How Did You Feel…? – Part 5 of 5

How did you feel, O Priests…

when your enemy was hung on the cross? Did you think that finally people would no longer follow this man who had such radical ideas? How did you feel when the veil which separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple was torn from top to bottom? Did you remember Jesus’ words, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God,”? Were you afraid that, indeed, Jesus was God’s Son and you were responsible for rejecting Him? When you ordered the repair of the curtain was it business as usual? Did you really think you could stay the hand of God? Did some of you believe that the man on the cross was really the Son of God?

How do you feel, O People of the World…

when you read the Bible verse: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him may have eternal life? Are you included?

How do you feel, O People of the World…

when you read the Bible verse:…first must He (Son of Man) suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation? Are you included?

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How Did You Feel…? – Part 4 of 5

How did you feel, O Cross…

when wood from Creator’s Hand and nails from man’s hand met to crucify the precious Lamb of God? How did you feel when the spear was thrust in His side and blood and water ran down to the ground? Did you understand that you would replace the altar of the old covenant? Did you know that the Son of Man told His followers, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me”? How did you feel, O Cross, when your burden was made heavier as the sins of the world were laid upon Jesus?

How did you feel, O Sign…

when you became a witness written in three languages declaring Jesus to be King of the Jews? You bore the words of judgment against the chief priests when, in answer to Pilate’s question, they responded, “We have no king but Caesar.”

Part 1: How Did You Feel, O Earth…O Stones…O Alabaster Box…blogged 3/27/13

Part 2: How Did You Feel, O Garden of Gethsemane…Peter, James and John… blogged 3/28/13

Part 3: How Did You Feel, Malchus, servant of the high priest…O High Priest…blogged 3/29/13

Part 5: How Did You Feel, O Priests…O People of the World…

How Did You Feel…? Part 3 of 5

How did you feel, Malchus, servant of the High Priest…

when Peter cut off your right ear? Were you relieved that you were not dead? Were you grateful when Jesus rebuked His disciple and restored your ear? Did you recognize who Jesus was or did you believe that the miracle was owed you? Did you act with the other servants when they struck God’s Son with the palm of their hands? Or did your miraculous healing help you to hear God’s voice speaking salvation to your soul?

How did you feel, O High Priest…

when your servant returned after Jesus was taken into custody? When he told of Peter cutting off his ear and of Jesus’ kindness to make it once again whole, were you gripped with reverential fear or did it harden your heart with hatred?

Part 1: How did you feel, O Earth…O Stones…O Alabaster Box blogged 3/27/13

Part 2: How did you feel, O Garden of Gethsemane…Peter, James and John…blogged 3/28/13

Part 4: How did you feel, O Cross…O Sign…

Part 5: How did you feel, O Priests…O People of the World…

How Did You Feel…? Part 2 of 5

How did you feel, O Garden of Gethsemane…

when your Creator entered, fell on your ground and prayed in deep agony? Your trees and shrubs were to give a quiet resting place to your visitors, but now you are gripped in an atmosphere of great mental death pangs and bathed in His sorrowful sweat. How did you feel when heaven’s answer to Jesus’ first prayer was an angelic visitor? Did you grieve because the answer to His prayer, “If You are willing, remove this cup from me,” was “It is not My will.”?

How did you feel Peter, James and John…

when you succumbed to pleasing your flesh with sleep instead of carrying your cross by heeding Jesus’ words, “Watch with Me…”? Did you feel remorse when you remembered that you offered Him no comfort for the heavy burden of His coming sacrifice of death for you?

Part 1: How did you feel, O Earth, O Stones, O Alabaster Box blogged 3/27/13

How Did You Feel…? – Part 1 of 5

How did you feel, O Earth…

when your Maker walked on your paths? Did you control your trembling because you wanted to be steady and solid for the Master’s feet? Did you cry because your paths were hard by years of travelers? Did you wish your roads were straighter so Christ could be saved those extra steps?

How did you feel, O Stones…

when you had to remain silent as Jesus made His final journey to Jerusalem? Did you resent the multitude robbing you of your opportunity to acknowledge the King that came in the name of the LORD? Did you know that their praise would turn into a curse – Crucify Him?

How did you feel, O Alabaster Box…

when your content of precious ointment of spikenard was poured out? Did you feel badly that you were now empty? Or did you rejoice that you held the perfume bestowed on the Savior’s head? Now broken, no longer usable, did you feel a kinship to Jesus who would be broken for people? Broken by surrendering His wants and will to His Father just as your owner broke you? Broken that your contents may be poured out just like Jesus’ blood poured out for people’s redemption?

