We Strive for Perfection We Follow Christ in the Ordinance of Humility

Jesus washing the feet of His Disciples. . .to show us how to be humble

Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 4  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.   For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.   Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.Joh 13:17  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.  John 13:13-17

“When the disciples entered the UPPER ROOM, their hearts were full of resentful feelings. Judas pressed next to Christ on the left side; John was on the right. If there was a highest place, Judas was determined to have it, and that place was thought to be next to Christ.

“Another cause of dissension had arisen. At the feast it was customary for a servant to wash the feet of the guests. . . The pitcher, the basin, and the towel were there, in readiness for the feet washing; but no servant was present, and it was the disciples’ part to perform it. . . . Jesus waited for a time to see what they would do. The He, the divine Teacher, rose from the table. Laying aside the outer garment that would have impeded His movement, He took a towel, and girded Himself. . . . “After that he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples feet.” . . . So Christ expressed HIS LOVE FOR HIS DISCIPLES.

“The celebration of these ordinances in the fulfilling of the command, “If I, then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye ought to wash one another’s feet. . . ” What a place is this for hushing controversies, for forgiving those who have done us any injury. This is the tie, if one has anything against his brother, to make it right, to settle every difficulty. Let there be mutual forgiveness. Let no strange flame be brought to the altar. Let no malice, no hatred, be cherished by those who meet round the communion table.

SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD, by Ellen White for May 30

Even though we come to church with clean feet, that basis for ending controversies between sisters and brothers, sets aside a time and place for kneeling down at the feet of someone who has offended you. It is an “act” of being a servant of God. . .

The Last Supper, seemed to be a contest for “who would be greatest” in the Kingdom of God, that was to be set up on earth. However, God will not set up a kingdom on earth, until it is restored to its pristine Creation. And to that, God has set aside a thousand years, for Satan, to rome over earth, to see and know what destruction he has caused. At that time we will be in heaven. For a thousand years will pass by very fast for us, but not for Satan, who knows his last thoughts will be the penalty for tempting and leading people into the greatest sin, of man’s inhumanity to man.

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