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.
There are and will continue to be times when we say that we ought to do something. We may use the word ‘ought’ in the sense that we know something should be done, probably something that will help another person. Husbands and wives have many things that they know should be done for each other, and that they ought to do them to express their love and commitment to each other.
Ought expresses an obligation to do something. We ought to keep the law of the land, because there is an obligation on citizens to live in a lawful way.
We ought to drive according to the Highway Code, because all road users have an obligation to keep other road users safe.
The word ‘ought’ carries with it an obligation to do something; it means that there are certain things in life that we are required to do. It may be something legal, spiritually, or morally.
Jesus used the word ‘ought’ in relationship to what He had done for His disciples.
He had washed their feet, which was something a servant should have done.
Jesus showed the disciples, and us, what we ought to do. He showed them that they had an obligation to serve one another; He required them to become servants.
The following are the words of Jesus also spoken at the Last Supper:
24 Then a dispute also occurred amongst them as to who they thought to be the greatest amongst them.
25 Then He said to them: “The kings of the nations exercise lordship over them, and those having authority over them are called benefactors.
26 But you must not be like this, instead the one who is the greatest must become like the youngest among you, and the one who is leading like the one who is serving.
27 For who is the greater, the one reclining at the table, or the one serving? Is it not the one who is reclining at the table? Now I am amongst you as the One serving.
The calling of Jesus upon our life is the calling to serve one another, for in doing this we also serve Jesus.