Thursday, 1 April 2021
Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples
By Max Lucado

John 13:2-5

The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus … got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, … and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. ( John 13:2-5 , NIV)

It has been a long day. Jerusalem is packed with Passover guests, most of whom clamour for a glimpse of the Teacher. The spring sun is warm. The streets are dry. And the disciples are a long way from home. A splash of cool water would be refreshing.

The disciples enter the room, one by one, and take their places around the table. On the wall hangs a towel, and on the floor sit a pitcher and a basin. Any one of the disciples could volunteer for the job, but not one does.

After a few moments Jesus stands and removes His outer garment. He wraps a servant’s girdle around His waist, takes up the basin, and kneels before one of the disciples. He unlaces a sandal and gently lifts the foot, places it in the basin, covers it with water, and begins to bathe it.

One grimy foot after another, Jesus works His way down the row. In Jesus’ day the washing of feet was a task reserved not just for servants but for the lowest of servants.

In this case the One with the towel and basin is the King of the universe.

Hands that shaped the stars now wash away filth. Fingers that formed mountains now massage toes. And the One before whom all nations will one day kneel now kneels before His disciples. Hours before His own death, Jesus’ concern is singular.

He wants His disciples to know how much He loves them.

You can be sure Jesus knows the future of these feet He is washing. These feet will dash for cover at the flash of a Roman sword. Only one pair of feet won’t abandon Him in the Garden … Judas will abandon Jesus that very night at the table.

What a passionate moment when Jesus silently lifts the feet of His betrayer and washes them in the basin.

Jesus knows what these men are about to do. By morning they will bury their heads in shame and look down at their feet in disgust. And when they do, He wants them to remember how His knees knelt before them and He washed their feet…

He forgave their sin before they even committed it. He offered mercy before they even sought it.

PRAYER:

Dear God, King of the universe, I’d like to think I would have washed Your feet and done better than the other disciples, but I know that’s not true. Thank You for loving me and washing my feet and offering me mercy when I deserve none. In Jesus’ name, amen.

每日灵粮
2021年4月1日,星期四

题目:* 耶稣洗门徒的脚 *
作者:麥克斯‧路卡杜
翻译:黄姐妹
经文:约翰福音 13:2-5

2。吃 晚 饭 的 时 候 , 魔 鬼 已 将 卖 耶 稣 的 意 思 放 在 西 门 的 儿 子 加 略 人 犹 大 心 里。
3。耶 稣 知 道 父 已 将 万 有 交 在 他 手 里 , 且 知 道 自 己 是 从 神 出 来 的 , 又 要 归 到 神 那 里 去
4。就 离 席 站 起 来 , 脱 了 衣 服 , 拿 一 条 手 巾 束 腰 ,

5。随 後 把 水 倒 在 盆 里 , 就 洗 门 徒 的 脚 , 并 用 自 己 所 束 的 手巾擦干。( 约翰福音 13:2-5)

这是一个漫长的一天。耶路撒冷到处都是逾越节的客人,其中大多数人想看夫子(耶稣)。春天的阳光很温暖,街道很干燥,门徒离家很远。来一瓢的冷水会是清凉的体验。

门徒一个接一个地进入房间,围坐在桌子周围。在墙上挂着一条毛巾,在地板上放着一个水罐和一个洗手盆。任何一个门徒都可以自愿拿起这工作,但没有一个人愿意。

片刻之后,耶稣站了起来,脱下外套。他将仆人的腰带缠在腰间,收起盆,跪在一个门徒面前替他解开凉鞋,轻轻抬起脚,将其放在水盆中替他洗脚。

耶稣沿着一个又一个肮脏的脚往下洗。在耶稣的时代,洗脚这事不仅是由仆人来做,而是由最底层的仆人所做的事。

_现在这情况是,用毛巾和洗脸盆替人洗脚的那位是宇宙之主。

塑造星宿的手现在洗涤脚上污物。形成山脉的手正按摩脚趾。万国有一天要跪拜在祂面前的那个人,现在跪在他的门徒面前。耶稣去世前几个小时,祂唯独关心的是。。。

“ 耶稣希望祂的门徒知道祂有多爱他们。”

耶稣知道他所洗这脚主人的未来。这些脚将在罗马士兵拔剑时叛离,那时只有一双脚不会在花园里背弃他……犹大会在那天晚餐时背叛耶稣。
当耶稣默默抬起背叛者的脚为他洗脚的时候,那是多么亲密的时刻。。

耶稣知道这些人即将要做什么。到了早晨,他们会羞愧地底着头,厌恶地看着他们自己的脚。当他们这样的时候,祂要他们记住祂的膝盖在他们面前跪下,洗了他们的脚……

祂在他们犯罪之前就赦免了他们的过犯。甚至在他们还没有寻求帮助之前,他就赐下怜悯。

祷告:

亲爱的上帝,宇宙之主。我曾自负的认为洗你的脚这事,我会比其他门徒做得更好,但我知道这是不对的。虽然我不配,感谢你仍然爱我,为我洗脚,怜悯我。奉耶稣的名祷告,阿们。