It’s Thursday of Holy Week. How have you been this week?
- Have you managed to turn your attention, to meditate each day, on the last steps of Jesus on his way to the Cross?
- Or has your week been consumed, distracted, and filled with good, but not great, things?
- Or maybe this has been the opposite of a “holy” week for you, tainted by sin, disappointment, interpersonal conflict, shame, loneliness, frustration, or spiritual isolation?
Regardless of how your week has been, Jesus was faithful – for you. Today, on the Thursday of Holy week, Jesus, knowing what would happen with his disciples, knowing that one would betray him for money, one with curses, and the rest in fear, took a towel today and washed their feet. The Son of God washed the feet of the unfaithful, guilty, deceptive, and boastful.
The disciples struggled to accept this washing. It was culturally wrong, even shameful, for their leader, never mind the Messiah, to be washing their feet. While it was originally a shameful image, the Cross of Christ has become dear to us. Dignified. Powerful. Noble. Yet, the image of Jesus actually washing our feet. It’s too much!
Today, remember Jesus, on that special Thursday, with a towel wrapped around his waist. Standing before you. A bowl in his hands. Inviting you to sit, that he might kneel before you. See him take your feet in his hands, wash them, dry them, slip your shoes back on, then look you in the eye.
- Will you push him away?
- Will you, in spiritual pride (or self-loathing) cry out, “Wash all of me!”
- Or will you receive his love, his grace, his forgiveness, and his cleansing?
May you meet him today. May you sit down, allow him to take you in his hands, and let him wash you with his love.
Remember we have two services this Sunday: 9:15 and 11:00 AM.
Yours in Christ’s Death and Resurrection,