1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 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. (John 13:1-5)
So far this week, we have already examined two qualities of Jesus that make Him the best port of call when we face challenges. On Monday we saw that Jesus Cares, and yesterday we saw that Jesus knows us and He is straight with us. For both days, your comments have amplified the evidence of these qualities. Thanks!
Today we examine another quality of Jesus exhibited in the days leading up to His death and resurrection. Jesus was not a “do as I say and not as I do” type of leader. If you have ever been in a tough spot and had a counselor who knew more than just the theory of getting out, you know how valuable that is. In the popular passage of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, we see the best mentor ever. He not only cares about us, and knows us and is straight with us, Jesus also shows us how we need to live.
As the creator of the universe, you might have excused Jesus for just telling His disciples how to live in humble service. But then, He would not have been the superlative Rabbi He was. Jesus never missed a beat when it came to showing His disciples how to live. This is the kind of counselor you want in your corner when you face challenges.
Please reflect on the passage above and other similar circumstances you can recall from the Gospels and answer the question below.
Jesus is the master teacher/mentor! As you consider challenges you or your loved ones may face, what assurance do you take from the fact that Jesus isn’t just theoretical, He shows us how we need to live?