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John 13:12-14

February 19, 2024
John 13:12-14

12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.


After answering Peter’s initial objections, Jesus explains his reasons for washing his disciples’ feet. This action was intended to provide them with an object lesson. His followers rightly refer to Jesus as “Teacher and Lord," but Jesus rejects any expectation of preferential treatment in light of his elevated status. Jesus did not withdraw into a “Teacher’s” ivory tower or insist on his rights as “Lord”. He did not claim to be too important, too busy, or too preoccupied. Instead Jesus voluntarily stoops down to perform even the most menial task for his followers. Many aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry were singular and unrepeatable given the unique nature of Jesus’ identity. But Jesus performed this specific action with the expectation that his model would be followed. 

How does pride stand in the way and prevent us from imitating Jesus in his service to others?