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An Example

John 13:1-20   2 Chronicles 18   Psalm 78:21-37

“He loved them to the end” (John 13:1). Completely. To the utmost. So Jesus loved “his own.” And how do we know this? Well, ultimately, this love is proven in the laying down of his life for them (John 15:13). And us. In the immediate context, however, this love is demonstrated in the action of washing his disciples’ feet (v.4,5). All of them. Including the feet of Judas. Jesus loved his own to the end. And, in doing so, he provided them — and us — with an example to follow . . . 

“Do you know what I have done to you? (John 13:12). Interesting translation, that. “To you.” More that “for.” To. And what did he do? He messed with their system. And ours. He, the “Teacher and Lord” (v.13), took on the most menial of tasks, serving rather than waiting to be served. And he did it to “set for you an example” (John 13:15). If he, then we. If he is our Lord and Teacher — and he is (v.13) — then we “should do as I have done to you” (v.15). After all, to fail to do so is, in effect, to declare ourselves “greater” than our master! (v.16). Do you know and see what Jesus has done to you? Me? All who would follow him? Really? If so . . .   

“If you know these things . . .” (John 13:17).   “You are blessed if you do them.” It is one thing to use the words “Lord” and “Teacher” when speaking of Jesus, but it is only in the doing that the blessing of life in his name is realized. Do you see what he has done to us? He has set for us an example to follow . . . emulate . . . live by. And we do, of course, know these things, don’t we? But . . . do we do them? May we know how completely we are loved by God in Jesus. And knowing this love, may we live lives that exemplify this love. So that all may be blessed in the doing. Amen.   

“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”
     — John 13:14


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