FIRST BIBLE LESSON: JOHN 13:4-5
"He riseth from super, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded."
SECOND BIBLE LESSON: MATTHEW 20:28
"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
GOLDEN TEXT: MATTHEW 11:29
"Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
INTRODUCTORY SONG: This is the era of Our Lord Jesus Christ, thou sinner repent, this is the era of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
BE A SHINING EXAMPLE
Brethren the above texts and introductory song form the theme of our gospel. We are all enjoined to walk according to the footsteps of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The exemplary leadership of Christ portrays a lifestyle which every Christian should emulate.
Nothing should be added or subtracted from His sterling qualities and life pattern. He is the mediator between God and man. He is the heir of the new covenant. CHRIST IS THE ONLY TRUE LEADER AND TEACHER OF MANKIND. Whether you are a man or woman, young or old, black or white, rich or poor, strong or weak, it behooves everyone of us to learn of Him.
You should not for whatever reason, dispute his divine teachings. Instead, we should submit to His dictates and allow Him to take control of our lives.
He came to serve and not to be served. For this reason, He offered His life as a ransom for many. The era of Melchizedek, Noah, Abraham, Moses, or John had long passed. This is the era of the Holy Spirit. DO NOT EMULATE ANY MAN WHETHER HE IS A PASTOR, A BISHOP, OR PROPHET, RATHER PUT YOUR TRUST IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND FOLLOW HIS FOOTSTEPS, FOR HERE LIES YOUR SALVATION.
Christ did not only preach but He also put His teachings into practice. In other words, CHRIST LIVED BY EXAMPLE. Therefore whether you are a Leader's Representative, Pastor, Preacher, Christ Student, Christ Servant, Elder or Chorister, it is not important. What is important is leadership by example. You should therefore live by example as one who worships God in spirit and in truth. We have to fully practise the words of God and not only preach. It is quite inexcusable to say that you are not Jesus Christ and so you are incapable of practising His gospel. If you are not Jesus then who are you? By saying so, are you not denying Him just as the people of the world do?
He is the only one sustaining the world. It is the rejection of Christ and His teachings that has dragged the entire world into its present predicaments. Now there are wars, pestilence, earthquakes, famine, etc., all over the world. YOU SHOULD REFRAIN FROM PRACTISING PROTESTANTISM, ISLAMISM, OCCULTISM, AND OTHER UNWHOLESOME PRACTICES. TRY YOUR BEST TO IMBIBE THE TEACHINGS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. DO NOT INTRODUCE POLITICS OR ANY WORLDLY PRACTICE INTO THE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST. The only practice in this kingdom is that of the lifestyle and doctrine or Our Lord Jesus Christ. Do not live according to the traditions and culture of your people, WHETHER THEY ARE BLACK OR WHITE. Do not be guided by the rules and regulations made by man. INSTEAD, LET YOUR WHOLE MIND AND ENTIRE BODY BE SUBJECTED TO THE TEACHINGS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. Do not allow the luxury of this world to lead you astray. At all times you should be guided by the shinning examples of Our Lord Jesus Christ. You cannot be found worthy to be with Him except you resemble Him.
C H R I S T- THE KINGDOM OF GOD:
This gospel has to be disseminated to all parts of the world for the information of everybody, so that there will be no excuse for failure. Christ is our Teacher, Savior, our King, our Lord and Master. Seeing, it is said, is believing. We have all known His sterling qualities. Therefore, we have no excuse or justification to doubt Him or fail to obey Him. Conventionally, it is often the leader of a country or an organization who should provide, in practical terms, the principles guiding the operation of the entire set up. In the classroom situation, for example, it is the teacher who introduces a problem and then provides the solution to it. After such example, the teacher then leaves the students with the responsibility of applying the same method to solve other problems. This is the type of example Christ has set for mankind to emulate.
