“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:17

We continue our study of the Gospel of John, picking up at verse 8 of chapter 13. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle wrote:

“No,” said Peter, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.” “Then Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and head as well.” Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For He knew who was going to betray Him, and that is why He said not every one was clean. When He had finished washing their feet, He put on His clothes and returned to His place, “Do you understand what I have done for you?” He asked them. “You call Me Teacher, and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I AM. Now that I, Your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13: 8-17.

As we have seen again, and again, Everything Jesus did had purpose. Just as everything that comes into our lives has purpose if we are walking with Him.
The Lord did not just talk about washing each other’s feet, He took off His outer wrap, and washed the feet of every Disciple. He didn’t just talk about the role a a Servant/Leader He displayed it. He knew this Team He had assembled would be performing miracles, healing the sick, and representing Him in ways that could make them think of themselves more highly than would be healthy. He wanted them to see Him perform a servant’s task, to make it clear. No one person is above another, regardless of title. Though He is Teacher, and Lord, He is servant to all as well. Though He is God Almighty, He is among us in His sweet Holy Spirit. He is serving us breathe by breathe in love, and power. He is on the Throne, but is serving us at the same time. This is the Good News. This is what we can live in, and share with everyone in our lives that will hear.

The point I believe He was making about us only needing to wash our feet if we have had a bath is about walking in this life as one with Him. When we receive Him as Lord, His Holy Spirit enters into our spirit, and we are given that bath; we are washed clean within by the power of His blood that was shed for us, and that now flows within us. His blood becomes one with ours; cleansing, and protecting, and perfecting, and healing, and attracting good. We become One with Him, and He with us. However, externally, we walk in the world, and can easily become more in the flesh, than in the spirit if we are not constantly on point. When the Lord said, “Wash your feet,” He is reminding us to look at those things that might have caused some dirt or stain externally that day. We can wash by confessing them, and be cleansed by the power of the blood within. Our whole body is clean as we do.

We may not be able to wash each other’s feet, literally, but we can wash them by praying for each other. This can be the power that a brother or a sister is in need of to help them with whatever they are dealing with, or walking through. The Lord says you will be blessed as you do. 💚

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“You do not realize what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13: 7

As we continue our study of the Gospel of John, we pick up at verse 6 of chapter 13. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle wrote:

“He came to Simon Peter, who said to Him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize what I am doing, but later you will understand.’

‘No’, said Peter, ‘You shall never wash my feet,’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.’ ‘Then, Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet, but my hands and my head as well.’ Jesus answered, ‘Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet, their whole body is clean.’ (John 13: 6-10)

Jesus, and His Disciples were celebrating the Pass Over, and were at what would later be called ‘The Last Supper’. The Lord had taken off His outer garment, and had wrapped a towel around His waist, and was washing the feet of His Disciples. When He got to Peter, He was told “No”. This could have been because Peter did not want to see Jesus as a Servant, because he saw Him as a King, we do not know. But when the Lord told him what he did, Peter said ‘Take all of me.”

Jesus explained two things. One, “You sometimes do not realize what I am doing, but later you will understand.”, and two, “When you allow Me to have all of you, you are clean, you need only to wash your feet.”

No doubt, each of us have encountered things, or have had things to happen in our lives that we did not understand, but later saw the purpose and beauty of it. One of the largest in my life is when I fell and broke my back while on a business trip. I fell backwards over the edge of my tub as I was bathing. The incidents around all of it are amazing to me to this day. But after several months, and some tough going for a while, the Lord took it from a near death experience to a life literally transformed in health, and vitality. As He said to Peter, He said to me, “You do not realize what I am doing, but later you will understand.” He taught me to trust Him when I could not understand what was going on. He taught me to believe that when I stay with Him in trust and faith, that I will come to understand there is always a purpose. Point two, we shall cover next week.

Have a wonderful week as you walk with our Lord in faith and trust, God’s Beloveds. As we trust, and walk in expectation of good, we see that He is beautiful and exciting in all that He does; that life is never boring, and His unearned Love is amazing.

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Servant Leadership. John 13: 1-5

As we continue our study of the Gospel of John, we pick up at Chapter 13, verse 1. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, John writes:

“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. (John 13: 1-5)

The Passover Festival was one of, if not the most important Festival of Celebration for the Jews. This celebrated the fact of the angel of death Passing Over the Israelite’s First Born as the Lord was dealing with the Pharaoh’s heart to let His people go. (Exodus 12:) This was to show the power of God to protect, and deliver those who look to Him in faith. The Lord instituted a new celebration from the Passover that night for those who believe in Him: the celebration that we call “The Lord’s Supper”, or “Communion”. More on that beautiful act of worship later that is ours to live life abundantly in, but before He introduced this, and many other things that He would teach that night, He modeled for them, “Servant Leadership”.

