Thursday, April 2, 2015 5:24 AM

April 2, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015 5:24 AM
Thursday, April 2, 2015 5:24 AM

John 13:1-17, 31-35 

Submitted my Delura Logan 

 A Farwell Address 

As a parent, I have two sons who can always come home, just as Jesus knew that he came from God and would soon return to God.  Now, Jesus was facing the reality of death, grief, and love.  In his farewell address to the disciples, Jesus stirred-up love by assembling and interacting with his followers.  He invited them to dine with him for some quiet time and it would be his final opportunity to talk to them before leaving. 

In his last public appearance, Jesus as a humble servant, demonstrated love by washing the feet of the disciples.  This simple act showed that nothing is too lowly for a true servant. Soon, Jesus would be betrayed and face a humiliating death (unjustly tried, condemned, and crucified); Christianity was bloody. The application of Christ’s blood cleanses the believer of all sins (washing of the feet). This was a true consecration process; the hope of glory, which is our separation from sin.   

There will be times when we will feel anger or prejudice in our community, just as Judas felt when he betrayed our Lord.  Remember to walk in all God’s ways and get on HIS playing field.  You see, the disciples couldn’t follow Jesus in death and glorification because God is glorified in the death and resurrection.  As Jesus taught during “the supper of commitment” washing of the feet is a sign of service.  He provided the disciples with something incredible to work with, while at the same time coping with his death.  He engaged them through love, ensuring that the disciples would be prepared for the pressures and trials they would soon face and he created higher standards for us all to follow him in service. 

“The Great Commission” authorized intentional partnership to put our faith into action. It’s a command that we must continue teaching to faithful men and women.  As mortals we will continue to get our feet dirty but, regeneration is an essential part of the salvation package.  We all are regenerated by faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross.  Christ lives in us; now we must live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave himself for our sins. 

Dear Lord, we know that love has to be developed; help us to praise you, help us to trust you, help us to serve you, help us to share your love, help us to glorify you in every thought, work, and deed. In Jesus Name, Amen 

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