The Lord Be With You Today!

John 13:1b-5
Having loved His Own who were in the world,
He now showed them the full extent of His love.
(Not only through His actions that follow,
but through His very death on the cross,
Jesus reveals the full extent of His love,
which was to lay His life down for us whom He loves.)
The evening meal was being served . . . .
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power,
and that He had come from God and was returning to God,
(Jesus was fully aware of Who He was and from where He had come.
As the Second Person of the Triune Godhead, God Incarnate,
God With Us, the Word of God,
He knew His rightful place was at the right Hand of the Father
in the very throne room of God Almighty Himself.)

so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing,
and wrapped a towel around His waist.
(Even though He was the Darling of Heaven,
even though Jesus carried with Him
the full resources and accolades of His Father,
this little conjunction "so" conveys Jesus' true servant's heart.
Unlike most of us who, had we carried such accolades,
perhaps with a heavy sigh of resignation and a hint of frustration,
would have used the word "but."
However, precisely because He knew Who He was and from where He had come,
Jesus acted in love to those who had been arguing who was greatest among them.
Not “but,” instead, SO He got up.
Most of us would think if Jesus knew He was sent from His Father God
and if He knew He was returning to His Father God
and if He knew that all power was given to Him,
here was still yet one more time Jesus would still need to relent
to demonstrate His love yet again to these unseeing men.
And especially, knowing all that, we would think
He would choose to be served Himself
before His great sacrificial death lying just ahead of Him.
Instead, He did just the opposite.
Despite Who He was and what He knew
about His Father and about Himself and about His imminent suffering,
for those very reasons, precisely because of Who He was,
He chose to stoop to serve.
We can't even comprehend such humility, such love!)

After that, He poured water into a basin
and began to wash His disciples’ feet,
drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.
(Taking the garb and position of not just a servant, but of a lowly slave
whose job it was to wash the dust from the guests’ feet,
Jesus puts aside His position as God, as Messiah, as Lord and King,
and takes on the form of the lowest of servants,
ministering to the needs of His beloved friends.
Through His every action, He portrays a picture
of His great love and deep desire to woo us to His salvation,
yet another powerful picture of His laying down His life for us.)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ’s love,

Blessings,

Sally
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