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The Feet of Jesus

The Feet of Jesus

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
Focusing on the feet of Jesus is fascinating, for they are very revealing of what his life was all about.
Focusing on the feet of Jesus is fascinating, for they are very revealing of what his life was all about.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 17, 2009
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 THE FEET OF JESUS Based on Luke 7:36-50By Pastor Glenn PeaseCenturies ago the Danes decided to invade Scotland. They very cleverly movedtheir great army in the night so they could creep up on the Scottish forces and takethem by surprise. In order to make this advance as noiseless as possible they camebarefooted. As they neared the sleeping Scots, one unfortunate Dane brought hisfoot down on a bristling thistle. He let out with a roar of pain that was like atrumpet blast which rang through the sleeping camp. The Scots were alerted, andquickly grabbed their weapons, and the Danes were driven back.One could say that they came within one foot of victory, but one foot led to theirdefeat. The thistle from that time on was adopted as the national emblem of Scotland. Feet are vital for the onward march, but they can also be your foe andlead you to defeat because of their weakness. Not all have the feet of the Kentuckybackwoods farmer who never wore shoes. One day he came into the cabin andstood by the fireplace with his callused feet. His wife said, "You'd better move yourfeet a mite, you're standin on a live coal." He replied, "Which foot?"Unfortunately, most foot soldiers do not have feet that tough. Even Achilles, thegreat Greek warrior, had one weak spot, and that was the heel of his foot. It was bymeans of an arrow in his heel that he was brought to defeat. Our feet determinewhether we stand or fall in more ways than one.The statue, or government, or organization, with feet of clay is easily toppled.When we want somebody to become independent, we tell them to stand on their owntwo feet, and to get both feet on the ground. The unstable position and shakyargument puts a man where we say he doesn't have a leg to stand on. All of themany texts about the Christian walk and the Christian stand make clear that feetare essential equipment for the Christian life, for you cannot stand or walk withoutfeet.The feet can bring you to defeat, or they can march you to victory. Either waythe feet play a major role in every life, and that includes the life of our Lord. Thereare 27 references to the feet of Jesus in the New Testament. That is likely a greaterfocus on feet than you will find in the biography of any other man. Biblical timeswere times of far greater foot consciousness. There are 4 Hebrew and 2 Greekwords for feet. There are 162 references to feet in the Old Testament, and 75 in theNew Testament. Feet were just more conspicuous in that world where walking,marching, and cleaning of feet, and sitting at the feet of others, were daily events.The feet of Jesus were exposed, and so more people beheld the feet of Christ thanother great men of history. The feet of Jesus were the center of so much of Hisactivity. In Matt. 15:30 we read, "Great crowds came to Him, bringing the lame,
 
blind, the crippled, the dumb and many others, and laid them at His feet, and Hehealed them." Mary became famous for sitting at the feet of Jesus and soaking inthe wisdom of His teaching. Many were laid at His feet unable to walk, and Jesuslifted them up and stood them on their own two feet again, and enabled them towalk and be restored to the world of folks with feet that would function again. Onlythose who have lost the ability to walk can appreciate how beautiful it must havebeen to be laid at the feet of one, who because He created feet could fix them, andmake them work again."I cried because I had no shoes till I saw a man who had no feet," is a popularsaying, but here were crowds who wept for joy, for those with no feet walked awayfrom the feet of Jesus having been made whole. Walking is being revived in our dayfor health and exercise, but in the day of Christ walking was a necessity, and that iswhy one of the most frequent miracles of the New Testament was that of making thelame walk. To be put back on your feet was to be given new life. We take our feetfor granted, and do not often consider that they are one of the wonders of creation.Leonardo da Vinci called the feet, "A masterpiece of engineering and a work of art." There are 26 bones in each foot or 52 in both, and that is one forth of thebones in our body. By means of these instruments the average person by the age of 55 has walked 70,000 miles, or 2 and one half times around the world. GiletteBurgess may sound silly, but he was rightly amazed when he wrote-My feet, they haul me round the house,And hoist me up the stairs.I only have to steer them, andThey ride me everywheres.Another poet wrote some lines that became more well known.Lives of great men all remind usWe can make our lives sublime,And departing leave behind usFootprints in the sands of time.Jesus did so more than any other who has ever lived, and we want to sit at Hisfeet and focus on them, for His footprints have changed the course of history. Everyplace the feet of Jesus touched have become places of deep interest, study, andresearch. We cannot look at all 27 references, and so we will only get a foot in thedoor of this lowly yet lofty subject. We will focus on the feet of Jesus from the pointof view of them being instruments of sovereignty, suffering, and of service. First letslook at His feet as-I. INSTRUMENTS OF SOVEREIGNTY.
 
Many ancient monuments picture the kings with their feet on the necks of thevanquished to show they are sovereign and victorious. They have the enemy incomplete subjection. The feet are symbols of power. We see this very thing inJoshua 10:24 where we read, "When they had brought the kings to Joshua, hesummoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had comewith him, 'come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.' So they cameforward and placed their feet on their necks." This was to encourage thecommanders and give them assurance of victory over the enemy.We see Paul doing the same thing on a spiritual level for the soldiers of the cross.He writes in Romans 16:20, "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under yourfeet." The image of the song Onward Christian Soldiers is very biblical, forChristians are to march forward like an army of foot soldiers conquering territorythat is under the power of Satan, and liberating those he holds captive. Our feet areweapons of warfare, and by means of our feet we are to gain victory and sovereigntyover Satan. In Epb. 6 where Paul describes the whole armor of God that we are toput on, he does not neglect the feet, but urges us to have our feet shod with thepreparation of the Gospel. The point is that foot power was, is, and will ever be, aprimary power, for the feet of our Lord will forever be a place where we worshipHis majesty and glory.Paul in I Cor. 15;25 says of Jesus, "For He must reign until He has put all Hisenemies under His feet." The last enemy to be destroyed is death, and when thisfinal foe is fully vanquished the whole universe will be under the sovereign feet of Christ. This is the plan of God that Paul explains in Eph. 1. He says that this is whyGod raised Jesus and exalted Him to His own right hand, "..far above all rule andauthority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in thepresent age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under His feetand appointed Him to be head over everything for the church." He who has themost powerful feet is the head.When the Apostle John was caught up to see a vision of the ascended Christ hewas very conscious of his Lord's feet. In Rev. 1:15 he says, "His feet were likebronze glowing in a furnace." And in verse 17 he says, "When I saw Him I fell atHis feet as though dead." One day all who loved Jesus will experience the wonderand joy of falling before His sovereign feet.Lo, at His feet with awful joyThe adoring armies fall!With joy they shrink to nothing thereBefore the eternal all.Whenever you fall at the feet of Jesus you have arrived at a high point in yourspiritual life. William Cowper wrote,Tis joy enough, my all in all,

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