One of the most moving scenes in my mind each Resurrection Day weekend is the picture of Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him…When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
John 13:3-5, 12-15, ESV
Surely this was an incredible example of humility and service. Yet how often I get it backwards. I’m in awe of my Savior.
While that is one of the most moving scenes in my mind, this is one of the most gripping to me:
And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Mark 14:32-36, ESV
Jaw-dropping, knee-dropping awe.
To picture Jesus sobbing on the ground, knowing what was about to happen, how much He would suffer just makes me bawl my eyes out. Those tears are only the beginning…because then the worst kind of heart-wrenching actions unfold, with Jesus being beaten, bruised, mocked, nailed, and stretched on an old ruggedy, dirty cross…that suffering endured so that we could have our sins forgiven. Truly, I’m in awe of my Savior.
“Truly this man was the Son of God!”
Mark 15:39, ESV
Yes, He was. He is. And on Sunday, He lives.
I’m in such inexpressible awe of my awesome Savior.
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