Let me start off tonight’s posting on grace with a couple of thoughts.
First of all, I admit that I have issues with forgiveness which I’ll explain in a minute.
Second, I have issues with feet. I am not a fan of bare feet. I don’t like touching feet or feet touching me. I can’t explain it, it’s just one of those things.
Forgiveness and feet are just two of the MANY things I have issues with.
I’m just being honest here. I know we’re supposed to forgive and I really do wrestle with situations where I should. I’m working on it and God’s not done with me yet.
Now what do these two issues have to do with grace?
In John 13:1-17 we see Jesus do the unthinkable.
He is just days away from dying on a cross for the sins of the entire world. He’s with his closest friends eating dinner. He knows them… He know what is going to happen. He is with the very men that will soon scatter. They won’t have His back. One will betray Him outright. Another will deny he even knew Him.
If these people were in my life and I knew that they were going to walk away, betray me and deny they even knew me, do you think I would want to share a meal with them? Would you?
As if the meal wasn’t enough, He goes far beyond the call of duty. He takes the role of a servant and washes their feet.
He washed the feet of friends that would bail on him. He washed the feet of the man that would betray Him. He washed the feet of the man that would completely deny knowing Him. He knew exactly how it would all happen.
These men didn’t deserve the forgiveness of the Savior. They didn’t deserve the act of humility given to them by having their feet washed by God’s Son. No… they did not deserve these things but that is what Jesus Christ gave them.
That is Grace.
When I think about this act of grace and the one which would soon follow, I am ashamed of my inability to forgive. I am saddened by my lack of grace in situations. Should I wash the feet of those I may have issues with? Could I even do it? Could I wash the feet of those I need to forgive? Is an email saying “I’m sorry” or “I forgive you” a modern-day version of that? Could a phone call be like filling that basin and kneeling before those I need to forgive? I think so but I am not sure.
This I do know… I am starting to see forgiveness much differently than I have in the past. In the past I would simply ask God to forgive my unforgiveness of others… the older I get I see that God wants me to ask forgiveness of those that I have something against. Like Jesus Christ who forgave those that betrayed Him, I need to forgive those that have done me wrong. That needs to begin this week.
Jesus was placed on the Cross for our sin. This is a critical point that cannot be missed – Have you accepted His grace? Have you accepted Him as your Savior? Maybe today is that day. Maybe this week is a week to finally accept the grace that is found at the foot of the Cross.
“…And we will never be able to wash the feet of those who have hurt us until we allow Jesus, the one we have hurt, to wash ours.” – Max Lucado
That is Grace.