Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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Wednesday March 27, 2013


John 13:9-17

9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

As we continue with our meditations today in the 13th chapter of John's Gospel, we notice that Jesus referenced Judas' heart which was hidden from all but Himself. Here there is difficulty in understanding what is meant concerning Judas and as to why he is not clean. Christ's atonement was for all: "KJV 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." Objectively Judas would be clean through the Word spoken unto him by Christ. That which Christ has done for the world on the cross is for all, but salvation is conditioned upon believing: "12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: {power: or, the right, or, privilege}
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

Now Jesus asks them if they know what He has done for them? We note that this time Peter does not offer a reply as perhaps the humility of his Master has softened his heart so that he wanted to listen. Jesus went on to tell them that they refer to Him as their Master and Lord, and so, if He has washed their feet, they also ought to wash one another's feet. He finishes his instruction to them by telling them that the hallmark of living in His kingdom is found in serving one another in humility and love.

It is not the knowledge of it only, but it is living in this reality. It means forgiving as we have been forgiven, it means looking out for the spiritual best interests of others. It means living in a state of forgiveness towards others, especially those who may not treat us kindly or even reject us.

As we draw closer to the cross and as our hearts are softened by observing and meditating on the love of Christ which He demonstrated before us in this text, may we not only know these things, but may we also "do" them in our lives. May we simply "be" who Christ has made us,

Galations 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me........

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

May we be blessed in our meditations in Him.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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