Via David Annecharico
“(ESV) 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.” Matt 27:50
“(ESV) 3 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, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 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.” John 13:3-5
This week, we are discussing what it means to be Man. Today, let’s consider an aspect of Man that most uniquely identifies Jesus Christ: He was a Man for others. It is this radical love that weaves its theme through our Gospels and Letters, making them unique among the world’s religions.
He YIELDED up his spirit (KJV). He GAVE it up. (ESV). It’s one thing to die in private; may we all have that dignity. However, Jesus Christ was murdered in a public spectacle. God does not act unintentionally. The eye-witnesses were meant to see that his final act on the cross contained his entire message rolled up into one thing: Love. He yielded his spirit, his spark of life, his soul. He freely gave it up.
What does this look like for you and me? In John 13, we have a perfect example of being a man for others. He made Simon yield when he protested because, again, God’s does not act unintentionally. There was a lesson that needed to be memorialized in eternity – a “guidepost” for those who are wondering what it means to BE for others. The washing of the feet must be our attitude towards leadership.
Wherever you go, try and spark that giving spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you. Perhaps you are supposed to change someone’s day! Perhaps you are supposed to take out the trash. Either way, do it.
Lord, Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me! Show me where to go and put the words in my mouth. Give me strength of will and conviction to be your vessel. Make me courageous with your courage. I heard your message, and I believed it. Don’t leave me ever! Be with me forever.
THIS WEEK: Read John 13:1. What does this first sentence mean to you? https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+13&version=NIV