 

Cross And Tomb – Part 5 of 5

Cross And Tomb. CAT. There is something interesting about these letters. Used with the word ‘scan’, it names a medical device used to examine soft tissue like muscle, blood flow and lesions.

Perhaps the dusts carried to the Cross and Tomb became a spiritual CAT scan. It checks our heart’s condition (muscle), quality of life (blood) and health (lesions).

No one washed the feet of Jesus. Maybe that was God’s intention. In our humanity, we needed a Savior. The judgment of our sinful nature should have been on us, but Jesus took that judgment on Himself instead.

Without the dusts, He could not have been our Propitiation (1 Jn. 4:10). Without the dusts, the achievement of the Sacrificial Lamb (Re. 5:12 implied) would have been lost. Without the dusts, the accomplishment of the Reconciler (Col. 1:20) would not have happened.

I am so grateful that no one washed Jesus’ feet. My alienation from a Holy God was shown in the Dust of Humanity. That spiritual deprivation required payment as shown in the Dust of Judgment. The resurrection of God’s Son left the dusts behind. My separation was buried in His salvation.

One question remains. What does washing the feet of others look like?

Part 1: Wash My Feet? blogged 3/18/13

Part 2: Wash Jesus’ Feet? blogged 3/20/13

Part 3: Dust of a Different Nature blogged 3/23/13

Part 4: Crucifixion and Burial blogged 3/25/13

Crucifixion and Burial – Part 4

The Dust of Humanity and the Dust of Judgment clung to Jesus’ feet. He made no attempt to shake them off. What might these dusts have represented?

Discouragement. Some of the same people that cried out six days earlier, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord,” would no doubt be part of the mob that cried, “Crucify Him.”

Unaccepted. The very people that should have recognized Him didn’t. Instead, they were offended (Mt. 13:57) by His teachings and behavior (Lu. 7:34) and called Him a devil (Mt. 12:24). The Scribes and Pharisees, who were educated in the Bible, should have recognized the Messiah. Instead they plotted how to destroy Him (Mt. 12:14). (Note: Even the evil spirits testified as to His Deity.)

Sorrowful. Knowing that soon He would be abused to the point of being unrecognized and then put to death (Mt. 26:38), His sacrifice would be for all mankind, but not everyone would accept Him.

Troubled. The Temple was to be a house of prayer, but the people made it a den of robbers (Mt. 23:37; Lu. 19:46), and Jesus cast out those selling animals for sacrifices.

Disappointment. Those closest to Him didn’t really know who He was. His Deity was not recognized or accepted. After the great miracle of providing food for over five thousand (Mt. 14:15-21), the disciples didn’t ask Him to repeat that miracle for the four thousand (Mt. 15:32-38).

Unappreciated. Ten lepers were healed. Only one came back to thank Him. Jesus’ words revealed His feeling: Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? (Lu. 17:17)

Sick in heart because of deferred hope (Pr. 13:12). He looked at Jerusalem and wept. Instead of enjoying a relationship as children of God, they had killed His prophets. Instead of accepting God’s love and protection (Mt. 23:37), they had chosen idol worship.

Tested. Because He went against their traditions, like not healing on the Sabbath, the priests and scholars were always trying to trap Jesus by their questions.

The cross was the altar of sacrifice. The judgment on humanity was satisfied. The body of Jesus was placed in the tomb. And the Dusts settled there.

Part 1 – Wash My Feet? blogged 3/18/13

Part 2 – Wash Jesus’ feet? blogged 3/20/13

Part 3 – Dust of a Different Nature blogged 3/23/13

Part 5 –Cross And Tomb

 

Dust of a Different Nature – Part 3

Another aspect of dust is given in three Gospels (Mt.10;Mk.6;Lu.9). Jesus sent these same twelve men out to villages with instructions to:

1) proclaim the good news

2) heal the sick

3) raise the dead

4) cleanse the lepers

5) drive out demons

Final instruction was that, if a household or village would not welcome them or listen to their preaching, the Apostles were to leave shaking the dust from their feet. This was the same instruction Jesus gave the 70 disciples (or 72) when He sent them on the same mission (Lu. 10:11). The dust of alienation was Disaffection, Unfriendliness, Separation and Turning away from the truth.

This dust became a witness or testimony against the unreceptive people. The dust acted as judgment against those who would not receive Jesus’ representatives and His message of repentance.

The trial of Jesus began and the Dust of Judgment surfaced.

