It is always humbling to remember that Jesus, the one we call King and Lord, was willing to perform the lowliest service to those he loved. Serving others can be sacrifice, but can also be a joy. Where in your life have you found room to serve other people?
Worship this week: Saturday 5:00 p.m. in Chapel
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship
9:30 a.m. Education/Fellowship hour — Jeff Thompson, program director at Sugar Creek Bible Camp will bring a greeting at worship, and meet with the Sunday School during education hour.
March 16, 2014
Key Verses: “Jesus said, ‘So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.’” John 13:14-15
Time: 30 CE
Background: It was customary for a servant in a hosting household to wash the feet of traveling guests before a meal. It would have been highly unusual for Jesus to take the role of servant, washing the feet of his disciples. In John’s gospel, the foot washing became the central event at Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. The meal became much more a teaching event, where the disciples were invited to learn more about their role in the world after Jesus was to leave them.
Peter didn’t understand what Jesus was doing and didn’t want to take part in this reversal of roles. He did, however, want his share, and was willing to go to any length to get it. Thankfully, Jesus did not need for them to understand fully. He just asked that they participate, listen, and learn.
Community: How have you and others in your community fallen into your roles? When and how have you questioned those roles? Is it time for a change?
At Home: When was the last time you served another? When did you last allow someone to serve you? Since giving and receiving can bless both parties, find opportunities to do both this week.
Read This Week:
Monday, Mar 17, The Woman Caught in Adultery, John 7:53-8:11
Tuesday, Mar 18, Jesus the Light of the World, John 8:12-20
Wednesday, Mar 19, Jesus Foretells His Death, John 8:21-30
Thursday, Mar 20, True Disciples, John 8:31-38
Friday, Mar 21, Jesus and Abraham, John 8:39-59
Saturday, Mar 22, Jesus Is Rejected by the Jews, John 10:22-42
Next Week: Sunday, Mar 23, Peter’s Denial, John 18:12-27