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


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