Monday, November 10, 2008

Servant and Master

November 10: Luke 22 & John 13

12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18 I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”
John 13:12-20

Servant and Master

The hour was approaching when Jesus would be arrested. He had just finished eating the Last Supper with His disciples, but before leaving He wanted to do one more thing. Getting out a basin of water he went around the room and washed the feet of each disciple. Why did He do this? What lesson was he trying to teach them?

When He finished, He asked them, Do you understand what I have done to you?

No one answered, so He continued, For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

Of all the things Jesus could have said, I find it interesting that this is His final lesson for them. What sin is He addressing? Jesus is addressing the sin of pride; how He hates a proud, self-righteous heart! In a short time, after Jesus' resurrection and return to heaven, He knows that the disciples will need to carry on His ministry. It is so important that they do so with a humble spirit.

In the kingdom of heaven there is no room for pride and arrogance. Of what do we have to be proud? Did we save ourselves? Not one person will reach heaven by their own power. As we bow before our God of heaven and earth, so must we also bow before each other. What is the relationship between the servant and master? Neither is greater than the other, but all equally bow the knee before Christ.

Christ concluded with these words, Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.

Pray, that as you go about the duties of this day, that God would give you a spirit of humility to all of those around you, including those over you in authority and those under you.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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