Monday, October 14, 2013

Washed by Jesus

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?" Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand." Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no share with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you." (John 13:3-10 ESV)

As I sat and listened to this event for what seemed like the umpteenth time, suddenly it took on a new feeling and I began to think, "This is how I view faith." Jesus calls --- for the sake of this, he wraps a towel around his waist, pours water into a basin and begins to wash the feet of the one he calls. The individual being summoned responds --- with either, "Yes, Lord, wash my feet. I love you!" or "Oh okay, if you must but really it makes no difference to me." or "Excuse me, please don't touch my feet!"

As in this recount of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, Jesus initiates things. The bible shows it time and again as each disciple is going about his own business when Jesus shows up and says, "Follow me."

When we are invited to church by a friend, Jesus is beckoning. When we are dragged to worship or bible study by a spouse, Jesus is whispering. Jesus seeks us because left to our own devices, we would not desire Him. We would just go on about our day. Look at how often (or not) we are in God's word daily, for example. Do we make time for Jesus or just squeeze Him in when it's convenient?

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." (Matthew 9:9-13 ESV)

That's us! Sinners! Every last one of us. I am so thankful to have a Lord, Savior, King, Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit, Provider, Protector who sought me out. God does not need me. He can produce followers from the rocks if He so choses. Yet, the creator became like His creation, He can empathize with us in our struggles, He suffered torture, and died for our sins so we can have a love story with Him and commune with Him at His throne of grace. Truly, that is an amazing, indescribable blessing!
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