Father had put “ALL things under the authority of Jesus when He came to earth to live as a man. Jesus had come from Heaven as The Son of God. He walked on earth as The Son of Man. The incredible miracles He performed of raising people from the dead, feeding thousands with five tiny loaves of bread, and two small fish that were available, healing the blind, and diseased and the those crippled for years, the love that He showed in forgiving sins and setting people free, were about to be sealed with the greatest of them all; the power of His body and His blood, and His Love. The greatest power ever given to man was His. But He wanted to show that power that is given to each of us comes from serving. He came to serve. He came to save. So did we. As the greatest man that ever lived took the role of a servant, one that would wash another person’s feet, He showed that we never put ourselves above anyone else. Pride and Position can take charge and overshadow the message of Love. Taking the role of a Servant when necessary can put everything into perspective.

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Jesus said, “I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. John 12:47

We continue our study of the Gospel of John. Picking up at verse 47 of Chapter 12, we read the Holy Spirit inspired words of the Apostle as he records the words of Jesus:

“If anyone hears My words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects Me, and does not accept My words, the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent Me commanded Me to say all that I have spoken. I know that His command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told Me to say.” (John 12: 47-50)

As we read these words of Jesus, we immediately think of what He had said earlier. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17)

Jesus had said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears My Word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged; but has crossed over from death to life… For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son also to have life in Himself. And He has given Him authority to judge because He is the Son of Man.” (John 5:24)

Although Jesus has been given authority to judge, He has chosen not to at this time. That will come on His return. He came this time to provide the way Out of Judgment. He said, “I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” He said,”Whoever hears my Word, and believes Him who sent Me HAS eternal life NOW. For when we accept Him, we will NEVER be judged. We do not have to wait for Judgment Day to see what the Judge of our Life has to say; He has said it in the Word. (John 5:24) Jesus has personally paid the price for our every mistake, and it is in Him that we walk with Him into Heaven for eternity. The time we have left on this earth after we accept Christ, is to be given living life for Him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and bringing glory to the Father’s Love for each of us. Father sent Jesus to this world to save His children from death. Jesus said, “I came that they might have LIFE, and have it ABUNDANTLY. (John 10:10) It is His desire that none should perish, (2 Peter 3:9), and all we have to do to be saved from perishing into eternal death when we leave this world is accept Jesus Christ as Savior, and Finisher of any work that was needed for us at the Cross. (John 3:16) He sent His Best to tell us that.

If you are not sure you are now saved by Jesus, if there is any question whatsoever, simply ask Him into your life right now. There is no special formula, or prayer to pray. Just tell Him you need Him, and ask Him to come into your life as Lord and Savior, and He will take it from there. He will personally walk with you, in you, as you cross over from death to life.
That is why He came.💚

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Jesus cried out, “The one who looks at Me is seeing the One who sent Me.” John 12:45

We continue our study of the Gospel of John. Picking up at verse 44 of Chapter 12, we read the words of Jesus, penned under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by the Apostle. He wrote:

“Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in Me does not believe in Me only, but in the One who sent Me. The one who looks at Me is seeing the One who sent Me. I have come into the world as a Light so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness.” (John 12: 44-46)

Every word of Jesus is filled with power, and each word He speaks reveals who He is if we will simply listen, and believe. He has told us clearly that He is Our Messiah, Our Savior, and Redeemer. He gave His Blood and and His Body as our Substitute on the Cross to pay the price to set us free from eternal death. He is Our Propitiation, Our Healer, Our Rock on which to stand for that firm foundation in this shaky and dark world. He is The Light in the darkness to guide us on our way as we journey toward Heaven. He is Love. He is the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit in Spirit, and in Flesh. He and the Father are One, He and the Holy Spirit are One. He is One with them, they are One with Him. Great God in three persons, blessed Trinity. Just as we are created body, soul, and spirit; each part of our being to function in separate purpose, yet be as one to the eyes of man.

This is what Jesus was meaning when He said, “The one who looks at Me is seeing the One who sent Me.” God Almighty sent Him. He IS God Almighty. He wants the world to know that. He came as a Light to lead man out of darkness. He came as a man to show us His Love from all that He did as a man. He came as God to show that all power, all goodness, all love is in Him.

