Reflections to consider

“Of all the times we see the bowing knees of Jesus, none is so precious as when he kneels before his disciples and washes their feet. It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. … I looked for a Bible translation that reads, ‘Jesus washed all the disciples’ feet except the feet of Judas,’ but I couldn’t find one. What a passionate moment when Jesus silently lifts the feet of his betrayer and washes them in the basin! Within hours the feet of Judas, cleansed by the kindness of the one he will betray, will stand in Caiaphas’s court. Behold the gift Jesus gives his followers! He knows what these men are about to do. He knows they are about to perform the vilest act of their lives. By morning they will bury their heads in shame and look down at their feet in disgust. And when they do, he wants them to remember how his knees knelt before them and he washed their feet. He wants them to realize those feet are still clean. ‘You don’t understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later’ (John 13: 7). Remarkable. He forgave their sin before they even committed it. He offered mercy before they even sought it. (Adapted from “Just Like Jesus: A Heart Like His”)

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