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Bible Reading: 5th May 2015

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.

Jesus affirms to the disciples that He is their Lord and teacher. He is agreeing with His disciples that He is their Lord and Master. This means that He has the absolute right of ownership of them.

When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are abandoning any rights that we may think that we have. We are placing the entirety of our life under His authority and Lordship.

We hear a lot about rights, and the European Court of Human rights, and they undoubtedly do an essential task. However, followers of Jesus submit them self to live under the authority of Jesus.

Does this mean that we have no rights in this world? Only in as much as those rights are under the authority of Jesus, bringing honour and glory to Him.

He is our Lord, therefore, in everything we must look for Him to lead us in the way we should think, speak, and act.

He does this through the Holy Spirit, who lives within us.

We are not our own, but we have been bought with a price:

[19] Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, [20] for God bought you with a high price. So you must honour God with your body – 1 Corinthians 6.19-20 (NLT).

When Jesus used the word ‘teacher’ the disciples would have understood Jesus to mean someone who was a teacher of the Jewish religion; someone who was acknowledged to have a thorough knowledge of the Jewish Scriptures and their interpretation.

There would have been many who recognized Jesus to be such a teacher. However, for the disciples Jesus was their teacher. They had a personal relationship with Him. He had chosen them so that they could be with Him, to learn from Him, and become more like Him. As their teacher they would learn from Him more than words, but also His ways. As their teacher He was shaping them into being the men who were going to turn the world upside down in His name.

The following was the reaction of the rulers, elders, and teachers concerning Peter& John:

The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus – Acts 4.13 (NLT).

Let us endeavour to be those whom others can see that we have been with Jesus.

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