It is difficult to understand how God works. Our mind is finite so there is no way we could ever understand how God’s works.
For example, it took four hundred and fifty years for God to move out seven nations from the Promised Land that He wanted to give the Hebrew people. That is a very long time. I am happy when I can remember what I hope to do tomorrow if there are no interruptions. I cannot even foresee the interruptions.
Knowing that God sees all things and knows all things makes it imperative that we continue to study and learn more about Him. Listen to what Jesus teaches in the gospel. We are to wash the feet of others, even our enemies.
If we did not know any more than this passage in the Bible most assuredly, we would draw back and say no way. Washing another’s feet is humbling. But that is exactly what God asks of us through His Son, Jesus. Jesus gave up His glory in heaven to become one like us. Most rulers would not think of serving someone, rather the ruler wants to be served by others.
The paradox Jesus gives us is that we are to be both ruler and humble servant. There are times where we are to provide leadership and guidance and people will serve us. There are other times where we are to serve others with humility and kindness. This fits the pattern established last Sunday.
Jesus is both the shepherd and the lamb. This is the example He has given us. That means today you may wash the feet of some and guide others to a closer relationship with Jesus. Both actions are a demonstration of your faith. May the Lord shine forth through you.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen