“Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
John 13:1 ESV
In this passage, Jesus is aware that His hour has come. The final Passover celebration of His life was about to transpire and He is taking this opportunity to show His disciples what the Kingdom really looks like. This would be His final teaching time with them before He died and what does He emphasize? Servanthood.
Jesus was aware that in the last moments we get to spend with each other, words are not wasted; we say the most important things when we know our lives are coming to an end. Jesus illustrates His most humbling message by washing the disciples feet and then telling them to do the same for one another. Jesus took the final time with His disciples to point them to serving one another. In other words: the time is always right to serve one another.
If Jesus found it important to wash His disciples’ feet as His last great message, how can we act like serving one another is too much to ask? Jesus did not use this time to talk about some ethereal philosophical message but a very practical one: serve one another the way He served.
Jesus took this time at Passover to not pass over the fact that everyone had dirty feet at the table and only One could wash them. Jesus is the only perfectly clean One. But when we are washed by Him, we are made clean and then entrusted to serve one another the way He has served us.
How do you treat your “time” to serve? Is there a time limit?
What do you feel like would be your most important truth you would want to pass onto your disciples at the end of your life?
How does the timing of Jesus setting this example seem to you?
Do you have someone you need to serve better?
How does knowing Christ has served you affect the way you view others?