I have typed then deleted this post several times. I hesitate to share the story I am about to tell. It is personal and intimate and it may make you feel uncomfortable.
But for the first time a portion of scripture became alive to me. I experienced what Jesus experienced. I hope I can share this story and convey it properly, in a way that honors Christ and not me. I hope by the end that you will catch a glimpse of yourself through the eyes of Jesus.
I sat down in the conference room exhausted. The time changed last night perpetuating my sleep deprived weekend. The testimonies delivered, were powerful and life altering. My mind reeled and rest was only achieved in the wee hours of the morning.
However, after a few cups of coffee, I was ready for another great day.
The praise music cued and the women of our church, joined the praises of our nation this Sunday morning. What a wonderful women’s retreat. We sang! We worshiped! We loved!
Our morning speaker brought the crowd to hysterics and left us pondering the truths the disciple, Peter spoke about in 1Peter 1:3. A living hope.
Then something very unexpected unfolded. Our speaker emphasized how important this man, Peter, was to Jesus. How Jesus demonstrated His love to him even before He went to the cross.
Jesus washed the feet of Peter and all of His disciples.
Well girls, I have never really understood the significance of this portion of scripture until today. I wondered why is was mentioned in detail.
Today I understand.
Do you see this picture? This is my best friend, Pam. She is the Women’s Ministry Director for our church. I work with her in the office.
Pam knelt below me, removed my shoe and sock, poured water over my foot, and wiped it dry. My other best friend, Jolene, held my hands, looked into my eyes and said,
“Lynn, Jesus loves you so much. He cares about your life and your husband’s eternity.”
“Lynn, I see Jesus in your eyes. You give so much love away and the Lord is well pleased.”
I looked into Jolene’s eyes. Then down at Pam. The look of tenderness and love written on her features overwhelmed me.
This single moment in time was an instant when I saw Jesus. He was there washing my feet through Pam and Jolene.
I finally understand the humility of Christ. The God of the universe stooped to wipe away the smell, the grime, and the icky part of my past and future because of love.
I also understand why Peter objected. I know what he felt as Christ approached him because I wanted to jump out of the chair and insist on washing Pam’s feet, then Jolene’s. They were much more deserving of attention.
Then I was hit full force with the reminder that Jesus washed Judas’ feet, knowing he would betray Him.
So today, I want to tell you I am only a servant. I was once a betrayer. But today I am washed pure as snow.
So now would you allow me to wash your feet?
“ I love you so much. I care about your life. Others see Jesus when they look in your eyes and look at your life. You give so much love away. Jesus is so proud of you. I love you.”
I pray you have an opportunity to experience the foot wash of Jesus. Please write me and tell me about it. Have a blessed week and know that I will pray for you this day. Be Blessed, Lynn
1-2 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.
3-6Jesus 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. When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, “Master, you wash my feet?”
7Jesus answered, “You don’t understand now what I’m doing, but it will be clear enough to you later.”
8Peter persisted, “You’re not going to wash my feet—ever!”
Jesus said, “If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I’m doing.”
9″Master!” said Peter. “Not only my feet, then. Wash my hands! Wash my head!”
10-12Jesus said, “If you’ve had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed now and you’re clean from head to toe. My concern, you understand, is holiness, not hygiene. So now you’re clean. But not every one of you.” (He knew who was betraying him. That’s why he said, “Not every one of you.”) After he had finished washing their feet, he took his robe, put it back on, and went back to his place at the table.
12-17Then 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.
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