She knocked on a door she didn’t recognize. It was answered by a woman she deeply loved. No words were exchanged, but she made her way into the unfamiliar house. She quickly stated her reasoning for coming and asked if she could wash her friends feet. With a blank stare her dear friend led her into the bathroom where a bath was being drawn. As the woman took out her little towel to begin washing her friends feet, her friend grabbed her and started pushing her head repeatedly below the water. With every breath she could grab she called out to Jesus for help. She cried out… What name do you come in? Do you say Jesus Christ has come in the flesh? She then bound out evilness in the name and bloodshed of Jesus. The chaos immediately stopped. There was a bed near by and her friend laid down. Soaking wet, she pulled herself out of the tub and went to her friends feet. Washing the feet of the woman she loved. Praising God for her next breath. Singing victory over death. Praying blessings on her dear friend. Once she was finished they both got up. Questions were asked… “Do you know why Jesus washed his disciples feet?” “Do you know why I have washed your feet?” No answers. Only blank stares. She continued to speak… The reason I have washed your feet, my dearest friend… is because I love you. I forgive you. I release you.
At the last supper Jesus washed the feet of his closest 12 disciples. He was deeply troubled because he already knew that one would betray him. The one sitting closest to him. Fully knowing that Judas Iscariot had already plotted against him, he still washed his feet. He still loved him. Once he was done washing his disciples feet, he asked them. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” “Now that I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you should also wash one another’s feet. I have set the example that you would do as I have done for you.” (From the book of John chapter 13.)
The enemy had thought he had won, by using Judas, Jesus’ close friend, to betray him. However, what the enemy meant for harm, God turned it for good. Jesus had to endure being betrayed, to bring about the change God needed to use him for.
For God has said “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” Romans 12:19
“It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” Deuteronomy 32:35
If you aren’t familiar with the story of what happened to Judas, flip over to Matthew chapter 27. “When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse.” “I have sinned….For I have betrayed innocent blood.” “Then he went away and hanged himself.”
Is there someone in your life that has betrayed you? Someone that you never thought would? May we take Jesus example and choose peace over chaos. Forgiveness over vindictiveness. God will take care of the rest. Our job is to keep our own heart right with the Lord.