Lent, Day 41, Katie Shull - Only A Few Hours Left To Live

john 13-14

Only A Few Hours Left To Live

"Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:3-7

Okay- if you had only a few hours left to live, what would you do? Maybe go on an adventure with your loved ones? Visit a place you've never been? Go try that thing you always wanted to try? If it were me, I think I might throw a big goodbye party for myself, maybe at the beach. There are a lot of ideas that come to mind. But I don't think washing my friends feet would be one of them. 

What does this say about Jesus' character? He spent some of His last moments on earth kneeling and washing his friends feet. I think His priority was abundantly clear: He came to serve. 

Picture this- a few hours later- Jesus is hanging on a cross. Can you imagine how the disciples felt when they put their heads down in grief and glanced at their (recently cleaned!) feet? 

It's Holy Week, and we may all feel like the disciples. We feel the heaviness and the grief. We are trying to comprehend Jesus' incredible love for us. We're overwhelmed with the magnitude of what He's done, and we're not sure what to do with it. How do we respond to this (as I tell the preschoolers) BIG, BIG LOVE? 

I think it's quite clear what Jesus wants next: He wants us to go and do the same. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" And again, He clarifies:

"I, your LORD, AND TEACHER, have washed your feet- you should wash one another’s feet." John 13:14

Are you up for the challenge? 

Consider this as your prayer today: "Jesus, thank you for using your last hours on earth to show us how much you care about humanity. Help me take the posture of a servant. Interrupt my day and my thoughts, and show me who you want me to love and serve today." 

Katie is the Director of Children's and Family Ministry at MPC. The loves of her life (other than Jesus) are her husband Reese, 16 month old Kadence, and dog Dash. She prides herself in knowing all the names of the Disney princesses and the Dodgers.