The lifestyle of Our Lord Jesus Christ represents the stone which the builders rejected which ultimately became the pillar. Man is variously afflicted because he has rejected Christ and His injunctions. His teachings constitute peace, love, prosperity, good health, and all the good things. CHRIST HIMSELF IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD. The world has rejected Him and for that reason, mankind cannot see the light of day. Whoever seeks after all the good things of life, and desires to inherit the kingdom of God, should emulate Our Lord Jesus Christ.
MY MISSION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ESTABLISHING A CHURCH DENOMINATION OR PRAYER HOUSE. WHAT I AM CONCERNED WITH IS TO TEACH YOU ABOUT OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, HIS DOCTRINES, AND HIS LIFESTYLE. It is on this note that He commanded all of us that we should take on His yoke and learn of Him, then we shall experience peace, prosperity, power, love, and of course, gain entrance into the kingdom of God. Read the First Lesson again.
FIRST BIBLE LESSON: JOHN 13:4-5
"He riseth from super, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded."
HUMILITY - A LADDER TO LEADERSHIP:
Brethren, by now you should understand the meaning of the yoke of Christ. If He, the king of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, and Teacher could wash His disciples' feet, how much more you? What is your work? He did not commission any other person to do the washing for Him, rather He did it Himself. He did not even send another person to fetch Him the water which He used in the washing of the feet of His disciples. He fetched both the water and the basin and the towel with which He cleansed their feet. That was a good example for all to follow. He did not discriminate against any of His disciples in the exercise, but he made sure all of them participated. (John 13:8-9).
That act illustrated practically the exemplary lifestyle of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The world alleges that Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is not a religious organization and has nothing to do with Christ nor the Holy Bible. However, we are glad to be vilified by the world. This is in line with the statement of Our Lord Jesus Christ that whoever loves Him and obeys His commandments will also experience all that He Christ experienced.
It is said that a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one that sends him. If Christ was called Beelzebub and a demented fellow, whoever follows His footsteps will be called similar names. Even as he was persecuted, so will his followers be equally persecuted. (John 15:20). If you claim to believe in Our Lord Jesus Christ, why do you fail to wash the feet of others? What other position should you struggle for in this kingdom than that of washing the feet of others? It is our duty to emulate Christ by washing the feet of other brethren in this kingdom.
If you claim to be a member of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, that is good enough. But the question is, how many peoples' feet have you washed? Also, if you claim to have been in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star for twenty years or more, that is also good. But the most important question is, what is your contribution in this kingdom with regards to your many years spent? How many peoples' feet have you washed? That singular exercise by Our Lord Jesus Christ is very symbolic. IT REPRESENTS LOVE, SERVICE, HUMILITY, OBEDIENCE, AND LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE. Have you displayed any of these qualities.
Have you been of service to the needy and destitute you see around? Many have turned themselves into sorcerers, dupes, and extortioners in this kingdom, instead of emulating Our Lord Jesus Christ. Why should you continue to steal, hate, covert and live abominable lives? By so doing, are you emulating Christ? Do your actions represent His yoke which you have taken upon you?
YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED INTO THIS KINGDOM IN ORDER TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH. Brotherhood of the Cross and star does not derive its doctrine from man but from Christ only. The origin of this kingdom is traced to Christ. Therefore, as a member of this kingdom, you should learn from Christ alone, and hope in Christ only. Tell the whole world that except they repent of their sins and follow the footsteps of Our Lord Jesus Christ, their calamities will be endless.
MORTIFY THE FLESH:
It is said that you should not live according to the promptings of the flesh, for if you do so, you will surely die. However, any man that lives according to the injunctions of Christ will have eternal life. This is the only source of salvation to the entire world. Whoever shall comply with this gospel is saved. The people of the world are busy holding meetings and conferences on what to do in order to free themselves from their present predicament. You should inform them that the only source of salvation lies in believing and practising the word of God. They are wanderers who should by now return to their creator, for He awaits them. THIS SAME CHRIST WHO WAS REJECTED BY THE WORLD HAS NOW RETURNED TO THE WORLD WITH HIS GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY. HE SAID:"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." (JOHN 12:48).
