We may talk a lot about the towel and the basin. We may have some symbol of that sitting in our offices to demonstrate “servanthood.” But it is Jesus who took up that act of servanthood and simply says to us, “Follow my example.” Continue reading “The power of the towel and the basin”
All authority was handed over to Jesus. To demonstrate all that power… Jesus served.
Lord, help me pick up this “mantle” in my own life. Not just today. Every day.
3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 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. (John 13:3-5)
John’s gospel doesn’t give us any doubt as to who Jesus was in his ministry. Jesus had no doubt. There is an assurance all the way through the story that he is fully aware of what the Father is doing.
From the first sign it was clear Jesus had a grasp of what was going on. His mother asked him to help with the wine situation at the wedding in Cana and he said bluntly, “My hour is not yet here.”
Then, we get to Chapter 12 and it is clear his hour was here. The time was upon him. The Greeks want to see him and he says, “The hour has come…”
He wrestles with this weight. “What shall I say? Father, save me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.”
Then there is the last supper. Church tradition holds that this is the day. Maundy Thursday. Jesus knew his hour had come.
It was time for him to leave this world and go to the Father. “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” (Jn. 13:1b)
This day, remember him. We have come to this hour. Please do not rush through this day without pausing for a moment and thinking, “This is your hour, Lord. You knew it. You didn’t shrink back. In the middle of chaos and disciples wrestling over who was the greatest, you served. You gave. This is your hour.”