Archive for August 11th, 2017

John 13

John 13 has Jesus with His disciples right before He would be crucified.  They are reclined at the Passover table.  “Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end”.  These disciples and all disciples were and are really His own, belonging to Jesus.  Guzik reminds us:

  • They were His own because He chose them
  • They were His own because He gave Himself to them
  • They were His own because His Father gave them to Him
  • They were His own because He would soon purchase them
  • They were His own because He conquered them

They are gathered for the Last Supper and “During supper….Jesus….rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel,  tied it around his waist. Then he  poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him”.  This was a curveball that was unexpected.  John described the remarkable thing Jesus did on that unforgettable night. At this moment of deep meaning, Jesus did something that must have almost seemed crazy. He began to do the job of the lowest servant in the household. He began to wash the disciples’ feet.

He had plenty of other things on His mind.  He was hours from being betrayed and going to the cross, yet He chooses to use the precious time with His disciples to set an example of what it means to be a servant leader.  “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you”. What Jesus did was not about cleaning the disciple’s feet, but setting the standard for what it means to be a servant leader.  This was an extreme act of servanthood. It was absolutely unthinkable that the Master would wash His disciple’s feet.

Jesus gives the disciples a new charge that night.  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”. The command to love wasn’t new; but the extent of love just displayed by Jesus was new, as would be the display of the cross. Love was newly defined from His example. This love isn’t convenient or easy – it is complete and sacrificial.  Jesus sets a new bar for how we are to love those in our patch!

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