Imagine learning that you will die tomorrow.
If you knew this, how would you spend your last night on earth? You have a brand new year stretched out before you, but you only get today.
…who would you gather around yourself?
…what would you spend your time doing?
…what would you be thinking about?
This may sound morbid, and even farfetched, but this is exactly the situation Jesus was in in today’s devotional verse:
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, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 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.
John 13:3–5 ESV
In John 13, we find Jesus on the night before his crucifixion. He knew exactly how he would die, and was well-acquainted with the horrors of Roman execution.
Even knowing this, Jesus spends his last night loving and serving his friends, and washing their feet.
Oh wait… It wasn’t just his friends there, was it?
Judas Iscariot was in the bunch. He was about to do the unthinkable and betray his Master for a handful of coins.
Jesus knew this too. Yet, he spent his final night focused on loving others well, for, “he loved them to the end” (John 13:1).
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Our lives are meant to be like Jesus’. To continue his mission in the world.
As Jesus said: ” A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).
So, how will people recognize you as a disciple of Jesus?