“So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
‭‭John‬ ‭13:12-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


I have trouble wrapping my head around that glorious night so long ago. That night when the Creator God of the Universe stooped to wash the feet of His disciples, before He went to cross. He humbled Himself as a servant, thus modeling for them the service they should render to one another.

We are all on even ground before the throne of God, as His grace shows know favoritism, no bias, and grace is offered to all. We are living in a time when the nation is going through a reckoning, as consequences of sins unconfessed and unacknowledged, are bubbling to the surface, creating havoc.

God sees all of our sins and He is beginning to bring judgement to America, as He is around the world.

The sad truth is that we are a nation of haters, as all people, of all races, harbor bias against others on the basis of race. No one is innocent. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
‭‭I John‬ ‭1:8-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We battle each other, seeking justification for sin, for reasons to have the views that we have. Pervasive sin creates motivation unto itself, as flesh battles flesh, as force moves force in a neverending back and forth, that does little but increase the frequency of conflict, pushing us ever closer to destruction.

Change is impossible with man, as we are stubborn, and unwilling to let go of our flawed and short sighted beliefs. It is only through the power of the Gospel that we can end the sin of racial bias, and heal the land. No law can do it, no measure of wokeness, no endless miles of marches, no amount of benign neglect or willful ignorance.

We have a sin problem.

As I read the account of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples, I found myself remembering a moment long ago, when a white man from the South named Marty washed my feet. At that time, the meaning was vague, but in light of all that we are going through now, it has eternal significance, as it demonstrated two souls saved, cleansed, and equalized at the foot of the cross.

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭3:26-29‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

There is coming a day when those who are the born again ones, will meet in Heaven. There will be know black sections, no white sections, no asian, or native american, nor Latin, but only the saved, bought through the blood of the lamb.

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!””
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭7:9-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We don’t have to wait until then, as the Gospel can do in human hearts what will later be done in glorified bodies. Let us be bold to go forth and tell of this Jesus, this One who brings true equality, who changes hearts. He brings unity to those who believe.

I wrote previously how the events of this past year are a revealer of souls, as who we are is being forced to the surface as emotions become raw. It has confirmed for me that Jesus is our only hope. In Christ we are made one.

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:1-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Jesus has made us peacemakers in these perilous times, as we have the One from above, drawing us to the high ground, on equal footing in Him.

My people, choose to love today. Choose to seek those ties that bind. Pray for each other. Let each of us be a shelter for the others, that we can have umbrage from the storms to come. May we be faithful to tell others about Jesus, that they too have access to the Great Equalizer.

Make us one, Lord, make us one;
Holy Spirit, make us one.
Let your love flow so the world will know
we are one in you.
Make us one, Lord, make us one;
Holy Spirit, make us one.
Let your love flow so the world will know
we are one in you.
-Carol Cymbala


One thought on “Equalizer

  1. Make us one in deed! Love to Promise and John 13:17 “if you know these things, Blessed are you if you do though.” I am begging the Lord for his health and strength to do them. Thanks so much Bernie!


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