Complete Joy

John 13-15

Where to start? Experiencing the last supper with Jesus? Jesus choose to spend his final moment with His disciples, His friends. Jesus even said, “I have eagerly desired to east this Passover with you before I suffer.” Luke 22:15. Then Jesus created a new rite, the washing of the feet. In fact, He makes a strong point that He needs to set this precedent. And it’s not the precedent of washing the feet. It is the precedent of humbleness. The pathway to leadership and greatness is through service. And no service or job is too low or menial for the leader, even God himself in Jesus Christ.

Washing feet in the Biblical era was a truly menial, degrading and disgusting job assigned to the lowest of the low servant. It was a common act. People wore open toed sandals and they walked everywhere. There is more than just road dust on feet. Carts were pulled by animals. So there is camel dung, sheep poop, horse manure, chicken droppings, and more on the road. Feet got very dirty. Eew.

Jesus told Simon Peter, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” John 13:8. Peter need to learn humility. Jesus even said that Satan asked for permission to sift Peter and that he would fall, but He would pray for him. When I read that verse I immediately saw the symbolism of having our sins washed away by His blood. Our sins are so much worse than dirty feet. And Jesus washed it away.

John 15:10-11 says,
“If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

Jesus share His knowledge and more important His love with his friends the disciples. And the joy that Jesus has with the friends is profound. And His hope and desire that THEIR joy may be complete. I love that thought. Jesus wants my joy to be complete. And when it is, Jesus gets great joy from it. The true love of a parent.

My take-aways? Less boasting. More importantly, become a better servant leader. With the emphasis on Servant. It reminds me of a great book, The Servant. Worth reading again. James does a great job teaching about the true essence of leadership from a Biblical perspective and it was an easy read.

Today’s journal, started last night at the foot washing service of my church. Has so much to think and pray about. And I feel I could write forever about the Joy I get when I read about Jesus. And learn more about Jesus. And being thankful for Jesus and His love of me and my dirty soul. I am thankful and grateful for His blood washing me clean.

Praise be to Jesus.