Monday, March 25, 2013

What does love look like?

Jesusknowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?”  Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.”  Peter said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” John 13:3-8

I love this passage in John 13. This passage alone shows not only what it means to be a Christian, but what we need to allow to be one. Jesus washing the feet of His disciples, doing work that is considered servants and below His status, because He wanted to teach the disciples another lesson. Even knowing His time to die was near, He took time to show humility and love.

How does washing someones feet show love?

Well, you know how your feet look when you walk on a dirt path in the Summer barefoot? Imagine that, but worse. Feet so dust covered from walking everywhere in sandals that probably didn't cover the whole foot that just swirling them around in water would only make the dirt stick more to the feet instead of cleaning them. This is the type of cleaning that is not just gently wiping off the dust, but actually scrubbing off the dust to make the feet clean. I don't know about you, but I don't like to clean off dusty anything from someone. For me it is a true act of love to wash off my nephews hands, legs, and arms when he comes in the house during the warm months after playing in the dirt.

It's an act of putting someone else's need before your own not because it's your duty or job, but because you love them. That's what we are to do as Christians, that is what people should see in us-that we are willing to put ourselves aside to take care of a need of someone else...willingly. When people get curious enough, then we can tell them the core of our love for others is rooted in Jesus.

The other thing this symbolizes is how Jesus washes away our sins. for we need to be washed in Jesus to have our sins forgiven and be a part of Jesus, one of the joint heirs with Jesus.

Love: putting others needs ahead of yours. That's what Jesus did not only with washing the feet of His disciples, but with washing us free of our sin.