Baptized Members of the Church of God partake each year at Passover evening of the symbols of bread and wine, but they also participate in the footwashing ceremony. Why did Christ introduce the footwashing ceremony, and what does it mean for us today? How do we understand Christ’s statements in response to Peter’s initial refusal to accept Christ’s washing of his feet? And is there a relationship between the correct baptism, which only occurs once in a lifetime of a converted person, and the footwashing ceremony which is being observed annually?
Let Him Eat the Bread and Drink of the Cup!
Paul tells baptized members of God’s Church to partake of the Passover, but he also admonishes us to examine ourselves first, so that we do not eat and drink in an unworthy manner. What then are we to do?
Important World and Church News
In this special message, we are discussing relevant developments on the world scene in the light of biblical prophecy, including the migrant crisis in Europe; surprising facts about Donald Trump; Apple’s fight with the FBI; and deeply disturbing revelations regarding smart phones. We are also addressing the biblical concept of the footwashing ceremony during the annual Passover observance and explain why unbaptized persons should not participate in the same.
As We Examine Ourselves
We are approaching the time for two of God’s annual festivals: The Passover and The Days of Unleavened Bread. As with the weekly Sabbath, there is a time established for preparation of these two festivals. And we must prepare, physically and spiritually, for each of these two.
The Passover is observed in the evening of the 14th day of the first month, which according to God’s calendar is Nisan or Abib. Passover is a one day festival. The festival God refers to as The Days of Unleavened Bread is a seven day festival, which begins at sunset as the 15th day of the first month (Nisan or Abib) begins. Each of these two festivals is significant in God’s overall Plan.
God requires as a part of the spiritual preparation for Passover that we “examine ourselves.” His concern has to do with our overall attitude in taking the Passover that we not eat of it in an “unworthy” manner. The command then is that we “examine ourselves” and that we “eat” the Passover.