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. (John 13:3-5)
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (John 13:12-15)
Over the last two days we have observed how Jesus related to his countrymen and the religious establishment during Passion Week. Today, we turn our attention to how Jesus related to His disciples during the same week. Fellowship, counsel and service are in full display in our passages for today.
Jesus is a master teacher and He invested a lot into His disciples. The fact that He chose to teach the disciples in the way that He did shortly before his crucifixion should be very instructive to us, and we would do well to pay attention.
Please read the passages above and answer the questions below.
- To what extent is the example that Jesus set reflected in the interactions you have with other believers?
- How can you follow the example of Jesus more closely in you interactions with fellow believers?