At a wedding recently, the couple washed each others feet in a lovely symbol of unconditional love and servant hood in their new marriage. The difference between the two Greek words for wash and bathe have great significance in our walk with God. Louo, means to bathe the entire body and is done by God when we’re made right before Him…justified, once for all. Where, Nipto, means to wash part of the body, symbolizing our daily, ongoing journey of sanctification. Jesus washed the disciple’s feet to not only demonstrate humility, love , and holiness…but then He dried them with the towel tied around Him…the towel tied around God.
Jesus saw promise in him…his fellow disciples saw honesty, and entrusted him with the group’s money. So what really happened to Judas? He was the only non-Galilean among the twelve, so did that make him feel outside the group, not really belonging, not part of the inner circle? Or did he feel frustration and disappointment that Jesus wasn’t taking over the Roman Empire by force as the disciples had envisioned? What prompted Judas to abruptly change from an ardent follower to the most infamous betrayer in history? It’s difficult to say, but we all possess that same willful sin nature Judas did, and all of us could make that same treacherous choice.
Instead of being astride a fiery stallion, coming to make war…He came to Jerusalem riding a donkey, a sign of desiring peace. Instead of being surrounded by multitudes of troops, He came with a rag-tag group of twelve men, who didn’t have a clue what was happening. Yes, Jesus could have rode into Jerusalem with all the pomp and glory befitting the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but He didn’t. However, He did ride in victorious, as signified by the symbol of the palm branches… victory was already His.
What do you put your trust in? If it’s your nation’s economy…it may fall tomorrow. If it’s in other men…you’ll be sadly disappointed when they become untrustworthy and turn on you. No, there’s only one that you can put your wholehearted trust and confidence in…for God will never betray that trust – He will never fail you.
The cross Jesus was crucified on bridged the gap between God and man. The chasm was spanned once , for all , by His dying on that cross. Sin had separated us from God…but Jesus made a way when there was no way, back to Him.
Besides the eternal benefit of living a Godly life, we tend to forget all the advantages we gain mentally, physically, and emotionally. If our body isn’t bombarded with drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, we’ll live a much longer, healthier life. If we don’t become involved in risky choices and life styles, we won’t have to suffer the consequences that come along with them, and thus our emotional and mental well-being will be left intact. Living a righteous life certainly has its perks.
To paraphrase Proverbs 27:20, “The eyes of man are never satisfied.” From the moment in the Garden of Eden when Eve’s selfish desire outweighed her rational thinking, we’ve been battling our own corrupt habits and appetites. We are never content with what we have…never happy until we have more. And sadly, this cycle just repeats itself over and over again.
If our mind and will are rooted in the world’s way of thinking, we will be selfish, greedy, and full of violence. The self-centered, narcissistic spirit of the world refuses to love in the selfless, generous way Jesus taught. As it says in the book of James 4:4, ” Friendship with the world is hatred towards God.”
Thank you! Thank you for reading this devotional today…thank you if you are reading this for the very first time, or if you have been on this journey with me for the last 2 1/2 years. What started out as simple obedience and one post, has now grown to 823 posts read in 95 countries around the world. My focus and purpose has always been to lead you to the full realization of just how special you are to God. I thank the Lord for each one of you daily…we share in this fellowship together, and I will never take it lightly. You are all very special to me…whether I know you personally, or not… for we are all in the family of God. And I am confident that the Lord will accomplish His purpose in each one of us as we continue this journey together.
Why can’t we just be happy and more importantly – thankful for what we have? We are ever looking for the next best thing…the new and improved model…always wanting to add to our collection of whatever…but never content with what we have. Paul summed it up best when he wrote to the Philippians in Chapter 4, verse 11 – “For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Paul understood that contentment started from within, and no amount of money or stuff could ever give him that kind of peace or happiness.