Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 23, 2019

No Job too Menial

Filed under: Jesus,joy,passover,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

John 13:4-5 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 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.  (NIV)

In many churches today we do a ceremonial foot washing.  Everyone comes with really clean feet.  This wasn’t the case in Jesus’ day.  They wore sandals and walked on dusty, dirt roads.  The table they sat at was low so they sat sideways on the floor.  That meant the feet of one person were next to the face of the next person.  It was the responsibility of the host to have a servant ready to wash the feet of all the diners before the meal.  Since they rented the room for the Passover Supper celebration there wasn’t really a designated host and so the services of a servant were overlooked.  None of the disciples wanted to do such a menial job of washing dirty feet so they just acted like it wasn’t necessary and sat down to begin the meal.  Jesus, Who was properly called Lord by the disciples, noticed the lack of washed feet and got up Himself, girded Himself with a towel and began to wash the disciples feet.  He did this to show them that no one is beneath serving others and no job is to be considered to menial for anyone to do.  Today most leaders think they are the ones to be served.  They consider themselves too big and important to do jobs they consider to be beneath them.  Jesus showed us if a job is needed and we are there, we are to do it.  No job is beneath us.  All we do is to be done with joy in service to our Lord and King, Jesus.  When we see a need, we are to fill it.  If we don’t have the capability to fill it, we are to find someone who can.  Any need is our business.  Let us not “stick our noses up in the air” thinking we’re too good, to educated, to talented or too busy to stop and fill a need

April 15, 2019

Ever Conscious

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,passover,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Matthew 26:37-38 7 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”  (NIV)

As we look toward the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, let’s look at the days just before.  We’ll start with right after Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover Diner.  At the dinner Jesus did and said some things the disciples didn’t understand. They still looked to Him as being the King Who takes over from the Romans and sets the country of Israel free.  Now we look at Jesus taking 3 of His disciples a little bit away from the others.  He tells them He is overwhelmed with sorrow.  They can’t understand this.  There is no way for anything bad to happen to Jesus.  The saw Him raise people from death.  They believed He was truly God’s Son so nothing bad could ever happen to Him.  They were told to keep watch with Him.  After such a feast of eating they were very drowsy.  They kept nodding off to sleep.  They weren’t worried about anything.  Surely God was in control and victory would be theirs very soon.  From Jesus’ perspective we see things very differently.  Jesus knows what horrible suffering was soon to come His way.  He wanted the comfort of His friends but it wasn’t there.  He asked His Father to find some other way to save mankind from eternal separation from God because of sin.  Yet, regardless of His loneliness and the foreboding of suffering, He submitted to the Father’s will.  Two very different outlooks.  The disciples were oblivious and comfortable in their ignorance.  Jesus, sorrowful yet willing.  What is our own outlook?  We can’t fault the disciples.  They didn’t know.  We can fault us.  There are times we turn our backs on Jesus.  He wants to abide in us and us to abide in Him.  Yet we allow distractions to push Jesus out of our consciousness.  Let us not be spiritually drowsy.  Let us stay ever conscious of the ever presence of Jesus within us.

March 20, 2018

Seder

Matthew 26:26-28 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (NIV)

Last Sunday night I spoke on the Seder, the Passover celebration and the symbolism of it fulfilled by Jesus.  I strongly urge you to do some research on it yourself and, if at all possible, attend a Christian celebration of the Seder.  There is not space in this devotional to go into the details.  I will just hit the portion the writer quoted Jesus.

In the Seder there are 4 cups of wine.  There are also 3 Matza (unleavened bread).  The Matza in the middle is broken in 2 and wrapped in white linen and hidden.  More on this later.  The first cup of wine represents the sanctification and freedom of the Hebrews from the Egyptian slavery.  For us it represents our sanctification and freedom from sin by the shed blood of Jesus on the cross.  The second cup represents the deliverance and is celebrated in jo of God’s deliverance from slavery.  We celebrate our deliverance from the bondage of sin.  The 3rd cup is the cup of redemption.  This is the cup Jesus raised and said represents His blood shed for us.  No one drinks this cup right away.  At the beginning of the celebration an empty place was set at the table for the Prophet, Elijah (Malachi 4:5)  At this time a child opens the door for Elijah and the hidden Matza is unwrapped and eaten.  This is when Jesus said this is His body.  The Matza had been wrapped in with linen as was the body of Jesus.  It was broken as was Jesus which was broken by the scourging.  It was in the middle of 3 as Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days.  After they ate the Matza they drank the 3rd cup.  The 4th cup is the cup of thanksgiving and hope.  We are thankful for the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and the giving to us of the Holy Spirit and have our hope in the glory of the presence of God.  When we take the elements of what we all the communion, let us reflect on the cost to the Father and the Son and come with clean, confessed hearts asking for a fresh infilling of His Holy Spirit and the strength and courage Jesus showed through the trial and crucifixion for our salvation.

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