That He Lay Down His Life For His Friend

Begin by Reading John 13:1-5

Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles , Meister des Hausbuches, 1475

Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles, Meister des Hausbuches, 1475

The passage above is one with which most are familiar. Jesus, on the night of His betrayal, removes His cloak, takes the place of a house servant, and washes each of His disciple's feet. The picture is an iconic picture of what Jesus has done for all the world. As Philippians 2 shows us, Jesus leaves His rightful place of power, glory and might to become a part of His created world, and a lowly, and impoverished part of it at that. But there is something in the incarnation of Jesus that tells us who God is, and we also know according to 1 John 4:8 that God is love. So in Jesus washing His disciple's feet He at the same time, puts on display who He is while simultaneously showing us who we're meant to be. God made flesh, puts His imperfect, fragile friends before himself, and He does so quietly and persistently. Jesus goes as far as getting on hands and knees and serving the one He knows will betray Him that very night. I think sometimes we view this scene as a gloomy, solemn picture of duty. Jesus acts in love towards His disciples because He has to. But if love is genuinely affectionate, I don't think this should be the tone of the encounter at all. Instead, I believe Jesus is overwhelmed with emotion for His friends to the point that it moves Him to love them in this way. The One who is love is so moved in love for His friends that He lays aside His concern for Himself. This is divine love. This is what we are called to. Let's continue to pray that God would transform our hearts in such a way that we would have this type of affection for others. For our family and friends, for our HUB groups, our co-workers and even for our enemies.

Join me in praying through these verses today:

John 13:34-35

1 John 3:11 & 23

1 John 4:7 & 12

2 John 1:5-6

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