DAVID BAKER - WORSHIP PASTOR
Bro. Dave’s message last Sunday concerning Jesus washing His disciples’ feet brought to mind something that amazed me some years ago.
Let me set the stage – In John 13, beginning in verse 3, Jesus is having his final meal with his disciples. In the middle of their meal, Jesus gets up and begins to wash the disciples’ feet. We remember the “argument” between Jesus and Peter which results in Peter asking Jesus to wash his entire body so that he would indeed be a part of Jesus’ life and ministry. But Jesus replied that it wasn’t necessary to wash everything as it was just the feet that were dirty, but that not everyone was clean.
I’m sure that statement was over the head of everyone there as there’s no inquiry as to what He meant when He said that not all of them were clean.
In verse 21, Jesus lays this bombshell on them, “one of you is going to betray me.”
This astounded the disciples and they stared at each other, wondering if the one they were looking at was going to be the culprit. They looked around the room, trying to see in someone’s face some clue to figure out to whom it was that Jesus was referring. Finally, Peter turned to John and said, “Ask Him who He’s talking about.”
The disciples had no clue.
I found me asking myself the hard questions – Do I serve even my enemies in such a way that no one would be able to tell that they were my enemies? Do I treat the ones who don’t have my best interest at heart just as well as the ones who would literally go to the end of the world and back for me? Do I love each person with the same kind of sacrificial love knowing they would not love me in return?
Can I wash the feet of the one who is destined to betray me…and I know it?
And He does it time and time again for me – knowing full well I will let Him down over and over again.
And He does it for you.
Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Because He lives! - David