Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end…
He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him… When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you…
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:1, 4, 5, 12-15, 34, 35 ESV)
Jesus loves you to the end, all the way to his death. But he also loved you with the little things. He shocks the world by taking the servant’s role. Masters don’t serve their servants. That’s not how things work in this world. But Jesus, who is THE Master, comes as one who serves and invites you to do the same. He doesn’t invite you to serve others so that God will love you. God has already loved you all the way to the end! He loved you first! In fact, it is because he loved you first that he now invites you to love others by serving them.
Do you have moments when you feel God’s love sweep over you? Can you think of ways he serves you daily? How will you serve others today?
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 2 Sa 3, 1 Co 14, Ez 12, Jn 13