What I read today;

Hebrews 8; John 13; Jeremiah 13; Psalm 47; 1 Samuel 30; Exodus 32

John 13 vs. 3-5, “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God,  got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.” NRSV

John 13 vs. 12-17, “After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am.  So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.  Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.  If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” NRSV

Jesus does something that shocks his disciples when he gets up and washes their feet.  He does a job that the lowliest of servants usually does.  Jesus does it willingly.  I imagine the look of confusion as he goes around the room, one by one, and completes his task.  Peter, of course, has to say something.  That’s just who Peter is.  Other than that no one says a word.  You have to wonder what is going through the disciple’s minds has Jesus finishes and gets dressed.

What Jesus was saying to the disciples was that the life they were about to lead was not one of fortune and fame.  All but Peter, John and maybe Matthew would go off into obscurity.  Their life was to be a servant.  A servant who shared the love of Jesus Christ with the world.  A servant who would humbly walk this earth with one purpose.  That purpose was to show love to the world.  To offer the salvation that Jesus paid for free of charge to a world that desperately needed it.  If that means they had to make tents, then so be it.  Whatever, they needed to do to show love and to lead people to Christ, that’s what needs to be done.  If Jesus took the lowliest position that night, then the disciples would have to do the same.  Just like you and me.

Jesus tells us that what is most important is that we care for one another and show love to the world.  He says that specifically:

John 13 vs. 34-35, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” NRSV

The Rabbis loved their position of high honor.  The Pharisees looked down on the masses.  Jesus tells his disciples to spend their lives, showing love to one another.

How can we show that love of Christ to a hurting world?


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