John 13:12-17

Author

Ernie Morales

SCRIPTURE

John 13:12-17

OBSERVATION

- Jesus just finished washing the disciple’s feet
- He questions them to make sure they understood what He has done for them
- He acknowledges that by calling Him teacher and Lord that they are right because He is
- He then explains that even though He is teacher and Lord, He washed their feet and they should do the same for each other
- He set the example by doing this and they should follow his example
- A servant is not greater than his master
- We will blessed if we do what Jesus asks us to do

APPLICATION

Right before the Feast of the Passover Jesus knew that His time to go to the Father was coming. The bible says that he loved his disciples to the end. By washing their feet, he was showing the meaning of true servant hood. Nobody should look at the most menial of tasks to be beneath them. Servant hood is a disposition of the heart. This is a true act of humility. Jesus is the Son of God, our Creator who humbled himself and came in human form to show us his love and how to love others. In the menial tasks at home or work, I must never even have the attitude in my heart that it is beneath me. I remember a mission trip to Guatemala where we were in a remote mountain village and the outside guest restroom (outhouse) was covered with poop all over the walls. A college age girl cleaned it all with no complaints or weird facial expressions. I will always remember that as a picture of true humility.

PRAYER

Lord continue to remove pride in my heart. I want to be a true servant and walk in humility. It’s hard Lord and I need You. I trust You. In Your name. Amen.



14 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
Isn't it amazing that before the disciples all ran away, abandoning Jesus; when Jesus realized probably none of them really got it regarding who he is and what he came to do - that he would call them clean, the holiness kind of clean. And then he goes further and humbly serves them. Our faith is by far the most achievable when it comes to 'having to do something' because Jesus did it all on our behalf. The insurmountable object is pride. Lord Jesus allow me to let you wash my feet - the works I do, my reasoning - what I think, my will, and my heart so that I may feel the world as you do today. Make it so in my day today. In Jesus' name.

Thu, February 18, 2016 @ 6:32 AM

2. Karen Asselin wrote:
He WANTS us to understand—he is willing to stoop low to help us understand something important. He knows we are dirty & need washing & he is willing to do the dirty work—even when we are not. JESUS served them/us first, before He tried to teach them/us anything--I am thankful for this.

I also see that, even though He is our Master, He served us--BEFORE asking us to do anything. Just because He served us doesn’t mean we are HIS master, or that He is NOT our Master; we still need to obey him.
Because of His example, we are free to serve others in a sacrificial way. Lord help me serve others today, even when they are undeserving--just like I am undeserving of Your love and service. Amen.

Thu, February 18, 2016 @ 8:51 AM

3. Michelle Wilson wrote:
This passage is loaded with names of Jesus, some that I never even thought to call Him: Teacher, Lord, Master, Example/Model, Servant, Servant Master, Messenger.

Lord please forgive me of all the times I have grumbled and complained while "serving others" and forgive me of all the opportunities I have missed through pride and being unwilling to give up my rights. Help me to bless, build up and truly serve those You have put in my life.

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