3 耶穌知道父已經把萬有交在他手中，並且知道自己從 神而來，又要回到 神那裡去，
1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, 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, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their 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.
Read slowly and gently through the passage. Savor each portion of the reading, listening for the “still, small voice” of a word or phrase that somehow says, “I am for you today.”
TAKE in the word or phrase that touches you. Memorize it and slowly repeat it to yourself, allowing it to interact with your inner world of concerns, memories and ideas.
SPEAK to God. Interact with God as you would with one who loves and accepts you. And give to Him what you have discovered in reading and reflection.
REST in God. Rejoicing in the knowledge that God is with you in both words and silence, in spiritual activity and inner receptivity.
Journaling: Write down your experience, any thought, and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.
Suggested Passion Week additional devotional reading: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
Join Jesus and his disciples in the Sabbath celebration and remember the Lamb being slaughtered to allow us to live.