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Easter Thoughts on Love

March 24, 2008

It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1b

And how does Christ show the full extent of his love? By washing his disciples’ feet. This menial task was that of a servant’s. This he does to show us how we are to love each other. We are to serve each other as Christ demonstrated by reaching down and bathing dusty dirty feet in clean water. Just a few verses later, Christ gives the disciples–and all of us who claim to follow his road–a new command: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).

Loving others is really hard. Hate is always easier than love. Lazy self-service is easier than love. Whether it’s loving my family members, other Christians I may not see eye-to-eye with, or those who may have completely different beliefs, the commandment is the same. Although this passage is talking about loving other Christians, the commandment to love is humanity-wide (see Mark 12:28-34). And Jesus’ commandment isn’t the feel-good warm and fuzzy kind of love. It’s proven in actions of service.

Lord, give me your strength to love and show that love through humble service, as you gave in the example of washing your disciples’ feet. And may I always be reminded of your supreme act of love, by dying for me on the cross, to take away my sins and make me yours. Help me remain in your love, and in doing so, find great and complete joy.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2008 9:31 am

    Growing up in a Mennonite church it was a regular practice to have foot-washing along with communion. I appreciate the symbolism of this tradition yet realize that it doesn’t mean the same to me as it did to those in the New Testament. Their feet were certainly not soft, fresh-smelling and clean on a regular basis.

    Thanks for the reminder that Christ calls us to extend ourselves and love lavishly even when it comes at a great cost to us and our comfort.

  2. anne permalink
    March 26, 2008 9:11 am

    amen. Thanks for sharing. Jesus was selfless and gave us the ultimate gift of salvationa dn forgivemenss, and we are still so selfish.
    Thanks for the reminder to try and love and live like him.

  3. Bethany permalink
    March 26, 2008 12:10 pm

    Our sermon on Sunday was on this exact topic….hmmm I wonder if the mp3 are online…if so I will send you a link. HUGS

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