REFLECT – Day 12:
If you spoke of any other god, such as Allah, in the same way we speak of Jesus, you would likely be thrown out of the place by angry protesters.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth’
It’s an extraordinary phrase. It’s an extraordinary life that Jesus lived in our world. Today’s passage invites us to dwell further on how extraordinary Jesus life was.
Read John 13:1-15.
John tells us that Jesus knows ‘that the Father has given all things into his hands.’ This is God the Son swelling among us. How does God the Son show us what God is like?
He ties a towel around himself, pours water into a basin and begins to wash the disciples’ feet. Extraordinary service in a remarkable moment – Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before he is crucified.
What would your reaction be? Would you protest like Peter, thinking God couldn’t possibly lower himself that far?
Would you resist the foot cleansing for other reasons? Feeling unworthy? Or would you willing accept, knowing that you are certainly in need of God’s cleansing touch?
This is what God’s love means. Jesus serves and ministers to his disciples in the offer of cleansing and forgiveness, in daily fellowship, in daily friendship and care, in modelling the good and life-giving way.
John invites us, his present day readers, to continually hold together in our minds the God who created the heavens and the earth and the gentle teacher kneeling at the feet of his friends at the end of a long and tiring day. They are one and the same.
The disciples finally accept this wash. So must we.
Jesus set his disciples ‘an example that you should do as I have done’. So we must follow Christ’s example. Follow his lead in lowering ourselves in meekness and humility.
Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness and cleanse me from my sin.
Attempt to live one day as a servant, perhaps even take some time to wash feet, perhaps of our family or friends. Serve those you come in contact with. What do you learn?