Passage: John 13:1-20
Key verse: Matthew 26:21 And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
No one, in the history of mankind, ever experienced the level of betrayal that the Son of God did. Would you agree? Nothing you’ve ever faced comes close to His time on earth. Yet look at how Jesus dealt with those who betrayed Him, denied Him, abandoned Him, falsely accused Him, beat Him, tortured Him, and killed Him.
In light of the fact that Jesus knew all things before they occurred, John 13:1 is particularly powerful. Knowing full well how His own disciples would treat Him, He “loved them to the end”. Wow. Park there for a minute.
With all knowledge that Peter would deny Him, that Judas would betray Him, and that the rest would run away, Jesus knelt down before each of them, taking on the role of a servant, and washed the feet of each man.
What right on this earth do you and I have to be unforgiving toward anyone who’s wronged us? We have to be amazed at this action and attitude by Jesus because He of all people did have the right to judge and withhold forgiveness. Can we follow His example?