John 13.12-17 cont.
12 Therefore, when He had washed their feet and He had put on His clothes He also reclined again. He said to them: “Do you know what I have done for you?”
13 You call Me teacher and Lord, and you say so rightly, for I am.
14 If I, your Lord and Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For just I have given you as example, you should do what I have done for you.
16 In all sincerity I tell you that a slave is not greater than his Lord, neither is the one who is sent greater than the one who sends him.
17 If you know these things, you are happy if you should do them.
When Jesus asked His disciples if they understood what He had done by washing their feet, He didn’t wait for them to answer. At that moment it was probable Jesus knew they did not understand the full implications of what He had done. Therefore, He went on to explain the significance of His actions.
From verse 13 we learn that the disciples called Jesus their teacher. There were many Rabbi’s that had disciples who followed them. A disciple was someone who was devoted to the Rabbi they were following. Their objective was to be like them in every respect. They had a hunger for that Rabbi’s teaching.
Therefore, the disciples of Jesus would have called Him their teacher, and from the moment He called them to be with Him, they would have been devoted to His teaching. It was a teaching that had an authority they had never witnessed before.
In the same way Jesus also calls us to acknowledge Him as our teacher. We devote a lot of our time to learning from many different teachers, but how much time do we devote to learning from the greatest teacher of all, Jesus our Lord and Saviour?
The early part of our life is given over to education. In the 1997 General Election the Labour Party slogan was: ‘education, education, education’. This was to tell the electorate that the future Labour Party, if elected, would devote itself to education.
Education is important, and making the most of that education for learning purposes is necessary.
It is also true for our souls, education by the Holy Spirit is important.
Later Jesus went on to say:
“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not be presenting His own ideas; He will be telling you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future” – John 16.13 (NLT). The word ‘guide’ also means to instruct, or teach.
Today let each one of us affirm that Jesus is our teacher, and that we devote ourselves to devouring His teaching.