At Jesus’ Feet

It has often been said that the Bible is so simple that a child can understand it, but so complex that the most learned scholars cannot exhaust its meaning.

I believe this is true. Remember the Bible stories we heard as children in our Sunday school classes? One of these stories was the raising of Jairus’ daughter. He was a ruler in the synagogue, and the Bible tells us Jairus had a twelve-year-old daughter who was very ill. He came to Jesus and asked if He would heal her. Jesus obliged. When they got close to the house, Jairus received the message that the daughter had died. Jesus continued to the dead girl’s bedroom. He had with Him Peter, James, John and the girl’s parents. The Lord put his hands on the child and said, “Talitha koum!” which was Aramaic, meaning, “Little girl, I say to you, Ôget up!'” and she stood on her feet. The dead daughter had been resurrected (v. 22-24; 35-42).

Hearing that story, our Sunday school class concluded that Jesus was so powerful He could even raise the dead. It made us feel secure. We understood the story. But is there more to this story? This is a question I have asked many times in preparing a sermon on the text.

There is more! In fact, Tom Wright, one of the world’s leading scholars on the New Testament, tells us that the raising of Jairus’ daughter is not the primary message of the text. Jesus was actually asking, What does it take to bring us to our knees, that we might taste of His grace?

Look at these words: “Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, ÔMy little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.’ So Jesus went with him” (v. 22-24).

Jairus’ story is interrupted when a woman who had been subjected to bleeding for twelve years saw Jesus and thought, If I just touch his clothesÉ Immediately her bleeding stopped. Jesus realized the power had gone out of him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Then the woman fell at His feet, trembling with fear. Jesus said to her, “Go in peace and be freed from your suffering” (v. 25-34).

Before they arrived at Jairus’ house a messenger brought the news that his daughter had died. Jesus told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid; just believe” (v. 35-36).

Arriving at the house, Jesus took the parents, along with Peter, James and John and went in to where the child was. He took her by the hand and said, “Talitha koum!” which means “Little girl, I say to you get up!” Immediately the girl got up and walked around, astonishing the people. Jesus then gave strict orders to let no one know about this (v. 40-43).

Jesus is anxious to serve us all, but what will it take to bring us to His feet? It took the thought of losing his daughter to show Jairus he could not remain neutral toward Jesus and still expect Him to be his Savior. This, according to Bishop Wright, is a basic message of the text. It was this “something else” that I was looking for as I worked with this text. It brings a powerful message to me and I pass it on to you.

What will it take to bring us to Jesus’ feet? Is it only a one-time experience?

We carry many burdens of a spiritual nature. Christ can help us with these troubles, but first we must come to Him. He needs to hear from the burdened soul the same prayer that Jairus prayed: “Please Lord, help me.” If Jesus does not take away the concerns, He will help us walk through it. He will direct, strengthen, and forgive us.

Let me try to make this concrete so that you will know what I am speaking about. Here is a family who has problems which have divided them. It is obvious there is hatred in their souls for one another. They cannot agree on anything that comes up for discussion. You might suggest that each side go his or her own way and just forget each other. But this is not the answer, for they have too many fond memories of good times with each other. These experiences will not return until these strong negative feelings are erased. And that will not happen until they kneel before the Lord Jesus and pray, “Father, help us.”

To change these hearts is another miracle that only the Holy Spirit can do. But what will it take to bring them to Christ for help?

We need a Savior. Some will say, “Who me? I can take care of my own problems.” Had Jairus said that, his daughter would have died, and so many live and die today because humans are not convinced they need a Savior, nor do they know who the Savior is.

The words of this text bring a special warning to those who know Christ intellectually but have yet to bow to their knees and ask for help. Believe me, He will be there to take you by the hand and bring new life to your dying soul.

We carry many spiritual burdens in this life. Jesus is willing to help us with the load of those troubles if we will but take them to him. But what will it take before we bear our burdened soul with him? In this week’s sermon we will talk about a man who took his desperate situation to Jesus, and the lesson we are to learn from it.

Who Do Christian Live With People Who Do Not Like Them?

The story in our text teaches us two very important lessons:

1. Nothing could hinder Jesus from going to Jerusalem to atone for the sins of the world. He stated clearly that he had come to seek and to save the lost. Now the time had come that he should be about his Father’s business. Going to Jerusalem was his assignment.

2. How we Christians live with people who do not like us.

Let’s consider the first teaching. It is the primary message in the text, for it had to do with God’s plan of salvation for the world. This was no pleasure trip for Jesus. He would be falsely accused by the priests and rabbis, unjustly tried by Pilate, and nailed to a cross by Roman soldiers. All this to pay the price for the sins of the world. He would atone for our sins.

