The full extent of His Love!
Scripture reading for May 23rd: John 13:1-30
Sometimes it is hard to understand how God can love us who are such a mess. Jesus had quite an ordinary bunch of disciples that He had to love as well. They were competitive, impulsive, one betrayed Him, all would deny Him, and most of them struggled with understanding and believing what Jesus was teaching them. On the night He was betrayed, John records that Jesus revealed the full extent of His love to them.
“The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 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. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciple’s feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.” (John 13:2-5) Jesus, God in human form, humbly took the place of the lowest slave and knelt before each of those He had chosen. He gently washed their feet and carefully dried each one.
As Jesus came to Peter, Peter objected! Jesus told him that he would not understand what He was doing now, but later he would. Peter finally agreed and asked Jesus to wash all of him. Jesus finished washing all the feet and then put His robe back on and addressed the disciples.
“Do you understand what I have done for you?”, He asked them. “You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, not is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:12-17)
Jesus was loving these disciples fully by showing them His heart and an example that would help them win the world. We who follow Jesus today are the result of their obedient service! Show someone the full extent of Christ’s love today by serving them!