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Holy Week and Beyond Maundy Thursday

Read: John 13:1-17

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 disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (John 13:3-5, NIV)

footwashingIf this passage were being written about you, how would you have continued it? “________ (insert name) knew that the Father had put all things under his power; so ___________.” What would be recorded about you?

When everyone arrived for the Passover feast, one thing had been overlooked. There was no one assigned to the task of washing feet. This was a VERY important assignment in those days, seeing as how everyone walked on dry and dusty roads to get from place to place. The foot washer was the one who had the unpleasant task of removing the dirt and grime, the sweat and smell of miles of hot walking. That night, there was no one to do the work! So, it was going undone!

But, Jesus, knowing that the Father had put all things under his power… “Got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist…” then, went from   person to person and washed their dirty, stinking, sweat-stained feet! That is what God, the Son, does! He does what must be done, becoming the servant of all… emptying himself,  pouring himself out, even to death! (cf. Philippians 2:5-8)

Who is God calling you to serve? Whose feet is he asking you to wash? Understand this, all power has been given us (cf. John 14:12); what are we going to do with it? Will we try to use it for ourselves, or, will we use it to glorify our Father, our God?