How Satan works – John 13: 26-30 – We see in v27 that after Judas received the bread, Satan entered him. Judas had already received money (Matthew 26: 15) to betray Jesus. Therefore, Satan used the Judas’ Love of money to betray Jesus. Even today, the “love for money” (not money) can bring separation between us and God. Do you want to see the 4 side effects of love of money? Please read 1 Timothy 6: 9,10 and message me these 4 side effects.
Your Testimony – John 9: 24-27 – The man told the doubting people “I was blind. now I see”. Wonderful words from a healed man!! This is what Christian life is all about. I pray we can hear many testimonies like this – I used to lust after other people’s things and their bodies, but Christ delivered me. I used to always worry and struggle with anxiety, but Christ set me free. I used to fight with my wife often, but Christ has changed us to be peaceful people. Amen.
Who is wiser? – John 13: 6- 8 – Peter was questioning why Jesus had to wash his feet. But Jesus said you will not know now, but will understand later. You might have questions about what is going on in life now. But Jesus will reveal the answers later. Let us just trust His wisdom and allow Jesus to wash us. Do we say like Peter? “Why Lord” or “Never Lord”. Let our prayer be – Lord, you are wiser than me. Help me to accept your plan and timing and be faithful.
Who do you value more? – John 12: 42-43 – The third reason people didn’t follow Jesus was because they were afraid what others will think of them. They wanted the approval of People (family, friends, collegues). Has the opinions of people held you back from enjoying a greater love relationship with Jesus? Let us not be delayed any longer. It is time that we stand with ONLY JESUS. Proverbs 29: 25 says “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.”
Washed by Jesus – John 13: 8- 11 – Jesus said if I do not wash you, you do not belong to me. Just like Peter, I need to be washed by Jesus. But just like Peter, I need to ALLOW Jesus to wash me. John writes later that Jesus cleanses us from ALL unrighteousness. If you feel that there are some sins that you have not confessed to Jesus, today you can ask him to cleanse it. Jesus touched and washed the feet of the disciples. I need the healing touch of Jesus to cleanse my heart.
How Jesus calls you? – John 13: 33 – Jesus calls us as “Little Children”. He calls me “Little” because I need guidance and help. He calls me “Child” because I’m part of his family. Friend, look at the love and tenderness of our saviour. Jesus also asks me to convert myself as a child to enter his kingdom (Matthew 18: 3). Let our attitude be like a child when we come to Jesus. Let it be like a baby sparrow with her eyes closed and beak wide open to accept the mother’s food.
Jesus honoured God – John 13: 31-32 – Jesus honoured (glorified) God even when he was faced with death on the cross. God can be honoured even in our most difficult situation. For example, a God honouring wife can choose to bear sufferings joyfully at the hands of an angry husband. What difficult situation/person is before you through which/whom God’s name can be honoured? Like Jesus, can we pray that our soul will glorify God in times of trouble? (Hebrews 12: 2).
Betraying Jesus – John 13: 21-25 – Jesus said one of the disciples who ate, walked and talked with him for 3 years is going to betray him. At times I have betrayed Jesus especially after a time of prayer when I said “How much I love him”. Jesus is probably the only person who gets betrayed the most by the people who love him. Since you and I are unworthy receivers of the love of Jesus, can we ask for grace to love people who we know are taking advantage of us? (Romans 5: 8).
Want Blessing? – John 13: 16-20 – Jesus says “Blessed are those who know and actually wash other’s feet”. Jesus points out the difference between knowing and doing. Jesus knew Judas was going to betray him, but He still washed the feet of Judas. In your life there might be people who want to see you suffer. Are you ready to forgive them and help them when they are in need? If you do, then you are blessed. Read Romans 12: 20, 21. Like Jesus, let us overcome Evil with Good.
Go, Wash – John 9: 6-7 – On the command of Jesus, the blind man went away, washed and came back seeing. There was another man who came to Jesus but he went away sad (Mark 10: 17-27). Because he had lot of things and so he remained spiritually blind. Have you missed the miracle of seeing God? Do you enjoy real joy, peace and satisfaction in Jesus? Come to the river called Jesus where all our blindness will be washed away. Lord, open my eyes today.