“You keep using that word…” Some can quote The Princess Bride movie. Having seen it once or twice myself, I only remember bits and pieces of a silly dialogue about the word “inconceivable.” Wallace Shawn’s character kept saying it to describe the “conceivable.” In John 13:1-11, we read of an act I think is “inconceivable.”

Jesus, the Almighty Creator, washed the disciples’ feet. This washing was a task far below Majesty. Jesus lowered Himself to the demeaning job anyway. Even the disciples did not understand why He did it. Inconceivable.

Consider this: Judas was among those disciples. Judas was about to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Jesus was well aware of Judas’ scheme before He washed Judas’ feet. Jesus washed Judas’ feet anyway. Inconceivable!

What would that look like today? What if we resolved to do good for those who mean us harm? Would we see protests and riots, or would the reasons for them never have existed in the first place? Would we have tension in our country for wearing/not wearing a mask, or would smiles and well-wishes replace glares and public shaming? Would politicians take to Twitter, or say positive things about their opponents? Would we cause traffic jams because a line of cars stops to help a stranded motorist? Would automobile horn makers go out of business? Inconceivable?

Do you want to make the world a better place? The only guaranteed way to do that is to work on one person at a time, starting with you and with me by becoming Jesus’ disciple. Won’t you sit down with me over an open Bible to study how to do that? Conceivable!

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