Quest for Hope
Washed to Serve 3-24-16
John 13:1-15, 34-35
Yesterday, we read about Jesus and the turmoil in his soil; he knew within days he would be returning to the Father and completing his mission to lay the foundation for redemption. Today, on our quest for hope, Jesus will model for his disciples the heart of God for His children. Read the passage slowly and please note the revelation of such love and provision; to be washed and served by God. We have nothing to do with cleaning ourselves in a presentable fashion; it is God’s doing when we place our Hope in the work of Grace.
John 13:2-15 (NLT)
1 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.
2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas,[a] son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”
Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”
9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”
10 Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet,[b] to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
God, in Christ, desires to serve his children by washing us and making us clean from sin. All we need to do is present ourselves for the bathing process. After Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, he gave them a new vision for living. The lesson is to take a posture, as God’s family who have been served by Him, and humbly make ourselves available to be examples of love that serves others.
John 13:34-35 (NLT)
34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Prayer: Father God, you have extended everything necessary for me to have a personal and intimate relationship with you. Thank you for sending Jesus to show me how to live in a way that pleases you. Jesus, thank you for serving me by washing me free from the sin that seeks to rob me. Holy Spirit, I have received such divine love, help me to love others as you have loved me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.