Day 5: Humility & loyalty: claims & tests
Week 15: 06/04/2023. Thu
The disciples claimed that "I will lay down my life for you" (by Peter, John 13:37) or "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!" And all the disciples said the same" (by all of them, Matt 26:35). The threats they received subsequently and their consequential disappearances at the foot of the cross of crucifixion tested their now failed claims.
Jesus challenged them with an example of foot washing, usually carried out by servants of household, in the hope that their values of "greatness" would be changed to His own kingdom values rather than those of the world. Love for one another should displace the disciples' (and their parents') frequent jostling for greatness.
Jesus' words and actions taught a few things to the disciples:
(1) Humans usually claim more than what they wish to deliver or what they can deliver. Claiming more than what one wish would be an integrity problem, while claiming more than what they can deliver would be a humility problem.
(2) Jesus' love for them was true, as He proved this with action, sustained action, determined action, in the midst of much pain and troubles.
(3) Do not over estimate our abilities and "wisdom", however good sounding these might be. Trusting God and His word at all times is a good way to tame the human tendency to elevate one's expertise, achievements and legacy.
(4) Be comforted by Jesus' promise that He would rejoice with His faithful followers on "that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom" (Matthew 26:29). Do remember to come for Holy Communion on Thursday evening 8pm to re-enact the disciples' participation and celebrate our privilege to be part of His kingdom.