This Week's Article
Celebrating the Passover meal with His disciples was the reason Jesus was in the upper room that Thursday evening, but service would soon occupy the driver’s seat. 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 (John 13:4). Jesus sets for us the divine example. Just as He washed His disciples’ feet, we wash the feet of those placed in our lives. Thankfully, however, His service doesn’t stop at just setting an example. He gives His body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins…once and for all on the cross and each time we are blessed to receive His very body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine of the most blessed Sacrament of Holy Communion as our risen Savior serves as both Host and Feast.
Verse of the Week
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! (Philippians 2:5-8 NIV).
Last Week's Article
Oxymorons. Some of them are very interesting. One of my favorites is jumbo shrimp. As we begin this Holy Week, we have many more, beginning this Palm Sunday with Servant King. A king ... sovereign, preeminent, reigning. A servant ... employed, domestic, service, duties. A seemingly powerful calling as king. A seemingly powerless calling as servant. An oxymoron? Possibly, but Christ comes as both. Viewed as a bread king by most of those who heard about or experienced the feeding of the 5,000 (John 6) and now hailed as the King of Israel by the crowds who witnessed His riding into Jerusalem on a young donkey (John 12), Jesus does indeed come as king, but not the type of king the people were expecting. He comes as the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, and the King of Love. In His love He comes to serve, and to teach us to serve, as He does at the final meal He eats with His disciples in the upper room in celebration of the Passover. Stay tuned ...