John 13:1-17

Often biblical history becomes a lesson.  Philippians 2 contains a theological hymn that describes the servant ministry of Jesus –

Philippians 2:5-11 ESV
    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, [7] but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, [8] he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [9] Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, [10] so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Now John 13 is a story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.  Yet this washing becomes a picture of something more.  It shows a model of service that both captures the gospel of Christ coming to humanity to serve, and serves as a model for Christ followers.

He took off (clothing/glory), became a servant, washed (feet/sinfulness), returned (to seat/heaven) and instruction (disciples/us) to do the same.



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