Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 223/260: Read John 13

Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”

Jesus provides His followers with the ultimate example of humility. Though He was called “Teacher and Lord” by His disciples, yet He saw fit to be a servant to them. He taught them that no one is too important to serve another.

Everyone has a role to play in the Master’s kingdom, yet no role is so important that one can be excused from working in any capacity, even the lowliest capacity. We all work together, serving one another, to get the Lord’s work done.

Later in the chapter, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

How did Jesus love His creation? He left heaven for a time, “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7). Even more than that, though, “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8).

It was the only way to save mankind. And He loved us that much. Do we love each other enough to give up some of our comforts and conveniences, to serve as examples of faithfulness, to seek and to save the lost?

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

John 12:48. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My ____________, has that which judges him—the ____________ that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.


Pray that you may exhibit the humility and love of Jesus in your life today.

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