Washing of the Feet

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Ahh…what an amazing verse, a picture of humility, grace, forgiveness and mercy. The Lord who washed His disciples feet, such a humbling act.

A Teacher who washed His disciples feet. A Master who did the work of the lowliest servant. If there’s one person in the room who was worthy of having his feet washed it was Him. That’s humility.

He knew that Peter will deny Him, He knew that Judas will betray Him, He knew so well that the rest will abandon Him, they were not worthy of having their feet washed still The Lord did it anyway. That’s grace.

He knew what these men were about to do, yet He forgave them even before they committed it. He offered mercy before they even sought it.

It is easy to wash other’s feet but extending grace and forgiving others especially those who wronged me is quite hard to do. Humbling myself to others even if I didn’t do anything wrong is not easy.

Oftentimes I think like this ” I didn’t do anything wrong, this person hurt me” neither Jesus, the one who’s worthy of being served, served others. The one who was innocent, bore my sins and died for me. He extended grace towards me, He forgave my sins and died for me. Yes I ought to do that to others.

If I then, your Lord and Teacher (Master), have washed your feet, you ought [it is your duty, you are under obligation, you owe it] to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you this as an example, so that you should do [in your turn] what I have done to you. (John 13:14, 15 AMP)

Lord, your heart is truly amazing, You’ve asked me to do the same. It may seem hard, it is actually hard. However you made it possible. May you give me the willingness to forgive and extend grace to others.

GRACE VS. MERCY

I’m currently reading “Captured by Grace” by Dr. Jeremiah David, the author gave the difference between Grace and Mercy. According to him Mercy is God withholding the punishment we rightfully deserve while Grace is God not only withholding that punishment but offering the most precious gifts instead. He gave these comparisons between grace and mercy

Mercy withholds the knife from the heart of Isaac.
Grace provides a ram in the thicket.

Mercy runs to forgive the Prodigal Son.
Grace throws a party with every extravagance.

Mercy bandages the wounds of the man beaten by the robbers.
Grace covers the cost of his full recovery.

Mercy hears the cry of the thief on the cross.
Grace promises paradise that very day.

Mercy pays the penalty for our sin at the cross.
Grace substitutes the righteousness of Christ for our wickedness.

Mercy converts Paul on the road to Damascus.
Grace calls him to be an apostle.

Mercy saves John Newton from a life of rebellion and sin.
Grace makes him a pastor and author of a timeless hymn.

Mercy closes the door to hell.
Grace opens the door to heaven.

Mercy withholds what we have earned.
Grace provides blessings we have not earned.

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In case you still have a hard time understanding, what grace means. Just look unto Jesus, He is the true and clear picture of grace. John 1:17 says, for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Jesus is full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Someone defined grace in four letters, GRACE means J-E-S-U-S. Everytime i think about His grace, I can’t help but to bow and worship Him. Everytime I think about His grace, I can’t help but to wonder, who am I that He is mindful of me. Everytime I think about His grace, I realize that I am nothing, nothing and nothing but because of JESUS, I have everything, that is grace. Grace for me is enjoying something I don’t earn or deserve.

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