Let us look to Jesus as Son of Man; One with with man. One with those who believe. Let us look to Jesus as Son of God, One with God Almighty; for that is who He is. Let us look to Jesus as Light of the world; Savior of mankind, and share that truth every day in the way He so creates. The Word says, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ who is the Head over every power and authority.” We are complete in Him. Let our lives show that to the world.

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“Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” John 12: 38

“Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in Him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:
‘Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ For this reason they could not believe, because as Isaiah says elsewhere, ‘He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn – and would heal them.’ Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about Him. Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue, for they loved human praise more than praise from God.” (John 12: 37 – 43)

Though He had performed miracles of healing, provision, even raising the dead in front of them, some of the Israelites did not believe He was the Messiah, Son of Man, The true Son of God. So it is for every generation. Why is that?
Here are some truths to consider. The Lord is Sovereign. His time to reveal Himself to us, and allow us to open our minds and hearts to Him is divine. His time – His purpose. He has a purpose for that particular time, and all that is going on during particular seasons. Peace is ours when we accept that fact. Jesus said, ‘No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws them…’ (John 6:44) The Israelites were/are a chosen people. A Nation of people that was brought forth from a man and woman in a miraculous way, to be used to bring forth a visible relationship of love between man, and God Almighty, in the person of Jesus Christ. God has used that Nation to exhibit the inability of man to be good enough to have a relationship with a Holy God, but that He loves us anyway. He is still using it in this time of ‘grace’ for the Gentiles to come to know Jesus. For as Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians: ‘That through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.’ (Ephesians 3:6) Christ came through Israel. Even though as a Nation they deny Him, through Christ, our Abba Father has provided Salvation for all. Romans 11:25 tells us that includes the nation of Israel. Just as the Nation of Israel, each of us have a walk that is uniquely ours, and is a part of the plan God has for man. Let us rejoice, and be glad in that. Know that your life is filled with purpose.

Let us not judge Israel, or any person. We do not know what God is doing in that life or that Nation. We are to offer a relationship with Christ to our Brothers and Sisters as God opens the door. He opens the door when He chooses to. He has us where and when He needs us. As Paul said, “From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth and He marked our their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach our for Him and find Him, though He is not far from any one of us. For in Him we live and move have our being. We are His offspring.’ (Acts 17: 26-28) We only see what is visible. We do not see what God is doing with that person’s life either within or without, or the purpose He has for them. This we know, God is Good. He is Love. We are His offspring. He loves us unconditionally. We are His Love personified. May we represent Him well.

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“Believe in the Light…so that you may become children of Light.” John 12:36

“The crowd spoke up, ‘We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up?’ ‘Who is this Son of Man?’ Then Jesus told them, ‘You are going to have The Light just a little while longer. Walk while you have The Light before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in The Light while you have The Light so that you may become children of Light.’ When He had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid Himself from them.” (John 12: 34-36)

At another time, Jesus had declared, “I AM the Light of the World. Who ever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life. (John 8:12) Here He is telling them He would be with them just a little while longer, and then He would be gone. He told them a darkness would come after He was gone – as it did over Israel as a whole. They did not understand, but He had come to this earth as Son of Man to be the Savior of Man, and then return to Heaven. He was born in the flesh to become One with Man, and to be our Messiah. He was born to walk in flesh and blood to show Man what they could be, and what they could do in Him. He came as The Light of Life to lead Man out of darkness. He came to set us free from sin and death by giving that body of flesh and blood as the supreme and final sacrifice for Man. He said, “Believe in the Light, so that you may become children of Light. He was preparing them to be the Light when He left them.

When we accept Jesus as Lord of our life, our Messiah, our Deliverer from sin and death, we become a Child of Light. We are ‘born again’ into His likeness in our spirit. We become One with Him, we become a Point of Light. We carry on the Family Business. We become a Light-House in this world. We are His House. His presence shines through our presence.

Mankind walks in darkness, but they do not realize it. It is only when the Lord shines a light unto them that they realize they are in darkness.
Let us walk in The Light, and let the Lord use us; a child of Light, for His children, our brothers and sisters in this world. 💛💥

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“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32

We continue our study of the Gospel of John. We pick up at verse 28 of Chapter 12. The Apostle had written the prayer of Jesus to His Heavenly Father to “glorify His name” through what was about to happen. He goes on to tell what happened next. “Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ The crowd that was there and heard it said it thundered; others said an angel had spoken to Him. Jesus said, ‘This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And when I am lifted up from the earth will draw all people to myself.’ He said this to show the kind of death He was going to die.”John 12:28-33

Jesus was using all the circumstances that were happening at that time to deliver the message that He was about to die, and what the results would be from His death. He wanted the people to know that Father God was in it all. Jesus had come to drive out the one who was prince of the world at that time, and to take back the kingdom of God that was lost by Adam. The way Father God, and He, and the Holy Spirit had planned it however, was completely beyond what the people, or satan had expected. He went on to tell them that when He was lifted up – nailed to a cross and stuck into the ground for all to see – that He would draw all people to Himself. They would either believe in what was accomplished at the cross, His resurrection, and victory over death, and accept Him as Savior, or continue to live in the life they believed in. The choice is always in the hands of each individual.