THE WORLD IS PLAGUED:
The churches, individuals, governments, nations, cities, communities and organizations have all rejected Christ and His teachings. This explains the persistent sufferings in the world today. The problems plaguing the world are not caused by juju, mermaid, witches or any other force but as a result of disobedience to the word of God. The people have bluntly refused to comply with the teachings of Christ and for that reason they are plagued. In this kingdom, we have no other doctrine apart from that of Christ, and whoever disobeys it shall have his blood upon his head. This is not the time for prolonged preaching or prayer but the time to put the injunctions of Christ into practice. Let everybody repent from his old ways and return to the Lord by practising His injunctions, else, peace shall continue to elude mankind.
CHRIST - SYMBOL OF HUMILITY:
It was written that Christ would speak in parables. (Matt 13:34). Therefore the exercise of washing the feet of His disciples means that we should all be our brothers' keepers. It is a call to service in humility to one another. Our duty is not to go about stealing, destroying, maiming and cheating our fellow men. The governments have failed because the people who are in authority are dishonest and selfish.
The churches have also failed because they are thieves and robbers. The entire world has failed because man has rejected His Creator. You should follow Christ and obey Him for He will never fail you.
Even in this kingdom, many have come in with the worldly tendencies to cheat, dupe, loot and live abominable lives. Such persons have failed. Many people do not know that this is the kingdom of God wherein dwelleth righteousness. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the King and Ruler of the Kingdom. It is therefore imperative on our part to emulate Him. Whoever goes contrary to His injunctions should pray fervently for himself. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is here in this kingdom. All the heavenly host, the Children of God and all the patriarchs are here. In order to keep on with the pace of development in this kingdom, all hands must be on deck, towards the fulfillment of the divine will of the Lord.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD REVEALED:
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Let not your hearts be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3).
THOSE THAT DESERVE CITIZENSHIP:
This kingdom is meant for the righteous ones alone. You should sell all that you have and convert the proceeds into God's service. You are also advised in your interest to serve God diligently without demanding gratifications or praises. Those of you who give false visions for money and trade on other services should learn from Christ. The duty of this kingdom is to serve others and bring them to Christ.
This gospel is for all the inhabitants of the world: the thieves, the unbelievers, the murderers. It is for all and sundry.
FASTING AND PRAYER CANNOT SAVE YOU. SINGING, DANCING AND SHOUTING ON THE NAME OF JESUS IN THE STREETS CANNOT LEAD YOU TO SALVATION. The only source of salvation and remedy to your problem is to serve others; to humble yourself and obey your Creator. When Christ healed the deaf and dumb man, the Pharisees, in their usual antagonistic manner, alleged that He performed the feat through the power of Beelzebub. The same allegation is what the world levels today against Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. He spoke in Matthew 10:24-25 thus:"For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear, and have not heard them. And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tempted Him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
WE ARE THE IMAGE OF CHRIST:
We are persecuted by the world not only because we resemble Our Lord Jesus Christ, our Master, but for the fact that we meticulously carry out His divine instructions. Although the whole world and organizations have seen this truth and light they continue to exhibit the forms of their father, the devil. Do not listen to anyone else, but listen to Christ, for all others do not represent God. All of them are under a curse. Whoever speaks ill of the Son of Man shall be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit shall never be forgiven, neither in this generation nor another to come. (Matt 12:31-32/Mark 3:28/Luke 12:10).
THE WORLD IS DOOMED:
Watch out for what will happen to those who blaspheme against Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. As obedient servants, do not relent or listen to the world but continue to serve diligently. The words of Our Lord Jesus Christ have all come to pass. He said: "These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosever 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 16:1-3).
