30 December 2016

8 Day Journey - DAY EIGHT





Peter expressed surprise when he saw Jesus preparing to wash the disciples’ feet as they gathered in the upper room to celebrate the Passover meal together.  In the dry, dusty environment of the Middle East, it was not unusual to have water provided to wash your feet when entering a house - but it was for a lowly servant to perform such tasks.

This was a private function, and there were probably no household servants around. No one had taken it upon themselves to serve their brothers in this way.  So, during the meal, when Jesus got up and put himself, the honoured rabbi, in the position of a servant - it turned their worldview upside down.

“Now that I, your Lord and Rabbi, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet,” explained Jesus.  The usual position of a disciple was at the feet of the teacher, but the teacher had put himself at the feet of his disciples, in the very dust he was now washing from them!

The foot washing incident was a lesson in servant ministry. Unlike the worldly leaders who lorded their authority over their subjects, Jesus explained:  “...it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant...just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many”

As followers of Jesus, we have to ask ourselves: Will we dedicate our lives to serving others the way our master showed us or will we go the way of the world, serving our own self-interests? This picture of the King of the Universe washing his subjects’ feet is a reminder to us of that daily choice. What a  wonderful example of serving others with humility and without imposing our own conditions. Jesus tells us to emulate His actions in this simple act of kindness: “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you”
(John 13:15).

CHOOSING TO FORGIVE

One of the most humbling and joyous events Your People My People had the honour of witnessing, took place a few years ago in Nazareth. 

Arab Christians were hosting a gathering for the Global Day of Prayer and invited their Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters to come and join them. Being aware that historical and political tensions do exist between their people groups, the organisers arranged for an Arab and Jewish Pastor to publicly repent to each other on behalf of their people. This exchange of repentance and forgiveness was beautiful and heart-felt and gave room for God to move.

It didn’t end there. The Arab Pastors invited all the Jewish Pastors to take a seat so they could wash their feet.  Then they changed places and the Jewish Pastors washed the Arab Pastors’ feet. Arab and Jewish Pastors then spent time praying for each other. This act of humility was so amazing to watch that weeping began to be heard around the room and Jewish and Arab believers began praying for each other.

Healing and reconciliation can always flow from
repentance and forgiveness. What a wonderful lesson we can learn from our brothers who have learned to ‘dwell together in unity’ - Psalm 133.








Thank you for joining us on our 8 Day Journey through Hanukkah. We hope you have enjoyed it and been inspired. In the words of the prophet Isaiah: "Arise and shine for your light has come!" 

We will sign off with a video of the gorgeous song 'Kumi Ori' (Arise and Shine) sung in Hebrew by King of Kings Congregation in Jerusalem.

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