Lessons and Respect

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

13 1-2 Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that the time had come to leave this world to go to the Father. Having loved his dear companions, he continued to love them right to the end. It was suppertime. The Devil by now had Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, firmly in his grip, all set for the betrayal.

3-6 Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with his apron. When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, “Master, you wash my feet?”

7 Jesus answered, “You don’t understand now what I’m doing, but it will be clear enough to you later.”

8 Peter persisted, “You’re not going to wash my feet—ever!”

Jesus said, “If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I’m doing.”

9 “Master!” said Peter. “Not only my feet, then. Wash my hands! Wash my head!”

-John 13:1-9 The Message.

Verse 1: Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

Verse 2: During supper, the Devil had already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray him.

Verse 3: Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God,

Verse 4: got up from supper, and laid aside His garments, and taking a towel, He girded himself.

Verse 5: Then He poured water into the basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and wipe them with the towel in which He was grided.

Verses 1-3 studies: Let’s highlight who Judas was. We learned Judas betrayed Jesus, one of the biggest mistakes he ever made. We can’t forget the other disciples that abandoned Jesus as well. Judas has good points and bad points. His good points are:

  1. He was chosen as one of 12 disciples, the only non-Galilean.
  2. He kept the money bag for the expenses of the group.
  3. Judas recognizes the evil in his betrayal of Jesus.

His weak points are:

  1. He is greedy (John 12:6).
  2. He betrayed Jesus.
  3. He committed suicide instead of seeking forgiveness.

Judas learned in his life that evil plans and motives leave us open to being used by Satan for greater evil. The consequences of sin are so devasting that even small lies and wrongdoings have serious results. And that God’s plans and purposes are worked out even in the worst possible events.

Verse 6: So He came to Simon Peter, He said to Him, Lord, do You wash my feet?”

Verse 7: Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.”

Verse 8: Peter said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

Verse 9: Simon Peter said to Him, Lord, then wash not only my feet but also my hands and my head.”

Verse 6-7 studies: If you haven’t been in some form of leadership, you probably don’t understand the purpose of what Jesus is doing. Simon Peter didn’t understand. He is confused as to why his Master is acting as a slave. It is more than Jesus and his title. It’s about how he is treating others. You treat all people with respect and love. This is not comforting for leaders to read these two verses, mainly to serve those beneath you. How do you treat others? How do you treat your employees as a supervisor, manager or entrepreneur?

Father, thank you for our study today. I pray we learn the lesson of Judas that we do not take you for granted, and we don’t take the easy way out when we are being disciplined. I pray we handle the lesson of Jesus to treat others with respect when we are above them. In Jesus’ name. Amen!