“Life is a long lesson in humility.”
― J.M. Barrie
The disarming thing about an example is that it cannot be denied. We can no longer deny or circumvent the validity, necessity and truth of a thing when we see it role-played in front of our eyes.
Seeing the actions of Jesus in the Gospels is possibly the most disarming thing we can do. A perfect example of what is right, good and true is laid out before us without pretence, pomp or ceremony.
Jesus was, therefore He did.
While reading the familiar passage this week in John 13, I felt profoundly moved and challenged by a fresh perspective of what occurred. I have read it many times before, but as the Holy Spirit often brings, a fresh realisation settled in my mind and spirit.
Jesus washed the disciple’s feet. Wow. Selah. The God-Man got on His hands and knees and scrubbed the feet of His creation. That alone is worth a thousand words. But that was not what apprehended me.
Jesus washed the feet of Judas. Judas.
He washed the feet of the one who had already decided to betray Him. The one who had the privilege of walking with Jesus for years, witnessing heaven invading earth. The one who experienced incalculable love, heavenly teaching, revelation and impartation, had chosen to throw it back in the Saviours face…for money.
Jesus washed the feet of Judas knowing fully what he would do. Acutely aware of the selfish, evil desires that remained in his heart and his willingness to wear a ‘devoted disciple’ mask while conspiring against Him.
And what is worse (or better, depending on which way we view this). Judas allowed Jesus to wash his feet.
My mind has rolled this event around for days now, and I can’t seem to shake the enormity of that moment in history.
The humility of Christ broke another part of me that needed to be broken. Nothing on this earth is worth holding onto, and remaining in, a state of pride. Nothing is worth placing ourselves in opposition to our Saviour who so clearly values humility. We must flee the lust of the eyes and the pride of life with a vengeance.
‘That is why scripture says: God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble…’
– James 4 v 6
‘All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another…’ – 1 Peter 5 v 5
Why is pride such an issue in our generation? Why has it been a source of contention from the beginning of time?
Maybe because we are not sure who we are or where we are going, where we came from and who we belong to?
Could it be that we have not fully grasped what we’ve been given, the authority we possess, what we have access to?
Have we missed the fullness of what we have received-grace upon grace and every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms? (John 1v 16; Ephesians 1 v 3)
‘Jesus knew that the hour had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end…. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciple’s feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him’– John 13
There is no greater example than this.
Whose example are you following?