Thoughts on John 13

“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.” John 13: 3-4

Knowing He had all power, Jesus begins to serve.

He washes the disciples’ feet. As is often the case with all of us, Peter wants to direct the situation. First he doesn’t want his master to wash him, then, told it is necessary, he wants an extra wash. He’s a master of destiny.

It reminds me of the way I want healing for hurts, but when I am willing and in ways I understand. Like Peter, we tell Jesus how it should be.

Washed, the disciples return to the table.

Then Jesus serves a man who is about to betray him, handing bread to Judas and telling him “What you are about to do, do quickly.”

There’s not a trace of bitterness for the one who chooses betrayal over fellowship.

Nor is there bitterness for Peter, who loves Christ but will also betray him, three times denying he has been with Jesus and is his follower.

Knowing all things were under His power, Jesus served.

Knowing those close to Him would fail Him, Jesus served.

Knowing the frail loyalty of men, Jesus redeemed us.

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