Jesus washed the feet of His disciples because HE knew that they were walking through the dust and impurities of this world which impoverish people’s soul. He knew that being clean is a better way to get rest and to enjoy the taste of their food when they had to touch it with their hands. He knew that getting knowledge of the Father and of Himself is more than words, it’s experience and rest, by being released, restored, unburdened, renewed, empowered and strengthened. People aren't satisfied by words when they are thirsty or hungry but they need food and water. Therefore, it is those people who need to experience God for their Life. They do not need interpretations and nice words because they are looking for God to be experienced and for God to manifest himself in their hopes and needs.
John the Baptist was not a theologian, nor a scribe, neither an ordained minister but he was the greatest servant ever born from a woman, and his message was: prepare a straight way to the Lord to come and visit you. Jesus referred to the signs and wonders that were performed in different places as evidence that God is at work and people should pay attention to Christ's visits, towards them. When people awakened and figured out about God's visitations through Jesus, the priests and the leaders deliberately hindered them to approach Jesus through deception and deceit. People became weary and impoverished, although God's incarnated peace, rest and freedom was present in the "Person" of Jesus Christ.
I cannot decipher what it means to die of thirst living by a stream of water or to starve when your Father is the owner of a Foodland, Company. Although Jesus – the Almighty God and the Prince of peace - was there, many people were still impoverished and oppressed because they were deceived by others not to go to Jesus but to stay with their high spoken and devious words which kept them down in spirit and in doubt. Because Jesus loved them so much He took the risk and He did appeal to those people to come to know the Father. Jesus told them that He was the Only one who can reveal the Father and by coming to Him they will have the opportunity to experience the Father's love and grace for their souls. But they had to decide "who's" words they would listen: to those who would keep them away from God's blessings or from Jesus, whom spoke from God?
The people’s souls were impoverished and weary with rules, regulations, commandments, religiosities and envies while God’s Love, Freedom, Salvation and Blessings were there waiting for them.
Jesus is still here today for everyone who fell weary and overburdened. He is here waiting for you to come to him (as you are), to be released, healed, restored, empowered and strengthened to get rest for your soul. Jesus is calling you today to get rid of those words, thoughts, emotions and things of your Life that create internal chaos that dampen your soul.
Jesus invites you to come to Him to be released, to follow Him by paying attention to His way of Living: to be kind and humble of heart. Through all of these Jesus is giving us today the keys of our peace and rest. So, “come” says Jesus “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Come says Jesus and take it “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” because he partners with us in everything that comes from Him for the Father’s glory.
Jesus’ yoke is not a set of rules, regulations, traditions and prides which keep people away from God the Father. His yoke is love, compassion, grace, divine teachings and a call of dedication to God’s will. Jesus’ yoke can be set on the shoulders of those who acknowledge that the only way to approach God through Jesus is with gentle and humble heart.
In others words, those who are gentle and humble hearts Jesus are ready for Jesus to reveal them the experience of the Father’s peace and rest for their souls.
So, come and approach Jesus in the way He can set His Father’ yoke of love, peace, and grace on your shoulder that we may follow and serve Him enjoying His company!
by Rev. Nick Pavel