CHRIST'S MISSION ON EARTH
First 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 a ransom for many."
Second Bible Lesson: John 3:17
"For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world
through him might be saved."
Golden Text: John 13:10-11
"Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean
every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore
said he, ye are not all clean."
Brethren, the gist of this sermon comes from the above Biblical excerpts. What did Our
Lord Jesus Christ say? He opined that anyone who is not with him is against Him, and
anybody who does not gather with him, scatters his sheep. (Matt 12:30). Christ had His
mission on earth and He did just that. We must examine ourselves to uncover our
mission on earth. As explained in the first lesson, the son of man came not to be
ministered to, but rather to minister to others. He came to give Himself as a ransom to
mankind. The second lesson has it that, Christ was not sent by the Father to judge the
world but to save the world. A woman who was caught in the act of adultery was
brought to our Lord Jesus Christ. The people told Christ what the Law of Moses said
about adultery and asked him of His opinion. In His reply, Christ asked the people that
any of them who knew that they had never committed sins should pick up a stone, and
stone the woman to death. (John 8:5-7) Christ did not give His opinion because God did
not send Him to judge or to condemn anybody. He was not sent to the world to justify
He came so that those who believe in Him should have salvation. It was not his concern
how guilty or justifiable one may be.
I do not think that there is any church organization, which knows the spirit of Christ.
Neither do they know He does not condemn nor judge any person. This is because; the
role of a judge is different from that of a Savior. In other words, Christ came to save but
not for judgment. Only God can condemn or justify somebody. There is no other person
who has the power to do this work. This explains why, when Mary Magdalene followed
Christ to Simon's house, where they were dining, she fell on Christ's feet crying and
washing His legs with her tears. Simon was annoyed with her. Having known his mind,
Jesus reacted immediately and narrated a parable to him.
Two men were indebted to a certain man. One of the debtors owed much money, the
other owed less. Which of the two debtors would be more grateful if their debts were
written off? Simon answered that the person who owed much debt was supposed to be
happier. Christ affirmed his reply. Christ asked Simon further whether he Simon had
given Him even water to wash His feet since He paid him a visit at his house. He lauded
the gesture of the woman who took care of Him and anointed His feet with costly
ointment. As such He forgave her numerous sins (Luke 7:40-47).
This is why I always say that the world does not know the Spirit with which Christ came
to the world. Besides His Spirit, the world does not know His real self. He did not come
to judge, justify or kill anybody but to save, and whoever believes in him will have
eternal life. He does not preach any other thing other than love, patience, forgiveness
and righteousness. He did not come to disgrace people as it is done in other churches,
which cancel membership of their converts at random. He did not come to cheat,
deceive, oppress or kill people, neither did he come to be worshipped or glorified. He
came to save only those who believed in Him. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and
forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
He came with the Spirit to serve but not to be served. He wants all those who are laden
and weary to follow Him. He promised to give them rest. (Matt 11:28)
I sympathize with the entire world - the Christendom, Hinduism, Moslem - among other
religions, because they do not know the Spirit of Christ. Christ said that all the people
the Father gave to him would follow Him. (John 17:8-12) He also promised not to drive
them away. Your behavior is a negation of Christ's. You judge and condemn, alleging
that they do not belong to your church. They are doomed and you do not have anything
to do with them. This is not My Teaching.
Examine your spirit; if it is not like that of Christ, you are not of Christ. If your spirit is
like that of Christ, you would not want others to serve you. And you would not judge
others. You would accept and accommodate others. Your spirit should encompass love,
patience, mercy, truth and the Spirit of salvation. Among the twelve disciples of Jesus
Christ, Judas Iscariot had a spirit of betrayal. This nature of his was known to Our Lord
Jesus Christ and He did not ostracize Judas Iscariot. He did not even disclose his
shortcomings to other disciples. This is what no man, church or cult can accommodate.
Christ preached truth, love, peace and patience; but Judas Iscariot was a negation of
this. Peter, John and other disciples reported to Christ about magnificent buildings,
which JudasIscariot was building for harlots, but Christ was not bothered. He condoned
his shortcomings. This shows that Christ was not sent to the world to judge but to save.
If He had wanted to judge any of His disciples, none of them would have been worthy.
Remember when He told His disciples that a time would come when they (disciples)
would deny Him to fulfill what was written in the scriptures? (Matt 26:31-32). Who on
earth would have tolerated a situation where the twelve disciples deserted Christ when
He was captured? But on His resurrection, He brought them back. Since He came to
save and not to judge, He asked Simon Peter whether he loved Him and Simon
affirmed it. He charged him to feed His lambs. (John 21:15-17) This demonstrated
Christ's intention to save whoever believes in Him, whether righteous or unrighteous.
All those who profess to be Christians, do they know that the Spirit, which Christ had in
the world, was Mercy? He did not have the spirit to criticize, condemn or judge.
