Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him,
3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”
Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”
8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”
9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.”
11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
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.
15 For I have given you an example + , that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you,
+ a servant is not greater than his master ,
nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
18 I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.
20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”
35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning,
36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.
37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.
38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?
43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful.
47 And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 48 But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
Jesus is Mary's Son.
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things.
And if you are not a tidy person, if your brain is wired to be slightly messy, perhaps you say to yourself,"I need my act together before I can come near to Jesus and Father Mighty God." Reverence of God is a beautiful thing. Yet, all 4 Gospels truly, truly, with sincerity of Father God tell us, The Father Almighty sees we organize ourselves differently. All of the Gospel authors arrange the way they have come to God - a little differently.
John, personally, melts my heart. John the Loyal. John the Loving. John so overcome with Jesus, John knows, Jesus is not going away. John, gift of God. Gift of God. Gift of God.
John 20 ties in John 13, Jesus the prepared servant, even straightening up after He washes His Disciples' feet. The Son of Mary. The Chosen Son of Joseph, who needed his tools in the proper place to make plows, yokes, decorative items, beautiful things. Jesus is deliberate as a servant as He shows them His servanthood to wash feet. Perhaps why the face cloth was folded in by itself and the disciple BELIEVED.
Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus'[a] head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed
Pastor Jeremiah Morris, of Houston's 7 Mile Road Church (Road to Emmaus - our hearts were indeed warmed!) was at HopePointe for a 2 day series - he has a Wonder, a Sign of God, an Astonishment, A Gift of God ~ Jeremiah has a Book of Acts, God given ability, opening Tthe Door during a one one Bible Study of John and where a heart is opened to Jesus. The Gift Jesus Is. The Salvation of Jesus. To have souls Live. To reach out and say, "Jesus is God, live in my soul, welcome Lord Jesus."
This Jeremiah Morris Ministry -
Astonishing to reach out like the Way Father God arranged the family and ancestry of Jesus. Ruddy people who used to pray to the Angel of Death. Investment Bankers who wanted to own yachts, are invited to a Vastly more Glorious Way, Truth, Life of Jesus. PhD's. Tattoos who don't want to read. All find the door opens to the Community of Faith. Jesus changes hearts and lives.
What would we see in John's Gospel of Jesus?
Albert Einstein said, “As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene . . . . No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-mongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot.”
Why aren't all tidy as the servanthood of this Passage? The people of the Bible are all messy. The Gift of God cannot be earned. Only Sincere Thanksgiving is something not given to us first by Our Father. A Precious Gift. Jesus. A Son. Innocent and Pure. Of God. Born in difficulty like a Parable, we are Welcome to the Feast of God's Richest Blessing - Forgiveness.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God
We are Today, the Children of God in this part of time, this Generation.
When I am poor and feeble, persecuted and vulnerable, Yeshua conquered me, and with the New Man You are helping me, You deliver me from self with Your great love, You cherishes me.
Father, You are God of All Things and the Light in mankind. Jesus is the completion and fulfillment of Your Promises to me. Help those I love and the people You have given me.
Help me to be Love. With hands to help others. Feet to hasten to the poor and needy. Eyes to see misery and want. Ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. We are not Jesus the Lord. In what is placed in our lives, we lift up in Joyous Expectations that Creation Waits and Jesus is Alive.
Since we are not God, and we cannot do good to all, we will pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of God in time, place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with us.
We will remember to Pray for the people of this Nation and the World Jesus wants to save, with Expectation in all we hear of the Holy Spirit and His willingness. All who call upon Jesus - are saved and covered in His Name. Rejoice for Jesus is Alive. Amen.