Preparing for the Crisis! [Maundy Thrusday]

A New Commandment, I give to you...

We all face crises. What is it that gets us through them? As Jesus sat at the table with His Disciples, He was looking ahead to the impending doom of His death on the Cross. He knew that it was ultimately going to be a blessing, but He also knew that His Disciples were not going to understand the whole thing. Rather than trying to beat the facts into their heads, Christ chose to demonstrate great love to them so that no matter what followed that meal (His arrest, mock trial, beating, and crucifixion) they would not loose sight of who He was and what He was going to accomplish.

He Loved Them To The End – SERMON AUDIO

John 13:1-5  Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.  2  And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him,  3  Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,  4  rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.  5  After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

I find it amazing (though I am sure that I should not) that Jesus took the time even to hang out with His Disciples on the eve of His Crucifixion, let alone that at that time He planned a lavish display of Love and Humility toward them. Maybe I can comprehend that display toward the eleven, but toward Judas? That’s right, Jesus even washed HIS feet!

John 13:15  For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. (washing their feet)

John 13:26-27  Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.  27  Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”

The key to this, for Jesus is found in John 13:1-3, Jesus knew to Whom He belonged, that He was going to be with the Father and that the trial He was about to face was the path to God’s glory.

John 13:3  Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,  4  rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.

Then He took the time to demonstrate His love to His Disciples and give them the same assurance! As you follow John 13 you ultimately end up in John 14 where the very familiar words are given to the Disciples;

John 14:1-3  “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  2  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

Knowing to Whom we belong, the magnitude of His love for us, and the fact that He providentially governs all things to bring His people to the place that He has prepared for them, to be in His presence, is the thing that allows us to wash the feet of our adversaries and love one another in humility until we get there.

Don’t focus so much on the idea of COMMANDMENT here, but on what the commandment is and how it was modeled by the Savior! Find the power to keep the commandment in the fact that Christ displayed toward us, the very love that He commanded us to have.

I encourage you to check out the audio on this one. You may even get to learn to sing if you listen til the end!  Psalm 113 and 117

He Loved Them To The End – SERMON AUDIO
In Christ!

Kevin

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One Response to Preparing for the Crisis! [Maundy Thrusday]

  1. A good sermon about the love Jesus at the time great crisis.

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