Good morning people who follow the incredible example of Jesus.
John 13:3-5 (NIV) Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. 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.
This passage stopped me in my tracks. It was the comparison between what came before the semi-colon and what came after it.
Before the semi-colon, this is what it says: Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God.
What an incredible statement of absolute power and authority! Jesus acknowledges that He has the power to do anything. He acknowledges that He is from eternity to eternity. He acknowledges that He is from God, and as stated in other passages, He is equal with God.
So what does this all powerful King of the earth do?
Well we see it after the semi-colon: He humbled Himself and washed His disciples’ feet.
I don’t know about you, but there is a powerful lesson here. This is a picture of true greatness. Here we see Jesus, Who knew how powerful He was, but He didn’t need to prove it. In fact, He was so secure in His position that He got up from the table and served.
“So leaders, how secure are we in our position? Are we secure enough to serve others extravagantly?”