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THE BOWL OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

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After the Lord’s Table, Jesus is found at another table. This time there is a man who chooses to follow his caution instead of a Saviour. Pilate’s table has a washbasin called ‘the bowl of political correctness’. At the end of the day, Pilate is a politician whose security depends on the will of the people more than the will of God.

Matthew 27:21The governor asked, "Which of the two do you want me to pardon?"    They said, "Barabbas!" 22"Then what do I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?"    They all shouted, "Nail him to a cross!" 23He objected, "But for what crime?"    But they yelled all the louder, "Nail him to a cross!" 24When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was imminent, he took a basin of water and washed his hands in full sight of the crowd, saying, "I'm washing my hands of responsibility for this man's death. From now on, it's in your hands. You're judge and jury."

Pil…

THE BOWL OF BETRAYAL

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There is a bowl on the Lord’s Table. It is a smaller bowl than the one used to wash feet. This one is full of pain and darkness. It is the bowl of betrayal.





John 13:21 After he said these things, Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. "One of you is going to betray me." 22-25 The disciples looked around at one another, wondering who on earth he was talking about. One of the disciples, the one Jesus loved dearly, was reclining against him, his head on his shoulder. Peter motioned to him to ask who Jesus might be talking about. So, being the closest, he said, "Master, who?" 26-27 Jesus said, "The one to whom I give this crust of bread after I've dipped it." Then he dipped the crust and gave it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. As soon as the bread was in his hand, Satan entered him.    "What you must do," said Jesus, "do. Do it and get it over with." 28-29 No one around the supper table knew why he said this to him.…

THE BOWL OF HUMILITY

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There is a bowl at the last supper and it is not on the table, but on the floor. It is the bowl Jesus used to wash the disciples feet.




John 13:3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

Jesus was the epitome of humility.
The story tells us that he knew who he was.He knew his responsibility, where he came from and where he was going.True humility comes from a place of great strength, not weakness.It comes from knowing your security in God.
How important are you?How much more important do you sometimes think you are …

COMING CLEAN

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Washing is a universal practice for most creatures. The cat and dog in your house spend hours licking themselves and their offspring. The snake and the cicada shed their outer skin and emerge with a new covering. There is something healthy and essential about coming clean.
Most religions have cleansing rituals that involve water. The spiritual yearning for a pure heart leads to systematic practices of purging uncleanness.
There are psychological conditions where a broken person loses their instinct toward being clean. There are other conditions in which a person will obsessively scrub their hands until they bleed. Good mental health seems to find the balance in this self-care practice of hygiene.
When we come to the mission of Jesus, we find that God has come to clean us from the sickening dirt that stains us. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
Jesus’ country was a place where households drew water from wells and stored it in large containers. When Jesus turned the w…

HOTEL DIEU

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One of our Windsor hospitals was founded as ‘Hotel-Dieu’. Translated from French it is literally ‘House Of God’. 



The care of the sick has been a long-standing tradition of the Christian faith. The first hospitals were founded and run by the church.
While that is no longer the case, the churches have a therapeutic role in the lives of the sick.
Consider this early church instruction:

1 Thessalonians 5:14 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.


Paul urges us to help each other, especially the weak and discouraged. We need to become very patient with everyone.
If the church is to be a hospital, we need to be a place that sick people are welcomed and expected. It is a place for healing and restoration, but also the place of comfort and understanding when you…