Let's experience Easter together as a church family. Watch the video and prayerfully read the scriptures and let the power of God move you to see that Easter changes everything.
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But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?" Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand." Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no share with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you." For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, "Not all of you are clean."
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, "Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
...but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Imagine the Last Supper scene. The disciples were gathered, ready to celebrate the Passover with their friend Jesus.
When Jesus arrives he does something unexpected. He washes the disciples’ feet. Think about that. Most likely these men had traveled miles barefoot through streets and terrain that hadn’t been touched by a street sweeper. And Jesus wanted to wash their feet.
Philippians 2:7 says, “He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
This feet-washing gig was usually reserved for a lowly servant. Not this time. Jesus, the Messiah, the son of God, got down on his knees and humbled himself before his followers. Why? That was his purpose. To serve.
The very next day Jesus would die on a cross for the world. The ultimate sacrifice. A beautiful act of service.
From the beginning there was a call on Jesus' life—a call to serve. That’s the call on my life too. I’m not here to serve myself or pursue my selfish ambitions. I’m here to serve, to give, to love.
After loving God with all our heart, soul and mind, Jesus says the second greatest command is to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
Our purpose is clear: Love God. Love people.
Will you let the story of Easter and Jesus’ example of service propel you to love and serve people with all you have?
Love someone who would least expect it today. Do something kind for them. Maybe take flowers to someone who you usually disagree with or bring the co-worker who got the promotion before you a cup of coffee today.