When the Samaritans tried to make this trip more difficult by not providing Jesus and his disciples with a place to stay in their village, Jesus didn’t argue with them. He simply went to another village.

However, James and John did not accept the Samaritans’ unkindness as graciously as Jesus did. They were angry and wanted to teach these Samaritans a lesson. They asked Jesus, “Do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”

Then Jesus taught them a lesson. “Get rid of the angry, vindictive spirit. This is not of God. I did not come to destroy, but to save these people.” What a lesson for the world to learn. This is Jesus’ answer to a question for which we humans have no good answer Ð How do Christians live with people who do not like them? How do you live with your children if they do not like you? How do children live with a parent they do not like?

Here is a bit of godly wisdom: Love these people who do not like you. Do not live with the spirit of retaliation. “I’ll get even with you if it is the last thing I do!” Why not junk this immature, sinful spirit and give Jesus’ words on our theme serious thought? The human philosophy of dealing with people who do not like us doesn’t work. If it did, why are there so many murders, divorces, and wars? These come about because we don’t know how to live with people who do not like us.

To complicate the problem, this spirit of retaliation is with us from the beginning of our lives.

Watch two-year-olds in a playpen together. The one hits the other, but it’s not long before the offended one gets in his lick. Bang! He hits the other guy with a plastic hammer.

Now, seven years pass and Art, one of the kids in the playpen, is going to have a birthday party. He tells his mother that Ted, the friend he fought in the pen, is not going to be invited to his party. When his mother asks why he feels this way about Ted, he says, “Ted isn’t nice to me. He never chooses me to be on his side when we are playing games. And besides, when he had a birthday party last month, he didn’t invite me. Now is my chance to get even with him.”

That evening mom and dad have a talk with Art. At their son’s disgust, dad tells Art that Ted will be at the birthday party. God wants you to love Ted, even if he does not like you. That’s the only way you can make him your friend.

When the visit is over and Art is fast asleep, mom says to dad, “I hope we got through to him. It would be terrible if he had this attitude of retaliation as an adult.”

But the lesson didn’t stick. As adults, Art and Ted were involved in a business deal. Ted got the better end of the deal and it cost Art a lot of money. All was legal, but that did not matter to Art. Now he would wait his chance to get even with Ted. The sorry part of the story is that neither Art nor Ted settled their problem, and they lived with bitterness toward each other. Art did not even go to Ted’s funeral, though they belonged to the same church all their lives.

Where we have shown compassion and a desire to help others with no strings attached, we find some of our closest friends. Isn’t the same true internationally?

Occasionally I talk with a person from Denmark, the land of my fathers. I have yet to find one who has bad feelings toward America. Rather, they say, “We can count on America.” It might be a greater compliment than we deserve, but it feels good to hear this.

Why are we sometimes hated by others? When I have to ask why some people dislike me, I have to face some difficult questions. Jesus helps me here when he does not defend my actions toward this person who does not like me. Jesus asks, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ÔLet me take the speck out of your eye when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye; and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye'” (Matthew 7:3-5).

We easily see all the wrong others have done to us, but how do they see us? Do we have some apologizing to do? Can we live I in this world where hatred is so rampant and ignore the counsel of Jesus on this subject? As for me, I have to turn to Jesus and let him show me why this person dislikes me. Then I am on the way to correcting some of my feelings. Jesus is not only my Savior when I fall, he is also my Lord who lifts me up and gives me answers to some of life’s most difficult questions.

A Personal Relationship With God

Some of you who listen to the Christian Crusaders radio broadcast have asked me to define what I mean by “living in a personal relationship with God.” In this sermon I will attempt to answer that request.

Let’s begin by talking about our relationship with people.

During our lifetime, we meet thousands of people with whom we have no relationship. For example, we may attend a baseball game where 40,000 people are present. We only know those people who came to the ballgame with us or some unexpected friend or relative whom we didn’t expect to see at the game. In other words, we have no relationship with most people we meet in a life time.

We then have a group of people with whom we have an impersonal relationship. We know President Obama, but the relationship is very impersonal. It might be better to say, I know of him but I am getting to know him better every day as I learn more about his political philosophy and personal life, which he shares with us. Nevertheless, our relationship will always be impersonal.

But then there is a personal relationship. In the Bible we read, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). These people could be your siblings, parents, children, or a good friend with whom you have a very close relationship and feel comfortable to share everything in your life knowing that he/she will never let you down. Then, of course, there is the husband and wife relationship where, as the Bible says, “you become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). When this husband or wife dies you feel like an amputee.

