you these things so that you will be careful of yourself and cease to speak evil against anybody. Hold unto your goodness and do not be angry with any person knowing fully well that everything happens according to God's design and for manifestation of His own glory. Remember that adage that, the resistance of the he goat cannot prevent if from being sold. That was the reason when Pilate asked our Lord Jesus Christ if He did not know that he had power to release or convict Him, He replied that he had no power to anything except the power is from the Father above. 'Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin"(John 19:10-11).
No person has the power to do anything. It is the Father who does everything. Therefore when something happens to you and you ask God to take it away, does it mean that he was unaware of what has happened to you. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father (Matthew 10:29). Our Lord Jesus Christ was slapped left and right and spat on the face by even the robbers. He was mocked by rogues. Do not blame the rogues. Do you not know that they too were carrykig out the will of God? It was so written that He will suffer many things and be rejected by the people, after which He shall then pass into glory.
31.14 CHRIST CONSOLES US ALL
And He left some .words of consolation that if the world hates you know that they first hated Him, if you were of the world, the world would have loved you, and because He has chosen you out of the world that is why they hate you. Let the Golden Text be read.
Golden Text: Romans: 9:13
As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
ESAU AND JACOB
Brethren can you prevent that nomination from fulfilling? Jacob represents the white race while Esau represents the black race. What offence did Esau commit after all? He was the first-born male child of Isaac and a hunter. It was Esau who saw to his father's responsibility and also catered for the family's welfare. He was loved dearly by Isaac, his father. But so that the will of God may fulfill Isaac was blinded so that he will not bless Esau.
And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him(Genesis 27:21-23).
Esau only laboured while Jacob reaped the fruits of that labour. Jacob was all the time enjoying and relaxing with his mother. He liked and lived luxurious life. Esau suffered and worked very hard for the good of the humaninty. When his father, Isaac, asked him to go and prepare him some food, as usual, so he can bless him, little did Isaac know that he would be tricked? Rebecca who had heard what Isaac said, went immediately and contrived with Jacob and outwitted Isaac and had the blessing meant for Esau. Jacob, a smooth-skinned person, was made to become artificially hairy skinned like that of Esau by covering Jacob's body with the hides of a ram. When his voice almost betrayed him, Jacob told his father a lie that his voice changed because of the hunting efforts in the bush. The two ideas were master-minded by their mother, Rebecca. She was only used as an instrument to manipulate the will of God into manifestation, that the elder shall serve the younger..., Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. If Isaac was not blind that will of God would not have come to pass. Therefore his blindness and indeed every other happening in that episode was the handiwork of God. Can you comprehend the glory of God? Know it right from today that if you happen to be blind it is for the glory of God. If you see, it is to God's glory. Whatever happens to you is so made to bring glory to God. All things therefore are caused by the Father and not the evil one so-called, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
What do you understand to be the significance of the two sons, Esau and Jacob? They are twin brothers signifying two nations, the blacks and the whites. If you claim to be hated and derided by your kinsmen and your community because you are born twins, are these people of God? You have it written also in the Scriptures that the first shall be the last and the last first. And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me. And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau. And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed. And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, 0 my father (Genesis 27:30-34)
Before this time Rebecca had instructed Jacob to flee to her kinsmen in her village. Esau, unaware of that fact, ran out with his weapon after Jacob whom he never found. For every action of God there is a reason. It was God who kept Pharaoh in the position he was and hardened his heart so that His will is fulfilled. God needed somebody who will place His children in bondage so that they will later be exalted and His name praised and His glory revealed throughout the nations of the world. It did not go without a reason that the whole blessing was bestowed on Jacob. The whites, whom Jacob represents, are today's super-powers. They invented virtually everything man-made; they are wise and courageous. But the one thing God has denied them is the Holy Spirit and the ability to put the word of God into practice. In this circumstance, who is he about whom it was written that he shall serve the younger? Is it not Esau, invariably representing Africa? As Esau was exploited and rendered impotent, so also is Africa being exploited and made beggars by the whites. No white man, no matter how useless he his, regards an African as a human being. Africans are seen and regarded as sub-humans. A very little white man can command and toss about a number of black people. A lot of people believe that God loves the whites more than the blacks. But I am telling you now to watch out for what will happen at the end. God will glorify Himself in the blackman Therefore, brethren the fate of the blacks and whites is neither because of their respective righteousness nor their sinfulness. It is through God's love and mercy. As Esau did not lose everything through and through, so also shall Africa be remembered and raised by God in the end. That time has now come. Whosoever hates you therefore is fulfilling the word of God that "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." The whites just have no reason for hating the blacks. Ironical is the fact that what so ever a white man does can never be seen as wrong by the black man. No matter how inept and corrupt a white man may be, a black man will always have him and call him the great. The black man is suffering today from colonialism and apartheid. No matter how hard he struggles, he is never rich and prosperous. The whites are the wealthiest on earth today. What is happening today is traceable first to our Lord Jesus Christ who was said shall come and will suffer many things, and then to Esau who was hated and exploited for no single reason except for the manifestation of the promise of God. That is exactly what happened and is happening today.
AFRICA, ARISE AND GLORIFY GOD
All of you are therefore called upon to rise up and help yourselves by working with your hands. That is the only way the glory which had been reserved for you would materialise. Do not hate anybody; do not be afraid of death, and hatred, sickness, hunger and any kind of tribulation. These things are only temporary. Always have it in mind that the future is brighter and that he who laughs last, laughs best. Do not quarrel, or fight or blame anybody. It is a wonderful thing of great pleasure and joy that the Holy Spirit has emerged in Africa. A stroke of the cane is sufficient for the wise. I do not want to take you further. Those who have ears let them hear. May God bless His holy words; Amen
THANK YOU FATHER