Thursday, April 1, 2010

Many religious figures have assumed a state of humility as they endeavored to patiently teach their followers to walk in the way in which they themselves have discovered.

Then comes Jesus. 
  • The Word of God Made Flesh
  • The Image of the Invisible God
  • The Firstborn over all creation 
  • The Radiance of God's Glory
  • The Exact Representation of God's Being
  • The Only Begotten Son of God

This is not a gentle soul with a divine spark
He is the Spark of all Creation
This is not an awakened soul 
He is the Breath of Life
This is not an enlightened soul 
He is the Light of the World

He is the "Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made..."

The One I've been describing, He is the One who stooped down at Simon Peter's feet, washing and drying them only a few hours before this same disciple denied Him.  The "I AM" who appeared to Moses, the Lord God Almighty made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.  Maybe other religious leaders have set examples of humility and service to others.  But what other lord or god has ever descended from his altar, or pedestal to serve his subjects in such a way as this?

Jesus is the link between heaven and earth; between God and people.  In this simple act of service He humanizes God's love for us, and sanctifies our love for God.  No one else could have done that.

I choose to love the God who first loved me.

I choose to serve the only God who serves!

 Mark 10:45 
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

 John 13:2-15
2The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?"
 7Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."
 8"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet."
      Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."
 9"Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!"
 10Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you." 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
 12When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. 13"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

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