Building on our human relationships with people, let’s talk about our relationship with God. Here we see many similarities.

God has created us to live in relationship with him. He calls his children Ð sons and daughters. But many deny the existence of God. We call these people atheists. In my way of thinking these people are irrational in their thinking. They defy all logic. Behind the watch there is a watchmaker. Behind the mountain there is a creator. After having many arguments with these people, I pray for them and go on my way. They have no relationship with a God who, for them, does not exist.

Then we have, what I believe is, the largest group of people in world society Ð those who have an impersonal relationship with God. They know about him. They might have gone to a place of worship Ð church, mosque, synagogue Ð and read about him in a religious book such as the Bible or Koran, listened to religious programs on radio or television or discussed him in informal conversation with friends. This group often does not know what to call him. He is a “higher power” or “the man upstairs.” Whatever “it” is, it has no direct relationship with the individual. How would you pray to a “higher power?”

But then there are the rest of us who have a personal relationship with this God who has revealed himself in the person of Jesus Christ and walked among us in the flesh. He has revealed himself to us in the Holy Scriptures and we know God as the omniscient, omnipotent, righteous and loving God. He has created this world and the crowning work of this creation is the human being made by him in his image.

It is this God who wants to have a personal relationship with us. Let me quote just two passages that reveal his love for us. One day, while visiting with his disciples, Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit Ð fruit that will last” (John 13:6).

Jesus is saying he wants to be our friend. He wants to knock down these walls of sin which separate us and live in us. He wants this relationship to last forever.

St. Paul writes, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ÔAbba, Father’. So you are no longer a slave, but a son and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir” (Galatians 4:4-7).

Again you can feel the relationship that God wants to have with us. It is personal, very personal.

When times are especially difficult, we turn to our Savior and there he is. He speaks to us through his Word, and we speak to him through prayer.

The Lord Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Through this message Jesus says, I know your hurts. The load is too heavy for you to carry alone. I am right here with you. Come, pour out your heart. I know what a burden it is. Don’t try to figure out how you can handle this problem yourself. I have the answer. This is a personal relationship.

No matter how close our friendship may be with another human, the time comes when, even though they wish they could help us, they cannot. Not so with Jesus. Peter experienced Jesus’ eternal presence and said, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all of your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7). That is a personal relationship.

Even if the day comes that we think there is more in this world than our Heavenly Father has shown us, and we walk away from him, he walks with us. Read in your Bible the story of the prodigal son. When he walked far from his house and landed in a pig pen because he was destitute, the father was still waiting for him to come home. When the son came to himself and decided to go home, the father ran out to meet him.

Did the father say, You wretched creature. How did you dare to show your face around here? You disgraced your family. No! Rather he had a banquet for him and said, “My son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate” (Luke 15:11-24). That is a parable Jesus taught on a personal relationship between the Savior and the sinner. It is available for all of us. Christ died for us that he could offer us the forgiveness of our sins. That’s grace, amazing grace.

Can you really have this personal relationship with God? Yes, you can, and it’s a relationship that grows the longer we are in daily conversation with him. This is the gift God offers to our world, and he has chosen us to take this message to people who are living apart from their Creator.

I fear that the Church has grown weary of proclaiming the Gospel. So we have found another message that is more acceptable to our culture. It is the social gospel. While it is true that the gospel does have a social emphasis Ð and God tells us to be concerned about the welfare of all people Ð let us remember that this is a secondary message when compared to the redeeming Gospel, which is the only message assuring us of a daily walk with our Lord.

Someday We Will Understand

We live in a different world!

How often have you made this statement?

We live in the world of technology Ð computers, cell phones. I use these products for the most simple purposes and wonder about the rest. I have learned that I can enjoy my computer and cell phone even though they are a mystery to me.

Christians live in a different world. Although many of Jesus’ teachings are beyond their understanding, they still bring great comfort. Let’s turn to the Bible and see the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of Jesus’ disciples.

Our Lord was preparing his disciples for his departure from this world. He said to them, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go there now to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:1-3).

Thomas broke into the conversation and said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” The only places we know are in this world, right here where we live. If you said that you were going to Egypt, it would make sense to us. But what you are telling us does not make sense. Our minds cannot understand your words.

Jesus continued, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip, another of the disciples, said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered; “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ÔShow us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?” (John 14:1-10).

The disciples believed and yet it is evident that they were confused. One could have said to the other, We live in a different world.

But then Jesus made them a promise, “I will ask my Father and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever” (John 14:16).

