Jesus Christ having come to earth had a specific task to accomplish before He returned to the Father, and having completed that task He knew His departure was “At hand”.
His report to the Father? “I have glorified you on the earth, I have finished the work you have given Me to do”. And the work in question in this scripture is “I have manifest Your name to those whom you have given me out of the world and they have kept it. They were Yours, You gave them to Me and they have kept Your Word” And “I have given them the words which You had given Me (to give to them) and they have received them and have known surely (truly without question or addendum) that Jesus came from the Father and was to return, His mission was accomplished.
For you see Christ, after the departure of Judas, no longer called them servants but friends “for a servant does not know what his Master is doing, but I tell you plainly about the father”. Then says “I have come forth from the Father and have come into the world and again I leave the world and go to the Father”. It was as if time froze and all the energy of Jesus Christ spotlighted that phrase for all eternity, for that was primary in the work the Father gave Him. And it was so much so, that He made the disciples repeat what they heard, as he does also with us. Jesus then reports to the Father “They have kept your word”. Jesus came forth from the Father and returned to the Father” And the message kept? John 16.28 I came forth from the Father into the world. Again I leave the world and go to the Father”.
If this then is central to the message the Father gave the son to give to us for it to be repeated by the disciples, then shouldn’t it be central to the teachings of Christ today? He came to sow seed in the hearts of the disciples and He knew it took root when His words came out of their mouths, otherwise He could not have said to the Father “I have given them Your word and they know truly I have come from you” who also said “You will see me no more because I go to the Father”
The epic or paramount message that was delivered was that Christ had come forth and that He was returning and no where, I mean no where in all this discourse where He speaks plainly does He ever mention anything about a second coming or another work. Yet today in Christianity for many, that is the focus. But Jesus Christ told the Father “they have kept Your word” and the disciples having repeated that, Jesus said to them “Do you now believe?” as if to punctuate for us this important truth, then to further state to the Father “I have given them Your word and they have kept it” is a double stamp for us too. This is what He wants us to keep as well. And if Jesus did not finish the work the Father gave Him, He would have to come back a second time and none of what He said is true or reliable. His work in fact would not be finished.
You see it was the prophets who spoke of a coming one of which words Jesus accomplished the word saying “all the law and the prophets were until John the baptist, now being fulfilled in Christ, Him having accomplished and finished the work saying “now the Kingdom is preached and all are pressing their way in” as if to indicate a stampede but today? They are waiting for a kingdom and they call it a second coming. What a disgrace. No stampede into the Kingdom, the doors are closed. A sign on the door “We are closed for remodeling and will re-open at the grand second coming. Bring your lawn chairs, popcorn, and palm branches for the coronation of the king who is coming later. Hosanna blessed will he be on that day. With this mindset “The Kingdom of God at hand” has no relevance for it in fact would be not “at hand” but some time in the future and we would all be left in our sins, but that’s not the case. That’s not the gospel.
John the baptist specifically sent and asked Christ “Are you the coming one or do we seek another?” Jesus did not send word to John of a second coming, No problem I’ll get you on the rebound. Or; Go tell John I will come back in another couple thousand years? This is not found once in scripture, neither is “the second coming”. But rather “go tell John what you see and hear”. Does this offend you?
Jesus could not say of these people, the second coming seekers “Father they have kept your word” those who keep My Word the Father will love and We will come to them”. This can not be said to the second coming seekers because they believe the kingdom must come and their heart is covered over with a thick delusion. They do not believe the testimony God gave the Son, then the Son gave the disciples, then the disciples repeated it back to Christ and He delivered word to the Father. “It is finished” unless finished means something else.
In John chapter 13 Christ showed the disciples in parable form the same thing. Christ stood up and took off his garments then He put on a clean towel however our righteousness is filthy rags. He proceeded to wash the feet of the disciples with the clean towel till they were all clean, except Judas of course.
We can understand from Moses the importance of clean feet with what sandals mean, because when Moses was on Sinai he was instructed to “take off thy sandals for where you stand is Holy ground”. This was the first place he came in contact with the eternal and his sandals were the insulators between the created and the eternal. And the same for the disciples, they were coming into contact with the invisible and eternal that was washing their feet and we understand in parable form that it is us that is washed by the water of the word.
We can also understand that the inversion of this concept is also true when John the Baptist stated that he was not worthy to loose the sandal straps on Christ’s feet. Once again showing sandals to be the insulator between the Eternal in the temporal. Christ then said “what I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” And hopefully you are able to understand this as well so you can advance further into His Kingdom.
So when Christ had washed their feet, He took off the towel, put His original garments back on and sat back down like in the beginning, then said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? The answer is that He showed them in parable form “for without a parable spake he not to the people”, that He took off His Heavenly attire, put on earthly attire as referred to by the towel, washed their feet to sanctify them so that He could tell the Father “I have finished the work you have given Me to do, I have those you have given Me your word and they have kept it, to return to His Eternal Glory, having finished His work in the flesh. He now instructs us to “follow Me so that where I am you may be also. He left us an example and We just showed you how to do it. You have to do it the way He did it with word, God’s word. In the beginning was the word, the word was with God, and the Word was God”. You too must become Word to follow Him like we just showed you.
We hope you know now the mission of Christ was to retrieve His elect by washing them for recieving His word and the regeneration of the spirit, to wash each other’s walk, follow Him and take their rightful seat at His own right hand. Can you see this? Can you receive this?
So those who heard and kept the word “I have come forth from the Father and come into the world, now I leave the world and go back to the Father”.
We also heard another word. “Follow Me that where I am you may be also” If you truly understand this and do this, you will know Him and there is no need for another Jesus to explain or perform anything. Salvation start to finish is summed up in this way. This is the Christ, why do you seek another?
The Kingdom of God is at hand.