READING John 13
If you knew you were speaking to your loved ones for the very last time, what would you say? What message would you want to leave for them? What imperative for them to follow? Jesus knew this would be the last time He was with all of His disciples in one place, and the message He wanted to get across was, “Just as I have loved you, so also are you to love one another.” It’s easy to get caught in the weeds of theology, to get tangled up in the distance of a social media debate, or to hold self-righteously to a doctrine. It’s less easy to wholeheartedly love people who don’t understand what you think or where you’re coming from. And yet, that’s the task Christ calls us to on a daily basis. At the end of the day, Jesus wants us to love each other as He loved us – with an unconditional, brave and bold, sacrificial love that stops at nothing and lasts for eternity.
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.