Deity of Jesus was judged through attack and mockery:

~guards blindfolded Him, hit Him and said, “Prophesy! Who hit You?” (Lu. 22:63)

~rulers refused to believe that He was the Son of God (Lu. 22:70; Jn. 19:7)

~band of soldiers kneeled and mockingly paid homage to the King of the Jews (Mt. 27:29)

~spit on Him and slapped Him (Mk. 14:65)

~crown of thorns smashed into His head (Jn. 19:2)

Unsubstantiated charges judged His words:

~accused of forbidding the paying of taxes to Caesar and perverting the nation (Lu. 23:2)

~charged with stirring up the people (Lu. 23:5)

~called a blasphemer by the high priest when Jesus told the Jewish leaders that they would see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God and coming in the clouds (Mk. 14:62-64)

Shameful thinking judged His worth:

~Barabbas, a robber (Jn. 18:40), a murderer (Lu. 23:19, and an insurrectionist (Mk. 15:7) was deemed more worthy of freedom than Jesus

~the price paid to Judas for his betrayal of Jesus was the worth of a slave (Ex. 21:32)

Truth judged by tradition and falsehood:

~the chief priests who should have been knowledgeable of God’s word said, “We have no king but Caesar.”

~”I am innocent of this Man’s blood,” Pilate said as he turned Jesus over to the Jews for crucifixion. Only Roman law had the right to condemn a person to death (Jn. 18:31). Without Pilate’s permission, Jesus would not have been crucified. Symbolic washing of his hands did not change Pilate’s position.

~when Peter was accused of being with Jesus, three times he vehemently denied it. “I don’t know the man!” (Mt. 26:74)

Jesus walked with His cross to Golgotha. Carried on His feet were the Dust of Humanity and the Dust of Judgment.

Part 1 – Wash My Feet? blogged 3/18/13

Part 2 – Wash Jesus’ Feet? blogged 3/20/13

Part 4 -Crucifixion and Burial

Part 5 –Cross And Tomb

Wash Jesus’ Feet? – Part 2 of 5

Dust of Humanity accompanied Jesus as the twelve men left the Upper Room and made their way to the Mount of Olives. It was Jesus’ last time to walk in freedom. Around Him were the Darkness of night and Despair of spiritual ignorance.

In the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36), Jesus knelt and prayed in Urgency to follow God’s will only. His Apostles slept, Unaware of the importance of that night.

Soldiers led by Judas entered and approached Jesus. As He Surrendered to them, He was Solicitous to the servant with the severed ear (Lu. 22:51) and the safety of His followers (John 18:8).

The Sacrificial Lamb followed His captors as the Tears of His prayer stained His face (Luke 22:44) Jesus left the Garden having been Traded for thirty pieces of silver (Matt. 26:15).

Jesus, with the dust, walked on.

Part 1 – Wash My Feet? blogged 3/18/13

Part 3 – Dust of a Different Nature

Part 4 -Crucifixion and Burial

Part 5 –Cross And Tomb

Wash My Feet? Part 1 of 5

A beautiful account of true humility is given in John 13:4-11. Jesus took on the role assigned to a servant and instructed His Apostles to follow this example. The son of God laid aside His outer clothing, donned a towel and washed the feet of twelve men. Why?

They were dusty from traveling. They would feel refreshed from such bathing. It also showed the attitude of head and heart that true followers of Jesus should display.

Symbolically, the dust represented humanity.. We came from dust and return to dust (Gen. 2:7; 3:19;18:27; Ps. 103:14; Eccl. 3:20). So what human characteristics might have been represented by this dust?

~Betrayal as seen in Judas Iscariot who was given three opportunities to change his mind: when Jesus first exposed the plan for His betrayal, when he received the sop and when Jesus spoke, “What you are about to do, do quickly.”

~Denial and arrogance as seen in Peter.

~Slowness to comprehend as seen in Thomas. Jesus told the Apostles that He was going to prepare a place for them and would return for them. Jesus stated a truth in v.4, “You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas’ response was, “Lord, we don’t know where You are going so how can we know the way?”

~Lack of intimacy as seen in Philip. His request was, “Lord, show us the father and that will be enough for us (v.8)”. Grief answered, “Don’t you know Me, Philip? I have been with you long enough for you to understand. Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father (v9).

Strange, isn’t it? Even after washing twelve pairs of feet, not one of the men returned the act of hospitality. Jesus’ feet were dusty. They would have felt better after a washing. But no one washed His feet.

As a result, Jesus carried the Dust of Humanity to the cross and then to the tomb.

Part 2-Wash Jesus’ Feet?

Part 3-Dust of a Different Nature

Part 4-Crucifixion and Burial

Part 5-Cross And Tomb