Whoever has the Spirit of God must be kind and helpful.
Recall the reply, which Christ gave to a certain man who approached Christ to share
their father's property between him and his brothers. He rhetorically asked the man
who made Him a judge and a sharer for them. (Luke 12:14) He also warned the disciples
against covetousness. Christ came as a peacemaker and a Savior of mankind. When you
indulge in judging and sharing property among family members, I wonder whether this
is the Spirit of God.
Most of the time you judge or settle people's cases, you end up making them more
quarrelsome and more aggrieved. The judgment you deliver to people is through the
spirit of the world. It has no connection and likeness of Christ's Spirit.The name "Jesus,"
means Savior. And the world is saved through that Name. The fact that His
preoccupation was to come and save the world, informs us why He did not come to be
administered to. The Spirit was not to kill, neither was it to condemn, justify or scatter
brothers about, but to salvage the lost sheep and bring them together in one fold.
The Herodias and the Pharisees went to Christ in order to find faults in His teachings.
They asked Him whether it was lawful to pay tribute to Caesar or not. Having known
their hypocrisy, Christ asked for their coin and showed it to them and demanded to
know whose portrait was inscribed on it. When they said it was Caesar's, He advised
them to give to Caesar what belonged to him, and render what is God's to God. See
excerpt below. "And Jesus answering said unto them, render to Caesar the things that
are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marveled at him." (Mark
In another incident, one of His disciples, John, reported that he scolded someone who
was not amongst the disciples for using His (Christ's) name to heal or do miracles.
Rhetorically, Christ replied that as long as someone is not against them, he was for
them. (Mark 9:40).
Our Lord Jesus Christ came to bring salvation to those in the bondage of sins and to set
mankind free. And to unite mankind once again with God. The acts of gossiping,
backbiting, quarreling, fighting, and imputing sins are the works of the flesh. When the
disciples of Jesus ate without washing their hands, the Jews found fault and accused
them of deviating from the traditions and values of their elders. Christ replied them by
saying that what goes into a man does not defile him, rather what comes out of a man
can defile a man. See confirmation below:
"There is nothing from without a man that entering into him can defile him: but the
things which come out of him those are they that defile the man." (Mark 7:15).
Jesus had told His disciples that any plant, which was not planted by His heavenly
Father, would be uprooted. (Matt 15:13).
And enjoined His disciples to leave the Jews and Pharisees to their ways because; they
were a group of blind people who led the blind. One can imagine what would happen in
a situation where blind men are led by a blind man.
Zaccheus was a rich republican. One day, He sought to see Jesus but could not see
above the crowd. He did not have access to Him because of his stature. To achieve this
effect he decided to climb a tree in order to see him, since Christ was to pass that way.
Our Lord Jesus Christ saw Zaccheus and asked him to come down from the tree; and
that He was going to be his guest that day. Many people raised their eyebrows because
Christ went to the sinner's house. Jesus said to him that:” This day has salvation come
to this house... for the son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke
19:9-10) Jesus came to save "the lost sheep of the house of Israel." And that is why you
cannot find a portrait of Christ in any rich man's house.
Any one who possesses the Spirit of God does not criticize or reject anybody. If
someone is poor, do not attribute his poverty to his sinful acts. Richness does not come
as a result of someone's good work. Someone is rich because of one ignoble act or the
other. Our Lord came to show us the righteous way. He never chastised nor despised
man. He used a simple and direct way to make people see the truth. Simplicity,
patience, tolerance and kindness are Christ's virtues.
First Bible Lesson: Matthew 20:21
"Even as the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his
life a ransom for many."
The Spirit Of Christ
The spirit of God is righteousness; and Christ stood for this. He teaches us to be
righteous at all times. The scripture enjoins you to give whatever you have gratis
because you receive it freely. You have to go and heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse
the lepers and cast out devils free of charge. (Matt 10:8). Do not work with the aim of
receiving gratification, because, this will be a negation of Christ's teaching. Who
amongst the disciples did Our Lord Jesus proclaim to be the best? Who amongst the
disciples did Christ tag as the most wicked? Which of the churches or persons did Christ
condemn? He never did this.
When Levi held a banquet in Jesus' honor, the people (Scribes and Pharisees) found
fault with him for dinning with the sinners and publicans. But when Jesus heard it, he
told them that a healthy person does not need a physician; but those who are sick look
for physicians. (Luke 5:27-32)
Those Brotherhood members who are fond of cheating others do not have the spirit of
God. Christ came to save mankind, to heal their sickness, to feed the poor, to clothe the
naked. He did not need any reward or praise from anyone. He came for all and
embraced same. But you only select a few persons you relate to, and you only help
those who are close to you. What is more, you are fond of backbiting, gossiping and
imputing sins on those that have offended you. These practices are not in line with the
spirit of Christ.
