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Thursday, March 31, 2011

4/1/11 John 13:2-5 The Importance of Good Service

 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 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.

(Washing of Feet- Giotto di Bondone 1267-1337)

Thoughts: Jesus last act, would be an act of service.  Not just his washing feet, but his dying on the cross. Jesus said (Mk. 10:45) "Even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."  Washing feet was a dirty smelly job reserved for slaves.  In a few hours he would die as a thief and a slave though he was really the most Innocent One ever and a King. 

Prayer: You served then, Lord.  You serve me today by your death on the cross. Give me grace, O Lord to serve someone today in your name. 

John Calvin Abidged: The Evangelist says that Judas had already agreed to betray Christ.  Who could have the patience and endurance to wash the feet of such a detestable traitor? The Evangelist says that he knew the Father had given all things into His hands to show us where Christ gained such great composure of mind. 

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