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Day 44 of Lent 2018

John 13:12

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.

Today is day 44 of the 47 Days of Lent reading plan (Sundays don’t count in the 40 days of Lent). I hope you have stayed with us – this is Holy Week. Today’s passage is about Jesus washing His disciples feet. Jesus humbled Himself – taking the task of the lowest of servants – washing the feet of His disciples.

Lent is typically a time to give something up – to stop a bad habit – to deny self – to dig deeper into our walk with Jesus. Today we continue to look at a passage that will lead us to the cross and to the resurrection. Let us focus on Jesus this week – more than usual. Let us identify with the walk and the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us. Jesus came to earth – voluntarily – to walk to the cross. The Father turned all power over to Him – and yet He humbled Himself to wash His disciples’ feet.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. John 13:12–16 – 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

During this Lenten season – make it a point to seek after Jesus more and more. Seek after Him. Understand – as well as we can – His walk and His suffering. Remember what He gave up for us. God bless you as you walk with Jesus to the Cross of Calvary! Connect with our Lord on every level possible. Seek what God would have you (and me) understand about this most Holy Week. Do we humble ourselves in service of God or do we seek attention – even praise? Do we willingly serve others or do we seek to others to serve us? These are questions that we should ask ourselves.

Tonight we will celebrate Holy Communion at 7 pm at First UMC of Laurel. It will be a service designed around Holy Communion. Join us if you are in the area (424 Main Street – Laurel – MD).

Walk with me toward the cross. Deny yourself as I deny myself and let us draw near to Christ.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – This Sunday is Easter. It is the easiest Sunday to get someone to attend worship with you. Invite someone each day during Holy Week to join you for Sunday’s services. We will have a Sunrise service at 6:30 am (outside weather permitting) – followed by a pancake breakfast (in the fellowship hall). Our normal services will be at 8:30 & 11:00 am (in the Sanctuary). Invite someone today to worship with you.


March 29, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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