Unlike a hilarious photo of Jesus on a zoom call with the disciples (posted on Instagram and Facebook). Jesus did NOT “socially distance” Himself from the mess of our lives. The Thursday before Easter is known as Maundy Thursday. On Maundy Thursday Jesus celebrated His final passover meal with His disciples. After dinner he wrapped a garment (an apron) around his waist, got on his knees and washed their feet. At first, Peter was shocked and repulsed by Jesus’ actions. Peter declared, “No! You will never wash my feet!” But Jesus responded to Peter, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.” In essence, Jesus was saying, “Peter, you cannot clean yourself. You cannot free yourself from sin or death, only I can set you free and raise you to new life! But first you must let me enter into your mess.” Maundy Thursday is a reminder that Jesus is not afraid of the broken pieces of our lives. He loves us relentlessly. And all we have to do is turn to Him in humility and He will cleanse us from all of our sin.
Declaration of Hope
Jesus, you’re NOT afraid of my mess, you love me even in my weakness.
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end… 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him...15 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.