“AT JESUS’ FEET”
“And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them…and they glorified the God of Israel. Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way…And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.” Mt. 15:30-32 & 35.
For fallen humanity there may be found a wonderful place of healing and wholeness. You may have come there with “many others” before God’s Son to be made complete. Thank God, there is deliverance from all the ailments covering the human condition. The triune man, body, soul, and spirit may be made whole. What a gracious place! At His feet, nourishment is ministered for multitudes of every type of sufferer. Here we read how the crowd was astonished, certainly the people were amazed. He was so accessible, and sufficient for their needs. There is still found before Him a place of feasting, and renewal of faith.
A Place of Comfort
“Then when she was come where Jesus was and saw him, she fell down at his feet saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. Jn. 11:32. Had Mary been here before? OH, yes she knew Him well! At His feet, for her was now a place of comfort. She had come to know Him as the preserver of life. This woman had heard his word, experienced his work, before going to the cross, and had begun to realize some measure of His worth, and expressed it with the alabaster box of ointment. “It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.” Jn. 11:2.
A Place of Pardon
We read of an unnamed woman in Luke seven that became a real worshiper at Jesus feet. Simon the Pharisee had invited Jesus to his house to eat with him. “And behold a woman of the city which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with her tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet and anointed them with ointment” - Lk. 7:37-38. Simon who began to judge Jesus for allowing her to touch him was sharply corrected by Jesus, and showed the ignorance of his own great need of forgiveness, lack of faith and true love. We all are in great need of forgiveness, of all that God’s great love affords. Some of us are more fully aware of this than others. Jesus let it be known that her sins which were many, were “forgiven.” He said, “Thy faith hath saved thee, go in peace.” By the exercise of faith she was set on a course of peace. She, loving much, blessed the Beloved.
A Place of Rest
“…they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus and found the man out of whom the devils were departed, setting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind…” Lk. 8:35. This man had been a great danger to himself and any that got near him. In verse thirty-nine of this chapter we find that he had been driven by evil spirits, and bound. This is the way Satan does all his captives, but our dear Lord motivates His captives by love – II Cor. 5:14. He realized a marvelous sense of relief and release while setting there, no longer held by Satan’s power. He was another set free by the Son of God. Oh, how blessed in coming by faith to the feet of Jesus, we are clothed in His righteous, and given to partake of His mind. From what we read in verse twenty-eight of this chapter we understand that Jesus’ presence had been a torment to him. He ‘cried with a loud voice, what have I to do with thee Jesus, thou Son of God most high?” What a wonderful change! After he was found setting at Jesus’ feet; he requested to be with Him. But Jesus sent him to his own people to tell what great things God had done for him.
A Place of Perception
Jesus was often a guest at the house of friends in Bethany, a brother named Lazarus and two sisters Martha and Mary. Martha served and Mary sat at Jesus feet, and heard His word. Martha complained to Jesus that Mary wasn’t helping her. “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Lk. 10:40-42. Mary enjoyed this place of privilege by choice. The full overcomer today comes to this high and lofty position by choice also. Mary learned by listening, and came to an understanding as to why He was here on earth, and to a deeper appreciation of his matchless worth. Jesus said, “Come unto me, learn of me, take my yoke. It is at his feet that we learn His will for our service.
There is a great a lack of wholehearted worship in Christendom today. This seems to come from vastly differing reasons. Some have a lack of knowledge of God’s Word. Others lack a full grasp and appreciation of His marvelous work on the Cross. Oh, the satisfactory, sufficient, immeasurable, gracious, glorious, eternal value of that work will take all eternity to tell. But we think especially of the inexpressible value of His person to God the Father, to the world, the universe, to us personally. Isn’t there a lack of wholehearted love, taking too much of Him for granted? It is abundantly evident in the book of Revelation, that the full overcomers count it a priceless privilege to take this glorious position voluntarily. They are seen so often “falling down: before Him.
The Place of Praise
While Jesus was passing through the midst of Samaria and Galilee He met ten lepers which asked him to have mercy on them. Jesus then sent them to show themselves to the priest, and as they went they were healed. “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks…” Lk. 17:15-16. At His feet is a special place for the truly thankful. All those delivered from sins pressures, Satan’s power, and selfish pride are urged to come there and enjoy the pleasant presence of His precious person. Where would (will) you be found? Jesus asked; “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.” Lk. 17:17-18. Let us continue to come to Jesus feet with thankful hearts, and while there He always gives us more and more to be thankful for. Should we ever get so high and exalted, so as to never fall down there. God forbid!