Humility & Hospitality
The One Anothers
HOSPITALITY To entertain or receive a stranger (sojourner) into one’s home as an honored guest and to provide the guest with food, shelter, and protection. This was not merely an oriental custom or good manners but a sacred duty that everyone was expected to observe. Only the depraved would violate this obligation.
Hospitality in Jesus Day
Is The Hospitality of Jesus Self Serving?
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HUMILITY The personal quality of being free from arrogance and pride and having an accurate estimate of one’s worth.
Did you ever notice the reason Christ gave for learning of Him? He might have said: “Learn of me, because I am the most advanced thinker of the age. I have performed miracles that no man else has performed. I have shown my supernatural power in a thousand ways.” But no: the reason He gave was that He was “meek, and lowly in heart.”
One of Spurgeon’s students went into a pulpit with every expression of confidence but he had an extremely difficult time. He came down distressed, almost brokenhearted, and he went to Spurgeon about it. The words of Spurgeon to him were these, “If you had gone up as you came down, you would have come down as you went up.”
Do you want to be humble?
It was a mark of honor for a host to provide a servant to wash a guest’s feet; it was a breach of hospitality not to provide for it (cf. 1 Sam. 25:41; Luke 7:40–50; 1 Tim. 5:10). Wives often washed their husbands’ feet, and children washed their parents’ feet. Most people, of course, had to wash their own feet.
Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet
Peter is taken back. “You will never wash my feet — ever”.
A servant is not greater than his master.
Here is the Rhetoric that Jesus uses.
How can I be humble?
John describes the foot washing. The other gospels describe the Lord’s Supper.
Only John describes the foot washing; only the other Gospels present Jesus’ words over the bread and the cup. But both fit neatly together as part of the same meal, a Jewish Passover feast, which Jesus reinterpreted as symbolizing His upcoming, self-giving death for the sins of humanity.