the washing of disciples' feet

Questions about God’s existence often troubled H. A. Hodges, a brilliant young professor of philosophy at Oxford University. One day as he strolled down the street, he passed by an art store. His attention was gripped by a simple picture in the window. It showed Jesus kneeling to wash His disciples’ feet.

Hodges knew the story recorded in John 13—God incarnate washing human feet. But suddenly the sheer meaning of that scene gripped the heart of this young philosopher. God—God!—humbling Himself to do that lowliest of tasks! He thought, If God is like that, then that God shall be my God! Seeing that painting was one of the circumstances that caused Hodges to surrender his life to the true God—the foot-washing God.

We Christians sometimes take God’s existence for granted. We believe what the Bible tells us about the eternal Spirit who had no beginning and whose existence will never end. But we may wonder sometimes about His character. If He allows disaster, how could He also be kind and loving?

As we read John 13 thoughtfully, we see that God is the foot-washing God. His unfathomable, sacrificial love for us should cause us to surrender to Him too.

Ragnar showing mercy to Floki, with no hesitation, because Athelstan asked him to is the ultimate proof that Ragnar’s baptism was not simply for show. Because that baptism was never about Christ or choosing one faith over another for Ragnar. It was always about choosing Athelstan. Ragnar’s love for Athelstan is tantamount to faith, it is a religion in and of itself, and when your God walks into your home in the middle of the night and washes your feet, as his disciple, the one who swore to follow him whenever he goes, you have no choice but to do as he commands.

You may reach out to touch him, and like that he will be gone, but his words will still echo in your mind for years to come. Mercy. You will show mercy because he asked you to. You will show mercy because your love for him is the purest thing in you have ever known. His presence in life was always a blessing, it only seems right he should continue to bless you from beyond the grave.

anonymous asked:

Hey! So I was recently studying the Bible with a few people in a christian group on campus and after a few occasions of them being judgmental, even after they apologized for it, I still felt more comfortable continuing my studies with other people. That was three weeks ago and now there's so much drama because I switched and every week they are talking to leaders in the club trying to get me to study with them again and its all making me feel so discouraged to even go anymore. Thoughts?

Hi!

So it sounds like they were really hurtful in their judgments but one thing God’s taught me is that Jesus didn’t judge anyone and there was a time where His disciples wanted to rain down fire on the people and Jesus was like nah you guys are off key, I’m not here to condemn people but to help them and save them. But He still took off His garments and washed their feet and told them to go and make disciples etc.

My point is that being judgmental isn’t good, but judging those who are is equally as bad. Mercy triumphs over judgment. It’s about family first, not bible knowledge. You might have disagreements and maybe really strong ones but don’t let that get in the way of walking in love and doing good and shining. We’re still one body and we have to look to Jesus, not to one another.

If you feel the Lord leading you to go back through my answer, why not go. :)
Love and blessings !

Jesus washed the dirt from the disciples’ feet with his own two hands. The next day, those same two hands were nailed to a cross to wash the sin from our souls.