Living by Grace

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Another Promised Blessing

So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, ‘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.’  John 13:12-14

Jesus spoke these words after the first observance of the Lord’s Supper and after He washed the feet of the Apostles. Between the Lord’s Supper and the washing of the feet, the Apostles had an argument about which of them was the greatest (Luke 22:24). This was not the first time they had argued about this, but what a horrible setting for such an argument—just following the Lord’s Supper. 

Jesus continued:

For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.  John 13:14-16

After Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, resurrection and ascension into heaven, He poured out the Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of all believers. Following this, there is no biblical account of any of the Apostles being jealous of the others or failing to be their servant.

Jesus ended His statements to the Apostles about following His example with, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (John 13:17). Jesus did not enlarge on how we will be blessed when we serve others, but experience has shown that one blessing will be the inner sense of satisfaction that God has used us.

Making ourselves servants to other believers may seem impossible. However, the same Holy Spirit who enabled the Apostles to serve other believers will enable us also. By living out their oneness with Christ, all believers can be filled with the Holy Spirit just as the Apostles were on the day of Pentecost.