There are days I just don’t understand what Jesus is doing or saying. I like to think I do. I am pretending. I really just don’t get it. Do you?
Jesus knows that. Jesus is loving but clear to me. Jesus says “You don’t understand now what I’m doing!” I have to stand before Jesus and acknowledge that is true. Jesus, I say, you are right. I don’t understand. I want to but I just don’t get it. What’s up with this?
There is good news here. After I confess, Jesus says “It will be clear enough to you later.” Whew! There is hope for me. Jesus is going to reveal it to me. I can take a deep breath.
This is a story about love. Jesus loves me and will continue to love me to the end. No wavering on my Master Jesus’ part. Jesus is going to hang in there with me until I get it.
And … Jesus is faithful to His word. God has put Jesus in charge. Jesus is in charge of everything. Now that is stunning. I need to change my thinking about what is going on. Jesus is in charge of everything. That is something God decided to do. It is a God thang!
Jesus shows me what I am to do. Jesus does it first for me. Jesus shows me it is all about serving my brothers and sisters.
Jesus does clear it up for me. I come to understanding. I get it. I am at peace.
Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that the time had come to leave this world to go to the Father. Having loved his dear companions, he continued to love them right to the end. It was suppertime. The Devil by now had Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, firmly in his grip, all set for the betrayal.
Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron. When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, “Master, you wash my feet?”
Jesus answered, “You don’t understand now what I’m doing, but it will be clear enough to you later.”
Peter persisted, “You’re not going to wash my feet—ever!”
Jesus said, “If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I’m doing.”
“Master!” said Peter. “Not only my feet, then. Wash my hands! Wash my head!” | John 13:1-9 (The Message Bible)
Right after this Jesus drives the point home with great clarity. Jesus says (verse 16-17) “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are happy and favored by God if you put them into practice and faithfully do them.”
- I take this seriously. Jesus has assured me this is important.
- I am a slave of Jesus. I am not the Master.
- Jesus is the Master and owns me.
- This makes me happy.
- I must focus on being a slave and being faithful!