Who do you serve?

John 13: 7
Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now why I am doing it; someday you will.”
Today’s reading John 13: 1-17
All of us are very familiar with today’s passage. This is when Jesus takes off His robe, and washes the feet of the disciples. Simon Peter is taken aback by this and says to Jesus that he does not want Him to wash his feet. Jesus explains to Peter that while he may not understand this now he will one day. Besides if Jesus doesn’t wash Peter’s feet than Peter will not belong to Jesus. Peter hears this and tells Jesus than to wash his hands and head as well. Jesus explains to Peter that isn’t necessary for a person who is bathed really only needs to clean their feet. In that time they didn’t have cars so walking is their mode of transportation. They wore sandals and all of us know just how dirty our feet can get from that.
Before we go any further with this I want us to just stop for second and reflect on something. In the beginning of this chapter I want us to go back and read the first 3 chapters. Here is a quick review
1. Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that His hour had come to leave this world and return to His Father. He now showed the disciples the full extent of His love.
Jesus knows what is going to happen and the manner in which He will die. He knows that when the Pharisees come to arrest Him, His flock will scatter. He knows all that and still He loves them and He shows them the full extent of His love.
2. It was time for supper, and the Devil had already enticed Judas son of Simon Iscariot, to carry out his plan to betray Jesus.
How sad for any person who allows the Devil to entice them. Satan used money to entice Judas. Judas used to steal the money from the poor box and so Satan knew from watching him just how to tempt him. It worked and Jesus was sold to the Pharisees, thus fulfilling Satan’s plan.
3. Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything and that He had come from God and would return to God.
Okay put a marker in your Bible here and please turn to Luke 4:6. This is the temptation of Jesus Christ.
The Devil told him, “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them-because they are mine to give to anyone I please.”
When Satan offers the kingdoms to Jesus and all their authority if only Jesus would bow down to him, Jesus refuses. Satan may think he has full authority over all, but he is wrong. Jesus knows the truth and He knows that only His Father can give such authority away. With that said go back to John and read John 13:3 again. Jesus knows that the Father has given Him authority over everything. With that authority Jesus had a few choices He could make and yet He chose only one and that was to obey His Father fully. Wanting to show the fullness of His love towards the disciples He does something completely unexpected, He washes their feet.
Satan wanted to give Jesus this authority so that Jesus would bow down to him. God gives this authority to Jesus and Jesus bows down before the disciples. Jesus chooses to serve the disciples. The same group of men where one will betray Him, one will deny Him and the rest will scatter likes crows into the night.
Child of God, who do you serve? If you are like me, you serve those you choose to serve. You will serve your spouse, your children, your family and your friends. You might serve some others but the groups that you serve are handpicked and acceptable to you. Suppose you were asked to serve a group you didn’t get to pick. Let us suppose you had to serve a group of people you didn’t like. What if that group belonged to a race you don’t like, or a religion you hate or a gender you mistrust? What if the group was the combination of all the people who hurt you in this life? Would you serve them?
Jesus said what He is doing would be understood later and He was right. What He was doing was telling all of us that we are to serve each other and to serve out of love. The reason we are to serve is because He served us. He serves us when we were still sinners and not looking for Salvation. He served us when we were yet to be born. He secured our spot in heaven by being nailed to a Cross. He did this so He could show us how much He loves us. That is what He chooses to do with the authority that His Father gave Him. He chooses to die for us. Do you understand?
Father God understanding that kind of love is hard for us simply because we tend to be a very picky unlovable group of humans. Forgive us for that and teach us Lord how to serve You by serving those in this world that need to be served, that You send to us to be served and not just those who we want to serve. This I pray in the Name of Jesus.
In His Love
Michele Beck

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