At the Feet of Jesus
Have you ever noticed in the Gospel accounts how often someone kneels in front of Jesus? How often someone is “at the feet” of Jesus?
Those feet were fondly caressed by an adoring mother in the manger. They walked through the carpentry shop. They were supposed to follow the family from the temple, yet stayed behind.
The feet of Jesus stepped into the Jordan at baptism and later walked on the Sea of Galilee. Those feet stood on the mountain preaching and walked a thousand miles helping the hurting. The feet of Jesus kicked over the tables of those who made the house of the Lord a mockery. They did not run when His accusers approached in the Garden of Gethsemane in response. The feet of Jesus walked up the hill to Golgotha and were nailed to a cross.
Think what a privilege it is to sit at the feet of Jesus. When I think of someone sitting at the feet of Jesus, I always turn to a story recorded in Luke 10. Jesus is in Bethany at the home of Mary and Martha and Lazarus. Martha is busy preparing a meal for her guests. But Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus, hearing his word and listening to his teachings.
And there were so many others we read about who sat at the feet of Jesus. In the home of Simon the Pharisee, a woman found forgiveness at Jesus’ feet (Luke7). There was also a woman brought and flung down at Jesus’ feet in John 8. She had been caught in adultery, but she, too, found forgiveness there.
While some found forgiveness, others found healing. Matthew tells us, “And great crowds came to Him, bringing with them the lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they put them down at His feet; and He healed them” (Matthew 15:30). Outcasts and rejects find acceptance at Jesus’ feet. Worldly wounds are healed, and calloused souls are softened and saved by his touch. Others found there a place of prayer. Jairus chose to pray at the feet of Jesus when his daughter was at the point of death (Mark 5:22-23).
Some came to the feet of Jesus to find a place of thanksgiving and rest. Luke 17 gives an account of Jesus cleansing 10 lepers. Only one returned to give thanks. That one fell on his face at Jesus’ feet and thanked him for healing. In Luke 8, there is the story of a man who was afflicted by demons, his mind so tortured that he had no rest. Jesus cast the demons from him, and in Luke 8:35 we see him in his right mind and at rest. Luke tells us, quite naturally, he wanted to continue to rest at the feet of Jesus.
We all need to spend some time at the feet of Jesus. We will find it a place of forgiveness and learning. A place of prayer and refreshment. A place where we can be at rest.