John 13, Jesus Washed His Disciples Feet

I read today John Chapters 13 -14

Yesterday I read;

Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful, 1981, by Alan Paton, South African author

I bought this book from my favourite second hand bookstore. They said that it came from a lady’s estate who had thousands of books. What a gift to posterity! I was able to purchase it for $2.99. and gladly paid.

I had read it with interest in fits and starts as I usually have books of assorted kinds going at once. Books are a comfort and joy and food  for my many jumbled thoughts and concerns. It is joyful whenever I find a book written by someone who has love in his heart as Alan Paton demonstrates with Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful. This book covers the 1952-58 time period beginning in what they call, “The Defiance Campaign” in which they pushed back against some of the apartheid laws such as separate use of public places, places of worship,  transportation, and land occupancy laws.

Here is a photo of pages 234 & 235

page 234

page 235

Many things I’ve read in the book have reminded me of the injustices in our own country’s dealings with our neighbors in our own country as well as the world. The fears of the Afrikaners made them do horrid things through apartheid and of course they committed even worse atrocities against the black and brown peoples with whom they unevenly shared that beautiful land.

To simplify I will say that their justifications for their separate existence laws from the native South Africans and the other brown skinned peoples like the Indians whom they imported into the country for labor to build railroads were made out of arrogance, greed, and Darwinian type genetic racial inequality theories, but mostly FEAR of their superior numbers. The Christians in South Africa of all colors were sifted through the age of White Rule. There where were many Whites who responded to the commands of Jesus Christ to treat their Black and Brown brothers with kindness, many as in this book were ostracized for it.

This book was written in 1981, before the abolition of official Apartheid. Looking backward we can see many things have improved, yet much is still to be done. I think much has to be done in our country too. God cannot be pleased with Christians supporting suppressions of freedoms out of fear when He told us that we are to fear none but God himself. We have a long way to go.  In verse 34 Jesus gives a new commandment.

John 13 Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet and Gives A New Commandment

I meditated upon the act of Jesus washing feet all night long, I dreamed in wonder about it. This morning I got my Bible out to get the unadulterated Word.

Verse 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Do they know? Do we love?

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Liberty to the Captives

This is not my home

As beautiful as I think it is, this world is not my home.

If taken to it’s furthest application, the rejection of liberty in man’s government here on earth will lead to the necessary establishment of the beliefs of one or other group of peoples. As a Christian it is tempting to attempt to institute Christianity (which incidentally has no law only grace) as the bar of all law in the United States of America.

  John 18:36  King James Version (KJV)
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Our Saviour was not the kind of king that the Pharisees and Sadducee and leaders of His people wanted, He came in humbleness in a low estate not the conquering king they wanted. The folly of this is the violation of God’s order of the church age in which “whomsoever believeth” SUBMITS BY GRACE given to Him by God to the commands of Christ. That leaves all others under forced obedience (in effect slaves) to LAW without belief.

Christ fulfills the LAW but He never took away the liberty to reject His Propitiation. Jesus gave clear warnings of the consequences of rejecting so great a sacrifice, but He did not force anyone to believe.

Another folly is to attempt to institute Levitical Judaic law as a broad basis for man’s government so as to leave the New Covenant of Jesus out of man’s government, thereby placing man back under the law that our Saviour fulfilled and replaced with His Propitiation. In what way is that Christian? How could that be considered as giving more opportunity to believe in Jesus Christ of Nazareth?

Rather government without Christ is government without Christ’s commandments and specifically his two greatest;

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbour as thyself.  40 On these two commandments hang ALL the law and the prophets.”

These two commandments include the ten commandments. What is then different about Christian/Judaic government vs. New Covenant Christian government?

A. The complete absence of Jesus Christ (He is not named in our US Constitution even though Christians ascribe “our Creator” to be Jesus).

B. The Levitical law and the 613 Judaic laws in the Pentateuch which were added by the priesthood onto the Ten Commandments.

C. No grace only law.

D. Enslavement.

Jesus Christ came to give liberty to the captives. His Kingdom is not of this earth.

It is foolish to sidestep into the Law away from Grace.

We have eternal citizenship in heaven if we are believers in Jesus, and we are temporary citizens of the world which we have been told we have to be in but not to be of.