Many preachers today are after money. Some members are deprived of the Holy
Communion on the grounds of owing some dues in the church. Even when a person is
sick and is not physically strong to attend church services, the person's dues are
recorded and accumulated for him/her. In case of his/her death, the church will not toll
any bell for the person, and the members will not attend the funeral ceremony of such a
fellow member. And the bereaved family would be ordered to settle the debts.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). And anywhere He
went, He was doing good to people. He is a healer and a selfless worker, who accepted
to die on behalf of his friends so that they might have life. Our Lord Jesus Christ
embraces everybody and welcomes all. No matter how the person came to Him. He is
the Father of all, a friend to all, and, of course, merciful to everyone.
Our Lord's aim of coming to the world was to save mankind. Know that anything you
are given by God is for you to use and better the lot of humanity. This is the
preoccupation of Brotherhood members. The six-story building under construction is
the handiwork of a member. You cannot see this type of a thing in other church
organizations. There, the rich and the poor are levied equally. Recently, somebody took
upon himself to develop the Father's photograph, which has cost him N20, 000.00.
There are many such philanthropic works done by members of this kingdom. Brothers
in Enugu have come to testify that the Central Cathedral, which they tried to build for
quite some time without making any meaningful impact, had reached a reasonable
stage of progress because of a helping hand by Bishop Okpala Williams.
The Scripture at Philippians 2:2-9 reveals the spirit of Christ. Do not feel that you are
better than others. Let nothing be done through vainglory. Let us with one accord serve
the Lord with our resources. Render philanthropic services to the less privileged people.
Let your duty be that of drawing men to God. You are to render free services to people.
Help the sick and the poor.
Second Bible Lesson: 3:17
"For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world but that the world
through him might be saved."
If any person possesses a spirit other than the spirit that is here, such a person must
pray fervently for himself. All those who charge for services they render do not possess
the spirit of God. Those who charge money to pray or preach to people do not possess
this spirit of God. The same is true of all those who take money for healing.
Those who impute sins on others and criticize others do not possess God's spirit. This
explains why Christ was named "Jesus" because He was to save others gratis. No
wonder why. He is a Savior. If He was coming for judgment He would not have come at
all. The Bible had already prejudged the world when it said that there was no righteous
person on earth. (Rom 3:10) He came so that He may save mankind from destruction.
The Father had wanted to destroy the world, but Jesus pleaded on our behalf.
Why is it that those who call themselves Christians go about criticizing and condemning
one another? Why do they think that a particular church is satanic and others are
Christ's? If our Lord Jesus Christ had criticized or discriminated against anybody, who
would have been saved in the universe? Whether you call him a mad person, a thief,
Beelzebub or any other derogatory name, He does not worry Himself about it. His main
concern of coming to the world was for the salvation of mankind. This is the mission of
the Son of God. The spirit that is here is that of salvation and not of judgment. Stop
imputing sins on one another, but practice love. If you catch a thief you would beat him
up instead of giving him food, money and clothes. Why must you judge people by
calling them thieves, fornicators among other names? Is that your business? This is the
spirit of the flesh, which is anti-Christ.
Despite your short visits here, you are welcome anytime, anywhere. This is so because;
the spirit here is that of salvation. Upon all your shortcomings, you are not ostracized
from the fold. If you are sent away because of your inability to practice the words of
God, where then lies your salvation? That is why our spiritual song has it that, you
should not cry for the redeemer is not on the way but right here.
This sermon must be made available to all parts of the world. I do not curse, abuse
anybody, place or thing. This is not my work, I have to save you, and salvation has
nothing to do with curses. If I turn around to curse and segregate against you, where is
the hope of mankind? If you claim to be a follower of Christ, and you do not follow His
footsteps, then you are the real anti-Christ. And to say the least, you are a stumbling
block to His works. For this reason, He asked them why they called Him, Lord, but they
could not practice His injunctions. "And why call ye me, Lord, and do not the things
which I say?" (Luke 6:46)
The Holy Spirit has not come to take money or wealth from you. He has not come to
acquire mundane things, but to save mankind at all cost. He has come to do good to
others and not otherwise. The worldly people enslave their fellow human beings for
meager sums of money. If these types of people give you a worthless money, they
make you suffer for it. They cannot give out money without interest. That is why I have
nothing to do with money, cars, houses or other forms of wealth. The Holy Spirit comes
to save you by grace. This is to glorify God and to magnify His glory. If you do not
possess such a spirit, put yourself in fervent prayer.
