Passover-Easter Connections Day 4

Servant leadership = a paradox. When most people think of a leader things like authority, assertiveness, domination, power, respect… come to mind. When Jesus talks about leadership He talks about servant leadership. Since today is Maundy Thursday, where we remember the Last Supper, let’s go there:

“Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him…

And since I [Jesus], your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.” [John 13:3-5, 14-17]

It would have been exponentially easier and more pleasant for Jesus to not wash the disciples’ feet. Think the end of the day of camp with mud in crevices and an ingrown toenail… [yikes] Jesus washed and it was clean. He knew how unpleasant the washing would be, but He chose to follow through. The same is true with His painful death.

Compare this with Pharaoh’s leadership. Check out this video clip:

What is the difference between Pharaoh & Moses? Moses not only acknowledges God’s work, but gives Him credit and is obedient. Pharaoh puffs himself up and depends on his own flawed authority. ‘I am the morning and evening star.’ Oh, really? If that is the case, then God made you, Mr. Star and can take you out… and God does! Do you reflect more of Moses or Pharaoh? Sometimes I lean more to Pharaoh, but other times more so Moses. Let us, contemporary followers of our great God, continue to ask where do I need more humility and how can I serve today?

Let us embrace true authority- Jesus’ authority to teach and heal. This is what Easter is partly about- rightfully returning awe and control to God as He demonstrates His power and Jesus rises to life once again!

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