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Thanks to Pastor J. Lillie from Lillie-put. Pastor J. is blogging all the time, and has a wealth of great writings and photography. This is his photo, which I have borrowed gratefully.

Ordinances of the Church

An ordinance of the Church would be some practice that Jesus himself told His followers to continue. Here are Jesus’ instructions:

And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." - Luke 22:19

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:18-20

And we see that in the book of Acts the early Church followed this pattern:

So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. - Acts 2:41-42

There is another institution which Christ demonstrated to the disciples, and told them to carry forward, but the church as a rule does not practice this with the same regularity, though it is a beautiful picture of what it means to be in Christ.

You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. - John 13:13-15

Both baptism and communion are clear pictures of Christ’s death.

Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. - Romans 6:3-4

Communion demonstrates our partaking in His body and blood, becoming one with Him, as he prayed in John 17.

I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. - John 17:20-21

Foot washing demonstrates that as Christ laid down His life for us, we are to lay down our lives, our rights and privilege for the body of Christ.

Ben NelsonThanks again for stopping in.

Walk in light today!

Ben

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Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you." - John 13:10 NASB

I have a simple question today?

Are you bathed?

Are you bathed in the blood of Jesus?

Have you allowed the cleansing fountain of His precious blood wash you clean from your sin and idolatry? [Tweet This]

If so – hear this – you are completely clean!

Hallelujah!

Completely Clean!

Am I making myself clear?

The blood of Jesus washes you once and for all.

The filth you walk through on a daily basis – the mess you step in at work – the crud you trudge through in your family – the sewage that splashes on you as you walk down the muddy streets – all that He washes off when you sit with Him.

You settle in at the table He has prepared for you – right there in the presence of your enemies – and once you are settled – He take off His outer garment and grabs an apron off the hook on the wall, picks up a basin of clean warm water and washes all that life off your grimy feet.

Don’t resist His ministry to you today.

Hear Him as He washes the mud and dust and filth from the day away from you, and hear Him as He reminds you that you are COMPLETELY CLEAN.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon.

Ben

If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. (John 13:14 NASB)

You are likely familiar with the situation. It is the Passover meal, and Jesus is sharing it with the men who have walked with Him for 3 ½ years. They don’t know it is the “Last” supper, to them it is another celebration of God's hand of salvation from Egypt those thousands of years before.

Jesus gets up, I am sure at first they don’t even notice, but eventually they quiet down as one by one they start to follow His movements. He then sheds His outer cloak, or tunic and puts a towel around His waste. Then he goes over to the vessel used to bring the water in from the well. He dips some into a bowl.

As He heads back to the table, all eyes are now on Him. The stillness is tangible. Down He goes on His knees in front of Thomas. He gently takes off the dusty sandals. Thomas wants to resist, but the Master steadies Him with a deep look into His eyes as if to say ‘trust me.’

He takes that dusty foot, the first of two-dozen, and rinses the day’s residue off.

They know it’s wrong. It’s all upside down. They have an inkling of the fact that this is not just some teacher, some prophet. They know Jesus is far more. It has come to them over the months, a revelation of awe here, and wonder there. Who is this man?

They suspect, well, they know He is the Messiah, the promised one. But what does that mean? Was He getting ready to start a new priestly order, a prophetic school? Would He seize control of the temple? Would He overthrow Rome?

Now He is acting like a servant.

Rather than answer their confusion, He turns it back on them.

I know you want to rule with Me, to sit on My left and right, so here’s how.

Take off your robe of position, your robe of honor, your robe of distinction, and take up the garment of a servant, the garment of humility. You want to be somebody like Me, take up the robe of a nobody with Me.

Lay down your rights, your privilege, your position, your lives. Take up your cross and follow Me.

Wow – yep – that’s it – just wow.

BenSee you tomorrow

Ben

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