This chapter begins with John’s account of Jesus’ final hours before his crucifixion. Over the next few weeks, leading up to Easter, we will track Jesus’ journey to the cross. In one sense, it is the journey Jesus now took to the cross that demonstrated the full extent of his love. But John, more likely, has in mind here what Jesus did and said at the Last Supper, beginning with the foot washing story that is so well known. We live in a very proud and egotistical society. It is now considered acceptable and even normal for people to promote themselves, to praise themselves, and to put themselves first. Pride is considered a virtue by many. Humility, on the other hand, is considered a weakness. Yet Jesus, confident in his own identity, was not diminished by his humbling himself to serve. If we are confident in our identity in Christ, knowing we are deeply loved by God, should not experience any of the insecurity that generates competition and struggle. So what has the servant Jesus done for us? What are we, as fellow servants, to do for one another?
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