Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

washing feetAfter the evening meal was done, 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 (Jesus) 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 of me.” Then, Lord “Simon Peter replied,” not just my feet but my hands and feet as well! Jesus answered ,” Those who have a bath need only to wash their feet, their whole body is clean. And you are clean, through not every one of you.”                (John 13:2-10  NIV)

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 mater, 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 13:12-17 NIV)

In Biblical times, the dusty and dirty conditions of the region necessitated the need of foot-washing. Although the disciples most likely would have been happy to wash Jesus’ feet, they could not conceive of washing each other’s feet. This was because in the society of the time, foot washing was reserved for the lowliest of the servants. Peers did not wash one another’s feet, except very rarely and as a mark of great love. Therefore when Jesus moved to wash the disciples feet, they were shocked. Through his action, Jesus taught the lesson of selfless service that was exemplified by his death on the cross.

Grace and Peace to you my friends

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NO GREATER LOVE

No greater love.pngJesus shared this parable ” There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, “Father, give me my share of the estate. “So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there he squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a serve famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. When he came to his senses, he said, ” How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants. So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him, he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servant, “Quick! Bring the best robe and out it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate.                          Luke:15:11-24

The season of lent always follow St Valentine’s Day each and every year. As we all take the time out of our busy lives to buy cards, flowers, candies, jewelry or some kind of gift to show that special someone how much we truly love them. And yet the greatest love of all is that gift that God sent to all of us: For God so loved the world that He sent his one and only begotten Son , that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ( John 3:16-17) Jesus always talk in parable to his disciples as well as all of the ones who followed him, they were all very curious to know who this man Jesus was, and what is this love he was talking about.  As we read the story of the lost son it reminds me of all of us, in spite of our short comings in our own lives, no matter what we did or what we may ever do, there is nothing that would separate us from God’s love. Even when we turn away from God because our faith has fallen away or perhaps we just don’t have the time for God in our own lives, God waits patiently for us to return to him and we realized that we truly need him in our daily lives for than what we truly are willing to admit to ourselves or anyone else.  Just like any father when we do return to our faith, to our Creator, our God, he welcome us with wide open arms, and say my child I love you, and I will never forsake you. As we are journey together during this Lenten season remember the greatest love is this: Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15:13)  Are you willing right now to lay down your life for your friends, for your family, well my friend Jesus did just that he laid his life down for all of us on the cross that our sin would never separated us from God because he LOVES you that much.

Grace and Peace to you my friends