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On The Road To The Cross – Thursday

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It’s Time To Serve

John 13:1-17

1 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.[a]

 2 The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, 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, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his 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 I tell you the truth, 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.

Jesus knew his time was up. He had less than 24 hours, and he knew it. Have you ever thought about what you would do with your last 24 hours? Jesus served, you see service is what we do while we still have time, it is how we show our love “he now showed them the full extent of his love.” Love is not an emotion, it is an action. And the stage for the action of love isn’t in the human heart it’s in the daily grind of living on this dirty planet its found in the washing dirty feet romantic huh!

People get dirty feet and love washes them. Love expresses itself not in grand gestures of heroic proportion, but in menial renderings of humble service. We say we want to be servants of Jesus but are we willing to kneel and humble ourselves before the smelly feet of this world? A world that is desperately in need of cleaning. Time is percious what will you do with it will you like Jesus Serve?

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