In today’s reading we see Jesus washing the apostles feet. This was just a few hours before He will be arrested and then put to death the next day.
Verse 1 says Jesus did this knowing “His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father”. Why do you think it was so important that Jesus do this before He departs?
What are some of the ways the greatness, authority, and character of Jesus are described in this passage?
The 8th most powerful fulfilled prophecy is Zechariah 9:9-10.
Zechariah 9:9 says 3 things about the future King. He is just, He brings salvation, and He is lowly. An example of His lowliness is that will arrive riding on a donkey.
To foretell that a great king would come riding on a donkey is truly remarkable because it is so “un-king like”. It is also amazing to foretell the specific mode of transportation.
All four gospels mention Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. See for example Matthew 21:1-6.
Question: When the King did arrive in Jerusalem on a donkey what other “un-king like” act was He about to accomplish?
What else do you find interesting in this prophecy?
Keep in mind yesterday’s reading about the disciples arguing as to who was the greatest and Jesus teaching about being a servant. John’s account reveals that Jesus took it a step further and drove home His lesson by actually washing the feet of the disciples. He concludes by saying if He (the Lord and Master) did this, they should too, and finally that they will be blessed if they do.
Believers debate whether this was a specific commandment to be taken literally or if the application is to practice service and humility. What is your thought? If not a specific commandment that must be obeyed how do we apply the principle being taught?
Once again the disciples are arguing with one another about who was the greatest. This is perhaps the saddest because it took place in the upper room immediately after eating the passover meal and instituting the memorial of His death.
Jesus explains to them that people in earthly, worldly kingdoms compete and strive to be the greatest but “not so among you”. The greatest in His kingdom is the one who is younger and who is willing to serve. Jesus then gives himself as an example.
In closing I believe Jesus does pay a great compliment to the apostles and speaks of great honors bestowed upon them. What is the meaning of the great honor Jesus speaks of concerning the apostles?
James and John approach Jesus with the request that they might sit, one on his right hand and the other on his left hand, when he comes in his kingdom.
Jesus addresses their misunderstanding of the nature of kingdom (they don’t even get that the King is about to die) and He teaches a lesson about humility.
Jesus says rivalries concerning who is the greatest are a part of worldly kingdoms but his kingdom is different. Who is the greatest in God’s kingdom? How does Jesus set The example of true greatness?
Little children are brought to Jesus but the disciples rebuke those who bringing them. Jesus is “greatly displeased”. Jesus recognized something beautiful in little children. There is something like the kingdom and kingdom citizens in them. He was not too busy to be friendly to them.
What were the disciples thinking when they “rebuked those who brought (the little children)”?
This is the familiar parable of the Pharisee and Publican. The Pharisee’s prayer was basically him praising himself: he thanks God that he does not sin like others and then lists all the good things he does. The Publican’s prayer was simply “God be merciful to me, a sinner”.
According to the parable the man living the most outwardly obedient life (The Pharisee) was rejected and the one who admitted sin (The Publican) went home justified.
Does this encourage sin or suggest that sin is not serious? Why was the Publican justified? What could the Pharisee have prayed to be more acceptable to God?
Think about your prayers today. Did they most resemble the Pharisee or the Publican?
In the first part Jesus told His followers that if they have faith like a mustard seed they can tell a tree to be pulled up by its roots and planted in the sea and it would obey them! In a similar statement elsewhere (Matthew 17:20; Mark 11:23) He said they could move mountains!
Jesus then reminds His followers that even when they have done all they were commanded they are still unprofitable servants.
When we have obeyed fully, we are still unprofitable servants. Does that seem harsh to you? How does accepting that truth manifest itself in your life?
Filed under Faith, Humility
Jesus is still at the meal in the Pharisee’s house. This parable is His response to a man who said “blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God”.
Jesus tells a parable about a man who gave a great feast. People were invited but they all made excuse. This makes him angry so he says to invite the poor people in the highways and hedges. They accept the invitation.
What do you notice about the excuses being made?
The poor, lame, maimed, and blind are the ones invited the second time. These are the same four groups yesterday’s reading said we should invite when we have a feast. What’s so special about this group? Does God love them more than others?
Today’s text: Luke 14:7-11
Jesus says when you are invited to a wedding feast don’t sit down in the best seat. Someone more important may come in and you will be embarrassed when asked to get up and find another seat. Good advice, but I doubt wedding etiquette is what Jesus is chiefly concerned about here. In fact, the wedding feast story is called a “parable”.
Question: What is the more serious, common tendency in man that Jesus seeking to correct?