- The Washing of Feet can heal the damage caused by foolish pride.
“So he got up from supper, laid aside his outer clothing, took a towel, and tied it around himself. Next, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around him.” John 13: 4-5 (CSB)
Problem: We feel deep inside we are better than others.
Result: We wait for others to serve us.
Solution: We humble ourselves and put others first.
- The Last Supper can heal the damage caused by broken fellowship.
“As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26: 26-28 (CSB)
Problem: We harbor jealousy and distrust of one another.
Result: We have broken community and truly dislike each other.
Solution: We share the common bread and cup of Christ.
- The Garden of Gethsemane can heal the damage caused by stubborn disobedience. “He said to them, “I am deeply grieved to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” Going a little farther, he fell facedown and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26: 38-39 (CSB)
Problem: We insist on doing life our way.
Result: We disobey God’s plan creating trouble for ourselves and others.
Solution: We surrender our life to doing the will of our Father.
- The Trial of Jesus can heal the damage caused by false accusations.
“The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death,but they could not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. Finally, two who came forward stated, `This man said, ‘I can destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” Matthew 26:59-61 (CSB)
Problem: We say things about others that are untrue.
Result: We put others through unjust suffering and pain.
Solution: We speak the truth and leave the results to God.
- The Condemnation of Jesus can heal the damage caused by painful rejection.
”Pilate went outside again and said to them, “Look, I’m bringing him out to you to let you know I find no grounds for charging him.”Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” When the chief priests and the temple servants saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” Pilate responded, “Take him and crucify him yourselves, since I find no grounds for charging him.” John 19:4-6 (CSB)
Problem: We judge others by false standards.
Result: We put others through heart-breaking rejection and scorn.
Solution: We find our peace in the truth God accepts us.
- The Crucifixion of Jesus can heal the damage caused by unpaid moral debts. “A jar full of sour wine was sitting there; so they fixed a sponge full of sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it up to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished.”Then bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.” John 19: 29-30 (CSB)
Problem: We create moral debts we cannot pay. .
Result: We experience guilt and deserve punishment.
Solution: We find forgiveness in the finished payment of Christ.
- The Resurrection of Jesus can heal the damage caused by hopeless situations.
“Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know it was Jesus. “Woman,” Jesus said to her, “why are you crying? Who is it that you’re seeking?” Supposing he was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you’ve carried him away, tell me where you’ve put him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” Turning around, she said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!”—which means “Teacher.” John 20: 14-16 (CSB)
Problem: We allow important relationships to suffer and die.
Result: We give up all hope we will ever know joy again.
Solution: We witness God do the impossible as He restores relationships to life.