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I will praise the Lord who guides me; yes, during the night I reflect and learn. I constantly trust in the Lord; because he is at my right hand, I will not be upended.
Constantly praising the Lord and offering your life daily as worship to God trains your body, mind, and spirit to respond to God as well as function how God designed. The Lord counsels us, instructs us, and builds in us a wellspring of life that never ends. He is life and is all in all. Today, consider how well you “keep your eyes on the Lord” (vs. 8). Are you easily shaken when surprise or uncertainty comes your way, or are you able to run to Jesus and throw yourself upon He who is our fortress and our refuge?
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the undisciplined, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient toward all. See that no one pays back evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all. Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
There is a charge as believers to call each other on things. If we see a brother or sister idle, not striving to know God, falling into patterns or a lifestyle that causes others to stumble – it is our responsibility to bring the truth to that person. We should tell them that we recognize what is happening, and ask them if they see it happening too. They could need your help to get through a tough time in their life! Meditate on verse 16-18 today, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.
So when Jesus had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table again and said to them, “Do you understand what I have done for you? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly, for that is what I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example—you should do just as I have done for you. I tell you the solemn truth, the slave is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Washing the disciples’ feet is Jesus’ instruction on how the disciples should serve one another, how they should lead others when the time comes, and how they need to be able to receive what He is about to do for them on the cross. This example is not only for the disciples that were present at the time, but also is for us as believers today. We are not greater than our master (Christ), and we should serve others as He exemplified here. Knowing that we should serve one another isn’t enough; we must actually serve one another as Christ did for His disciples. (vs. 17)
Then he came to Simon Peter. Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not understand what I am doing now, but you will understand after these things.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus replied, “The one who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not every one of you.” (For Jesus knew the one who was going to betray him. For this reason he said, “Not every one of you is clean.”)
Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet goes fine until He reaches Peter. Only after Jesus tells Peter that it was a requirement of being with Christ does he change his mind. This is a foreshadowing of what Christ was about to do on the cross, in more ways than one. Interesting that Peter initially denies Christ here, and then denies Christ again 3 times later as Jesus predicted. It is also interesting that Jesus washes Judas’ feet, knowing that he would betray Him. Consider those examples today. Are you able to receive what Jesus did for you?
Because Jesus knew that the Father had handed all things over to him, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, he got up from the meal, removed his outer clothes, took a towel and tied it around himself. He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel he had wrapped around himself.
This says a great deal about how Christ chooses to use the authority that he had been given on this earth. God the Father had put ALL things under the power of Christ. Up to this point, many signs and wonders evidenced that the power and authority of Christ is real and without equal. Now, Jesus decides to wash his disciples’ feet. I can imagine the disciples looking at each other as Jesus prepares himself for this task. They were probably quietly asking one another, “What is Jesus doing?” With this, Jesus sets the tone for the disciples, and believers, to serve one another.