the washing of disciples' feet

Go the Second Mile

You’ve probably felt like a doormat at times. I have too. Worn out, overlooked, stepped on, stepped over, left outside, dirtied, and eventually discarded. I’ve felt it in friendships and in family and in my own home. I’ve felt it in conversations and invitations and misinterpretations. I’ve felt it in my own heart and had it confirmed by others when they didn’t know I could hear.


My temptation is to stand straighter, hold my head higher, and if I’m honest, to sometimes do it right back. Forget to invite. Overlook. Walk past. Not consider. I want to give like in return for like, an eye for an eye, as Jesus said was the norm in Matthew 5:38. This is a human reaction to a human condition; we’re all trading eyes without ever really seeing anything at all. But Jesus wanted to show us another way:


“If anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to the one who asks you, and don’t turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you” (Matthew 5:39-42).


In other words, don’t trade eyes for eyes, giving like for like; instead, take the exchange out entirely: Give and turn, then let go. Jesus is essentially telling us to turn our palms up, shoulder the weight we’re not meant to carry, and walk on, going with them for an extra mile. We ought to out-give, out-do, out-serve, and in doing so, bring honor and glory to Him.


We’ve all felt like the doormat, felt the rub of dirty feet across our backs, a by-way for others to step over in their entrance to the feast. But then I think of sweet Jesus, lifting the feet of the disciples—dirty, sore, broken, smelly feet—and washing them with His own hands. The Savior of the world holding the feet of users and walkers and blind men who thought they could see, and washing them, making them clean.


We are not the Savior. We cannot make clean what is unclean, but we can turn our cheeks, anticipating the sting of a broken person’s hand. We can anticipate the swindler, coming to take us for all we’re worth, and give them everything, saying our worth is wrapped up in Christ and not what we own. We can walk not one mile, but two, knowing it takes longer than a mile to long-suffer with someone, finding in the second mile that we are no longer enemies, but friends. And we can give instead of withhold, forgive instead of demanding repayment.


I know the world may see us as doormats still—used, reused, walked over, and forgotten. But with our eyes fixed on Jesus, rather than on judging others, we will see something far better and more glorious than revenge: Christ, who became nothing, obedient to death, even death on a cross, so that we might walk miles and miles and miles with Him, both in this life and in the next. Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:38-42, Exodus 21:23-25, Exodus 22:26-27, Romans 13:1-4, 1 Peter 2:21-23

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The White Wash of 16th Century History

I have a ways to go because there is so much, but this is a start; so feel free to check back on this thread periodically. 

Christ (Yahawashi) before and after in interior of Monastery located in Romania.

John 10:27-30 (KJVA)  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.

Wisdom of Solomon 3:1 (KJVA) But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them.

King James I of England, who authorized the translation of the now famous King James Bible, was considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, monarchs that England has ever seen. 

They said fock it, deny any proof of anyone else standing there, and give him straight hair. We only need to prove there is a Mary and a Christ.

The “Ascension of Our Lord,” Russian icon from the Malo-Kirillov Monastery.

Theophanes the Greek: Transfiguration of the The Most High in 1403

The Resurrection of Lazarus

Image of the Messiah found all over Europe.

Apostles Peter and Paul

The Messiah washing the Disciples feet.

Yahawashi (The Messiah) on the throne. Greece, 18th century.

The Last Judgement

They just took the entire section out of Yahawashi being laid to rest.

Before: Descent from the Cross State Russian Museum. (HIDDEN)

After Photo: Descent from the Cross Lord Jesus Christ 2007. Tallinn. Estonia. Diana Arkhipov (LIE)

Entombment (XIX TH C.) Kostroma State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve

The Real Council of Nicea

Read more here: http://afro-centricqueen.tumblr.com/post/131583727567/the-real-council-of-nicea

natbtful  asked:

Your religious book :"bible" is full of bigotry, misogyny, patriarchy, megalomaniac god, false accounts, miracles (ignorance of science), delusions and so much more. Kids shouldn't learn all this myths unless they are taught as myth not truth. Quit poisoning the world with your religion. Thank you 😊

Hmmm…

  • Bigotry

Matthew 9: 10-13 While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

  • Patriarchy

Ephesians 5: 25-30 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So [also] husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.  

  • Misogyny

Luke 1: 26-28 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 

  • megalomaniac God

John 13: 3-5 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. 

  • false accounts, miracles (ignorance of sciences), delusions…

I think the strongest evidence for Jesus’ resurrection is the fact that the first witnesses of the empty tomb are women. In first-century Judaism, the opinion of a woman did not weigh as much as a man. If the writers of the resurrection accounts forged the event, they wouldn’t have made the first witnesses as women. But reporters of the events would only write down the events as they happened. 

  • Quit poisoning the world with your religion. 

Matthew 28: 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit

  • Thank you :)

You’re welcome!

I can’t believe someone on Twitter compared Hillary Clinton to Jesus Christ. A poor Man of Color who taught the principles of love, selflessness, and showing compassion and mercy to your enemies. A man who flipped tables in the Temple when people started taking advantage of the space and his people to make money. A man who showed humility and washed the feet of his disciples. Who hung out with and believed in criminals.

