Thursday, May 1, 2014

Week 9 - Devotional 4 – Jesus Teaches to Serve – The Power of the Basin and the Towel

Thursday (01/05/2014) – Read John 13:6-11

What did Peter Say to Jesus when He went to wash his feet?

What was Jesus’ reply?

What was Peter’s reaction?

What did Jesus say it would happen if He didn’t wash Peter’s feet?

Normally the owner of the house should send a servant to wash the feet of his guests, but this didn’t happened. The roads from that time were all made of dirty; the way of transport was by animals (imagine all the animal’s feces on the streets); the shoes used at that time were sandals; the trips were all very long. At the end of any trip the feet of the travelers would be very dirty and smelly. So it was necessary that the feet were washed when they arrived at the place of anyone. It was an act of hospitality.

But here, at this place, there were no servants to wash the guest’s feet. The disciples didn’t want to do it so that they didn’t lower to the position of a servant. So Jesus gets up and teaches a lesson on humility and service. The disciples react in shock. Peter doesn’t accept. But, then, Jesus shows that to understand the lesson one has to participate on it, otherwise you have no part in comprehending the depth of what‘s been taught. If Peter doesn’t accept Jesus humbling himself now, how will he be served by Jesus when He is humiliated at the cross?

Read Mark 10:45. It is through this act of humility and service that we can have fellowship, have our minds transformed and learn to humble ourselves and to serve. The feet represent our testimony, the act of evangelize, the Christian walk (Isaiah 52:7; Ephesians 6:15). Our testimony, our Christian walk, need a constant purifying by the Word of God (Ephesians 5:26; John 15:3). Jesus humbled himself at the cross so that we can humble ourselves, today by serving one another.

 Memory Verse:

 “Serve one another in love.”

Galatians 5:13c

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