to glorify God... one thought at a time

to glorify God... one thought at a time

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Why Celebrate?...Holy Thursday

"When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Matthew 26:26


It is Thursday, during the Passover.  Jesus and His disciples are going to share a dinner together.  The chief priests and scribes were trying to figure a way to kill Jesus so He told His disciples to see a man with a jar of water.  They were to set up the Passover meal at his house.

There are so many versions of this story and though they are similar, they are worth reading.  So let's do just that.  Read Matthew 26:26-35, Mark 14:12-26, and Luke 22:1-34, but my favorite version is John 13:1-17.

Before the dinner begins, the story is foretold.  Judas is used by Satan and before the Passover dinner, he trades the Son of God for thirty pieces of silver.  Fast forward to dinner.  They share this Passover meal in celebration and remembrance of the freedom from Egypt.  This meal is called the Seder Meal, there is a good overview on hebrews4cchristians.com that explains the feasts, timing as well as the meal and it's meaning for each item.

As they sit around the table, Jesus tells them that the time is coming that He will not be with Him.  He shares the unleavened bread with them and tells them that this is His body, which will be given up for them.  He shares the wine and tells them to remember Him pouring out His blood.  He tells them that He will not drink of it again until they drink it together in heaven.

It appears during these instructions, either the disciples weren't listening or didn't believe what Jesus was telling them.  But in all of these symbols and in all of this beauty, there is something so symbolic that convicts me every time I read it.  In John 13:1-17 it tells of what Jesus does after the dinner.  Jesus takes off His cloak and wraps a towel around His waist.  He then goes to each disciple and washes their feet.

Let me back up, back in those days, to wash someones feet was below them.  I read that it would make you the least of servants.  So here He is, God in human form.  He is aware of what is to come and how it would go down.  He even tells His disciples that one of them has sold Him out.  He is telling His disciples that He will go away and then tells them to learn how to serve from Him.

Jesus washes their feet, each and every one of them.  He washes the feet of the ones who argued over who was the best.  He washes the feet of the two who were boasting and racing  each other.  He washes the feet of the one who will question Him, not believing until he sees the holes from the nails.  He washes the feet of the one who will deny Him three times that night.  He even washes the feet of the one who sold Him out for thirty stinkin coins!

What is He telling us?  Jesus is telling us that if we are to be called His disciples, then we must humble ourselves and  serve others.  John 15:20 tells us that no servant is greater than his master.  If Jesus is our master, then we cannot expect to get away without humbling ourselves and serving.  

Whose feet are we to wash, whom doe we need to humble ourselves before?  This should be the ones that we don''t want to.  The ones who hurt us.  The ones who don't have our best interest at heart.  You see, the world tells us that we shouldn't humble ourselves before the ones who hurt us because we are a doormat.  God's word says humble anyway.  So as we go about this weekend, most likely surrounded by people that we do not choose to do daily life with, lets wrap that towel around our waist and begin to serve.