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Serving like Jesus | Week of March 23

John 13:6-8, Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

From the sermon series: Passiontide

In this passage, Jesus and His disciples are at the Last Supper. Even in these last moments together, knowing what is about to come, Jesus teaches His disciples through His words and actions.

As a teacher and an important guest of this Passover feast, Jesus would never have been asked to clean the feet of those at this dinner. As it was a dirty job, that task was for the servants. And yet, this is exactly what He does. It is perhaps obvious, but in order to serve others, you have to put them before yourself. Not in just the sense of sacrificing your time or your energy in order to serve, but also humbling yourself, letting go of your pride in order to do the “messy job” that no one else may want to do. In serving, when Jesus is our example, we make others more important than ourselves – their needs are above ours.

Journal Prompt: Reflect on a time when you sacrificed something in order to serve someone else. What did you learn from this experience?

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