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Called to Love and Serve
A sermon based on John 13:1-17, 31b-35
by Rev. Rick Thompson
What is Jesus doing? Just what does he
think he’s doing?
He’s the one they call “Master” and “Teacher”. He’s the one they
call “Lord”. On Sunday, as he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, they
shouted “Hosanna!” and hailed him as their King.
Clearly, in the eyes of many, including his disciples, Jesus is a
person with power and authority. They’d seen him do amazing
things, unheard of things, like turn water into wine, restore the
sight of a man born blind, and, yes, even raise Lazarus from the dead!
So what is Jesus doing, stepping away from the table, taking off his
outer garment, taking up a basin and towel, and offering to wash his
disciples’ feet? Dirty
feet, from walking the streets and roads of Jerusalem and the
surrounding country, with sandals, if anything, on their feet.
Those feet had walked in the dry dust of Palestine. And who
knows what else they might have been stepping in along the way.
Didn’t Jesus know? Didn’t Jesus know that was the job of the
lowliest servant in the household, a thankless job? It certainly
wasn’t the role of someone known as “Master”, “Teacher”, “Lord”,
But Jesus knew what he was doing. In John’s gospel, Jesus
is always in charge. Even when things seem to be
happening to him
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