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He Began to Wash Their Feet

March 11, 2018

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He Began to Wash Their Feet

People often think of love  as a “Gimme, gimme, gimme”  thing.     Everybody wants  to be loved.     But,  there aren’t so many  that feel they need  to expend real love.     After all,  love is shown  in actions  and we get tired — and sometimes are just lazy.     Love requires care,  time,  effort,  a constant awareness of needs,  and a constant desire  to fulfill needs.     It’s a giving up  of self  for service  to others.

Jesus has loved us  in that way,  with a depth  beyond words  to describe.    He feels our sadness;  He knows our longings;  He cares for our needs;  He forgives  our wayward sins.    It’s amazing  how Jesus Christ is King of kings,  Lord of lords,  and God of gods,  and yet so willing  to serve us constantly  as a servant would.

We are served  by the LORD God Almighty  as He patiently forgives  all our sins  day after day  after day.     Jesus will listen  to our confessions  and tenderly let us know  that we are forgiven  because His suffering and death  has paid  for those sins,  too.     As we are despondent  over our sins,  He puts our hearts  at peace  with His cleansing power.

Jesus’ love is so patient  with us.     Year after year,  day after day,  minute after minute,  as we stumble around  in our sins,  He faithfully stays nearby  to forgive and encourage us  to get up  and try again  in the love that holds us up.     In our sadness,  He reminds us that,  yes,  we have messed up again,  but, we are His dear child.     His love for us  has not diminished.

We can be appreciative  of how Jesus has forgiven us  and paid  for our sins  on the cross.     It seems  like a one time effort.     But,  there is more.     Jesus’ love puts up  with our constant,  drip,  drip,  dripping  of sin,  after sin,  after sin.    His patience  with us  is so enduring — it certainly is only possible  because He is divine.

Even though Jesus is God of gods,  the one and only Almighty Lord,  at the Passover  before He died,  He served His disciples  by washing their feet.    He had to kneel before them  to complete that job  —  the God of gods kneeling  before His creation.     John 13:4-11 records,

He rose  from supper,  and laid aside His garments;  and taking a towel,  girded Himself about.     Then He poured water  into the basin,  and began to wash  the disciples’ feet,  and to wipe them  with the towel  with which He was girded.

And so He came  to Simon Peter.    He said  to Him,  “Lord,  do You wash my feet?”

Jesus answered  and said to him,  “What I do  you do not realize now;  but you shall understand  hereafter.”

Peter said  to Him,  “Never shall You wash  my feet!”    

Jesus answered him,  “If I do not wash you,  you have no part  with me.”

Simon Peter said  Him,  “Lord,  not my feet only,  but also my hands  and my head.”

Jesus said to him,  “He who has bathed  needs only  to wash his feet,  but is completely clean;  and you are clean,  but not all of you.”

If we want to be cleansed  of all our sins,  we must let Jesus  humbly serve us.     He does that  as we confess our sins  and lay them all  before Him  —  knowing with certainty  that He will wash them all away  in His blood.     If we don’t let Jesus  wash away our sins,  we will have no part  with Him.     He will not be able  to take us in  as His own dear children.

We should not let our pride  stop Jesus  from serving us.

As we confess  with repentant hearts  and trust  in Jesus’ love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!    Thank You,  Lord,  for so humbly cleansing us  from all  our sins.     Your name is awesome!”

Love,
Margaret

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Praise is becoming  to the upright.
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They are ever praising Thee.
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So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
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Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
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Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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