Posts tagged: humility

Cut it out!

By , March 18, 2017

“Stop letting your hearts trouble you”
John 14:1

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The context of our verse today is perplexing. You see, in John 13, the things that are detailed as happening just before Jesus said to the disciples to cut out their worrying shows that it was Jesus who got them all upset in the first place. Why did He upset them only to tell them to calm down? What did He do or say to disturb them so much? Is He still troubling His people today?

Well, in John 13, the chapter that describes the night in which Jesus was betrayed, the first thing that happened to create confusion and distress for the disciples was the incident of washing their feet. In the ancient near east there were a number of things a host would do in bringing a guest into their home.

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The Tenderhearted Saviour

By , August 2, 2015

“Jesus wept.”
John 11:35

“Weep with those who weep”
Romans 12:15

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At times we are all called on to visit a funeral home because of the death of a friend’s loved one. Sometimes we see that our friend is not shedding tears and we think to ourselves, “He is holding up well.” What may be happening is that the person has not properly processed their loss because of many friends surrounding him/her.

Once the memorial service is over and the bereaved people go home reality hits like a ton of bricks. It is then that the tears flow. The presence of tears is a healthy way to release the tension brought on by such a significant loss.

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Who Is In Charge Anyway?

By , August 1, 2015

“His wife said to him,
‘Are you still maintaining your integrity?
Curse God and die!’”
Job 2:9 NIV

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“He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’” Job 2:10 NIV

I recall a doctor friend of mine who had a patient with a curious personality. One day the patient thought he had waited long enough to see my friend. He got up and walked into the corridor with the examination rooms on it, put his hands on his hips and hollered, “Who is in charge here anyway?”

My friend laughed as he told me the story but apparently his patient was in no laughing mood!

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Cut it out!

By , July 31, 2015

“Stop letting your hearts trouble you”
John 14:1

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Jesus first washed the disciples’ feet. Many think the disciples were too proud to be humble enough to wash each other’s feet.

The context of our verse today is perplexing. You see, in John 13, the things that are detailed as happening just before Jesus said to the disciples to cut out their worrying shows that it was Jesus who got them all upset in the first place. Why did He upset them only to tell them to calm down?

What did He do or say to disturb them so much? Is He still troubling His people today? Well, in John 13, the chapter that describes the night in which Jesus was betrayed, the first thing that happened to create confusion and distress for the disciples was the incident of washing their feet.

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Cut it out!

By , May 21, 2011

“Stop letting your hearts trouble you” John 14:1

Gordon Rumford Ministries - Cut it out!

Jesus first washed the disciples’ feet. Many think the disciples were too proud to be humble enough to wash each other’s feet.

The context of our verse today is perplexing. You see, in John 13, the things that are detailed as happening just before Jesus said to the disciples to cut out their worrying shows that it was Jesus who got them all upset in the first place. Why did He upset them only to tell them to calm down? What did He do or say to disturb them so much? Is He still troubling His people today?

Well, in John 13, the chapter that describes the night in which Jesus was betrayed, the first thing that happened to create confusion and distress for the disciples was the incident of washing their feet. In the ancient near east there were a number of things a host would do in bringing a guest into their home.

There was some blessing in greeting the guest such as “Peace be on you”. Then they kissed the cheeks of the person rather than shaking hands as we do in western society. Next the host saw to the washing of the visitor’s feet. Following this the person’s head was anointed with oil. A drink of water was then given last. So getting a guest into the home to be seated took some time!

Jesus first washed the disciples’ feet. Although the text does not explicitly say that the disciples had not performed this courtesy when they arrived for the meal, many think they were too proud to be humble enough to wash each other’s feet. We do know before the feet washing the disciples had argued about which of them was greater Luke 22:24. Jesus may have done the feet washing to shame them after their heated debate. So having the Master wash their feet was very troubling.

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