LENT: BECOMING TRUE DISCIPLES
What makes a true disciple? Let’s take a deeper look at a story that cuts to the heart of what it means to be a follower of Jesus – serving others in love.
Jesus Washed His Disciples’ Feet
1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.*
- In this chapter, Jesus knows He is spending the last few precious hours with His disciples before His death. What does this add to the significance of Him washing the disciples’ feet?
- Why were the disciples surprised, and even appalled, by this act of service?
- What can we learn from Jesus’ example in this passage? How can we put this into practice?
- Take a look back at Parmida’s story. In what ways is SAT-7 acting as the “hands and feet” of Jesus?
Pray that God will give you opportunities to show His love to others in the coming week, and that you will always be ready to serve. Thank God that SAT-7 is serving Him by discipling MENA believers.
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