Wednesday, July 18, 2012

love them to the end #dailysoulfood

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. 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. - John 13:1-6

Jesus washed His disciples feet. Those nasty, dirty, stanky feet. Even the feet of the person who was about to betray Him. It baffles me to think that God, in human flesh, would have it in him to touch feet. I have taken massage therapy classes before...and let me tell ya...some people's feet nowadays are still nasty...with different kinds of crud and stuff on it....imagine how it was 2000 years ago - Jesus' homies were walking without socks and shoes, walking on dirt and dung. guh-ross!

Jesus took on the state of a servant and washed their feet anyway. even if He knew how dirty those feet were. even if He knew that one pair of those feet would be the ones that would run away and betray Him only moments after. He still washed them. 

i often ask myself...why??? why would God do that....!??!!?!?!?

1. Jesus knew Who He WasJesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything. Jesus had no insecurity of who and whose He was...that's why He could serve the way He did. often times, we try to put ourselves in positions that aren't "below us"....but Jesus took the position of a slave...a humble servant and clean dirt and dung off of the disciples feet...why?!?! because He was secure that He was a King and knew His serving in lowly places and serving people who didnt like Him didn't make Him insecure. 

2. Jesus loved. John 13 says that Jesus wanted to love them right to the end. His love for His disciples was so unconditional that it didn't matter where they have been or what they were about to do...He still served them and loved them anyway. He still cleaned them. He still gave of Himself to them. even to the people who He knew was going to betray Him. 

the disciple's response (and now our response) was to allow Jesus to wash the dirty off of we can help others in the process to help serve and lead others the One who removes all filth in us.

help people. serve people. love people to the end. yes, even those people who have betrayed you.

because Jesus did the same for us, our heart should only be overflowing to do the same to others.