“The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look only for big things to do. ‘Jesus took a towel… and began to wash the disciples’ feet.’ There are times when there is no illumination and no thrill, but just the daily round, the common task. Routine is God’s way of saving us between our times of inspiration. Do not expect God always to give you His thrilling minutes, but learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God.” (Oswald Chambers)

One of the biggest mistakes we can make as Christians, as HUMANS, is thinking that in order to be important, to do good, to make change, we must do big things. We must be famous. We must have millions. We must have thousands of followers. But that’s not true. Look at the example of Jesus. He did things like washing His disciples’ feet. Why? Because that significantly impacted them. Or just look at the size of his ministry. For three years He ministered, having hundreds, thousands, follow Him and come and hear Him speak and watch Him perform miracles. But by the end of His life, He had twelve disciples to show for it all. One of them betrayed Him, so He technically had eleven. The Son of God came, and put all His effort into ELEVEN people.

But those eleven people ended up changing the world.

You don’t know the effects of the actions you take part in. You don’t know the ways your choices and your decisions will influence others. Each day, we’re influencing and changing the world around us. We’re defining culture and norms and what it means to live in relationship with others. But are we making change for the better? Or are we ignoring the importance of the small things, waiting only for “big ways” we can do ministry? Take advantage of each moment, friends. There is significant importance in surrendering each and every habit, behaviour, word, and action that we do.

P.S. “My Utmost For His Highest” is brilliant. My parents just got it for me, and Oswald Chambers is a very wise man. Highly recommend the book.

The example of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet teaches us that no matter what we ought to have the heart and mindset to treat each other as equals in Christ, not as our servants.

“The Last Supper” by N. Ge (1863)

Great Thursday  (Holy Thursday, Pure Thursday, Great Thursday) - in Christianity Thursday of Holy Week (Great Sunday), in which the Last Supper is celebrated, where Jesus Christ established the sacrament of the Eucharist and performed the washing of the feet of the disciples.

“Тайная вечеря” Н.Ге (1863)

Вели́кий четве́рг  (Страстной четверг, Чистый четверг, Великий четверток) — в христианстве четверг Страстной недели (Великой седмицы), в который вспоминаются Тайная вечеря, на которой Иисус Христос установил таинство Евхаристии и совершил омовение ног учеников.

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.

Daily Bible Verse; August 13, 2017

Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.  So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?”  Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” Peter said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”  Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.”

(John 13:5-11)

I was thinking about women as pastors today.

I’d heard the explanation before that it’s not that women aren’t capable of leading, it’s just that men and women have been given different jobs. That men are supposed to step up and take that responsibility. But part of me couldn’t rationalize that in my head–why the difference? Why shouldn’t women be leaders unless it was implied that we were somehow lesser, unable to do it? Then it hit me–I was looking at leadership all wrong. I was looking at it from a worldly perspective, at the example of kings–the highest in the land, the richest, wearing the finest clothes, even those considered good kings and loved by their people were called “Your Majesty.” Or CEOs–receiving the biggest paycheck, demanding respect from their employees but not necessarily having to give it in return. But that’s not at all what leadership is supposed to be.

Leadership is a burden.

It’s Jesus washing His disciples’ feet–a gross, demeaning job. The Bible promises harsher judgement for those who lead (James 3 verse 1: “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgement.”). It’s one thing to do something wrong, it’s quite another to lead someone else down the wrong path. It’s not that women aren’t able to be pastors, it’s that we’re not supposed to have to take that burden.

Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to “love one another,” because “by this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).
As a believer in Christ, your Heavenly Father says to you, “Be nice to your neighbour…” Our human tendency shouts, “No! I don’t want to! He isn’t treating me right. It isn’t fair that I have to be kind to him when he is being mean to me.” Still your Heavenly Father says, “Be kind to one another.” In fact, He goes a step further to say, “Love one another as I have loved you.” And when you ask, “Why?” He replies, “So others will see that you follow Me.”
God-kind of love expects nothing in return. That was what Jesus showed to His disciples when He “poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet” That is the kind of love He displayed when He went to the cross for us.
The love of Christ in the lives of believers is what sets them apart from the world.
Today, look for someone to whom you can show such unselfish love.

tinker805tailor  asked:

Jesus was a pisces with capicorn rising

jesus, a symbol of divine oneness and grace, could the symbol of the pisces age be bound by any personality traits, material zodiac containing qualities? somebody of such reverence would have been beyond any personality or archetypal traits ascribed to man, he was already ascended. Alice Bailey and Jung are all up in this stuff. in jung’s book In his bookAion (1951), he argues that the ‘individuation’ of Western civilisation collectively follows this “precession of the archetypes" fish symbolism evokes Jesus because He was the symbolic pisces age, the astrological sign of the fish. Previous ages – of Taurus and Aries – produced bull and ram symbolism. every astrological age has illustrated a sacred prophet, and jesus no doubt walked with the pisces feet, those that walked on water, and washed the feet of the poor,fed fish to the 12 disciples, jesus turned water into wine, and wine is the liquid of pisces/neptune and as we move into the pisces age, the worshippers await their saviour, believing he will descend from the heavens, but he jesus said, ‘just after you go into the city, a man carrying a jug of water will meet you. follow him into the house he enters’ “A man will meet you carrying an earthen pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he goes in(luke 22:10). thisis really interesting. there is so much about this. its really cool

-C.