Today we are reading from John’s Gospel where Jesus washes the feet of his disciples: John 13:1-17. You can find the reading here.
I want us to notice a few things in this powerful passage.
- In v1 Jesus said that he “knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
- After the meal, Jesus would say v34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.“
- Jesus loves and he calls us to love.
- How are you showing love to those who you cannot be in contact with at this time?
- On of the people present, whose feet Jesus washed was Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who would betray Jesus.
- This is hard isn’t it?
- Jesus knew he was going to be betrayed by Judas, and yet he washed his feet?
- What does this mean for us?
- Simon Peter wanted to define how Jesus would come to him.
- Do we do this?
- Do we define how we want Jesus to work in our lives, or do we let him be God (that’s who he says he is)?
- At the end of the passage vv14-17 Jesus says “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
- What does this mean? What does it mean to wash feet in our world?
Join us tonight – 9 April @ 5pm – for Communion. Find the details here.