After sharing fellowship and a meal together Revd. Keith Jump talked about “The Last Supper- Great Meal- Pity the guests? John chapter 13.
It was the place of the slave to wash feet especially when the visitors had travelled a long way and were coming to the Passover meal, but Jesus insisted on washing the disciples’ feet himself. The Passover meal was remembrance of the Jews being released from captivity from the Egyptians.
God is in ultimate charge of the world and keeps his promise, justice and compassion flow from him. Even today we are still living in troubled times and everything is in turmoil but God is present for those who believe and turn to him.
Passover is held at Spring, indicating new beginnings, new hope and purpose and Easter is very closely related to the Passover. The Jews held the Passover before they escaped Egypt sacrificing a lamb and sharing it with the family. The blood of the lamb was smeared over the door posts and when the angel of death came it passed over all the doorposts that had blood on and all the people in the house were saved.
Blood represents life, flesh is eaten, given to the family, and usually served with bitter herbs reminding them of the bitter times they endured in Egypt, with unleavened bread.
It was a joyful occasion getting out of slavery but also it was anxious time mixed with fear of the unknown.
Jesus knew it was time for him to leave this world and he wanted to show his disciples the full extent of his love by washing their feet. When Jesus washed Judas’s feet he knew that Judas would betray him but he still loved him and at this point the devil entered Judas.
Peter would follow him to the end and yet when he was challenged Peter denied him three times. Even when Jesus had died, Peter was still loved by Jesus, even though the rest of the disciples didn’t understand what was happening.
Everyone is different and we learn to love one another, learn humility and compassion and are challenged being a follower of Jesus.
Keep on eating bread and drinking his blood in remembrance until he comes again. One day we will have everlasting communion with our Lord.
May God continue to bless our church family day by day.