Three Important Teachings of Jesus

(JohnPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » 13:1-17, 31b-35)

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Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... », Jr.

Eagle Rock Lutheran ChurchThe Three Temptations of Jesus. Read more ... »

Los AngelesThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... », CA“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... »

April 17, 2014 (Maundy Thursday)washing-feet-Jesus

Introduction

Traditionally in the ChristianI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » ChurchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », this day is known as Maundy Thursday. The term Maundy comes from the Latin wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » mandatum (from which we get our English word “mandate”), from a verb that means “to giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... »,” “to entrust“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... »,” or “to order.” The term is usually translated “commandment,” from John’s account of this Thursday night.

In our lectionary passage, in the GospelThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » of John 13:1-17, 31b-35, we can read at leastThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » three (3) important teachings of JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » during the event of feet washing and supper.

These teachings are not new in his teachings since we already encountered them in the past teachings of Jesus, but what is observable is that he repeated here solely with his disciplesThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... ».

We knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » that once he repeated a teaching or lesson it has urgency, and it is highly important. It is also showed the intimacy of the speaker to the listeners. In the BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... », when the names of the persons are repeated it shows the expression of intimacy of the speaker to his listeners (GenesisCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » 22:11, 46:2; ExodusJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » 3:4; 1 Sam 3:10; 2 SamuelGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » 18:33; Matt 27:46).

I. Feet Washing: A Symbol of HumilityPracticing Piety in Front of People. Read more ... » and Servanthood (vv.15-17).

The Gospel of John narrated that as Jesus and his disciples were eating their final meal together before Jesus’ arrest, he washed the disciples’ feet to illustrate humility and the spiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of servanthood.

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So if I, your LordIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » and Teacher“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... », have washed your feet, you must also wash one another’s feet. I have set an example for you, so that you may do as I have done to you. Truly, I say to you with certainty, a servantGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » is not greater than his masterCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... », and a messengerThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » is not greater than the one who sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » him. If you understand these things, how blessedThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » you are if you put them into practice!”(vv.15-17).

Jesus used the practice of foot washing to show the practicality of humility. Humility is not verbal, it is practical, we must show it through our actions, through our virtues and actions daily, humility should be seen in servanthood.

Before the fight of Pacquiao with Bradley last Saturday, they were both interviewed on a TV show, and addressing to all boxers Manny said this: “Those (he) who humbleThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » himself will be exalted. Those (he) who exalt himself will be humbled.” This sounds the teaching of Jesus in MatthewA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » 23:12.

Humility is not racist thing (some people show humility only to their own color), it does not discriminate (some people show their humility only to their kind), it is not business thing (some people apply humility to their customers because they see their moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » in their pockets.)

Jesus says, “… you must also wash one another’s feet” (v.14). “You” here is not only referring to his disciples but also to all peoples. Since this kind of humility has loveThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » flavor, we should be humble with others even though there is no reciprocal humility, even they don’t show humility to us. Our humility is not to show off alone, our humility must be with love of Jesus, the Son of ManThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... ».

 II. Glorification“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... »: A CompletionThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » of the SonThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » of ManHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... »’s MissionWhat is Life?. Read more ... » (vv.31-33).

lastsupper1Jesus says,

“The Son of Man is now glorified, and GodIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » has been glorified by him. If God has been glorified by him, God himself also will glorifyPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » the Son of Man, and he will do so quickly. Little childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me, but what I told the JewsWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » I now tell you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... »’” (vv.31-33).

John WesleyNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » explains this in simple wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... »,

“Being fully entered into his glorious work of redemptionThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... ». This evidently relates to the gloryThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » which belongs to his sufferingA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » in so holy and victorious a manner.”

John Gill explains this,

“It was also glorious in the eyes of his FatherJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », because hereby his purposes were accomplished, his covenantYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » transactions brought about, his lawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » and justiceThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » were satisfied, and the salvationA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » of his people finished“It is Finished!”. Read more ... ».”

Indeed, Jesus was glorified when he completed“It is Finished!”. Read more ... » his mission from the Father—to saveA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » us from sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ». When we pursue the mission of the Son of Man here on earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... », we also glorify the Father.

III. Love One Another: A New Commandment (vv.34-35).

After they had finished the meal, as they walked into the night toward Gethsemane, Jesus taught his disciples a “new” commandment that was not really new (John 13:34-35):Love_one_another_LG

If I show you the logosThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » of Coca Cola, KFC, Jollibee and other popular products you might easily recognize them. Simply because they have popular brands, and usually they bought their patents, they registered to Security and Exchange Commission, registered to domain names and fictitious names for their products. Nobody can use their logos and brands since they are legally theirs.

We as ChristiansNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » have also a brand: LOVE. We do not pay for it, somebody got it for us—We got it through Jesus ChristCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » and the Father. The Father showed his love by giving his begotten SonThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » (John 3New Year, New Creation. Read more ... »:16), and for sacrificing Jesus’ lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... » for our salvation. Thus, love is a graceNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » to all of us. We do not ask for it, we don’t deserve it, it is indeed unmerited favorWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » from God!

This love is not for show off like our beautiful crossBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » or new shoes. Love should be seen by people through our loving actions. Jesus says:

“I am giving you a new commandment to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (vv.34-35).

Conclusion

William Gladstone, in announcing the deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » of Princess Alice to the HouseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of Commons, told a touching storyYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... ».

The little daughter of the Princess was seriously illLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » with diphtheria. The doctors told the princess not to kiss her little daughter and endanger her life by breathing the child’s breath.

princesalice1Once when the child was struggling to breathe, the motherA Poem for all Mothers. Read more ... », forgetting herself entirely, took the little one into her arms to keep her from choking to death. Rasping and struggling for her life, the child said, “Momma, kiss me!”

Without thinking of herself the mother tenderly kissed her daughter. She got diphtheria and some days thereafter she went to be forever with the Lord.

Real love forgets selfJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ». Real love knows no danger. Real love doesn’t count the cost (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

That’s the kind of love Jesus has showed us, love that we experience, it is a sacrificial love. A love that is giving oneself for the sake of others.

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