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The King’s Counsel at Memorial
 
    Jehovah, the Father of "The Prince of Peace", must and will in his due time prove that He is all-powerful and can settle the question of world domination in the interests of peace and unity of all that live. Though the mass of mankind today scorn or know not the name of Jehovah, the Father of earth’s Rightful Ruler has kept His name prominently before those who love Him and His Word. In times past he has caused marvelous things to come to pass that memorialized his name, but the demons have caused men under their influence to quickly forget and to discredit the account of such miraculous works of Jehovah God. Among his great acts performed through his mighty power to keep his name prominently before His people was that performed at the time of Israel’s first passover, in Egypt By that act of deliverance the shackles were broken and the liberated people of Israel left the slave country of Egypt and marched dry-shod through the bed of the Red sea, and set out for the Promised Land whose flow of "milk and honey" held out hope of freedom from fear of want. In Egypt and at the Red sea Almighty God Jehovah memorialized his name, not only before his covenant people Israel, but before Egypt and the world of which it was a part. Thenceforth the memory of that "strange act" of Jehovah was kept alive by the yearly celebration of the passover in the typical Theocracy of the nation of Israel.
    What is the name of that Great Father of all creatures who are the works of his hands? The prayer of his covenant people in distress, and which prayer is prophetic, gives the answer: "But now, 0 Jehovah, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy band. Be not wroth very sore, 0 Jehovah, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, look, we beseech thee, we are all thy people." (Isa. 64:8, 9, Am. Rev. Ver.) Centuries later it was the despised Nazarene, the "man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief", Jesus, who made known Jehovah God as the gracious Father. Concerning this it is written: "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." (John 1: 17, 18) Hence the Son, who perfectly reflected the heavenly Father, said: "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father." - John 14:9.
    Jesus, the Son of God, was born under the typical Theocracy in Israel, and hence was "made under the law". (Gal. 4:4) For this reason he kept the typical passover feast in commemoration of his Father Jehovah’s great name and act of deliverance. In A. D. 33, on the night of Nisan 14, Jesus kept the last typical passover of force under the old law covenant, at Jerusalem, and immediately thereafter he instituted the memorial of greater things in vindication of his Father’s name and Word. This memorial has been called "the Lord’s supper". (1 Cor. 11: 20) To his disciples there assembled with him Jesus had much to say before he finished his earthly course just a few hours thence. The twelve had walked with him for about three and a half years and had learned at his feet; and only one turned unfaithful, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. Jesus had given all of them wise counsel. He taught them how to serve Jehovah God by going from door to door and from city to city preaching "The kingdom of heaven is at hand". Throughout all his instruction lie pointed to the all-important One, whom all creatures that live must worship in spirit and truth and whom they must serve. At no time did lie direct attention to himself apart from his place in Jehovah’s purpose. Throughout his entire teaching he directed his learners to the One whose name should be memorialized throughout eternity. That One was Jehovah, his Father in heaven, who had sent him into the earth for a purpose. That purpose he accomplished faithfully. As it is written: "Thy name, O Jehovah, endureth for ever; thy memorial name, 0 Jehovah, throughout all generations." - Ps. 135: 13, A.R.V.
    Satan the Devil, the chief adversary of the Most High, tried to turn the Servant of God away from serving Jehovah. However, to that wicked one Jesus pointed out in no uncertain terms that there was one God to serve, the God of heaven, and Him alone would he as the Son of God serve. When in the mountain of temptation, after his baptism, there was no inducement that the Devil could present that succeeded in turning Jesus away from the course of action that he had consecrated to take, which course was outlined for him in the Holy Scriptures. Jesus had studied the law and the prophecies and saw therein the words of God relating to his course of action. In order that the Scriptures might be fulfilled lie did certain things throughout his ministry. At no time did he want to be displeasing to his Father in heaven, even though faithfulness brought persecution, ignominy and shame upon him from the enemy. The Devil had for centuries been defaming the name of his heavenly Father. The adversary had tried to turn all peoples away from Jehovah and his Theocratic arrangement in the earth. Then God sent his Son into the earth to bear witness to the truth. The Devil had lied continuously concerning the matters pertaining to eternal life, and the need of integrity and service toward the Most High. Now God had sent his Son among men to testify to the truth concerning these vital matters. How would this benefit humankind? Jesus himself answers: "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." - John 17: 3.
    There is no other way under heaven whereby men can be saved, none other than by following the footsteps of Christ Jesus, which means loving the Lord God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself. It was his Father’s name flint must be memorialized before men therefore, and it is through the arrangements made by the Father that men can be saved by Christ.

