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The Power of the Cross is in the Purpose of the Towel

This morning I was able to have some time to reflect on Easter. It’s crazy, I know, we just had 4 Easter services and just now I’m starting to think about it… it’s what happens when you are focussed on preparing 8 services… which were awesome.

As I began to reflect on what Jesus did for us, I began to think about the reason Jesus came.

Why did Jesus come?

Did He come to earth to prove He was the Son of God? No, he could have done that in so many different ways. So why did he come?

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:27

Jesus came to this earth, not in a Kingly fashion (as He rightfully deserved), with parades and pomp and circumstance. He came in the form of a human being and took it one step further, He came as our servant.

He illustrated his purpose for coming to His disciples the night before he was to be taken into custody by the governing officials.

4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”
Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”
John 13:4-8 (NLT)

Jesus didn’t take a crown of gold or a kingly garment to illustrate the purpose of his trip to earth. Instead, he used a robe and a towel to show the disciples why he was about to endure the cross.

Jesus died to serve us. Jesus died so we could belong to Him.

Jesus didn’t die to  show us He was God’s Son, although He did prove that. Jesus died to serve us. By giving up His life, He made it so we could have life.

The power of the cross is in the purpose of the towel.

Now we are to do the same. Pick up the towel this week.