Take your stand on and in the good news of Jesus Christ crucified and raised from the dead. Take your stand on realizing you are unfit to untie and re-tie His sandals. Take your stand on Jesus washing your feet. You do not wash His.
Jesus tells Peter, “Unless I wash you, you have no part in Me.” When Peter hears this, he demands that Jesus wash “my hands and my head as well!” But Jesus says, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean.” (John 13:8,9,10)
“Do you understand,” asks Jesus, “what I have done for you?” (John 13:12)
I don’t think we do, at least not fully. I don’t think we understand the abundant life of which Jesus speaks; or the command He gives that “[we] also should wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:14) I’m not sure we even understand that “no servant is greater than his master, nor is the messenger greater than the One who sent him.” (John 13:16) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
Jesus says, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:17)
Friday, April 15, 2011 at 9:13pm