Friday, May 9, 2014

21 Days in John - Day 13: Humble Service Is The Key To Greatness

Please Read John chapter 13

Key Verse:

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought also 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” John 13:14-15 [ESV]

Jesus was very aware that Judas was about to betray Him [verse 2,11,18,21-30]. James and John had previously demanded places of honor on the right and left hand of Jesus. Peter would make promises he could not keep and would disown Jesus. The other disciples would all desert Jesus when He was crucified. In spite of all this, and at this late hour of His life, Jesus still wanted to teach His disciples a vital lesson about love and humility.

Before the meal Jesus took off His robe, took a towel and a bowl, and washed His disciple’s feet. This was the menial work of a servant. When a guest came to a house the servant would wash his feet. Jesus chose to wash the disciples feet. It was the ultimate example of humility. The question might be asked, why did one of the disciples not offer to do this? Were they so proud?
Jesus made it clear, that if someone wanted to become great they should become a servant. In our modern culture we do not do the particular act of washing a person’s feet, but the principle is still the same – we are called to humbly serve others.


John 13:1 tells us that Jesus showed His disciples the full extent of His love. He knows the sins we have committed and will commit and yet still loves us. How do you respond to that kind of love?

In what way does Jesus want you to reach out and serve others in the way that He humbly served the disciples?

Can you see in Peter’s reaction and Jesus’ response an even deeper, prophetic statement that Jesus is making in washing His disciple’s feet? 

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