True Greatness

Posted: January 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

John 13 records a visual that Jesus gave the disciples with clarity and boldness.  It is evident that there was no servant to wash the feet of Jesus and his disciples before they reclined at the table.  Foot washing was a customary part of hospitality in those days, but who was going to be humble enough to do it? Compounded with the fact that just a few days earlier the disciples were fighting for a prominent place at the right hand of Jesus, this must have been an embarrassing situation.  Vying for top positions in the Kingdom, none of the disciples volunteered to be servant of all in this situation.  Their embarrassment become heightened when Jesus, yes Jesus, arose from supper, laid aside his garments, tied a towel around himself, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and wipe them with the towel.  His lesson was evident: if their Teacher and Lord became their servant, they should also serve one another.  This would be the true measure of greatness, serving others in serving Him.


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