1逾越節以前，耶穌知道自己離世歸父的時候到了。他既然愛世間屬自己的人，就愛他們到底。 2 吃晚飯的時候，魔鬼已將賣耶穌的意思放在西門的兒子加略人猶大心裏。 3 耶穌知道父已將萬有交在他手裏，且知道自己是從 神出來的，又要歸到 神那裏去， 4 就離席站起來，脫了衣服，拿一條手巾束腰， 5 隨後把水倒在盆裏，就洗門徒的腳，並用自己所束的手巾擦乾。
12 耶穌洗完了他們的腳，就穿上衣服，又坐下，對他們說：「我向你們所做的，你們明白嗎？ 13 你們稱呼我夫子，稱呼我主，你們說的不錯，我本來是。 14 我是你們的主，你們的夫子，尚且洗你們的腳，你們也當彼此洗腳。 15 我給你們作了榜樣，叫你們照著我向你們所做的去做。 16 我實實在在地告訴你們，僕人不能大於主人，差人也不能大於差他的人。 17 你們既知道這事，若是去行就有福了。
1It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. 2The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
12When 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. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
- Jesus’ Last Supper begins with profound lessons in humility and baptism. Notice the incredible extent of Jesus’ love, the ignorance of human responses, and the immensity of Christ’s servanthood.
- Think over the definition of Service – Loving, thoughtful, active promotion of the good of others and the causes of God in our world, through which we experience the many little deaths of going beyond ourselves. (Spiritual Formation Bible)
- Reflect: Is humility the trademark for my service? Talk to God and wait for His response.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.