Try doing something for someone you don’t like, trust or you know is just a bad seed. It’s a little bit harder. But see through Christ, we are destined for great things. He offered us salvation from our sins, the greatest gift of all.
Today’s reading out of Chapter 3 of Hebrews brings up an interesting, and often forgotten, point. Jesus is greater than what came before Him, so what He offers is greater than what we had before.
Follow me if you would. Starting in the first verse, the author of Hebrews speaks about Moses. Moses who was considered faithful and led God’s people out of Egypt. The author speaks of Moses as “servant, for a testimony of things which would be spoken afterward.” But see, Moses sinned. He was disobedient to God in a single instance of anger and frustration. And that is a problem that many non-believers don’t seem to understand.
Most non-believers don’t seem to get that you break one commandment, if you are disobedient to God just once, you break the law. Ergo, you are sentencing yourself. But, let’s be real here, we have all broken one commandment or another at some time or another. Yes, that goes for you too believer. You are nothing but a dirty, rotten, no-good sinner just like unbelievers are. So what’s the difference between an unbeliever and a believer? Real simple answer. Faith in Christ having taken your punishment upon Himself.
See, Moses was human. Yes, he was designated by God to do really great and awesome things, but he was still an ordinary guy, subject to the same issues, problems and frustrations that we are. Jesus was the only begotten Son of God. Yes, he was human and, again subject to the same things Moses was, but the difference is, He did not sin. Jesus never yielded to His human tendency to be disobedient, because He was greater than that.
Now, this is not to promote an elitist mentality, because first and foremost, Jesus was a Servant.
2 And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 )rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6 Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”
7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” 8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!”
Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”
10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.” 12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
So let’s have a quick anthropology lesson, the servant in a household of Biblical Israel who had to wash the feet of guests who came in from the road was the lowliest servant in the household and it was the most undesirable job to have.
So now we look at Jesus. The Apostle, our High Priest and the One who died to take away our sins. And here He was washing the feet of His disciples. All of His disciples, even the one who betrayed Him. That is a sign of true greatness and obedience. Doing something for someone you know is going to harm you.
You see it’s easy to serve those we like. “Hey, we like you, so we are going to help you out.” Try doing something for someone you don’t like, trust or you know is just a bad seed. It’s a little bit harder. But see through Christ, we are destined for great things. He offered us salvation from our sins, the greatest gift of all. So now we need to move beyond and past the ordinary, which is all we were capable of before, and move on to the greater things He has for us now.