Has this statement not come to pass in your midst? Christ made this statement so that when men shall revile you, your hearts may not be troubled. If you are hated by the world, know that Christ was also hated. If you were of the world, they would have loved you because, I have chosen you from the world, you will be hated by the world. (John 15:18-19). Have you not seen the manifestation of the words of Christ? Caiaphas who was then the high priest held council with others about the death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He even said that it were better for one man to die than for a whole nation to perish. (John 11:49-52 The world did not need Christ; not even the hypocritical churches needed Him. The only people that accepted Him were fishermen, the beggars and the destitute. Christ was publicly executed as a heinous criminal. History has repeated itself in this generation - in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. Watch and see what will happen to the entire world, especially the disobedient ones. The time is very close. Nothing is left. Do not come to Brotherhood of the Cross and Star for your selfish ambition. You should ask yourself of the gains derived by Judas Iscariot from selfishness. If you continue to indulge in evil, it means you are perished.
THE WORLD IS BLIND:
CHRIST HAS COME AND IT IS TIME FOR ALL THE INHABITANTS OF THE WORLD TO FOLLOW HIM. THERE IS NO OTHER PERSON SPOKEN OF, WHO BAPTIZES WITH FIRE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, OTHER THAN CHRIST. EVEN WHEN THE PICTURE IS SO GLARING, THE WORLD CONTINUES TO GAZE INTO THE SKY IN SEARCH OF HIM. THEY FAIL TO RECOGNIZE THAT HE IS HERE ON EARTH, DOING WONDERFUL WORKS.
A WELCOME ADDRESS:
This gospel serves as a welcome address to leader's representatives all over the world and the entire world also. It is the only solution to the world's problems. Whoever desires to come into Brotherhood should first of all read this gospel and make up his mind whether or not he is ready to follow the footsteps of Christ. That is the only hidden power which the world believes to be present in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. He said in John 14:12:"He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." Many people who had wasted their precious time and resources looking for power from men, claiming to be powerful, have now bowed to the supremacy of the Father in this kingdom. The truth is always clear and unshakable. Refer to the Golden Text.
Golden Text: Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Whatever name you are called by the world should not bother you. Continue to be upright and steadfast, for you will find everlasting peace unto your soul.
Christ had prophesied His arrest, trial and crucifixion. The second coming of the Lord, therefore, has nothing to do with evil doers, but it is for gathering those who have kept themselves holy in readiness to receive Him. He has come in the power of the Holy Spirit, and with fire to embrace those set aside for Him. (John 17:6,12). Therefore, all those who believe in Him and fervently put their trust in Him preserve themselves for Him. This explains the reason why He enjoins us to call no one teacher; that there is only one teacher, for we are all brethren.
The world has made several allegations against Leader O.O.Obu. All the allegations mean nothing to me because they are false. What concerns me most is practising the injunctions of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the kingdom that was seen by Nebuchadnezzar in his dream, and Daniel interpreted. The world has refused to obey the Lord's instructions. That is why peace and prosperity have eluded them. Neither Christ nor His disciples charged or extorted money from those they worked for. All that His disciples and Christ Himself did was to offer free service to people. Besides, He gave every glory to the Father. That is the same attitude we adopt in this kingdom. Christ did not disgrace anybody. He did not begrudge even his adversaries. He did not also preach about money, wife, children or any material things; but He centered His preaching on the Holy Spirit, love, peace and oneness.
THE HIDDEN POWER:
There is only one Teacher, one Father, one Lord and one King. We all are brethren. In spite of the various persecutions He encountered, He continued to give His peace and blessings to His adversaries. That is the "HIDDEN" power in this kingdom. Do not seek to defend yourself or Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. Do not contest the scriptures or the doctrine of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star with anybody. Do not also get angry with any person in whatever he says against Brotherhood. But live in God's love, peace and humility. Do not expect your enemies to see any good thing in you.
Christ died and on the third day. He resurrected and promised to be with us always until the end of the world. Thus He has been with us since then. Does it mean that His ascension into heaven is synonymous with His physical absence on earth? When He came down into the world, was any vacuum created in heaven? He said: "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. (John 3:13).
There has never been a time He was not in heaven and on earth. Why then should the world seek the living amongst the dead? Is He not the Mediator between God and man? Is He also not the author and finisher of our faith? He is the one that is doing the wonderful works on earth today.
Brethren it is said that a stroke of the cane is sufficient fore the wise person. May the Lord bless His Holy words. A-men.