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Jesus the Laver Teaches – Disregard Status, Rank and Position
Based on our previous postings regarding the Laver, we have uncovered a number of key attributes of Christ Jesus. Our intention is to use them as the model of perfection of what we are called to become. As we progress in this section, we plan on using these key attributes to help us better understand how our own actions and decisions compare to the pure light of Jesus’ life, hoping that they will reveal our hidden faults. As with any scripture that teaches us about Jesus, we have the opportunity to meditate on these stories and ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us to the truth. When we find similar circumstances in our own life we should ask ourselves, “What actions did I take (or not take) and what needs to change for me to be more like Jesus?”
As mentioned in our previous posts, cleansing at the Brazen Laver was a prerequisite for entering into the Holy place of God.
This cleansing is necessary to enter the Holy place of God because it is a place of relationship with the Father, enlightenment from God, and victory in spiritual warfare. The physical washing at the Tabernacle Laver is symbolic of the spiritual cleansing necessary for us to enter into a more intimate relationship with Jesus. Therefore, we must focus on Jesus our Laver to clearly see ourselves in His light, so that we may invoke the Holy Spirit and achieve the purification necessary for a closer relationship with God. Once achieved, we will find a loving relationship that will enlighten our pathway and empower us for the ministry He has chosen for us. This purification can come only through Christ Jesus because He is the one living Tabernacle that came down from heaven, and He is the fulfillment of the Tabernacles’ Laver.
In prior postings we spent quite a bit of time looking at the actions and words of Jesus that support our claim that He is the fulfillment of Tabernacle prophesy. It may be a good idea to review these postings as some points in them are reference in this document.
So now we will proceed with our list of the attributes of Jesus that pertain to the reflections of Jesus our Brazen Laver. I hope that you will be able to use this section on “Jesus the Brazen Laver – Teaching to disregard status, rank and positon,” to better understand who Jesus is and to also apply the model of Jesus the Laver to your life.
Peter did not want Jesus to wash His feet because he believed that it was beneath the dignity of His Lord and Savior to perform the task of the lowest of slaves. But this is precisely the reason that the message was delivered! Jesus is teaching them that they should disregard status, rank and position in service to one another. These things are things of the world and unimportant in the kingdom of God. Therefore, the leader of a ministry is a servant to the workers and followers of that ministry. A Pastor is a servant to the congregation. An evangelist is a servant to the newly converted to Christ. A teacher of God’s Word is a servant to the pupils who seek to do the will of God. And, while each of these positions come with some level of status or rank in the world, the true Christian abandons rank, status and position in favor of service in ministry to others. We all should serve our brothers and sisters in the Lord. This means that if we are members of a ministry that we also need to serve our pastors and ministers that God has given to us as they in turn serve us. In addition, we need to do all things as a service unto the Lord:
…and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.” (Luke 9:48)
Jesus disregarded status, rank and position when He taught the truth of God to the people as an authority over the Scribes and Pharisees, who were chartered with this responsibility.
He also disregarded status, rank and position when He healed the lepers who were otherwise untouchable under the law.
Also with the merchants when He turned over their tables on the steps of the temple. In the ministry of Jesus there is no one to important to hear the truth from the Father, and there is no one to lowly to receive God’s blessings.
As we look into Jesus our Laver we come to see ourselves in His light. Do we withhold the truth because someone is too powerful or important to risk our reputation? Are there people to poor for us to serve in our ministry? Do we treat the poor and the downtrodden differently than the rich and powerful? Jesus loved all of God’s children, even the ones who nailed Him to the cross when He said; “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” So it is in these things that we see ourselves in the perfect light of Jesus. Again, it is a narrow path that leads us to the Promised Land. Let us all reflect on these things and as the Holy Spirit for help in conforming our hearts to that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.