We had a lovely sermon, this morning, delivered by Deborah L. Burris, entitled ‘Straight From the Donkey’s Mouth.’
The story was a, fable, discussing the, donkey’s thoughts regarding, the carrying of Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem, on what we call, Palm Sunday.
The donkey was thrilled to have been cheered as he carried Jesus, and thus decided that he would repeat the Jerusalem march the next day, alone. He was saddened to discover that, without Jesus, he was neither cheered or applauded. When he returned home to ask his mother why the different reception, when Jesus was not with him? The donkey’s mother replied that we are nothing without Jesus!
I have witnessed this phenomena throughout my christian experience. When Christ touches a human…they can do extraordinary works. When a human attempts to replicate good works, through their own understanding and efforts…the effort rings hollow!
I sat in a new elder and deacon class this morning. As I listened to, many of the current elders and deacons, I was struck with their, ‘servant’s heart!’
Study is vital, along with procedures and order and systems to operate in. Just looking at nature you can see that the creator is a very systematic, and a planning, deity!
However, the Lord, the the christian faith seeks to serve…came to us as a servant.
‘The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had already put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, so he 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, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.’
‘He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord are you going to wash my feet?’
‘Jesus replied, ‘you do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’
‘No,’ said Peter, ‘you shall never wash my feet.’
‘Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’
‘Then, Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet but my hands and my head as well.’ John 13: 2-9 NIV
Now the church is for all people. Perhaps the reason that so many denominations are diminishing…is because they have forgotten that God loves all of his creation?
If we say that we desire, “More Light,’ we must lay aside our biases and our, learned, prejudices…and let Jesus…wash our feet!