What’s On Your Table? – Good News for April 9

9 04 2009

John 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. 

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him,”What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him,  “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” Jesus said to him, “Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.” For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

The Daily Path: After this, his last supper before the great passion, Jesus would ask a few of his disciples to follow him to Gethsemane where he would pray to the Father. We know what happened. They fell asleep. There are many things that Jesus asks of us and many times we fall asleep. But if we embrace His lessons and strive to put God above all else we know the reward will be to sit with Him at the table of The Father.

Tonight, I plan to do what Jesus asked and spend time with Him on this Holy Thursday. I hope you’ll find time to accompany Him as well. It’s not much considering how much we ask of Him throughout the year. And as you pray with Jesus, ask Him to wash away the burden you carry. Place it squarely on Jesus’ table and He WILL carry the load. Tonight is the night to ask Christ for your own re-birth. 

Room to Chat: Lord, as you pray in the garden this night please keep Michael and his family in mind, and everyone who carries a heavy load. (See Room to Chat: Come Out – Good News for March 29)