Love, Feet, and Holy Week - Part 2
Last week we looked at what Love, Feet and Holy Week have in common. Today I want to take another look at love, feet, and Holy Week. This time it involves looking at the proper way to love.
See during Holy Week, Jesus and his disciples celebrated the Passover. Check out John 13:1-17
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. - John 13:1-17
Last week we looked at how we love, but this week let look at this differently. As Christians we are supposed to follow in Jesus' footsteps, so let's look at How Jesus loved.
Jesus loved his disciples and in John 13:1, Jesus decided to show his disciples to what extent he loved them. He did this by washing their feet, the job of the lowest servant. Now that the Teacher and Lord, has washed his disciples feet we should also show those we love the extent of our love by serving them. Yes, love involves being humble.
Jesus could have been selfish, I mean He was God in earthly flesh, and he had followers, he could have asked someone else to fill this need he saw. But instead he filled the need, and he did so to teach us that love is not selfish and that love is in so many ways an action.
When it comes to following Jesus we need to apply this lesson to our own life. How can we do that? Well if we see a need we can strive to fill it. I should willingly help them, if I have the means and ability. I should be willing to serve them.
Quick side note: Don't agree to rewire someone's house if you don't have the knowledge. Jesus had the knowledge of how to wash feet. So only give what you can, and where you can't, maybe you can help in another way.
Also be willing to give with no expectations. When Jesus washed his disciples feet he didn't want one of them to drop everything to wash his feet. No he didn't give with an expectation. Sometimes that can be hard, but try and when you feel expectations building up pray. Ask for Jesus' help to love the way he did.
Dear Lord, I praise you for the servants in my life. Please pour your blessings on them. Help me to be a servant to those around me. Give me eyes to see, and open doors to serve. In Jesus' loving name, Amen.