“1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” John 13:1-5
As I read this passage recently, I was struck with the realization that even as Jesus knew who would betray Him and what lay in store for Him over the next days, He acted in love for His disciples.
Jesus knew He would be betrayed. He knew what kind of torment and torture He would endure. He knew He would spend days separated from the Father.
Yet with this anguish that He was about to face, He still loved and taught those closest to Him. He set aside His anguish and followed His Father’s will.
As I read this, and the rest of chapter 13, it was as if I could see this room and the scene within. It was as if He washed my feet also, showing me the example I was to follow.
And then it felt as if He was filling me with His innermost thoughts and feelings at that second. It was as if it was I that was going to be persecuted and tormented, but even as this knowledge filled me, His peace filled me also.
And I felt His directive in my heart and soul that I was to follow His leading and love those that persecuted me; that I was to continue to serve and follow my Father’s will.
I was not to be fearful of what man may do to me, because everything is under His control and authority.
I am not sure if it was a warning that something will happen in the future or if it was just a reminder that I was to continue to love those that torment me and forgive them their actions against me; but the message was as clear as any I have ever received.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Isaiah 1:9
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2012