13 John

Author

Mark Ramirez

Scripture

John 13:1-38

Observations

  • It is right before the Passover and Jesus knows He’s about to return to Heaven. Because He loved them, He would love them until the very end.
  • During the meal, the devil had already prompted Judas to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that all power had been given to Him so He decided to take the form of a servant.
  • Having removed the outer garments and grabbing a washbasin, He started to wash the disciples feet.
  • Peter asks Jesus if He’s going to wash his feet. Jesus explains that Peter won’t understand at the time, but will later.
  • Peter refuses to let Jesus wash His feet and Jesus explains that if He does not wash Peter’s feet, Peter will not have any part with Him.
  • After the foot washing, Jesus explains that just as their Lord and Teacher washed their feet, they should wash each others’ feet.
  • No servant is greater than his master, no messenger is greater than the one who sent him.
  • Those who do this will be blessed.
  • Jesus explains that in order to fulfill Scripture, one of them is going to betray Him.
  • Jesus tells Judas to do whatever He needs to do, but everyone else doesn’t understand what He meant.
  • After Judas leaves, Jesus tells the rest that He and the Father will be glorified. Though they will look for Him, they will not be able to find Him.
  • A new command He gives them (us), love each other as He loved them.
  • By loving like this, people will know that they are His disciples.
  • Peter protests and asks to follow, Jesus explains that they will follow later.
  • Finally Peter says he would lay down his very life for Jesus and Jesus replies saying that Peter will disown Him three times.

Application

It is hard to love people sometimes; even people who are fellow disciples of Christ. However, I am called to love my brothers and sisters no matter what. No matter what their theology may be, no matter their life decisions/mistakes, no matter what kind of mood they are in that day, I am called to love. This takes more than my own will/power. I need the Spirit moving inside of me to help love more than I can on my own.

Prayer

Jesus, you love everyone in the whole world far more than I ever could. Please give me eyes to see and a heart for those I like and those I dislike. May I love extravagantly, beyond what I could even imagine, so that others might see and desire You. Amen.

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