An example

John 13:1-35

On the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus. That is how this devotion should begin, and so it does. That is how tonight’s sermon should begin, and so it will. On the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus. There in the upper room with his closest companions, Jesus. His name alone says it all. His words and his actions simply add to it.

Hours before being handed over, arrested and killed, Jesus stripped himself of his position among his disciples and took upon himself the position of servant. He washed their feet. Our Lord washed the dirty, dusty and calloused feet of his disciples providing for them an example of what it means to be the Messiah. It means giving of the self for the sake of the other. He knew what was coming. He understood the terror morning would bring. And so he did the only thing that mattered. He loved those whom God had given him. He prayed for them. He fed them. He washed their feet.

As we prepare to begin this new day, we do so facing challenges from pandemics, sagging economies, isolation and fear. Thankfully, we have an example of how we should approach such difficulties. Wash their feet. Pray for their safety and well-being. And remember, on the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus.

Prayer: Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.

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