by John Barnett

Servants of God Stay Pure Love on Its Knees
John Barnett

The last scene in Christ's life we are going to study this weekend is when Jesus washed His disciple's feet. This may be called seeing 'Love on Its Knees". Jesus who came to serve, serves by kneeling before His troubled, proud, dirty disciples.
Often our homes have the same problem that Jesus saw among His disciples. Jesus knew that there was a competitive spirit in the hearts of His disciples. In fact, approaching the Last Supper, the disciples were disputing over which of them was the greatest (Luke 22:24-30). So at that Last Supper, Jesus gave them an unforgettable lesson in humility, and by His actions rebuked their selfishness and pride. The more you think about this scene, the more profound it becomes. It is certainly an illustration of what Paul wrote years later in Philippians 2:1--16. Peter must have recalled the event when he wrote his first epistle and urged his readers to "be clothed with humility" (1 Peter 5:5).
The best way to reach out to our family and lead them into humility and harmony is by serving them. This retreat is a time that we learn how to lead in humility.
It is remarkable how often the Gospel of John reminds us of Christ's humility even while magnifying His deity: "The Son can do nothing of Himself" (John 5:19, 30). "For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will" (John 6:38). "My doctrine is not Mine" (John 7:16). "And I seek not Mine own glory" (John 8:50). "The word which ye hear is not Mine" (John 14:24). And of course, John ends with the account of Christ's ultimate expression of humility through His death on the cross.
Even within sight of the Cross, the disciples were still arguing about who was greater than another. It was this very argument that produced the situation which made Jesus act as their servant.
The roads of Palestine were unsurfaced and uncleaned. In dry weather they were inches deep in dust and in wet they were liquid mud. The shoes ord ...

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