One of the more amazing studies you can do in the New Testament (Matthew-Revelation) are the people who found themselves at the feet of Jesus. Actually there is probably more than you think.
There are some common dynamics that take place by these “feet finders.”
- A great need- “desperation”
- To emphasize one’s need and true condition
- To ask for a healing (for self or family)
- To honor Jesus as God
- To worship more authentically
- To be more receptive to His teaching
- To witness to others
“Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.”
Matthew 15:30, NIV
“In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet.”
“And the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.”
In fact, there are several other instances where people came to Jesus’ feet.
- Mark 5:22-23, Jairus, a leader in the local synagogue
- Luke 7:37-38, a sorrowing mother for her daughter
- Luke 8:41, also Jairus
- Luke 10:39, Mary, when Jesus was teaching
- John 11:32, Mary, meeting Jesus entering Bethany
- John 12:3, Mary, with her perfume
- Revelation 1:17, John to express what he was seeing (also 19:10)
In every case we find people consciously coming and kneeling at the feet of the Lord Jesus. It was a deliberate action coming from their hearts. Each had a need, custom built for this precise moment in time.
One of the classic scenes in the Gospels is when Mary meets Jesus. She doesn’t understand His delay, she is grieving and confused. But she only has one posture and one place in her heart to be– at the feet!
“When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Being at the feet is not supposed to be a mindless exercise. She maintains her issues with Jesus re: Lazarus. But this questioning came from her knees. The issues could never take the place of her love and her honor. But I think she is an example of how our problems can coincide with a real faith.
One might say that she had every right to take up an issue of incompetence and neglect with Jesus. Much should be made of the fact that Jesus been briefed on Lazarus’ illness much earlier. And yet He purposefully delayed going to Bethany. Maybe Jesus never responds to crisis; but people in need.
To be honest with you, I have my own occasional controversies with God. I have gone through hard things that really needed His attention. I have cried and begged to no avail. I’ve tried to negotiate and manipulate and it doesn’t work.
But even there, there is found a place for me at His feet. It is where I belong. I love Him.