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January 13, 2019

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Read John 13

 

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Scripture- John 13:3-5- Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

Observations- I stand in amazement every time I read these verses. Jesus, in this moment, is fully aware that He and the Father are one in such an intimate way that He has all power and authority. Then his very first act in response is to serve His disciples by washing their feet. Normally, a good host would make provision to have the guests feet washed before the meal, which was usually a task assigned to a slave or servant. I like to think Jesus intentionally forgot this detail as the host, so the disciples would have to figure out the foot washing issue as they gathered together in the Upper Room. they looked at one another, but took no action to serve. I picture crossed arms and grumbling. Jesus, the One with all power and authority, freely chose to be a servant and host of the meal. Jesus revealed the Father and gave us a model of discipleship by picking up a towel and washing their filthy feet.

Application- If the One who has been given all power and authority can serve, then I guess I can, too. Jesus invites us to a life of serving others, not out of a sense of obligation, duty, fear, our own need to please, or any other motive that misses the mark of God's full intention for our lives. Jesus wants us to serve others to reveal God in the lives of others. This reveals the heart of  the Father. Grab up your servant's towel and get busy simply because Jesus modeled a life of serving others. Don't worry about anyone else's servant's towel. You do what God calls you to do for His glory. What does the One with all authority over everything want you to do? How will you take up your servant's towel?

Prayer- Dear Father, thank You for modeling serving others through Your Son. Help me pick up my towel and choose to serve with joy. Let this symbol of foot washing become an icon in my heart and mind about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. What new towels do You have for me to pick up? Amen.

 

"You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross." (Philippians 2:5-8),


Pastor Jamie

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January 12, 2019

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Read John 12

 

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Scripture- John 12:42-43- Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.


Observations- If we pay attention really carefully to these verses, they are chilling and jaw dropping. There were many people who came to believe something about Jesus, but they weren't "all in" on following Him. They were still in the process of counting the cost, and for a lot of people the cost was way too high, for they weren't willing to give up perceived position and status.

Application- Read those words again: "For they loved human praise more than the praise of God." Be careful about judging these folks too harshly who believed a little something about Jesus and liked Him, but not enough to acknowledge Him publicly as a Lord and Savior, as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Let's carefully examine our own lives, and ask about ourselves: in what ways do we value human praise more than we love the praise of God?

Prayer-  (by Thomas Reade- 1500's) Blessed Savior! Oh lover of my soul, give me grace to love you. Never, oh, never let me forget what you have done for an unworthy sinner! Let me never forget your bloody sweat, your cross and passion, your known and unknown agonies, when you made your soul an offering for sin. Oh! that I had a heart to love you with a supreme affection. Come, blessed Spirit, shed abroad in my heart a Savior’s love, and that will kindle mine. Sit as a refiner’s fire, as a purifier of silver, until the dross of sin is consumed, and your holy image be reflected on my soul; yes, until I be made fit for the inheritance of the saints in light. Give me a hatred of sin; preserve me from the wiles of Satan; deliver me from the workings of pride; save me from a worldly spirit, from a carnal mind, from sensualized affections. Oh! fountain of all spiritual life, quicken my dead soul to act with energy in the cause of truth; give me a thirsting after holiness;strengthen my faith in the Redeemer’s righteousness; my reliance on his power;my confidence in his grace; my hope in his promises; my assurance in his love. Fill me with holy joy, tranquility, and peace. Take what you will of earth away, only give me your Blessed Self, and then, through grace, I shall sing in the darkest seasons; triumph in death; and shout hallelujah in glory. Amen.

 

"I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!" (Revelation 3:15-16), 

Pastor Jamie

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