Daily D – John 13:12-15

by | Nov 10, 2021 | Daily D | 0 comments

David G Bowman Logo

When Jesus had washed their feet and put on his outer clothing, he reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are speaking rightly, since that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you.”
JOHN 13:12-15 (CSB)

—————————————————————————
 

Names and titles are important and wield power. A measure of power accompanies knowing a person’s name. Consider the times in the Gospels when demons declared Jesus’ name and he stopped them from speaking. They were trying to control his work and his destiny. Jesus would not allow it. 

You have names and titles, as do I. My favorite titles? Husband, father, and grandfather. My wife, children, and grandchildren direct my life in significant ways through their application of these titles. I most often willingly acquiesce to their desires when they appeal to these names and relationships.

We become so comfortable with some titles that they lose the impact of their meaning. Two of those show up in verse 13 above. Jesus says, “You call me Teacher and Lord . . .” 

Teacher, or Rabbi, is what many called Jesus as he taught and healed and fed multitudes. Jesus was not a trained Rabbi. He did not attend the schools necessary to gain that title. The title was given out of respect for how he lived, how he taught, and how he changed lives.

Lord is a respectful term for a person of authority. People noticed how Jesus demonstrated his authority over demons, over nature, over disease and disability. 

The Gospels tell us that the common people listened to Jesus gladly. He did not borrow authority from others to make his points. On one occasion, men are sent to arrest him but return empty-handed. When asked why, they reply, “No man ever spoke like this!” (7:46).

Soon Jesus will go to the cross, the grave, and then be resurrected. The full meaning of the title Lord will become evident. It is the name above all names. No one compares to Jesus. 

Teacher of all teachers, Lord of all lords: This is Jesus. 

This Jesus took off his outer clothing and wrapped a towel around his waist. 

This Jesus washed dirty feet of men who each thought he was greater than the others. 

This Jesus said, “I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you.”

There are some people who declare things like, “I do not have the gift of setting up and taking down tables and chairs.” Jesus did. 

There are those who will allow a dead cricket to lie on the floor for days or weeks to see how long it will take a derelict cleaning crew to pick it up. Jesus would not do that. 

An invitation came last week to help lead a significant event in January. The others who are involved are well-known and highly regarded. It is an honor to accept this invitation. One thing the conference leaders are asked to do is to arrive early to help with setup details and to stay late to assist with clean-up details. I’m pretty sure this is why they invited me. I’m all in.

Here is a life lesson worth learning found in verse 15: “For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you.” It bears repeating: Great leaders serve. There’s more. Check out verse 17.

“If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”

Wisdom, power, and blessing come to those who listen to what Jesus says, observe what Jesus does, and do what he both shows and tells. 

Who will you serve today?

—————————————————————————

I will serve those God places in my path.

—————————————————————————

Our Father, who needs the attention of simple service from me today? Who requires words of grace and truth? Who longs for expressions of kindness and tenderness? Who wonders if anyone sees them or if anyone cares? Empower me to kneel in their service. Amen. 

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

CONNECT WITH ME!

Interested in learning more about Church Unique or Life Younique? Send a note through the Get In Touch box or Message me through the Facebook link above.

          Church Unique Logo          Auxano Logo

GET IN TOUCH!

READ MY BLOG!

Daily D – 2 Kings 23:25

2 Kings 23:25 Before him there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength according to all the law of Moses, and no one like him arose after him.

Daily D – 2 Kings 20:1-6

2 Kings 20:1-6 In those days Hezekiah became terminally ill. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Set your house in order, for you are about to die; you will not recover.’”

Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Please, Lord, remember how I have walked before you faithfully and wholeheartedly and have done what pleases you.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Isaiah had not yet gone out of the inner courtyard when the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, ‘This is what the Lord God of your ancestor David says: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Look, I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the Lord’s temple. I will add fifteen years to your life. I will rescue you and this city from the grasp of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”

Daily D – 2 Kings 18:5-7

2 Kings 18:5-7 Hezekiah relied on the Lord God of Israel; not one of the kings of Judah was like him, either before him or after him. He remained faithful to the Lord and did not turn from following him but kept the commands the Lord had commanded Moses. The Lord was with him, and wherever he went he prospered. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.

Daily D – 2 Kings 17:12-15

2 Kings 17:12-15 They served idols, although the Lord had told them, “You must not do this.” Still, the Lord warned Israel and Judah through every prophet and every seer, saying, “Turn from your evil ways and keep my commands and statutes according to the whole law I commanded your ancestors and sent to you through my servants the prophets.” But they would not listen. Instead they became obstinate like their ancestors who did not believe the Lord their God. They rejected his statutes and his covenant he had made with their ancestors and the warnings he had given them. They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves, following the surrounding nations the Lord had commanded them not to imitate.

Daily D – 2 Kings 13:4-6

2 Kings 13:4-6 Then Jehoahaz sought the Lord’s favor, and the Lord heard him, for he saw the oppression the king of Aram inflicted on Israel. Therefore, the Lord gave Israel a deliverer, and they escaped from the power of the Arameans. Then the people of Israel returned to their former way of life, but they didn’t turn away from the sins that the house of Jeroboam had caused Israel to commit. Jehoahaz continued them, and the Asherah pole also remained standing in Samaria.