"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ~ John 14:27"

Sunday, January 30, 2011

No Servant Is Greater Than His Master

Washing fee
Today in church we had a very passionate service.  Bro. Tom read from John 13 and explained that he is there for us but he is not any better than the rest of us and how when Jesus washed His disciples feet it was a humbling experience, that a servant is no greater than his master.  Bro Tom had the Sunday School teachers come up and he washed their feet as he prayed over them, then each teacher went around the room and started to pray over us and wash our feet.  It was a very humbling experience today.  One I will never forget!  This is a very powerful experience that I think every church should do!
I love Bro Tom and I am so thankful that he did this for us.  To show us that he isn’t any better than the rest of us.  That what he asks us to do, he would do himself.  This is something that I think, and that I pray, will bring our church family that much closer.  To be a family like God intended us to be, so that we can see each other as equals, that we can humble ourselves and do this for each other. 
Here’s the passage he read from today.  I just love Jesus’ reply to Peter!  So powerful!
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.”
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
1 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.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. 5 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.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to Him, “Lord, are You going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “You shall never wash my feet.”
   Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 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.” 11 For He knew who was going to betray Him, and that was why He said not every one was clean.
12 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. 13 “You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the One who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
*Highlights and italics added by me
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