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Topic: Great (07/06/06)
TITLE: The Moneybag
By Pat Guy
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The cool stone floor felt hot to the souls of his feet.
His turn was next and anger flowed into something else, something close to becoming … shame. But he rationalized that Jesus’ display of humility was having an affect on them all. The chatter among them hushed as Jesus slowly moved from disciple to disciple. Silence echoed of water upon water as each squeeze of the laden sponge released its excess burden.
This is not acceptable!
Jesus moved the basin to the left of Judas’ feet. Head bent, He reached over into the water, and lifted the weighty sponge with unblemished hands willing to submit to this crucial task. He continued to wash Judas’ feet until they were cleansed from all dust and grime. He wrapped them with His towel until they were dry.
Jesus looked up – their eyes met.
There, before Judas, uncovered and bare was Master/servant, Teacher/carpenter. Wise Lord … humble man.
Judas knew, that Jesus knew. He felt exposed – revealed! The need of a deeper cleansing rushed to the surface and burned his cheeks. A bead of sweat made its path down the side of his face. Shame flowed into something else, something close to becoming … hate. He reassured himself of his elevated importance to the Chief Priests, and to other teachers; those of the law willing to pay for his services. He clutched the moneybag always in his care.
With renewed fervor, he looked down into the grave eyes of a troubled heart. Unmoved, he spoke a silent warning; I can, and I will, do this.
Judas couldn’t hear the reply of Love spoken back into eyes lost to pride and greed. He was already anticipating the events for later that night, relishing the praise … the thirty pieces of silver.
‘When Jesus had finished washing their feet, He put on His clothes and returned to His place teaching the disciples these words, ‘I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master … do as I have done for you … and you will be blessed … as I have loved you, so you must love one another.’
Within hours into the following day, stripped and scourged by Roman soldiers, the hands that washed the disciples feet, were nailed to a cross to cleanse the heart of man.
‘Greater love has no one than this …’*
Judas searched out a quiet place … where he ended his stay, as keeper of the moneybag … forever.*
Based on John 13 (NIV)
*John 15:13 (NIV)
Based on Matt. 27:5 (NIV)
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