Thursday, April 1, 2010

love to the end.

holy week reflection: maundy thursday

Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that the time had come to leave this world to go to the Father. Having loved his dear companions, he continued to love them right to the end. It was suppertime. The Devil by now had Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, firmly in his grip, all set for the betrayal.

Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron.

Then he said, "Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as 'Teacher' and 'Master,' and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other's feet. I've laid down a pattern for you. What I've done, you do. I'm only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn't give orders to the employer. If you understand what I'm telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life. [john 13 msg]

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a few things that stood out to me as i was reading this passage.

1. Jesus KNEW that judas was about to betray Him. He knew that Satan had entered Judas. and yet Jesus still chose to wash Judas' dirty, crusty, ugly feet. He was serving His betrayer. this just goes to show the capacity of Jesus' heart to love even the greatest sinner. (see this is love in action...coz cleaning feet is gross...i know coz i studied massage therapy for a little bit... and i never liked touching/massaging people's feet)

2. Jesus KNEW who He was. He knew His authority. He knew who He belonged to. that's why He was able to give of Himself that way. it didn't matter that He was doing one of the nastiest things to do at that time, His love was greater than the "position" He was actually entitled to. Whether He was preaching to the crowds, or performing miracles or washing feet, He did it all because HE LOVED. such a humble leader.

3. Jesus did this to show us and remind us: WE MUST GO AND DO THE SAME.
  • to serve even those that annoy us, that piss us off. those that get on our nerves, that boss us around, that betray us, that talk smack about us. we must get on our knees (just like Jesus did) and pray to the Father to forgive them & cleanse them (a symbol of us washing their feet in the spirit) and we must always ask the Father to cleanse our own crusty, dingy self as well. our goal must be to: LOVE - right to the end.

  • we must always know WHO and WHOSE WE ARE. always. if we lose our identity in Christ, we lose ourselves. knowing WHO and WHOSE we are will help keep us grounded. it will also remind us to humble ourselves always. whether we are preaching, leading a business meeting, teaching or doing the most mundane acts of service, we need to do it in such an excellent way that it should cause others to want to be a part of our lives, because they see what God is doing in and through us.
"If you understand what I'm telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life"

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