The prince of this world at that time was satan. He had deceived Eve, and Adam, and had stolen all they had been put over. Including themselves. Satan is cunning, and powerful. Jesus called him a prince. He is a fallen angel that had rebelled against God because He wanted to be over all, including Father God, and Jesus, and The Holy Spirit- and still does. But Jesus is omnipotent, and omniscient, and more powerful than the enemy, and has taken back the authority. That authority comes into us as well we accept what Jesus has done, and choose to live this life in Him. This was to come, but first the plan had to be be put in place, and followed. It was almost time.

Jesus did not tell the people this truth at the time, but He has told us in the now, so that we will know that peace is ours in Him if we are going through a time of trouble or temptation. He said, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) He wants us to know that trouble may try to come, but that He is the Way to Victory because He has overcome the enemy. This is Truth. Let us never let ourselves just take what the enemy puts upon us, and be at home in this world, but rather let us make our home in Jesus, and His power. Let us remember every day what He did for us at the cross when He was lifted up in His Love for us. Let us walk in that truth. He has overcome the world. Amen. Yes, He has.

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“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil for You are with me.”

My wife is a great aunt to her sister’s three year old grandson. They could and do spend hours working with this precious little boy, and I have to tell you those two women appreciate the things that Evan teaches them…instead of the other way around. At Evan’s playschool, the children learn all kinds of little songs and exercises. Then Evan comes home and sings or performs for his family. If you have a little one in your life, you will understand all of this on a level that most people miss without having toddlers in their lives. For example, my wife loves the videos her sister sends from Arkansas, and the latest one is called “Going on a Bear Hunt.” Evan pretends to be going on a bear hunt, but along the way he has to deal with several obstacles; after all everything is not always rainbows and cartwheels in children’s lives. They have obstacles, tests, and trials too, in their daily living.

The first obstacle for this bear hunter Evan sings about is a big candy factory. The next obstacles are a peanut butter river, a jello wonk, a cave, and I believe a wheat field if I remember correctly. Each time he faces an obstacle, he says or sings “Can’t go over it, can’t go under it, can’t go around it…HAVE TO GO THROUGH IT.” This small child may have some wisdom here he can impart to us. You see, when we ourselves meet our own obstacles in life, we should not try to escape having to go through them. For afterward, we realize we would never be the same if we had refused to go through them or had tried to get through an obstacle without a willingness to face the facts and to go through whatever is required for victory in our lives. And Evan may not know this at his young age, but we know we have the Lord that will walk and sometimes even carry us through our ordeals and/or obstacles. His Word says He is with us. He never leaves us or forsakes us, no matter how it feels or seems. This is His promise; on this we can rely. In Him we shall go through whatever the enemy is trying to frighten us or take away our joy with. Victory is ours in Christ Jesus. Keep walking.

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“Father, glorify Your Name.” John 12: 28

We continue our study of the Gospel of John. Picking up at verse 27, of chapter 12, the Apostle records the words of Jesus as He writes:

“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your Name.” Then a voice came from heaven. “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to Him. Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine.” (John 12: 27-30)

Jesus had said, “Now is the time for the Son of Man to be glorified, (John 12:23) and it is time for Me to do what I have come to do.(John 12:27)” He had come to die for us as the supreme sacrifice for man. He had come to set us free from the sin and death the fall of Adam, and Eve had brought. The Word says, “For if, by the trespass of the one man death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)

Man had failed over and over in living for God, and in living in peace and love with each other. So God in His Love chose to provide the answer for us. This He did with the blood of His Only Begotten Son. Jesus knew it was time for that to happen. He knew the horror and pain that taking the sins of man upon Himself would bring, but He was willing to do it because of His love for mankind, and His love for His Father. It was “the reason” He came.

Each of us are given “a reason” for being here, and for being here at this time. Ours is to go to the Lord, to live in His Love, (His Name), and be open to what He brings into our lives that will fulfill that reason; as, and when, we do it. Let us glorify His Name. ” God is Love. (His name is Love.)Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (1 John 4:16)

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