They were going to be living in another world. It would be a life of hardship, but they would have peace and security. They knew that, even though they might have to die for their faith, when their last breath was drawn they would have an eternal home with God forever. Only the Holy Spirit would make these truths known to them.

Then came Pentecost! It was fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection. The disciples were all together in one place. Strong winds blew, and suddenly the disciples were speaking of the mighty wonders of God in the people’s own languages. Peter then stood up and addressed the crowd: “What you are seeing is the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy when he said . . . ÔI will pour out my Spirit on all people'” (Acts 2:16, 17).

Peter continued in his sermon, “Jesus of Nazareth came to you from God. He preached and taught that he was the Messiah. You put him to death by crucifying him, but God raised him from the dead.” (You should read this whole sermon in Acts 2.)

When Peter had finished his sermon, the people flocked to Peter and the other disciples asking, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Then Peter told them the good news of the Gospel with strong conviction, for all fear had been taken from him, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off Ð for all whom the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:38-39).

Those who accepted this message were baptized, and about 3,000 were added to their number of believers that day. THE CHURCH WAS BORN.

Luther explained God bringing us to repentance and faith in Christ well when he wrote, “I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ or come to Him but the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel . . .”

Now Thomas and Philip had their questions answered and understood. The Holy Spirit had brought them into a new age.

I am reminded of the story Chuck Colson tells in his book Born Again. The CEO of Ratheon, Tom Philips, attended one of Billy Graham’s evangelistic services in Madison Square Garden. He was a member of a mainline Protestant church and without a doubt had an intellectual understanding of Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of the world. However, that night, when Graham gave the altar call, the Holy Spirit was at work in this business executive’s heart. Tom Philips responded to the invitation and asked Christ into his life. This was the beginning of a new age for him, and soon people learned of the change in his life. One of these fortunate people was Chuck Colson who was on his way to prison for being involved in the Watergate break-in.

As I recall the story, Colson went to Philips for counsel, and Philips shared with his friend the difference Christ had made in his life. He presented the Gospel to his friend and gave him a copy of C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. This led to Colson’s conversion. While serving his sentence, Chuck Colson got the inspiration to start a ministry for the people behind bars. This was the beginning of Prison Ministry, which God has used in mighty ways.

This gives us a picture of what the Holy Spirit can do in the lives of people. St. Paul said it best: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:18). We are the carriers of the Gospel, and the Holy Spirit does the rest. What our minds cannot comprehend, the Holy Spirit makes clear. We live in a new age that brings us peace and security when we learn that our Lord goes with us in good and bad days.

I shall never forget the day when, in my Bible reading, the Lord spoke to me through the verse, “I am the vine and you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me (Homer Larsen) you can do nothing” (John 15:5). It was then that my eyes were opened to see how completely dependent I was on the Holy Spirit’s work in my life.

Neither will I forget the day when a faithful church member came to my study and said, “Yesterday, when I listened to your sermon, I first came to understand what you meant when you said, ÔChrist would forgive my sins and I could have the assurance of my salvation.’ How could I have missed this message for so many years?”

So here is the good news for those who still know this message intellectually but cannot fully understand it. Remember, Thomas and Philip didn’t know it for a long time either, and they had been with Christ for three years. Remember Jesus’ promise, “If you continue in my Word, you will know the truth and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31, 32). Someday we will understand.

What Makes the Church Work?

“How do I make this thing work?”

The other day I was out mowing my lawn and the mower died on me about halfway through the job. After checking the gas tank and finding I was not out of gas, I stood and looked it over for a couple of minutes. Then I asked myself how I was going to get it going again. I didn’t know, so I ran over to my mechanic-savvy neighbor and had him look it over, knowing he would know what to do.

At our church we have our engaged couples take a six-week course on making marriage work. In that class we bring them information from Christian marriage experts, look at Scripture, and talk about how to make this thing called “marriage” work.

Let me ask you: How do we make this thing called “church” work? That can be a difficult task at times. Painful. If you have ever been in the middle of a church fight, you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking of your church as the “frozen chosen,” you know what I’m talking about. So, how do we make this thing called church work?

Again, it is important that we turn to an expert and see what he has to say. Our expert is Jesus. After all, he is the architect and designer, and of course he would know what makes a church work. In today’s text he has an answer for us.

He was in Jerusalem in an upper room of a home or a building of some sort with his disciples. It was the night before his crucifixion for the sins of the world. He was alone with his disciples now; the world was on hold while he instructed them Ð his Church.

He had just told them that one of them would betray him. Of course, they asked, “Who?” Jesus nodded to Judas and said, “Do what you need to do.”

