God’s Love Demonstrated – Compassion
Jesus told His disciples (Luke 22:15) that He’d looked forward to His last Passover meal “with deep longing.”
Apparently by prearrangement, a furnished upper room was provided to commemorate Israel’s escape from Egypt. Peter and John drew KP duty: buying and preparing the lamb, as well as the ceremonial food and wine. The absence of household servants may have been to assure privacy and security.
Interact with God’s Word
- When Jesus and the other ten disciples arrived, there was no servant to wash the guests’ feet. Why would Jesus be the last person expected to perform this task (see Luke 22:27)?
- How did washing His disciples’ feet show “the full extent” (v. 1) of Jesus’ love?
- Why do you think Peter objected to allowing Jesus to serve him in this way?
- What does this passage say about our willingness to serve others?
- If we decline to serve others, is there a sense (v. 16) in which we are claiming prerogatives that Jesus didn’t claim?
- How do you treat those who work under you (whether employees, volunteers, or children)?
- Why is a general willingness to serve (v. 17) not enough?
Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to make you alert to opportunities to serve, and help you discover the satisfaction that caring for the needs of others brings.
1 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. 2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.
4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. 6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” 8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.” 9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”
10 Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing?
13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.'”