As we prepare for the most Holy Weekend we have in our Christian Faith. I am taken aback by this amazing reminder of our Lord's love for us and His amazing example. Jesus washes His disciples’ feet, and they share one last meal together. Jesus warns Peter about the separation to come, but Peter doesn’t understand. I can't imagine how Peter must have wondered what Jesus was talking about until the next few days happened.
Please take a few minutes to listen to this song by David Crowder before continuing.
We’ve all had to wrestle with forgiveness. We can’t escape hurt feelings or being wronged, and neither could Jesus. In John 13, Jesus models forgiveness in a way that doesn’t allow us to hold grudges. He is sitting at the table with His disciples, fully aware that Judas and Peter are about to betray Him.
Jesus’ forgiveness extends beyond simply saying “I forgive you.” Forgiveness is not just something He says; it’s something He puts into action. Jesus kneels and serves them as He washes their feet, including Judas and Peter. He makes no exceptions. He offers His forgiveness to everyone, no matter what they have done or will do.
“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:15).
It’s easy read this scripture and be amazed that these men sat at the table with Jesus then turned their backs on Him. We can wonder how Jesus offers forgiveness to men like this, but falsely believe we cannot do the same to the people that have hurt us.
The game changer is realizing we are the same as the men at the table with Jesus. We are the ones who deny Him, and He washes our feet. We were far from God, denying Him with our life and deserting Him in our choices, yet He still came for us. That kind of grace cannot stop with the one who benefits from it — we must extend grace, too.
I believe now more than ever, we need to live this example. There is so much to learn from Jesus esp. in this scripture. We must ask ourselves if we have received His forgiveness in our own life and then extend forgiveness to those who have wronged us.
Our action for today is to spend time with the Lord, listen to a beautiful worship song, pray and read this scripture.. asking Him for forgiveness...
Then reach deep in your heart and see how you can extend forgiveness today...
How can you serve today within your household, your community by following the CDC guidelines?
There are many many ways..
With zoom, social media, leaving something at someone's doorstep... running an errand for someone in need.. leaving a Publix gift card for a family in need, praying...being anonymous in giving someone in need something they need.
Please share with us what you are doing... let's all do what we can with where we are through this time of love.
Now my friends.. may I please have an AMEN!