At that point, Jesus announced, “Now the Son of Man (meaning himself) has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.” He was talking about God’s plan for him being set in motion. “God is going to glorify me (exalt me),” Jesus told them. “You can’t come with me; but in the meantime . . .”

And Jesus spoke like a king to his subjects:

“A new commandment I give to you. That you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

That is the answer to making a church work from the inventor himself. What is new about that? It is new because of its radical, sacrificial dimension as we hear Jesus describe how this love is to look Ð “Just as I have loved you.”

The love that Jesus has commanded is not a feeling but an action. It is not something you fall into, but something you decide to do. It Is something he actually showed them earlier on that evening.

At the beginning of John chapter 13, John says Jesus loved his disciples to the end. Then he drew this lovely picture of what Jesus did for them in the Upper Room. During the supper Jesus got up from the table, took a basin of water, wrapped a towel around his waist, and went about the table washing the feet of his disciples. His action shocked them, for that kind of work was meant to be done only by a servant, and He was their Lord. When He had finished, Jesus explained that he had given them an example. If he, their Lord and Master, washed their feet, then they should wash each other’s feet in the future. He also attached a promise: You will be blessed if you do this.

Some biblical experts have wisely pointed out that Jesus humbling himself like that was something like a parable of how he would later humble himself at the cross to cleanse us from our sinfulness and give us eternal life. Jesus came to be the sacrifice – the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Love one another Ð just as I have loved you. Wash feet.

Jesus is talking to his Church Ð you and me, Christian husbands and wives, parents, and grandparents Ð all on the same journey, following Jesus. Love one another Ð WASH FEET.

“As you obey this new commandment, everyone will know that you are my disciples,” Jesus said. “It is the mark of my ownership on your life.” That is what makes the church work.

Jesus knew how those disciples were wired. Someone would always want to be lording it over the others. They had their own ambitions and had argued in the past about who was the greatest disciple. Human nature is like that. If Jesus’ church was going to remain vital and strong, effectively carrying out the mission of bringing the good news to the world, they would have to follow these instructions or it would soon fall apart.

Every one of us who calls Jesus Lord and Savior in our lives is powered to do just that. We just celebrated Pentecost. We have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, empowering us to follow through on what our King Jesus has commanded. We can wash feet and serve one another as Jesus tells us to do.

So, there we have it! What makes the church work? What makes the Christian marriage work? What makes a Christian family work? A willingness to wash feet. The church’s motto is to be: We do feet! Of course, Jesus wasn’t talking literally of lining up people and washing their feet. He was describing an ongoing attitude and call to action to serve.

I have a wonderful congregation that has gotten very good at foot washing. During this tough economic time, we have had some unemployment in our ranks, some people have been unable to pay their bills. I cannot tell you the number of times I have had someone send in a check with a note, “Please use this to help these people make ends meet.”

Not long ago, someone wrote me a letter telling that when they lost their home to a fire, a household in the church opened their home to them and took care of them for months.

Then there is the day-to-day looking out for each other Ð little things like sending a card, making a phone call, asking, “How are you doing, really . . . ?” There is much joy in washing feet. Jesus promised blessings to those who, not only know these things, but actually do them.

A number of years ago, I read a book telling the story of the impact a congregation had on their community through following Christ’s instruction to love each other and take care of each other. At one point the author wrote: “When people are being loved, word gets around . .. . And people get drawn in.”

The church that Jesus had in mind has people not asking “What is the church going to do for me?” but “What can I do for my brothers and sisters in Christ?”

What does this instruction look like in our marriages? My friends, Earl and Delores, had been married since their early twenties. In 1973 Delores became very sick and was diagnosed with Lupus. This terrible disease can leave a person incapacitated. For the next twenty years, Earl took care of her without complaint. He faithfully served her. When the disease wiped them out financially, Earl took on two jobs besides caring for his wife. He bathed her and cooked for her. He saw to her every need and was a champion foot washer and a beautiful witness.

Marriage author David Mace writes: “By their gracious influence, Christian homes win more converts than all the preachers put together. Give us enough of them, and the world would soon be a Christian world; for the world’s life rises to higher levels only as its homes do.”

We Christians bear witness to the world by how we live out our marital commitments and how we love one another.

Beloved (and if you are a follower of Jesus, you are his beloved), He has loved you with a sacrificial love that took him all the way to the cross to pay for your sins and bring you to a saving relationship with God. He has breathed his Holy Spirit into you. His command to you is simple: “Love one another, as he has loved you.” Wash feet. Why? Because according to our King, that is what makes this thing called church work.