Those who are in the spirit connote peace, unity and oneness. They do not cheat and
are not given to anger, hatred, imputing sins on others. Such people are bent on
helping others free. If someone takes something from this class of people, and such a
thing gets lost or spoilt, they do not go to court to seek redress. That is why you are told
not to allow your right hand to know what your left hand is doing. (Matt 6:3). That is the
same reason you have been told that if you make a feast you should not invite those
who are wealthy. Rather, invite the poor, needy and the destitute, those who cannot
compensate your gesture. (Luke 14:13-14)
Christians ought not to abuse, curse, hate or oppress other human beings. A follower of
Christ is not expected to enslave other human beings. He is not to discriminate.
You are asked to seek for goodness of others (1 Corinthians 10:24). If you have the spirit
of God, you would do good to everyone without expecting any reward from them. And
with God's spirit, your sermon would always center on love, unity, peace, goodness and
oneness. You would also preach mercy and practice it.
If Christ had come to judge the world, the world would have perished. You can see that
the popular Christendom are anti-Christ. The people of the world are scattering instead
of gathering with Him. The Holy Spirit does not look for large congregations of the
righteous but gives salvation to those who are weak, to sinners and believers in God. He
has come to save those who need help and those who hope in Him. Such people are
free to go anywhere they like. That is why He said: "I have yet many things to say unto
you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when he, the spirit of truth is come he will
guide you into all truth." (John 16:12-15)
Recall the Samaritan woman, when Our Lord Jesus Christ asked her to call her husband.
She said that she was not married, but Christ told her that she was right since she had
been married to five husbands already. (John 4:17-18)
If someone is a harlot, rogue, or commits sins, but repents, such a sinner will be saved.
Christ was a Savior of souls. That is what we have come to do. He does not send anyone
away for committing sin. Rather, He wants you to repent. You are not to speak evil
against anybody or to judge anybody, but you have to save all people.
Golden Text: John 13:10-11
"Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet but is clean
every whit: and ye are clean but not all. For He knew who should betray him; therefore
said he, ye are not all clean."
God is the only rightful judge. You know that Christ Himself said that, if you marry and
later divorce to remarry, you have committed adultery. (Matt 5:32).
A woman was caught red-handed sleeping with a man, but He set the culprit free when
she was brought to Him. (John 8:4-11) He set her free in his own way because he did not
come to judge but to save. He came to forgive all those who repented of their sins. He
did not come to be a burden to people by charging people for money. He said that any
one that works to get money is not a true shepherd, but a hireling who does not care for
the sheep. (John 10:12-13) The work of God is done gratis.
It is said that anyone who judges others cannot escape judgment. If all those who claim
to be Christians walk by the instruction of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the world would be in
peace, and the glory of God would manifest greatly.
In His final prayer before the arrest He said: "I have glorified thee on earth: I have
finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father glorify thou me with
thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." (John 17:4-5)
This is His type of prayer. Prayer for mundane things comes from the flesh, which is the
spirit of lust. The same spirit causes you to curse, abuse and count sins on others. This
worldly spirit has nothing to do with righteousness.
If you want people to serve and administer to you, it means that you are not using the
spirit of God. It means you are possessed by Lucifer. He has made us to know that
anyone who wants to be the greatest shall minister unto others. That is, anyone who
wants to be a leader must become the servant. "But he that is greatest among you shall
be your servant". (Matthew 23:11)
Jesus the Christ was known physically in flesh. No person shall know Him that way
anymore except in spirit. "Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea,
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no
more." (2 Corinthians 5:16)
He is known by the Spirit, which is ruling in Brotherhood. The Spirit that plans and does
good to others, which does not impute sins on others. The son cannot do anything
except what he sees his father do. So, the Spirit in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is
the Spirit of Christ.
Those who curse or abuse Brotherhood are the very people who need salvation, which
this Kingdom brings to the world.
Those who make unwholesome comments about Brotherhood should not be sent
away. All that He instructs us to do are what He did. He loved His enemies, and did
good to those who treated Him despitefully. (Matt 5:44). These are the things He had
asked us to do also.
If he had wanted you to send away your enemies or those who plan evil against you, the
first person would have been Judas Iscariot, whose behavior fell short of Christ's
teachings. Judas himself knew that Jesus the Christ was a just person. That was why
when he saw that Christ was arrested, he went back and threw the thirty pieces of silver
on them. Of course, nobody answered him.
That was why Christ said; no love is greater than one to die for his friends. (John 15:13)
Despite our sins and recalcitrance, Christ is still pleading with us to repent and ask for
God's forgiveness. He could simply reject us for such insubordination but He loves us
the more and draws us to Himself because He came to save.
So, the life of Jesus the Christ is worthy of emulation. His spirit is that of mercy which
does not discriminate. And He does not want people to suffer. He does not want people
to minister unto Him. He is patient, tolerant and ready to serve. This is the spirit of
The objective of this kingdom is to help others as our daily activities show. When
someone laments and comes here, we simply find out his problem and solve it. We do
not demand anything from people. May God bless His Holy words. Amen
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