Come to the Upper Room – What Do You Feel?

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Huge love that is humility washing stinky feet. Come to the Upper Room and see Jesus. What do you feel? See? Hear? Think?

The Upper Room is ready.

The Passover Meal prepared and the disciples assembled.

When Jesus . . . Teacher, Giver of miracles, Son of God, Messiah, Restorer of Life gets up to serve.

Let’s take a closer look – Come into the Upper Room

Jesus got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel He had around him.

When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to Him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

“No,” Peter protested, “You will never ever wash my feet!”

Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”

Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”

After washing their feet, He put on His robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. John 13:4–9, 12–15

Let’s Make It Personal

What do you feel?

What do you see?

What do you smell?

What do you hear?

Who are you?

Matthew?
Nathaniel?
James or John?
Judas?
Peter?
A corner hidden observer?

Are you humbled? Are you ashamed? Are you confused or embarrassed? Are you still angry about the “who’s most important” discussion?

What do you think?

Are you willing to serve stinky feet?

Prayer:

Father, I picture myself with teachers I’ve respected and admired; and I can’t imagine one of them washing my feet. It seems awkward and embarrassing. It’s easy to relate to Peter’s word, “You will never wash my feet.”

But then I hear Jesus speak words that change everything.

The greatest lessons are learned by experience and example.

Serve as Jesus served.

Love as He loved. Love as He loves. Do as He has done.

Forgive me. I fail repeatedly. I allow self to get in the way of love and service. I’m self-protective and self-righteous.

Please help me. Open my eyes to see those who need humble compassionate service. Help me to follow Jesus example. Help me to do as He has done. Amen.

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3 thoughts on “Come to the Upper Room – What Do You Feel?

  1. Hi Deb!

    Yes… every time I read this scripture i am so humbled by our great saviors love … and as a pastor for women am so very thankful that He trusts me to serve and minister to the spiritual needs of His precious sheep..
    Can I just tell you again … You are lovely in every way! I just love you and your sweet heart for our Lord and His people! Keep shining Deb! Your light matters and its making a difference! love and blessings to you!

  2. Your beautiful post reminds me of something that happened late one night about a year ago… I was helping my father with deliveries in the small small morning hours on a brutally cold night. We stopped to go into a coffee shop to warm up and get something hot to drink, and there was a commotion at the door… an elderly homeless woman wanted in to get a tea and stay warm, but she was barefoot. When we got everyone to settle down, we realized she had shoes and socks, but she was too stiff and crippled to put them on…. that was the only thing keeping her outside… I still remember my dad looking around him and saying, is that all? So he knelt and took her filthy worn feet and put her socks and shoes on (not much better than the feet) and helped her into the shop so we could buy her something to eat…. the kicker was when the lady behind the counter looked at my dad after what he’d done and swore, “Jesus!” while she shook her head… and he turned to her and said, “yes, He would…”
    That’s the best living example of Christ’s commands I’ve ever seen…
    Thanks for bringing this back to mind… have a wonderful Easter in Him, Deb!!!

  3. Hi Deb!
    Your words took me to the upper room. I could envision agreeing with Peter- “Lord- NO. You can’t wash my feet!” But my heart would break and be humbled by His humility and truth- “Unless I wash you- you can have no part in me! My NOOO is even louder- If this is the way to be part of you- one with you- wash every part of me! The gift of love- His sacrifice to step into a physical life, full of pain and suffering- so I might be free to step into a spiritual life, full of joy and grace! I am beyond amazed by His sacrifice!

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