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Passover Footwashing
Service of 17-April-1981
by Herbert W. Armstrong

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conducted by Herbert W. Armstrong
on the evening (after sunset) of 17-April-1981 (14-Nisan)


Let me read now from the eleventh chapter of the Apostle Paul's First letter to the Corinthians beginning with verse 23:

1Co 11:23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the [same] night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me.

Therefore, it is a memorial.

1Co 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink [this] cup of the Lord, unworthily, …

… referring only to the manner in which you do it, …

… shall be guilty of the body and [the] blood of the Lord.
  28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of [that] bread, and drink of [that] cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, [in the manner in which he does it] eateth and drinketh damnation .…

… or judgment …

… unto himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30 For this cause many [are] weak and sickly among you,…

… not discerning the Lord's body that it was broken for us, for our physical healing.  His blood was shed for the remission of our spiritual sins.  His body was broken for the healing of our physical sins or whatever has happened to cause illness, sickness or suffering.

Now from John 6 and verse 53:

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you.

I might just explain in that regard that we do not have life until we receive the Spirit of God.  We have a material, chemical existence.  It is not life in the Spiritual sense at all.

As you read in Second Corinthians the first two chapters that you were dead in your tresspasses and sins.  As a matter of fact, Adam and Eve did not have life.

There were created with a chemical existence.  Before them was the Tree of Life and they could have had life.

But they made the wrong choice, and took to themselves the Knowledge of what is Right and what is Wrong, or Good and Evil, of deciding for themselves what is sin.

They did not receive life.

God has decreed that as in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive in a Resurrection to Judgment (First Corinthians 15 verse 22).

Judgment has begun already at the Church of God but judgment has not begun as yet on the world.

Judgment will begin on the world of all those who survive and are still alive after Christ comes when the world is ruled by the Kingdom of God and the Government of God.

Judgment is not a process of condemning but a trial as to whether you receive Life or Death.  In other words, we might say it is an opportunity to receive Life.

I think there has been so much misunderstanding on that VERY VITAL POINT.

The world is not yet judged.  Everyone who has ever been born will be judged in his own due time. 

But there are three Resurrections yet to come mentioned in the Bible.

The First Resurrection will be those who have been judged to have received Life.  I hope that includes all who are in this room.  That will be at the coming of Christ.

The Second Resurrection will be the resurrection to judgment -- the Great White Throne Judgment mentioned in the the twentieth chapter of Revelation.

The Third Resurrection will occur after that Judgment which may last 100 years -- which may last a very short time -- God knows.

One passage of Scripture indicates it could be 100 years.  That Scripture can be translated into different ways, and another way of translating it, it would not refer to a 100-year lifespan in that Resurrection.  So, we just cannot know that.

However, the Last Resurrection will be a Resurrection of those who have been judged, whose eyes have been opened, who have known the Truth, who have rejected God, and rejected Christ and Christ's sacrifice for them and God's gift of Eternal Life, and who have been judged guilty.  They will die in the Lake of Fire -- which will burn them up -- not a hell fire that burns and burns and never burns up.

Chemically, such a thing would be impossible.  Yet millions have believed it.  The world has been very greatly deceived.

(We must have the bread and wine served next.)

PRAYER:  Almighty God in heaven, we pause now to ask your blessing on this broken Bread representing the broken Body of Jesus Christ -- broken for our healing.

Father help us all to take it worthily.  Help us to have Faith and Believe.

We are in a time of trouble when apparently Satan has come down after the Battle with michael in Heaven and is persecuting the Church in every way possible.  Our only defense is the Shield of Faith in the Armor of God.

Father in Heaven, help us to understand that we don't work up Faith ourselves.  That Faith is the gift of God -- that it comes through your Holy Spirit -- and that you give it when we are totally surrendered to you.

It is not our Faith.  It is Jesus' Faith given to us -- the same Faith He used to walk on the water -- the same Faith He used to heal the sick, to perform miracles, to cast out demons.

Father, I ask you to give all in this room that Faith -- a Faith that many of us have never had.  Open our minds to receive it, in the name of Jesus, and bless this Bread to that purpose, as we partake of it, in Jesus' name, Amen.


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