Love One Another

We continued our study of the last week of Christ, and I said, “Yesterday Jesus was anointed by a woman and after that, Judas went and talked to the chief priests about handing Christ over to them.  Why?  We know that satan entered Judas, and Judas went to the chief priest.  We know that satan causes doubt which will lead to sin.  He was there in the garden of Eden when he asked Eve, ‘Did God really say…’  There is a saying, ‘“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.’  Judas paid a price that cost him his life.  How much was he given to betray Jesus? Thirty pieces of silver.  Mathew 26:14-16, ‘The one of the twelve – the one called Judas Iscariot – went to the chief priests and asked, “‘What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?’  So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand Him over.”

Judas waited for an opportunity when no crowd was present.  Who would know where Jesus would be better than His disciples?  Luke 21:37-39, “Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening He went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, and all the people came early in the morning to hear Him at the temple.”  Judas knew that Jesus would be at the Mount of Olives.  When Jesus was arrested, He was in Gethsemane.  Where was Gethsemane?  In the Mount of Olives.

How can a disciple of Jesus betray Him?  The question is, “Are we truly a follower or just a tag-a-long?”  When Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Judas?  Who did he say Jesus is?  Matthew 26:25, “Then Judas, the one who would betray Him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?”  There is a big difference between Christ, the Son of the living God and Rabbi or teacher.  We also need to evaluate our relationship with Him.  If we open our Bibles and study His word only on Sunday, then we can be sure that our relationship is not strong.  We need to be in the Word and the Word in us, not on the shelf.

When the disciples are listed, it revealed the disciples’ relationship with Jesus.  Mark 3:16-19, “These are the twelve He appointed: Simon (to whom He gave the name Peter); James, son of Zebedee, and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder); Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him.”  Those who are listed first had a closer relationship with Jesus than those who are listed last.  Who was with Jesus during the transfiguration?  Peter, James and John.  Who is last on the list?  Judas Iscariot.

Not much was said about Jesus on Thursday until twilight after 6:00pm, which is Friday for the Jewish people, but we know that He taught in the temple during the day and went to Bethany at night.

The boys played all day, and then in the afternoon, they crossed to the front property to spend time with their siblings.

After dinner, I talked to the boys about the feast of the Passover. We also talked about Jesus washing the feet of His disciples.  I asked them, “What does it mean when Jesus said, ‘A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean.  And you are clean, though not every one of you.’  Is Jesus talking about a physical bath?  No, what He is talking about is the washing of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit.  Titus 3: 3-7, “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared He saved us, not because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”  Although we are clean, we live in a sinful world and all of us are sinners.  We will sin while we walk this earth.  Our bodies are clean yet our feet will get dirty.  When we do sin, we need to repent of our sins and our feet will be clean.  We will be forgiven.

One of the older boys from Buen Pastor wanted to help me as we washed the feet of our boys. I washed the feet of our little one first, and then the feet of the older boy.  We washed and dried the feet of all the boys.  Afterward, I said, “Jesus said, ‘I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.’  Jesus wants us to live our lives in humility.  No one is better than the other.  I cannot look at a boy and say, ‘Wash his feet?  No way!’  I am not better than Jesus.  Jesus showed His love for His disciples by washing their feet with humility and then dying on the cross so we could be with Him.  I love you boys very much and Jesus desires for us to go and serve others with humility, like He did.  When you behave in school, you are washing the feet of your teachers.  When you encourage others and not discourage, you are washing the feet of others.  When you are obedient to your dorm parents, you are washing their feet.  Jesus said, ‘Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’”

All His,

Lee and Candy


Principles of success #11

I will send this early because we will leave the house for the airport at 3:45am.

I have not received any negative responses to our increase October 1st for visitors to Casa and for sponsorship so I am assuming that you understand that transportation, food and utility costs have all risen here in Guatemala. Thank you for your kind understanding.

We had lunch with Mike Davis who came & stayed at Casa for a number of months. It was good to see him after more than a year.

This is the last day so Dottie did a little shopping to insure the suitcases were filled.

The twenty-first principle of success is that you need to stay away from the complainer and the negative people. Philippians 4:11 “For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content”.

It is true that complainers can rot out a relationship or an organization. Unfortunantly every church or ministry has the group of unhappy and uncooperative negative people. A complainers eats away at the foundation of the leader and if unchecked or listened to will erode the base as a termite does with a foundation of a home.

22) Get up early! Song of Solomon 7:12 “Let us get up early to the vineyards”. Laziness is the death of a man or an organization. It takes high energy to lead a multi-personnel organization. Casa has 118 employees so this is a large ministry of which Sebastian and the team are responsible. Staying in bed is an escape and never is productive.

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