Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nov 6: John 13

Today's reading in our daily plan is John 131. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • During this chapter, Jesus and the disciples are celebrating the Passover feast, which is a Jewish celebration detailed in the Old Testament. During the evening Jesus takes time to wash each of his disciples' feet. In our time people usually wear socks and shoes to protect feet and keep them clean. In Jesus’ time, people wore sandals, which protected the sole of the foot but didn’t keep out dirt. Jesus had to wash some nasty, dirt-caked, un-cared for and cracked-up bunch of hooves that evening. This duty was usually performed by a servant, which explains why Peter initially refused the offer. Jesus is the king above every king, he is God in the flesh and yet he makes himself a servant of others.
  • Along with the demonstration Jesus gives his disciples a message: “you should do as I have done for you.” This means more than feet-washing, as John records him later saying, “as I have loved you, so you must love one another.” 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • As the time of Jesus’ death draws closer he becomes more succinct in his teaching to the disciples. Here Jesus is plain and simple. His disciples will love and serve each other. By that behavior, everyone will know that they follow Jesus. The same is true for us.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • This is the second day in a row that we’ve read about this subject. How are you doing at loving other people in this way? What did you decide to do yesterday in order to grow more loving? Today, make some plans to do something loving for someone else and commit to following through.