The evening meal was in progress … Jesus … got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:3-5
One commentator called Jesus’ actions in the Upper Room in John 13 kneeling love! Kneeling love is the supernatural experience of loving tangibly, meeting real needs in Jesus’ name. Kneeling love is our best (but not only!) apologetic on the Peninsula.
You can see Jesus’ heart revealed through His kneeling love as He went one disciple at a time and washed their feet. Kneeling love is the kind of love we’re talking about when it comes to loving everyone always. Love that gets down on its knees, sets aside rights, and is committed to someone else’s best. It’s not love motivated by a desire to please people or make them happy; it’s love that sacrifices whatever is necessary to give people what they need for eternal life.
Paul described kneeling love in Philippians 2:5-8: In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
I know it’s not easy, it’s impossible! That is why kneeling love is so powerful — the only explanation is supernatural.
Think of who got their feet washed that night. As I pondered the scene, and knowing what we know of these disciples:
- I thought of Jesus washing Andrew’s feet and praying over him, asking God to empower Andrew and anoint him for what lay ahead.
- I thought of Jesus washing Judas’ feet, how silent that must have been. I reflected, what does love look like at the feet of an enemy? Then I thought, when was the last time I exhibited kneeling love towards a person who betrayed me?
- I thought of Jesus washing Thomas’ feet and wondered when was the last time I exhibited kneeling love towards a person who doubted me?
- I thought of Jesus washing Peter’s feet and pondered when was the last time I exhibited kneeling love towards a person who was ashamed to associate with me?
Jesus got on His knees and served all these types of people, people like you and me. How about us, PCC? Empowered by the Spirit of God, wanting to be Christlike, can we serve everyone, always? Can you serve:
- People who didn’t vote like you?
- People who don’t believe like you?
- People who talk behind your back, or in front of you?
- People who don’t like you? Who’ve hurt you?
This weekend we will wrestle with this otherworldly kind of kneeling love as we step into the Upper Room in John 13. Please bring your Bibles and your BLESS list. I look forward to being together.
I love being your pastor!