Daily Dose – August 21

                Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’ After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. -- John 13:1-17 Jesus knew the end was near. The Pharisees and priests had it in for him since his first sermon. They peppered him with questions and he painted them into a corner with his answers. He spent the better part of three years talking to his disciples about the Kingdom of God. One of his constant themes was service. He called them to a life of cross bearing and invited them to find one that fit their shoulder. He scolded them for their front seat shotgun approach to grabbing power and being the man in charge. He told them that God takes notice even when they offer someone a cold glass of water for the sake of love. He crafted the story of the good Samaritan to give them clarity about real religion. And a few days before he died he added an exclamation point by washing their nasty feet. He bent down with a towel and bucket of warm soapy water and became their servant. The sermon that followed was simple and to the point. I just set the example and I expect you to follow. Get busy serving. People who accept this assignment soon learn that it truly is more blessed to give than it is to get. We grow in the knowledge and love of God as we serve. There is a place for you to express your love for God by serving and helping people. Go find that place. Dr. Don Martin