Gratitude is medicine for a heart devastated by tragedy. If you can only be grateful for breath, do so. ~ Gloria ~
During my life, people have asked me, “If you had one day to live, how would you spend your last day?” I would often reply, “I honestly don’t know.”
Jesus knew. He washed feet.
Jesus. Washed. Feet. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. He washed the feet of those who had talked to him, walked with him, slept with him, ate with him, and spent their time observing flowers with him, those who served thousands by feeding them with a young boy’s lunc...
Jesus. Washed. Feet. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. He washed the feet of those who had talked to him, walked with him, slept with him, ate with him, and spent their time observing flowers with him, those who served thousands by feeding them with a young boy’s lunch. Jesus washed the feet of those who loved him and followed him. He washed the feet of the one he knew would deny him three times, as well as the one he knew would betray him before the night was over. Faithful. Denier. Betrayer. Traitor.
Jesus KNEW Judas was going to betray Him, yet Jesus served him. Jesus knew what was in Judas’ heart. He knew the betrayal was coming. Jesus knew the anguish that was coming. The beatings, the scourging, the agonizing walk to Golgotha, and the ultimate torture of the cross. Yet, even in this moment of humbling Himself, Jesus washed Judas’ feet, this man Judas who was pivotal in fulfilling the Scriptures and prophecies about the Suffering Servant.
Have you ever struggled to serve someone close to you, someone you cared for, someone you loved who had hurt you? Our flesh sometimes finds it difficult to humble ourselves, to serve others, and to put their needs before our own. Can you imagine putting a traitor’s needs in front of your own? Could you have put Judas’ needs before yours? Judas, the betrayer. Judas, the traitor.
Gloria, the one who ignored the voice of Jesus as he called me back to him for several years. Gloria, the one who turned her back on Jesus. That was me. Gloria, the sinner.
A sinner. That is what we have all been at one time or another. That is what some are even now. Be honest with yourself and with Jesus. Sinner? Denier? Backstabber? Betrayer? Traitor? I am the one who put Jesus on the cross. You are also the one. It was my sin, our sin, that put Jesus there. How many times did I reject the voice of Jesus, his call on my life? How many times did I turn from God’s grace to live, act, be, and do what I wanted for my own selfishness? Yet, Jesus served me by going to the cross.
This is not only humbling because of my sin, it is also encouraging because of how much Jesus loves me. Even though Jesus knew me and knew my sins, He loved me and he served me by going to the cross. Even though Jesus knew I would reject Him, He went to the cross willingly. He went above and beyond the act of washing my feet. Jesus washed my entire being with his blood. He did the same for you.
John 13:14 “So if I, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet as well. 15 For I gave you [this as] an example so that you should do [in turn] as I did to you.” 🕊️
I am to lay aside my own needs, my own pride, and serve others. I am to love, serve, and do for others as our Lord Jesus Christ loved and served me. 🕊️💜🕊️
If you had one day to live, how would you spend your last day?
Love, in Christ…
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