    The new supper

    The new supper as enjoined upon his disciples by Christ Jesus was an occasion of great importance, one never to be forgotten in all time. It was not a sad occasion then, nor should it be now. It was a time of celebrating or memorializing events of highest importance; hence an occasion to be kept in mind. It was an occasion which, when properly understood, brings real joy to one who appreciates what it means.
    The discussion that took place after Jesus instituted the memorial supper is set out at length in John’s account, chapters 13-17. Some have had the idea that after Jesus had given an explanation of the memorial emblems and the disciples had partaken thereof they all sang a song or psalm and departed from the upper room for the garden of Gethsemane. But by a comparison of the accounts given by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John it is clear that before the Lord Jesus departed with the eleven faithful disciples he talked to them for some time and explained to them many things that would be revealed much more clearly after lie had parted from them and gone to heaven. After covering various important truths relating to the Kingdom and the issue over the vindication of Jehovah’s name and their part therein, Jesus concluded with the prayer recorded in the 17th chapter of John. Read John, chapters 13-17, and observe that all the vital matters forcefully brought to the fore in that counsel of Jesus to his apostles point to his Father in heaven as the all-important One. Additionally he made plain what a disciple of his must do so as to share with him in the blessings of everlasting life.
    What Jesus said then is important now, nineteen centuries later. When he spoke to those eleven faithful apostles, the betrayer had gone out to lead his enemies to him at an isolated spot and to have him arrested and delivered over to the Gentile political powers for crucifixion. It was the time of the end therefore, for unfaithful Jerusalem and Jesus had pronounced her house or temple of religion left unto her desolate. Who, today, can successfully deny the concurring testimony of the Bible prophecies and of the world conditions that the "time of the end" is upon the world, including its chief religious organization, so-called "Christendom"? Concerning "’Christendom" at the time of the end Jesus had prophesied to his disciples: "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another." - Matt. 24: 9, 10.
    What informed person today has not heard or read of such hate and persecution as coming upon Jehovah’s witnesses in all nations, in both totalitarian countries and also democratic? Such treatment given to these footstep followers by so-called "Christian nations" Jesus declared to be done unto him. (Matt. 25: 40, 45) Since 1918 and the establishment of the "League of Nations", and more recently "the New World order", the religionists of "Christendom" have shown themselves traitorous toward Christ Jesus, in that they have preferred "Caesar" as king instead of the Son of God. Now the great act of betrayal by that "man of sin" class is at hand, especially as the proposed "new order" of international peace and security emerges after this total war, like a seven-headed beast climbing out of the pit of restraint, and the forces of organized religion climb on the back thereof and try to ride it and to use its power against Jehovah’s witnesses, who proclaim and uphold Jehovah and his Kingdom under Christ Jesus. - Rev. 17:1-14.
    Such things being well under way, it is very timely to review a few of the points made by Jesus, especially since the time for celebrating the Memorial draws near, namely, Monday, April 14, 2014, at sundown of which day Nisan 14 begins. Outstanding was Jesus’ admonition on love. He told his disciples: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." (John 13:34,35) Understanding the Scriptural meaning of "love" to be unselfish devotion, we can appreciate that it means far more than personal affection for another or a sentimental appreciation of what is beautiful and kind. Love reveals itself in a perfect expression of unselfishness. Love reveals itself in an action.
    Jesus himself had just set an example to his followers, of love and unselfish devotion; he washed the feet of his disciples, not as a ceremony, but as a service. He then went on to state: "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another, feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither lie that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." (John 13: 14-17) Here is an important point, because it relates to the great issue of one’s integrity in service toward God. Satan, you recall, has all along been trying to prove his false charge that God cannot place men on the earth who will maintain their integrity and serve the Almighty God unselfishly.
    One who really loves another is unselfish and does not expect a reward or selfish gain for his service and course of action. Look at Jesus; what had he to gain by washing the feet of his apostles when he -knew that he would die the same day at the hands of the Devil’s religious, political agents? Nothing; he, in fact, told them that they would flee away from him that night and Peter would deny him thrice. Hence his was an expression of complete unselfishness. By example he was helping his disciples to see the importance of being servants in God’s organization, waiting on one another with the water of truth to aid them to walk in the clean way of truth and righteousness. (Eph. 5: 25, 26) By love they must serve one another, not for any personal gain or profit, but because all together are devoted servants of the Lord God. He that seeks personal gain for services rendered to his brethren in the Theocratic arrangement does not have love. On the other hand, it must be because of unselfish devotion to God and the interest each one has in the other to aid, comfort and help his brother in the faith, that all men should know and notice and discern that these are the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. The aid and service to be, rendered are not merely in material things, but in the things which assist God’s consecrated people to continue faithful in God’s service and to gain eternal life.
    "By this shall all men know." (John 13: 35) That means all those associated together in the Lord’s service, both the spiritual brethren of Christ, the members of his "body", and those "other sheep" whom the Good Shepherd is now gathering into his fold and who will compose the "great multitude" of survivors of the coming battle of Armageddon. (Rev. 7:9-17) All these make observation that the followers of Christ Jesus love one another. They do not permit political differences of the nations to divide them and to cause them to slay one another as in Spain, between 1936 and 1939, when Roman Catholic slew Roman Catholic, 95 percent of the population being members of the Roman Catholic sect with headquarters at Vatican City. Quite differently the apostle John states, at 1 John 4:20,21: "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also."
    Anyone who is devoted to Jehovah God and called to his Kingdom under Christ and who follows this "new commandment" of the Master, "That ye love one another; as I have loved you," will never fail to make his own calling and election sure, while aiding his brethren to make theirs so. In such unbreakable love he will maintain his integrity toward God; he will be true and steadfast to his heavenly Father and will follow out all the commandment of God whose children he loves. He will be at all times wholly devoted to The Theocracy.