Thursday, April 9, 2009

Today is Holy Thursday

Jn 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
"Master, are you going to wash my feet?"
Jesus answered and said to him,
"What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later."
Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet."
Jesus answered him,
"Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me."
Simon Peter said to him,
"Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well."
Jesus said to him,
"Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
for he is clean all over;
so you are clean, but not all."
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, "Not all of you are clean."

So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, "Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me 'teacher' and 'master,' and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another's feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do."

Jesus had already celebrated the Lord's Supper. The first first Communion. He had already ordained his disciples to offer Himself to others. He is less than 24 hours from dying. He knows it will be a terrible, horrible death. What does He do? He serves His disciples, and asks them to serve eachother, and His followers yet to come. He is still thinking of others. Will I be thinking of others less than a day before I die? Will I be thinking of others when I step away from the computer? But Jesus was always thinking of others.
Overnight He will pray, be handed over to those who will judge Him worthy of death, be stripped, whipped (scourged, actually), have a crown of thorns smacked on His head, be forced to carry His own cross, and will be nailed to that cross, where He will die. Why? Because the alternative, to Him, was more unbearable, which was for those created in His Father's own image (that's you and me) to be separated away from Him into Hell for all eternity. It was us or Him. He chose to save us.
Thank you, Jesus, for choosing to save me. Thank you for suffering and dying for me. I love you. I know. You loved me first.


Beth said...

Thanks, Helen. That put me in a better frame of mind tonight.
(Kinda grumpy.)

Wendy said...

Good post Helen!

Isn't it amazing all that Jesus went through for us?

Annie K said...

Helen, my Hungarian sister.... I owe you an email about what we conversed over the phone. It will be coming. ;) It's been a crazy week for me - but I can't write it on my blog (being a public employee and all) - but I'll catch up with you.

Easter is truly a special time and I am thankful for the sacrifice that God made so that we can be sisters in Christ. Please know how much you mean to me and how thankful I am for your friendship. You are a truly special person and God just worked it out so that you'd be a part of my life. He's cool that way.

Happy Good Friday Helen. ;) (And give Bob and your mom a big hug from me!)

Steph at The Red Clay Diaries said...

Helen, this was really beautiful. Great message, very compellingly written.

A good way to prepare for the weekend.

sherri said...

Beautiful Helen. And I can feel that you mean every word you've written here.